Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Duathlon returns for 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Have you set yourself a New Year’s fitness goal and want a challenge to aim for?

With an expected 1,000 entrants, the 2015 Duathlon Festival in Stockton is an opportunity to be part of something big!

The Duathlon’s run-ride-run format is perfect for anybody who has seen triathlon but is put off by the prospect of the swim.

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

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton 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 course is fairly flat and the circuit around Stockton’s Riverside is all on footpaths or closed roads, with plenty of places for spectators to cheer you on.

“The Duathlon Festival is part of our packed programme of events open to residents of all abilities across the Borough. “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 three distances are:

  • Novice – 2k run, 10k cycle, 1k run
  • Sprint – 5k run, 20k cycle, 2.5k run
  • Standard – 10k run, 40k cycle, 5k run

There are cash prizes for first (£500), second (£300) and third (£200) places in the Standard distance event for both males and females.

The Events Village will host a Watt-bike warm-up zone with plenty more to see and do for racers and spectators alike.

The Duathlon will also act as a qualification event for the GB Age-Group Team for the 2015 ITU Duathlon World Championships (Sprint distance) and the 2016 ETU Duathlon European Championships (Standard distance).

Stockton Council is also hosting a ‘Try a Duathlon’ training session ahead of the Duathlon Festival to give people the opportunity to gain some valuable pre-event skills under the supervision of British Triathlon coaches.

‘Try a Duathlon’ will take place at Northfield Sportsdrome between 9am and 3.30pm on Saturday 21 March. The session costs £10.

To book, contact Vicky Fawcett on 01642 524816. For more information and to book your place in the Duathlon, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/duathlon

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