Kids battle heat wave to conquer Canute | Knutsford Times

Kids battle heat wave to conquer Canute

By on July 10, 2018

Over 135 local primary school children fought temperatures in the high 20s to complete the 2018 Smart Financial Canute Kid’s Duathlon.

The event was held at Egerton Youth Club on Sunday 8th July and comprised of four run-bike-run events and a fun run.

“It was another super event and the way the children performed in that heat was so inspirational,” organiser Vicky MicKinnon of Knutsford said.  

Participant numbers were up on 2018 which forced organisers to alter their plans.  

“We had to split one of the age groups into two races because there were so many children wanting to take part!” Fellow organiser Helen Murray said.

Amy Roberts from Knutsford Triathlon Club and Ethan Davies of North Cheshire Clarion were the winners in the Years 6-7 race.

Millie Burchall put on an incredible display to finish second overall behind boy’s winner Zack Cocksedge in the Years 4-5 race.

Elsie Suthard and Knutsford Triathlon Club’s Edward Thomas took the wins in the Years 1-3 race.

Farah Armitage completed the 1km fun run despite having open heart surgery two years ago, whilst her older brother Brodie did his first duathlon.  

“My kids were probably the smallest two competitors taking part, but it was such an awesome day,” proud Dad Dave Armitage said.

Local financial planning company Smart Financial contributed to the running costs of the races and Chief Executive Steve Martin travelled from Spain to present the prizes.

“It’s such a fantastic initiative to help promote an active lifestyle for boys and girls and we are so proud to be associated with such a brilliant local event,” Mr Martin said.

The Canute Duathlons will return in 2019.  For the latest information check out the website and Twitter @canuteduathlon1

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