Still time to enter the annual Jake Porter Duathlon

Last year's event gets under way in glorious sunshine. Photo: Kevin Jones
Last year’s event gets under way in glorious sunshine. Photo: Kevin Jones

Today is the closing date for online entries to Sunday’s Jake Porter Duathlon, which combines the running and cycling disciplines of the triathlon.

Shetland Triathlon Club renamed its duathlon championships after Jake in 2013 and provided an opportunity to raise money for CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland).

Jake, who died in November 2012 aged 11 after a battle with Infantile Battens Disease, was known to many of the club members so they thought this was a great opportunity to raise money for a great cause.

Sixty people have already signed up for Sunday’s event, which starts from Tingwall Hall.

Competitors will run 2.1 miles around the main road loop clockwise, then following a quick change will cycle up north to a designated turn point to come back to the hall after 13.5 miles and then complete the course with an identical 2.1 mile run.

Organiser Pete Fenwick said: “We are encouraging people to come and have a go at a run-cycle-run, either individually or in teams. Due to restrictions on insurance for the event, all competitors must be over 16.”

Jake’s mother June added: “It’s always a very special day. Seeing so many folk out there taking part, having fun, and completing personal challenges is a great way to remember Jake, and raise valuable funds for CHAS.”


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