Following the success of last year's ITU World Championship qualifying event, the 2014 Morpeth Duathlon promises to be bigger and better than ever! For the second year in a row, the Sprint distance is a qualifier for the ITU Age Group World Championships. Thanks to fantastic support from the Town Council and Town Team, the event returns to the heart of town and has grown to include Beginner and Standard distance races alongside the Sprint. The multi-lap run course takes the athletes through the centre of town on closed roads, giving spectators plenty of chance to see all the action, then on a gorgeous winding route through Carlisle Park.
Please note that only the Sprint distance is a qualifying event.
The spectacular bike route takes athletes out through the villages of Pigdon and Netherwitton with breathtaking views of the Northumberland countryside, before heading back through Mitford into town. Both the Sprint and Standard distance events will be single-lap affairs taking in some of the region's best scenery. A fast descent back into Morpeth will bring the athletes back to transition for the final run, and the grand finish in the market square beneath the historic clock tower where spectators can gather to cheer the athletes home with a smile.
Morpeth is often referred to as the county town of Northumberland, and its historic buildings, plentiful accommodation, superb restaurants and cultural attractions make it a beautiful place to visit. The Normans sited a castle in the town above the River Wansbeck, and 12th century Cistercians built an abbey nearby. The 13th century Chantry has been restored to provide a home for the unique Bagpipe Museum, Northumbrian Craft Centre and the Tourist Information Centre. Thus blending old and new, Morpeth remains at heart what it has always been - a market town of great character, the focal point for villages around.
Please note that there will be no entries on the day. Please refer to the Event Terms and Conditions page for details on withdrawals, deferrals and transfers.