Carlisle City Urban Trail Race
Athletes will congregate in front of the magnificent East window of our stunning 12th Century Cathedral. Running from the cathedral round the cobbled Fisher Street you will pass the award winning Tullie House museums original Victorian entrance.
What is a Duathlon?
A duathlon is a an event that brings together running and cycling into one challenge. The format starts with a sprint, before moving onto a cycle section, and then back to a sprint. Before you get started with a duathlon, you’ll need to prepare yourself for both disciplines, becoming a master at running and cycling.
How to train for a duathlon for beginners
Your training for duathlon will be trickier than most, as you have to prepare for two types of sport in one race. You should aim to train at least three times a week to keep yourself on track. You might need to split up your running and cycling sessions, as it can be tricky to plan where you can stop and swap onto the bike. You can find more tips for training here
Know the rules
There’s not too many rules to know about with a duathlon, and the ones you’ll need to pay attention to mostly concern the bike section, or the transitions between the run and cycle sections. Some things to be aware off are:
You have to keep your helmet on whenever you’re using the bike. So once you finish the first run, you’ll have to put the helmet on before getting on the bike, and keep it on until you’ve finished the cycle section completely.
You have to keep at least three bike lengths between you and the bike in front. If you want to overtake, you’re allowed 15 seconds to get past the person, otherwise you’ll have to fall back to the three lengths again. Riding too close or alongside another cyclist is known as “drafting”, and you can get disqualified for it.
There will be marked transition areas between the sections of the race, and there will normally be a transition line before the cycle section, and you mustn’t get on the bike before crossing this line.
Top Duathlon Events in 2020
We have picked out the best duathlon taking place in 2019. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Duathlon Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.
Taking place in September 2020 the London Duathlon is a great event for athletes of any ability so might be the perfect start if you are thinking of doing a duathlon for the first time. It has a run-bike-run format with 4 different distance options all courses will take you around Richmond park and the surrounds closed off roads.
Find out more about this event here
After passing Radio Cumbria studios and Tullie House’s modern rotunda entrance. You will reach the Caldew gate entrance through ancient city wall defence. Take a flight of steps up onto the Millennium Bridge. The bridge takes you over the controversial 1970s 4 lane highway that divided the city then, and the tourism chiefs now.
The steps off the bridge deliver you directly in front of the Norman Castle. A short run along the front of it at the ruined castle walls you will turn left slightly downhill then uphill to continue your Carlisle Castle tour. High above the park below, running to the far corner of Castle a sharp left awaits and a gentle drop back down toward Millennium Bridge to complete the Castle loop. Onto Devonshire Walk then left turn into the tree lined avenue leading to Sheepmount Sports Stadium.
When reaching the sheepmount go straight across the ring road and run along the river bank coming up the steps and under Eden Bridge carrying straight on past the Sands Centre and following the trail round to St Adians Road Bridge. Turn right after the bridge and follow the track to the right. You will then complete a well signed / marshalled circuit of Rickerby Park taking you back over St Adian Road Bridge. Retracing your steps back to the finish at the rear of The Sands Centre.
Race HQ is The Sands Centre, Carlisle, CA1 1J. There is ample parking, however it is pay and display.Registration and entries on the day will be upstairs just inside the main entrance and will be open from 17:30 to 18:45. A race briefing will be held at the back of the THE SANDS CENTRE at 18:45 prompt before athletes are walked for the 19:15 start at the Cathedral, Approximately 800m away. The race will be hand timed so please ensure your race number is securely fastened and clearly visible. The route will be marked with signs, white painted arrows on the ground and main turns will have marshals. The finish will be in Bitts Park near the tennis courts. At the finish collect your medal and enjoy the refreshments. Prizes will be presented to the first 3 male and female finishers shortly after the third athlete has finished all other age group prizes will posted out. All age group prizes will be awarded to male & female and are determined by the number of entries in each age group