With one month to go, Britain’s Catriona Morrison from Broxburn, Edinburgh, will bid to become World Champion at the 2010 GE Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships. She last won the world title in 2006, and has since built a reputation as one of the world’s toughest endurance athletes.
Morrison will have home advantage, living just a few miles from the start line at the foot of the imposing Arthur’s Seat. As well as vocal home supporters, she’ll also have a strong GE Great Britain Team with her – 2010 European medallists Kat Grimmett and Katie Ingram have also been selected.
Athletes will complete a 10km run, 40km cycle ride and a further 5km run – the standard distances for international duathlon. They’ll scale Arthur’s Seat six times in total by foot, and a further seven times on the bike, making it one of the most challenging routes ever used on the international circuit.
Eimear Mullan is the fourth member of the strong women’s GE Great Britain Team to have been selected by British Triathlon.
Morrison said: “I've had a fantastic season this year with three wins out of three under my belt. I'm now training hard to make the 2010 GE Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships in Edinburgh my fourth win of 2010.”
The men’s GE Great Britain Team will feature Phil Wylie, Mark Buckingham, Rich Hobby, Pete Freeman and Adam Bowden. Both Bowden and Buckingham have come from an outstanding athletics background and will be closely watched by the international field coming to the Scottish capital.
Britain’s Under 23 GE Great Britain Team will feature Scottish athlete, Ritchie Nicholls, who is a former European Under 23 triathlon champion and excellent 10km runner. He’s joined by Mark Threlfall, Phil Wolfe and Matt Gunby.
The women’s Under 23 GE Great Britain Team features two-time World Junior Duathlon champion, Sophie Coleman from Brighton and Lois Rosindale from Yorkshire. The junior GE Great Britain Team will be selected after this weekend’s London Triathlon.
As well as the elite field, amateur athletes will race in the age group races on Saturday 4 September. Edinburgh’s medical student, Craig Dale, will be amongst the favourites to win gold having won the 20-24 Age Group at the European Triathlon Championships in Athlone, Ireland in July.
Twenty-year-old Angus Killean is the youngest Scottish member of the British team and local hero Arnott Kidd is the most senior at 75. Kidd was second in his age group last year at the 2009 Concord ITU Duathlon World Championships, and has won the European title for the last three years in a row.
Britain’s top Paraduathletes will also race in the elite international event on Friday 3 September.
In September the 2010 GE Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships will join two other major international sporting events – the IFSC World Youth Championships for Climbing and the (FITA) Archery World Cup Final – In Edinburgh's Super September of sport – and will welcome thousands of competitors and spectators to the city.
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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 current Sport Governing Body of the Year and the National Governing Body for Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain responsible for leading growth and performance of the sport. Triathlon is a fast growing, dynamic and modern Olympic sport with talented world class athletes, coaches and support staff – focused around delivering world class events and performing on the big stages. At international level, Great Britain boasts six current world champions amongst 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 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. Corus is the Corporate Partner of British Triathlon and is proud to be enabling the sport of triathlon. www.britishtriathlon.org
GE, one of the worldwide sponsors of the London 2012 Olympic Games, is the Elite Partner of the British Triathlon team, providing support and expertise for the athletes as they prepare and compete at the highest levels in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games. GE is also supporting British Triathlon Elite events, Elite Paratriathlon team, Age Group teams, home nation regional academies, and the British Triathlon Coach Development programme.
As part of the partnership GE is working with British Triathlon to identify ways to support the 50-strong team of athletes – which includes Men’s World and European Champions Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, Women’s Under 23 World Champion Hollie Avil and the 2008 Women’s World Champion Helen Jenkins.
In keeping with previous Games, where GE provided state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment for the early diagnosis and treatment of sporting injuries, the partnership is exploring specific ways in which GE’s healthcare technology and expertise could help to optimise and improve the performance of the team in the events leading up to and including the Olympic Games.
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