Media Advisory – Photo / Interview Opportunity – GE 2010 Edinburgh Duathlon World Championships

What: Scotland's Catriona Morrison, 2009 ETU Duathlon European Champion & 2006 ITU Duathlon World Champion, will be joined by Craig Dale and James Harrison, from the GE Great Britain Age Group Team, for a very unusual training session on Calton Hill, Edinburgh; to mark the three month count down to the 2010 GE Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships to be staged in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, 03 – 05 September.

Event: Using exercise equipment normally associated with an indoor gym Catriona Morrison, who has five major duathlon titles to her name, will put up and coming Scottish stars, Craig Dale and James Harrison, through their paces ahead of the World Championships on home soil.

With two treadmills on either side of an exercise bike (to denote the run-bike-run element of this multisport discipline) the talented duathletes, dressed in GE GB Team kit, will demonstrate their incredible levels of endurance as they put in some quality training on top of one of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks; all set against the stunning backdrop of the capital's cityscape.

The fitness equipment has been supplied by Fitness Takeaway, Scotland's largest fitness equipment hire company -  http://www.fitnesstakeaway.com/

Time:         10:00 start

Date:        Thursday 13 May 2010

Location:    Calton Hill, Edinburgh
        (Please note – no vehicle access to Calton Hill.  Access on foot from Waterloo Place)

Interviews:
There will be opportunities for face to face interviews with Catriona Morrison, Craig Dale and James Harrison about the the 2010 GE Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships, their 2010 seasons and their careers after the photo opportunity.  Tom Chambers, Chair of the 2010 GE Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships Local Organising Committee and Director at British Triathlon will also be available for interviews. To set up a time please contact Paddy Cuthbert, Podge Publicity – T:07968 699636 / E:paddy@podge.co.uk.

Media Contacts on Thursday 13 May 2010:
Paddy Cuthbert – Podge Publicity – M: 07968 699636 / E: Paddy@podge.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

About The 2010 GE Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships

http://www.edinburghduathlon2010.com/

http://twitter.com/worldduathlon

http://www.facebook.com/pages/2010-Edinburgh-ITU-Duathlon-World-Championships-3rd-5th-September-2010/391876694201?ref=ts

On the weekend of 03 – 05 September, Edinburgh will stage the 2010 GE ITU Duathlon World Championships, the highest-level competition in the sport's annual calendar and the most prestigious duathlon competition ever staged in the UK.

Up to 1,000 of the World's best Elite and Age Group duathletes will descend on Edinburgh's Holyrood Park to compete for six World Championship titles, twenty seven Age Group gold medals and a total prize fund of 75,000 Euros (for the Elite competition).

The Elite, U23 and Age Group athletes will all compete over a standard duathlon course consisting of a 10km run followed by a 40km cycle and a 5km run, all completed as a continuous activity. The Edinburgh course will consist of multiple laps around Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat making it one of the most challenging ever used for an ITU Duathlon World Championships.

The GE 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships offers the perfect opportunity for Edinburgh residents, visitors to the city and running, cycling and multisport enthusiasts to watch the best duathletes in the world demonstrate their incredible levels of endurance and tactical ability. It will also showcase the city of Edinburgh and Scotland as the perfect destination for the world's biggest and best sporting events.

About Cat Morrison
British duathletes have an impressive record in major competitions, boasting many medalists at both World and European Championships in recent years.   In the last four years Scotland's Catriona Morrison, from Broxburn near Edinburgh, has garnered five major titles to her name, including ITU Duathlon World Champion (2006), ETU Duathlon European Champion  (2007 – Edinburgh – & 2009 – Budapest) and ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Champion (2007 & 2008).   

About James Harrison – Newhaven Harbour Triathlon Club
Age – 26.  James is a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. :  He competed in his first triathlon in May 2003 and first raced as a Great Britain Age Group athlete in 2006
British Age Group Sprint Distance Championships 2008 – 2nd in Age Group
Scottish Long Distance Triathlon championships 2008 – 3rd Senior
British Elite Duathlon Championships 2009 – 14th
British Elite Sprint Triathlon Championships 2009 – 24th
ETU Duathlon European Championships 2007, Edinburgh  – 4th in Age Group Triathlon European Championships: 2009 -17th in Age Group ; 2007 -10th in Age Group ; 2006 – 16th in Age Group
James has also competed in two ITU Triathlon World Championships – 2006 and 2008.

About Craig Dale – Edinburgh University Triathlon Club
Age – 23.  Craig is a 4th year medical student at Edinburgh University
He has competed in triathlon for 8 years but has limited experience of duathlon competition. In 2009 Craig became Scottish Age Group Sprint Triathlon Champion. He  managed a 2nd place in the Long Distance Championships and 3rd at the Standard Distance Championships the same year.  He also came 15th at the GB Elite Championships at Strathclyde Park and at the same location he finished 3rd in the Strathclyde Park Triathlon to qualify for the 2009 Gold Coast ITU Triathlon World Championships in the 18-24yrs category.  He ended his 2009 season with 36th in his Age Group in Australia.  In 2007 He completed Ironman UK.

Notes to Editors:
Sponsors
GE – http://www.ge.com
Event Partners
British Triathlon – http://www.britishtriathlon.org
EventScotland – http://www.eventscotland.org/
City of Edinburgh Council – http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk
triathlonscotland  -  http://www.triathlonscotland.org/
ITU – The International Triathlon Union – http://www.triathlon.org
sportscotland – http://www.sportscotland.org.uk/

Duathlon
Duathlon is a combination of two individual sports, Running and Cycling. A typical duathlon consists of three stages, starting with a run, followed by a cycle section and finishing off with another run, all completed as a continuous activity with transitions between the two disciplines.

Duathlon – Governing Bodies
The International Triathlon Union governs the sport internationally
British Triathlon governs the sport in the UK
triathlonScotland governs the sport in Scotland

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