BUDDING cyclists and runners are being invited to get their first taste of a duathlon event in Knutsford this summer.

Inspired by the Tour of Britain last September, Knutsford mum-of-two and triathlete Vicky McKinnon is organising the Canute Kids Duathlon – a run-bike-run event to be held at Egerton Youth Club on July 16.

The event, alongside a run-only strand for children under seven, hopes to build on the legacy of last year’s Tour stage three, which passed through Cheshire before finishing at Tatton Park.

Vicky, who also leads the Run Knutsford group, said: “It’s a really good opportunity for local children to get their first taste of a duathlon, in a fun and safe environment and we hope this will encourage local youngsters and their parents to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“It was so motivating to see such a high level of sport coming through the streets of Knutsford and if we can help inspire one child and one parent to do more running and cycling, we’ll be delighted. We are thrilled to be able to put on an event like this in Knutsford, but it would not be possible without the help and support of the local community and local businesses who we are working closely with.”

Knutsford Heritage Centre has designed the event logo, while fellow King Street business Bikes n Gear has donated a children’s bike as a raffle prize and Altrincham-based Smart Financial is sponsoring the event.

Paul Bonner, owner of Bikes n Gear, said: “Just getting out there and taking up a challenge, even if you think racing is not necessarily ‘your thing’, is a wonderful experience. Of course we all want to be a winner, but joining in an event like this is so much more; the preparation, the butterflies at the start, the thrill of the chase, the camaraderie along the way, the test of inner strength and of course the relief of the finish line.”

All finishers at Egerton will be rewarded with a memento, and fresh fruit donated by Alan’s Fruit and Veg.

Participants will need their own bike and helmet to take part, with entry costing £10 per child. Entry to the fun run for children aged six and under is £5. Entry forms are available from the heritage centre, Bikes n Gear, and some primary schools.

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