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Durty Events’ Winter Duathlon Series kicks off on 2 December.

Durty Events Winter Duathlon SeriesDurty Events’ award-winning team are gearing up for the Winter Duathlon Series’ opening event, which is being staged for the first time at Bowhill House and Country Estate, Selkirk, in The Scottish Borders, this weekend.

The three duathlon events, that feature mountain biking and trail running, will be staged in December (02), January (27) and February (24), each course progressively longer and more challenging than the other; and entries are open now to solo competitors and teams of two.

The Bowhill Winter Duathlon Series is in its 11th year and always attracts an enthusiastic band of competitors keen to take part in one of the fastest growing mass participation multi-sports in the UK.  The only difference from a Triathlon is that a Duathlon does not include the Durty Events’ special of a swim in chilly open water; that delight is saved for later in the 2013 Durty calendar of events.

Durty Events, are keen to stress that all three Duathlon events are open to anyone from novices just wanting to have a go at an achievable challenge while keeping fit to elite athletes looking for some winter training in a fun and relaxed environment.

Scottish and European Under 23 Cross Triathlon Champion, Rory Downie has signed up for the Bowhill Winter Duathlon Series. He said: “The Bowhill Duathlon Series is sure to be a cracker. I’ve been to loads of Durty Events and never been let down! The Winter Duathlons are perfect winter training in a friendly laid back environment and a great introduction to off-road racing; it’s how I started.”

For the first Duathlon in the series, this Sunday (2 December), the 150 competitors will complete a mountain bike ride on mainly blue graded trails followed by a trail run. The elite athletes are expected to finish in 40 minutes (20 minutes for each discipline), with the slower competitors averaging 60 to 70 minutes.

Entries are still open for Sunday’s event and are priced from £12 for solo competitors. For a team of two, one biking, one running, the price is £20 and £27.

Paul McGreal from Durty Events said: “This is the first time we’ve used Bowhill for our Winter Duathlon Series and we can promise all those taking part an achievable challenge on some terrific forest track.  It’s going to be an adventurous but achievable and fun day out for all of our 150 athletes.”

The first Bowhill Duathlon Event will be held on Sunday 2 December 2012 with the others following on Sunday 27 January and Sunday 24 February 2013.

For more information on Durty Events, The Bowhill Duathlon Series and entry details go to –

Earlier this month the CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon, held at Shieldaig in Wester Ross and organised by the Durty Events team was judged the Best Event of 2012 at the coveted Annual British Triathlon (Federation) Awards, ‘the Oscars of Triathlon’.  CELTMAN! is an iron-like race with a twist – 3.8km Sea Loch Swim, 202km Road Bike round Wester Ross, and finally a 42km Run that is mostly off-road and takes in two Munro mountain tops. is the online home of Triathlon Plus. Save time and money by having every issue delivered to your door or digital device by subscribing to the print edition or buying digitally through Zinio or Apple Newsstand.

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