The 26th annual Sun City Duathlon will take place on March 24, 2019, with 160 competitors expected to take part.
The spring duathlon, one of two Sun City events occurring in Sunderland this year, begins with a mass start at 7.30am from the old tram stop on Whitburn Road. The course schedule is run/bike/run (5km, 20km and 5km, respectively) and takes in the recently developed coastal area of Seaburn, ending with a picturesque run through Roker Park.
Event organiser, Simon Reynolds, said: “Although it’s an early start, there are always plenty spectators and the tram stop is a great vantage point to see both the run and bike sections.”
This event attracts first timers, as well the more seasoned athletes, para-triathletes, seniors and up-and-coming junior rising stars.
Simon Reynolds said: “As we keep the entrance cost at low level for these types of events and there is plenty help from everyone to get you around. Age is no barrier as we have had quite a few compete who are in their 70s!”
Athletes and supporters will have access to a function room at the Sunderland Grand Hotel which has been reserved especially for this event; refreshments and toilet facilities will be available before and after the race. Results are shown and posted on the website and competitors will be able to see the data straight after the event.
Kieran Proudfoot, who has taken part in the triathlon in previous years, stated: “Its such good fun. Although very tiring and hard work, it is great to do something I love in such a good location.”
To support the duathlon, go to Seaburn beach at 7:30 on Sunday, March 24, to watch competitors start their journey.