Vikki Sivertsen will be in Worcester for September's event

MEDALLIST: Vikki Sivertsen will be taking part in the Worcester City run-bike-run event

MEDALLIST: Vikki Sivertsen will be taking part in the Worcester City run-bike-run event

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A BRITISH bronze medallist on the world stage has signed up to take part in the Worcester City run-bike-run event taking place later this year.

Malvern resident Vikki Sivertsen, who won her medal at April's ITU Sprint Duathlon World Championships, will use the Worcester event as a training tool for the longer, standard events.

The 48 year-old took third place in the F45-49 category in Pontevedra, Spain, but is looking to turn her attention to the more common distances of 10k, 40k and 5K as she bids to qualify for the Great Britain team for the 2015 European Championships.

The Worcester City run-bike-run will allow both individuals and teams to tackle a 50K route, comprising of the opening 10K race, a 35K bike ride, and a further 5K run, finishing against the backdrop of Worcester Racecourse.

Prize money will be on offer for the top three finishers in male and female categories.

Miss Sivertsen, who works at event sponsor Runaround Sports, said: "I was absolutely ecstatic when I realised I’d won bronze at the World Duathlon Championships – I didn’t for one minute think I would finish that high.

“I’ve done well at the sprint distance of duathlon but now I want to have a go at the longer distance, and in terms of preparation, I think the Worcester event is perfect.

“I haven’t ran 10K for a few months but I have run nine marathons, so I’m hoping I’ve still got the legs for the distance.

“It promises to be a fantastic day and I can’t wait to get to the start line.”

The event, scheduled for Sunday, September 21, was set-up by British athletics legend Steve Cram in order to harness the spirit of London 2012, and is the first in a series that Cram hopes to roll out across some of the UK’s most picturesque and historical cities.

The Worcester City Young Athletes Runs will also take place on the day, over a one-mile distance for those under the age of 11, and 3K for those athletes aged between 11 and 15 years-old.

For more information, or to enter the event visit worcestercityrun.com

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