Athletes challenged to give Duathlon a try

POPULAR: Competitors in a previous Duathlon event. Picture courtesy of Dave Charnley Photography
POPULAR: Competitors in a previous Duathlon event. Picture courtesy of Dave Charnley Photography

ATHLETES of all abilities can find out if they are up for the challenge of a popular event combining running and cycling.

Up to 1,0000 people are expected to take part in this year’s Duathlon Festival in Stockton.

And organisers are hosting a Try a Duathlon training session in Billingham to give people the chance to prepare for the challenging event under the supervision of British Triathlon coaches.

Organisers say its format of a run, cycle ride and another run is perfect for anybody who has seen triathlon but is put off by the swimming side.

The event, which takes place on Sunday, April 26, is being promoted by Stockton Borough Council in partnership with TriHard Events and is supported by Wynyard Park, British Triathlon, A1 Multisport, and WattCycle.

Councillor Ken Dixon, the council’s cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, said: “The return of the Duathlon Festival is testament to its success and growing popularity, so I would recommend people register early to guarantee their place.

“The Duathlon runs across three distances so anyone from first-time participants to seasoned veterans can enter at a level which suits them best.

“The three different distances give absolute beginners and elite athletes a target to aim for so I challenge everyone to lace up their running shoes and get on their bike!”

The Duathlon offers three levels starting with Novice which is a 2k run, 10k cycle, ending with a 1k run.

The Sprint level features a 5k run, 20k cycle, and 2.5k run.

And the most challenging is Standard with a 10k run, 40k cycle, 5k run with cash prizes for the top three men and women.

The training session will take place at Northfield Sportsdrome, on Thames Road, on Saturday March 21.

The session runs between 9am and 3.30pm and costs £10.

To book, contact Vicky Fawcett on (01642) 524816.