Age Group Duathletes Join European Champion for Edinburgh World Championships Qualifier

Catriona Morrison is set to top the bill at the Stirling Duathlon on Sunday 28 March 2010.  Scotland's in-form athlete will take on the scenic but tough standard distance duathlon that doubles as a qualification event for Age Group athletes aiming for a place in the GB Age Group Team for the 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships in September.
 
Morrison is the current ETU Duathlon European Champion and has already declared her intention to take on the world's best Elite duathletes for the World title in her home town from 3 – 5 September. To secure victory and the Scottish Championship title over the 10km run, 40km cycle and 5km run event in Stirling, she will need to beat 2009 winner, Kerry Lang, and Scottish triathlon champion and ex-international hockey player, Ali Rowatt.
 
Organiser Andrew Turnbull commented: 'The bike course is fast and flat, with a couple of drags. It's a big gear, fast course. However, the run is a very challenging multi lap course with a short sharp hill called 'the beast', which features on every lap. We're expecting some very fast bike times but setting a good time on the run will be much harder!'
 
Age Group athletes will compete for places in the GB Age Group Team for the ITU World Championships taking place in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. In order to qualify they will need to be amongst the first few across the line in their Age Group. Athletes of all ages, including super veteran, have entered and can earn the right to represent Great Britain. British Triathlon will confirm selections in the weeks following the event.
 
British Triathlon Director for Age Group Portfolio, Howard Vine said: 'I am really looking forward to the 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships. The venue should provide great racing with excellent home support. The prospect of having the largest Great Britain Age Group Duathlon team is superb and the competition at qualifying events, including Stirling this weekend, will create some great domestic races'.
 
Victoria MacLean, 22, from Edinburgh University Triathlon Club, is amongst those aiming to qualify.  She said: 'My main ambition this year is to qualify for the GB Age Group Team for the 2010 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Edinburgh, something bigger than I could ever have imagined when I joined the sport a year and a half ago. The chance to take part in such a huge race on my doorstep is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
 
James Harrison, 27 years old from Edinburgh, said: 'Competing at the 2010 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Edinburgh is an opportunity to take advantage of a course that I know really well and often use to train. Holyrood Park is unique as a city centre venue in that it's on a large hill, free from all the usual urban hustle of other city parks.  The course will identify well deserving winners!'
 
Craig Dale, a 4th year medical student at Edinburgh University, said: 'For me, multisport events present a challenge that an individual sport just can't match – that feeling in the legs when you run off the bike is so challenging.  I love the variety of training and how easy it is to avoid the monotony of one sport alone.  Now I want to give duathlon a shot and I would love nothing more than competing in Edinburgh in such a prestigious event – painful on the legs, beautiful on the eyes; a race you'll never forget!'
 
Catriona Morrison from Boxburn, the reigning ETU Duathlon European Champion, added: 'As a local duathlete, the excitement is growing as the 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships becomes ever closer. The course is exciting and challenging and will be a real test of fitness and determination for both Elite and Age Group duathletes alike. With qualification places for the Age Group team now underway, I would urge all duathletes both novice and experienced to look to qualify for what will be a spectacular event in a beautiful city'.

The Stirling Duathlon takes place at Stirling University and will feature 300 athletes. It doubles as the Scottish Duathlon Championship, and will also see 80 children aged 8 to 16 racing in the Junior event.
 
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Notes to Editors:
Stirling Duathlon, Stirling University – Sunday 28 March 2010
Standard Distance: 10k run – 40k bike – 5k run (event sold out)
Junior Distance (event sold out)
 
This race has four qualifying places per Age Group, with each qualification place subject to the criteria outlined on www.britishtriathlon.org/age.
 
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

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