August 28, 2018
More than 3,500 athletes enjoyed taking part in the 9th Chateau de Chantilly Triathlon this weekend which included not only triathlon races but also the new Castle Runs (half marathon and 10k), swim only and mixed team relay races making it a sporting celebration for all with a stunning backdrop and incredibly beautiful course. British triathletes joined the race and took home plenty of podium places.
The mixed team relay event in particular was quite a spectacle with 20 teams enjoying the fast race, driven by the victory of the French Triathlon Team who became world champions a few weeks ago.
Once again, Chateau de Chantilly Triathlon was privileged to welcome a strong British and French elite field to the event and great to see so many return to defend their title. In the Women’s Olympic race, Catherine Jameson returned to take the top spot on the podium for the second year in a row, putting Olivia Matthews in second place, closely followed by Hannah Munday in third place. In the men’s race Castle Triathlon Series veteran Luke Pollard won the Olympic title for the third year in a row, with Sam Wade close behind in second place and Victor Debil-Caux in third place.
The Gauntlet (Le Gantlet); half iron-distance, has won a lot of admiration in France with a continued growing field, this year welcoming 460 athletes. After 1.9km of swimming, 90km of cycling and 21km of running, this year, British Sam Pictor won the male race in 4h 08min and Marielle Lacroix won the race in 4h 52min for women.
The venue was made for the new Castle Run Series as runners ran around the Grand Canal and through the stunning castle gardens. 500 runners joined the inaugural runs which sets the premise for an increasingly popular run race. It’s quite a unique event in offering a finishing line that circumnavigates a Chateau fountain before receiving a medal and finishing line banquet.
See full results here.
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