Athletes set for charity 
duathlon at Althorp House

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Novices and experienced athletes alike are gearing up for the Althorp Duathlon and Run on October 18.

The duathlon, which includes a separate 10k run, 40k bike sprint and a 5k run, will also be raising money for Meningitis Now, a charity that helps victims of the disease.

The race, which is organised by On Your Marks Events, starts and finishes outside the historic Althorp Manor from 9am and also offers competitors the choice of competing in shorter distances.

John Tanton, who lives in Flore, founded On Your Marks Events after his son Mark died after contracting meningitis in September 2010.

He said while the duathlon was a commercial event, runners were expected to raise hundred of pounds for Meningitis Now.

He added: “This will be a qualifier for the European Championships. We should have more runners than the event last year. We have a lot of regular runners but you don’t have to be a member of the British Triathlon Federation to take part.”

The route sees runners head through the Althorp estate on the quiet, scenic roads between the villages of Little Brington and Great Brington. The 10k run and 40k bike ride will take two laps of their respective circuits.

The event will feature full catering, motorcycle referees with first aid training, ambulance service sports therapy, retail stalls and live music for supporters to enjoy.

On Your Marks Events are also offering competitors who successfully raise more than £100 for Meningitis Now a refund on their race fee.

Registration opens from 5pm to 6pm on Thursday, October 16. For more information on prices and details on registration, visit www.onyourmarksevents.org/events1/duathlon/althorp-run-duathlon.html.