Get set for top-class duathlon racing

AROUND 300 of the country’s finest dual athletes and cyclists will be descending on Morpeth this Easter weekend.

The duathlon on Easter Monday will see competitors race twice around the centre of town and in-between will be a 29k bike ride in the countryside.

The event, which is being organised by locally-based Vo2max Racing with the backing of the Morpeth Town Team and Northumberland County Council, has been designated as a qualifier for the ITU Sprint Distance World Championships to be held in Ottawa in Canada this August.

It begins at 10am in Bridge Street close to the Telford Bridge.

Competitors will head into the Market Place before running down Oldgate and into the Stanners and Carlisle Park before completing the circuit – roads in and around the centre of Morpeth will be closed to traffic from 9.15am until 1pm.

They will then jump on their bikes passing through Pigdon, Netherwitton and Mitford before making their way back into Morpeth town centre for a final 4k circuit around the riverside and then racing for the winning post in the Market Place.

As the race is taking place, Morpeth Town Council will carry out its tradition of handing out Easter oranges to local children at 11am in Carlisle Park.