Double the fun for duathletes!

A SUCCESSFUL run in 2012 means that triathletes will have not one but two chances to test their mettle across Kilkenny terrain this year.

A SUCCESSFUL run in 2012 means that triathletes will have not one but two chances to test their mettle across Kilkenny terrain this year.

The Kilkenny Triathlon Club (KTC) have added a second duathlon to their 2013 series and will run a brace of events in the county this March.

The series begins at Mount Juliet on Saturday, March 9. The second event will be held in the surrounds of Kilkenny Castle a fortnight later on March 23. Both events will start with a 5km run and will be followed by a 20km cycle, finishing with a 3km run. Organisers believe the races are perfect way for experienced triathletes to start their season and newcomers looking to take on their first challenge.

This year’s events have been opened to larger fields. Although 250 places were made available for each race demand has already been high, with many being snapped up through the online entry facility. Individual race entry is E25 or E45 for the two. All competitors will get goody-bags while there will be prizes for the top three male and female finishers for each race, overall series winners and top KTC finishers for each race.

Enrants must be aged 16 and over. Competitors aged between 16 and 18 years must have a parent/guardian attend the race registration to confirm age and to sign a consent form, which will be given out at registration.

The opening event starts with a 5km run across good internal roads on the Mount Juliet estate. The run takes entrants out over the bridge in the grounds and will be testing in places, with an undulating finish to help spread out the field before the cycle. There will be a nutrition stand on the run giving out water as racers come back in after the turnaround point.

The cycle leg will leave Mount Juliet, taking competitors towards Stoneyford and on a looped course travelling through Knocktopher. The course itself is relatively flat, with notable climbs at the start of the route leaving Mount Juliet and at the 16km mark on to Jerpoint Hill.

The second run will follow the same course as the first, but racers will turn around earlier on the 3km course.

The second duathlon starts with a 5km run within the grounds of Kilkenny Castle. Travelling around the Castle Park, the route goes down around the Castle Lake and out onto the Canal Walk, looping back on to the Castle Road and back into the grounds.

The 20km cycle course will bring the field up Black Quarry hill to the Bennettsbridge Roundabout, travelling down the Ring Road and out to Danesfort. The route takes a sharp turn left, cutting across to Bennettsbridge, before a steep downhill takes cyclists towards a straight flat road back to Kilkenny Castle.

The series finishes with the second run. This loops on to the main Castle Road and back into the Castle grounds for the final few hundred metres to the finish line.

Further information on the duathlon series is available from www.kilkennytriathlonclub.com