Junior athletes set for duathlon

Katie Hewison
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Energetic youngsters will put their running and biking skills to the test in Chorley next month.

The second Katie Hewison Junior Duathlon Championships will take place in Astley Park, on Saturday, May 9.

Named in honour of the former world duathlon champion who hails from the town, the event is expected to attract around 500 competitors aged between five and 18-years-old.

Last year, 180 juniors took part in the inaugural race, but this year’s event is going to be even bigger and better.

Starting at around 9am in the morning, the race will see the youngsters split up into several different age groups tackling a run to start with, before jumping on their 
bikes and then finishing with another run.

Hewison, who will be attending the event, said she is looking forward to watching all the young talent on show.

“I’m really proud to have an event like this named after me,” she said. “I’m so happy to give something back to the sport – it’s a great sport to be part of.”

Organised by Chorley Athletic and Triathlon Club, competitors must have a bike which is safe to use, and they must wear a bike helmet.

Anyone without a bike will be able to borrow one as long as they specify on their entry form.

Hewison admitted she will be on the lookout for any oustanding talent, but the emphasis on the day is enjoyment and fun.

Admission is priced at £12 and there are still a limited number of places available.

For an entry form or for further information call 07972205581.