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Beginner friendly run and bike challenge to take place in Knutsford

Local residents are being encouraged to challenge themselves and sign up for the first ever Canute Duathlon, which will take place in Knutsford in April (2018).

The event will consist of a run and a bike ride through Tatton Park, before a final run in the grounds of Egerton Youth Club.

"You don't have to be an expert runner or cyclist to take part, because the distances are really achievable. As long as you have a sense of fun, a working bike, a helmet and a pair of trainers, you'll be fine," Organiser Helen Murray said.

Participants can choose between a shorter event which consists of a 3.5km run, an 11km bike ride and a final 1.25km run, or a longer event which involves running 5.5km, cycling 22km before a 2.5km run to finish.

"You do each leg one after the other in a duathlon, so the second run is always harder than the first, but you know you will be running to the finish line, which makes it a bit easier," fellow organiser Vicky McKinnon said.

The pair, along with their husbands organised the inaugural Canute Kids Duathlon in July 2017, which saw over 120 local children participating.

"It was so uplifting to see such a large number of children having fun running and cycling in a safe environment. Now it's the turn of the parents to step up and inspire their children!" Murray said.

McKinnon and Murray have already started to hold monthly training sessions in Knutsford ahead of the event on April 29th 2018 to help participants to prepare for the challenge.

"We are both qualified Personal Trainers and Triathlon Coaches and we want to help beginners feel not only fit, but confident on that start line. Therefore we are focussing on bike, running and core exercise skills in a group environment, so people feel ready on race day," said Murray.

Local businesses are also getting behind the event. Steve Martin of Altrincham based Smart Financial has already pledged his support, while the town's new cocktail bar Kuckoo Knutsford and Chelford's The Egerton Arms have donated prizes.

"We are so grateful for the help and backing from our local business community so we can get this event off the ground, continue to build on the legacy of the 2016 Tour of Britain and inspire people of all ages to lead an active life," McKinnon said.

To enter the Canute Duathlon 2018, visit www.canuteduathlon.com and click 'enter'. For more information about the monthly training sessions, email Canuteduathlon@gmail.com.

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