Deadline approaching for Duathlon entries
Hundreds of participants are signed up and ready for action at this year's Stockton Duathlon Festival but there's still time to enter.
The deadline for any final entries to any of the races is this coming Sunday (16 April) so those interested are being urged to register now. No entries will be taken after this date.
Now in its fifth year, the Duathlon is set to be as popular as ever with now four race distances to choose from to suit the abilities and aspirations of all taking part.
Following a simple run-ride-run format, entrants can choose from the following distances:
- Novice - 2k run, 10k cycle, 1k run
- Sprint (non-drafting, non-compliant bikes) - 4k run, 20k cycle, 2k run
- Sprint - 5k run, 20k cycle, 2.5k run
- Standard - 10k run, 40k bike, 5k run
All races take place on fully closed roads that are flat, fast and spectator friendly. Cash prizes are on offer for first (£500), second (£300) and third (£200) places in the Standard distance event for both males and females, plus there will be medals and goodie bags for all participants.
Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "The Duathlon in Stockton is one of the biggest and best on offer in the country so this is a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved and either test themselves against other competitors or enjoy the satisfaction of fulfilling a personal fitness goal.
"I'd encourage everyone thinking about it to take the leap and secure their place. It's also set to be a great day out at another major sporting event in the Borough for those that come along to watch some exhilarating action alongside the River Tees."
This year's Duathlon has been included in the 2017 British Triathlon Age-Group Major Events calendar. The event will also act as a qualifier for the European Duathlon Championships (Standard race) and World Duathlon Championships (Standard and Sprint race).
The Duathlon is hosted by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council in partnership with TriHard and is supported by British Triathlon.