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The London Duathlon

Nearly 4,000 duathletes tamed Richmond

Well done to all at The London Duathlon…

The world’s largest duathlon got even bigger this year as 3,686 participants took part in the Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity London Duathlon at London’s Richmond Park.

Thousands of spectators lined the course at the run, bike, run event, which is closed off from traffic for the only time in the year. 2009 also saw the first children’s duathlon with competitors as young as three years old participating.

Chelsea and Westminster Healthy Charity is the official NHS charity supporting the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and official sponsor of the London Duathlon. The charity supports innovation and excellence in healthcare at the hospital by raising funds and making grants to projects and research that make a difference to quality of care for patients, their families and staff. This year, all funds raised for the charity through the London Duathlon will go towards the neonatal and paediatric units at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.

Gary Lawson, Chief Executive of Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity, said

“We are extremely grateful to those who participated in the 2009 Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity London Duathlon, along with their supporters and friends. They have all helped raise a substantial amount of money for the paediatric and neonatal units at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. This support will make a crucial contribution to the quality of care for patients, their families and staff.”

Nick Rusling, managing director of IMG Mass Participation Sports said, “It has been a very successful day at the Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity London Duathlon here at Richmond Park. We have seen a record number of competitors turn out today, which demonstrates the growth and popularity of the sport as well as the London Duathlon as an event.”

For more information on the Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity London Duathlon please visit www.thelondonduathlon.co.uk

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Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.