Athletes Race for GB Team Slots for Edinburgh Duathlon World Championships

British athletes have their first opportunity to secure Age Group slots for the GB Age Group Team this weekend, Saturday 6 March 2010. Athletes at the Clumber Classic Duathlon in North Nottinghamshire will have the opportunity to win places for the team that will compete at the 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships in September.

The Clumber Park event, which takes place in a beautiful National Trust park, sold out well in advance of the closing date, and will feature 700 athletes in the standard distance event. They’ll cover a 10km run, 40km cycle and 5km run, exactly the same distances that will feature in Edinburgh. The top four finishers in each Age Group will be considered for selection as long as they have finished within a certain percentage of the winners time in their Age Group.

The run sections take place within Clumber Park on a private tree lined road, which is fully closed for the race. The bike course takes place on long rolling roads around the Sherwood Forest area of north Nottinghamshire, with a few short challenging sections to test early season fitness.

Competitors wishing to be considered for the GB Age Group Team for the World Championships should join their home nation and register their interest on the British Triathlon website before taking part. The deadline for registration is 5pm today, Friday 5 March 2010. For more information on the 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships and Age Group selection see http://www.edinburghduathlon2010.com.

Further opportunities for British athletes to qualify are available at the Stirling Duathlon (28 March), Big Cow Duathlon (Milton Keynes)(11 April), and the Cambridge Duathlon (2 May).

Media Contact:

Paddy Cuthbert – Podge Publicity – 07968 699 636 / paddy@podge.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

The Clumber Classic Duathlon is organised by One Step Beyond Events and takes place on 06 March 2010 at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire, which is a National Trust Country Park.

Standard Distance: 10k run – 40k bike – 5k run (event sold out)
Sprint Distance: 5k run – 20k bike – 5k run (places still available until Tuesday 2 March, 2010)

The 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships take place 3-5 September 2010 at Hollyrood Park in Edinburgh. For more information see http://www.edinburghduathlon2010.com.

About British Triathlon

British Triathlon is the National Governing Body for Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain, responsible for leading growth and performance of the sport. At international level Great Britain boasts a strong squad of world ranked elite triathletes who regularly achieve international success and has some outstanding young talent emerging from its youth programmes. There are over 700 triathlon events conducted in Great Britain each year including the renowned Mazda London Triathlon and British Triathlon Super Series which attracts athletes from all over the world.  British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. www.britishtriathlon.org

Event Scotland

EventScotland, the national events agency, was established in 2002 with the aim of strengthening and promoting Scotland’s events industry.  EventScotland does this by attracting, generating and sustaining a portfolio of world class events in Scotland.

In 2009, EventScotland launched the new national events strategy which will lead Scotland’s events industry into and beyond 2020. 

The national events strategy, Scotland: The Perfect Stage, outlines a clear mission and vision to further establish Scotland as a world leading event destination, to grow the industry and the expertise within it and to deliver events which provide impact and international profile for Scotland.

EventScotland offers funding through two programmes: the National Programme which funds events which drive domestic tourism and the International Programme which funds events which raise the profile of Scotland on a international stage and generate economic impact.

City of Edinburgh Council

Edinburgh is a beautiful, dynamic, cosmopolitan city with a unique architectural heritage and a magnificent natural setting. It is host to many thousands of visitors who come here throughout the year to enjoy numerous cultural and sporting events such as the world famous Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Six Nations rugby matches. With around one million overseas visitors a year, Edinburgh is the UK’s most visited tourist destination outside London. Edinburgh is one of the most attractive cities in the world, a fact recognized by UNESCO when conferring World Heritage Site status on the city’s Old and New Towns. Edinburgh was recently voted number one in a list of British cities to 'see before you die'.

The City of Edinburgh Council is a partner in the staging of the 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships.

Triathlon Scotland

triathlonscotland is the national governing body for triathlon, duathlon and multi-sport and is responsible for governing all matters in relation to these sports in Scotland. We provide a broad and comprehensive range of services to our 2500+ members, 43 clubs and 9000 participation base in Scotland. 

ITU

The International Triathlon Union, is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and all related MultiSport disciplines: Duathlon, Aquathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France, and has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada, since then. It now has over 120 affiliated National Federations around the world and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympics. Triathlon was awarded Olympic status in 1994. ITU is proudly committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with Continental and National Federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced Sport Development programme from grassroots to a high-performance level.  For more information, visit: www.triathlon.org

Contact: Paddy Cuthbert
Phone: 07968699636
Email: paddy@podge.co.uk
Website: http://www.edinburghduathlon2010.com/