July 23, 2019
Over 2700 athletes celebrated 10 years of Castle Howard Triathlon this past weekend (20th and 21st July) , including a strong GB elite field, a race appearance from Bailey Matthews who first raced at Castle Howard in 2015, as well as over 600 runners who joined the multisport festival for the second time in 2019.
Since the event was launched in 2009, Castle Howard Triathlon has become the largest triathlon event in the North of England, with a race distance for everyone from 8 years old to the half iron distance Gauntlet race, including new aquabike, aquathlon and duathlon race. This year’s event saw a bumper Festival Village, with Timothy Taylor’s Brewery adding to the festival atmosphere with their Tipi Tent Bar, joining Macmillan Cancer Support’s cheer point where volunteers came to support fundraisers and athletes alike.
The weekend saw inspirational performances from elite triathletes to hundreds of children giving triathlon a go for the first time. Taking part in the 13-15 year old race at Castle Howard was Bailey Matthews, who rose to prominence in 2015 after taking part in his first ever triathlon at the Yorkshire castle. Bailey, who won the Helen Rollason BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity following his first triathlon at Castle Howard, crossed the finish line to rapturous applause on the finish line. On finishing he said, “I enjoyed the bike course because you get to sit down! I have now done Castle Howard triathlon four times, it was my first one in 2015 and I’ve also now completed the Castle Triathlon Series three times!”
Olympic Distance Racing
A strong field of elite athletes took to the Yorkshire castle estate on Sunday, adding to the excitement of a hotly contested standard distance race. Mark Buckingham, who was racing a Castle Triathlon Series race for the first time, took a decisive win putting Liam Lloyd in second place and Alex Chantler, who had led the swim, into second place. In the female race Lucy Hall was crowned winner of the Olympic race, with Lucy Byram and Emily Legg completing the podium.
On the finish line a jubilant Mark Buckingham commented, “ It was a great course, I really enjoyed it, I’m from Yorkshire so I love the rolling hills and the course definitely had that. The swim was good, Alex Chantler led the swim out and I was actually on my fiancé’s feet the whole way through, she actually got out of the swim ahead of me and has bragging rights for ever more! It’s my first time doing a Castle Triathlon Series race, and I’ve got the bug to come back and try more.”
Standard Distance Podium
1st Place – Mark Buckingham – 02:12:0
2nd Place – Liam Lloyd – 02:17:17
3rd Place – Alex Chantler – 02:18:14
1st Place – Lucy Hall – 02:30:49
2nd Place – Lucy Byram – 02:44:16
3rd Place – Emily Legg – 02:53:31
Kate Mactear steps up her Gauntlet victories
Sunday’s half iron distance race saw Kate Mactear pick up another 2019 Gauntlet win following her success at Hever Castle’s Festival of Endurance earlier this month, as well as at Cholmondeley in June. Kate Mactear commented, “This was a really tough course, I really enjoyed the bike section the run was very tough! It was quite similar to Hever so quite hilly. It means a lot to have taken first place again, I’m really looking forward to heading to Chateau de Chantilly and I’m working towards securing my pro licence.
The men’s race saw Brett Halliwell and James Scott-Farington battle it out for first place, with Brett Halliwell coming out on top, less than two minutes ahead of Scott-Farrington. Brett took the win following a second place podium finish at the Festival of Endurance.
1st Place – Brett Halliwell – 04:36:19
2nd Place – James Scott-Farrington – 04:37:57
3rd Place – Isaac Hulse – 04:46:19
1st Place – Kate Mactear – 05:13:43
2nd Place – Jessica Prior – 05:40:07
3rd Place – Caro Harper – 05:44:32
See all race results here.
Castle Run Series brings hundreds of runners to Castle Howard
For the second time 10k and Half Marathon runners joined the start line at Castle Howard, taking on a stunning off-road trail run which takes in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and spectacular landmarks including the Temple of the Four Winds and the Howard Mausoleum. The Half Marathon saw a new course record set, with Charlie Binns completing the undulating run with an impressive time of 01:15:51.
Endurance Runner Susie Chan, who commentated the event, added, “I had a fantastically enjoyable weekened commentating at Castle Howard. It’s always inspiring to see athletes compete from so many different events. It had a great atmosphere too, I especially enjoyed seeing so many runners taking part in the Castle Run Series events!”
Half Marathon results:
1st Place – Charlie Binns – 01:15:51
2nd Place – Jon Dixon – 01:21:26
3rd Place – Charlie Gardner – 01:25:21
1st Place – Rowena Leary – 01:36:46
2nd Place – Hayley Nancolas – 01:37:22
3rd Place – Suzanne Patterson – 01:38:05
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