Kids Duathlon Series finishes on a high in Knutsford | Knutsford Times

Kids Duathlon Series finishes on a high in Knutsford

By on July 9, 2019

Photo Credit: Helen Murray

The 2019 Smart Financial Canute Kids Duathlon Series drew to a successful close in Knutsford on Sunday July 7th with over 120 children taking part. 

The run-bike-run and Fun Run events for children between 4-12 years of age took place at Egerton Youth Club.

 “Clearly the word has been getting out there about just how much fun these events are!” Organiser Vicky McKinnon said. 

“There were so many entries that we ended up having separate races for girls and boys in the two most popular age groups,” said McKinnon. 

The three-race series visited Lymm in May and Wrexham in June, before returning to the Knutsford venue. 

“Putting on two extra races in two new venues this year was a huge challenge and a lot of hard work,” fellow Organiser Helen Murray of Chelford said.  

 “But we are so proud that over the three events this year, we have helped to inspire nearly 300 children and their parents to have fun, be active and challenge themselves.” Murray said.  

Zoe Gilbody executed a superb race to win the Year 5-7 event in Knutsford. She was almost two minutes clear of the boy’s winner Sam Pearce. 

Elsie Suthard and Thomas Nixon were the winners of the Years 3-4 race while Bee Metcalfe and Alfie Edwards won the Years 1-2 races. 

Sam Pearce, Elsie Suthard, Arthur Fordyce, Evie Webster and Jonty Fordyce were also crowned as overall series winners and took home special medals to mark their achievements.

“While we witnessed some incredible individual performances from the winners, what is so nice about our events is that it isn’t all super-fast kids in Lycra,” McKinnon said.  

“Many children are doing their first duathlon, some struggle to even fasten their helmet on their own, but our wonderful marshals from Knutsford Tri Club help every single child feel like a sporting superstar and that’s what makes it so special,” she added 

The organising team were once again supported by local financial planning company Smart Financial and their Chief Executive Steve Martin. 

“We are so proud to be associated with such an incredible initiative,” Martin said.  “As a parent of two young boys, I know there aren’t many inclusive events out there for their age group, which is why I am so passionate about it.” 

“The kids who take part in the Canute Kids Duathlons all finish with a huge grin and they learn so many valuable life lessons along the way, like not giving up, supporting others and enjoying sport and activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.  

“It is a truly special series and I’m excited to watch it grow in the years ahead.”

For more information about future races, visit and Twitter @canuteduathlon1

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