The duathlon has been staged for over 21 years in various formats.
The event is run annually in memory of Ian Hesketh who tragically died at the tender age of 27 in 2005. Ian was a member of Horwich RMI Harriers since he was 8 years old and Rivington was his favourite training area. He was a lifeguard at a leisure centre in Bolton and cycled to and from work every day.
The duathlon centres entirely in the Rivington area, with Rivington Primary School as the Start and Transition Area. This makes for a secure location for leaving bikes and belongings. The course suits both beginner and experienced athletes and the scenery is some of the best outside the Lake District.
The two 5k runs are almost entirely off-road on tracks and paths and the cycle section is three laps with two small hills on each lap.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT DUATHLON DATE CHANGE (23/03/20)
Unfortunately due to United Utilities not allowing any events to take place on their land over the next 12 week, we now cannot host the duathlon on the original date we planned of 23rd May. A new date has now been set for this years Duathlon, it will be 5th September 2020 - 9am Start anyone who has already entered the event and still wishes to participate does not need to do anything, just turn up on the day and their place will be reserved. If however you would like a refund, contact us direct and we will sort it out in due course.
At the present time the duathlon is going ahead on 23rd May but a final decision will be made on 30th April in line with the British triathlon directive.
If the event is cancelled all moneys will be refunded.
Hope to see again in the Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon 2020!
Below are the winners of the 2019 duathlon.
Winners of the Mens 2019 Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon
1st. Julian Goudge - 01:14:44 /// 2nd. Dave Jackson - 01:17:28 /// 3rd. Steve Abbott - 01:19:32
Winners of the Ladies 2019 Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon
1st Amy Whelan - 01:29:04 /// 2nd. Rachel Hancock - 01:38:25 /// 3rd. Karen Pearse - 01:38:36
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