DUATHLON: Mike books Spain seat

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MICHAEL Barnsdale stormed to third place at the Dambuster Duathlon to book his place at the World Championships.

An overall time of 2.21.54 hours from a 10km run, 42km bike ride and 5km run at Rutland Water was more than enough for the bronze position in his veteran/55 category – meaning he’ll be in the field for Worlds in Spain this September.

The Spalding Triathlon Club member delivered an improved showing in the initial 10km run, clocking a competitive time of 37.46mins.

That was followed by a gruelling bike ride, that took the competitors through the infamous Rutland Ripple – which is the same route used in triathlon.

Barnsdale finished that in 1.20.38hrs, before finishing with a 21.24 minute run.

An increase in training, coupled with a full recovery from a virus, should help Barnsdale deliver an improved performances at the European Duathlon Championships at Limerick in April.

• Barnsdale’s results (including transitions): 10k run – 37.46mins; 42k bike – 1.20.38hrs; 5k run – 21.24mins; overall - 2.21.54hrs.