RAELEIGH Harris has booked her place in next year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championships which will be held in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. The Wonthaggi triathlete claimed her ticket in the 70.3 World Championships after winning her 40-44 year-old age group at the annual Shepparton Triathlon held over the weekend. The Shepparton event is one of seven events around Australia which qualifies competitors for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, which attracts the best triathletes from around the world. An Ironman 70.3 event is half the distance of an Ironman event. Harris completed the course, which included a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle leg and 21km run, in four hours, 41 minutes and 26 seconds (4:41:26). Harris was one minutes and 17 seconds clear of her nearest rival after a 00:31:31 swim, a 2:30:16 cycle leg and a 1:35:26 run. The time, which was achieved on a borrowed bike, placed her 102nd out of the event’s 280 competitors. Next year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championships will be the second time the Bass Coast Barracuda member has competed at such a level. Harris travelled with fellow member Phil Hanley to compete at the event which was held in Las Vegas, USA in September. Harris finished in sixth in the 40-44 year-old women’s bracket in the USA. “I’m realigning my goals but I’m pretty excited to get back there again and give it another crack next year,” Raeleigh said back in September. She has now given herself the opportunity to push for a podium finish when the Ironman 70.3 World Championships will be held in the heart of Quebec’s spectacular Laurentian Mountains in September 2014. Harris was one of four members of the local triathlon club, the Bass Coast Barracudas, to compete at Shepparton. Fellow members Brett Franklin finished 37th overall, Keith Colomb 46th and Vaughan Hendrix 162nd of the 280 competitors.