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The duathlon has been staged for over 19 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.
REGISTRATION will NOT be open until after 8am, please give the race organisers space to set up if you are planning on turning up early. Also if you are a competitor, don't forget to bring a Signed/Dated copy of your BIKE CHECK LIST form to hand in at the registration before the race starts. The bike check list form can be found on page 3 of this PDF download here.
Better late than never! the 2017 photos have now been added to the website. Please see gallery.
The Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon on Saturday 26th May 2018 is NOW FULL and we have stopped taking entries.
We have just recently set up a Memorial Duathlon Facebook page for anyone interested.
This year we are pleased to announce new sponsor for the race numbers, Meat Direct Limited - for more information on this sponsor please see their website. or to sample some of their food, please visit the village hall on race day.
As normal the village hall will be open during and after the race serving refreshments to all at reasonable prices.