Local athlete impresses in gruelling duathlon

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LOCAL athlete and member of Clitheroe Bike Club Nicholas Dinsdale excelled in the gruelling Kielder-Off-Road Duathlon last Sunday.

Nick won his age-group category (50-59 years) and finished 24th of 200 in the open category.

The annual event, held in Kielder Forest Park, Northumberland, attracts hardened competitors from all parts of the country.

The stunning scenery and extensive forest tracks make it a spectacular location for trail running and mountain biking.

Starting and finishing at Kielder Castle, the event consists of a 7k trail run, followed by 24k mountain bike ride, finishing with a 6k trail run. T

he event was held in typical wintry conditions.

Although the temperature improved during the event, early morning temperatures were minus 9C degrees.

The recent fall of snow, combined with icy conditions made running and cycling very challenging.

Slippery ground conditions made it treacherous under foot and when cornering on the bike.

The open event was won by Harry Coates of Wallsend Harriers.

A total of 18 athletes failed to finish – due to the cold weather and treacherous ground conditions.

• EVERY Monday at 6 p.m., Clitheroe Run Club assemble at the Castle Gate.

The group has been meeting since the club’s launch in April.

The club is part of a national campaign by run England, supported by Ribble Valley Borough Council.

There are several groups across the valley, which can be found on the Run England website.

The Castle session is run by local ACSM Health and Fitness Specialist Aimie Hamer, with the help of Andrew McEvoy and Steph Sargeant, who have their own groups on Wednesday evenings in Whalley and Friday mornings in Clitheroe.

To join any of the groups, e-mail Aimie aimiehamer@gmail.com or call on 07793955686.