Ironman: Canham’s happy in Hawaii after World Championships

Roger Canham completes the Ironman world championship event'Photo: MSMP Ironman Canham

Roger Canham completes the Ironman world championship event'Photo: MSMP Ironman Canham

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Ironman Roger Canham finished ninth in his age group in the World Championships in Hawaii.

His times of 1:10;13 for the 3.8km swim, 5:11:09 for the 180k bike ride and 3:21:26 for the 42k run placed him 258th overall in the competition and he is already looking forward to next year.

The North Luffenham athlete said: “I have been lucky enough to finish this race five times now and without doubt can attest that it is unique in every way, the course, the location, the conditions and of course the field of athletes.

“I plan to be back in 2014, in the next age group and ready to fulfil a dream.”

He describes ironman as a contact sport for the first 500m of the swim, but at the world championships it’s the first 1500m, with blows, being exchange, some accidental, some not.

After 70 minutes he was swiftly through transition and out onto the bike course, head up,and sucking in the energy of the cheering crowds.

His bike later suffered a broken spoke, but Canham managed to get it home and then on to the run.

In searing heat, the athlete dug deep to finish.

He said: “Crossing that finishing line never loses its magic; this is a very special race.”