Grab a partner and join the duathlon

Athletes take part in the women’s duathlon held at the Cabbage Tree, in Otatara, last year. Photo: Supplied

FOR women who have never taken part in a multisport event before, the Mee and Henry Law Ltd Women’s Duathlon is an ideal starting point.

The event, which will start and end at the Cabbage Tree restaurant, in Otatara, on Sunday, is open to individuals and teams of two aged 10 years and over.

The duathlon incorporates a short course, involving a 500m run/walk, 8km bike and 2km run/walk, and a long course, involving a 500m run/walk, 16km bike and 3km run/walk.

A new run/walk called the Karawhiua will be introduced on the day and consists of a short 3.5km run or a longer run of 5.5km.

Southland Triathlon and Multisport Club secretary Mary Marshall said it was the fifth year the event would be held.

‘‘We are hoping there will be a good turnout because a lot of events have been cancelled, but it is a good opportunity for people to get out and meet together with their friends and
have a fun day out.

‘‘You don’t have to be the fittest or fastest.’’

All participants will receive a medal and a goodie bag put together by Mee and Henry Law Ltd director Liz Henry, and nibbles will be supplied.

Spot prizes would also be given out on the day, Marshall said.

She was grateful to Hazel May Active wear which had donated about 25 items for spot prizes and will have a small stall set up on the day.

A coffee cart will be at the event from 9am-noon.

■ To register for the event, go to or register on the day (with a $5 late fee). Cash only on the day, with registrations open from 8.45am and the event starting at 10am.