Alan has his sights set on World Championships

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BURY St Edmunds’ Alan Macpherson has set his sights on competing in the Ultraman World Championships in Hawaii, 2012, after conquering the Ultraman UK Championships, in Wales on Monday.

The 37-year-old battled the three-day event, consisting of a 10km swim and 90-mile bike ride on day one, a 175-mile bike on day two and a double marathon on day three, to finish in a magnificent time of 26 hours and 47 minutes, claiming 11th place, to become a Scottish record holder in the process.

Macpherson, who exceeded all his own personal expectations and is now eligible to apply to compete in the World Championships, reflected on his experience with a competition known as one of the most gruelling, as he aims to become the first Scot to compete at the World Championships.

“My main aim was successfull completion of all three days within their 12-hour cut-off period,” he said.

“To finish just below the 30-hour-mark would have been magnificent, but to do it within the 26-hour-bracket is something that didn’t even come into my mind,

“To gain the Scottish record is a very proud achievement”

“I am definitely going for the World Championships in Hawaii now and Simon (Bourne, coach) won’t be letting me rest on my laurels.

“I feel I can improve my time further in the double marathon and on the bike, there is always improvement to be made.”

“This could not have been done without the required and much needed support of Mark Johnson, my partner Dawn, her sister Terresa, Barry Moult and Simon Bourne”