August 27, 2019
Castle Triathlon Series returned to France’s Chateau de Chantilly this Bank Holiday weekend to host and celebrate the Tenth triathlon event. Over ten years the event has grown to a two day festival of swim bike run, hosting a variety of triathlons, from junior athletes to half iron distance triathletes, as well as a range of Marathon, Half Marathon and open water swim races.
The stunning Louis XV chateau witnessed incredible performances from elite triathletes and first time triathletes alike, with the record-breaking Bank Holiday temperatures adding to the challenge of the day.
In the Half Iron Gauntlet race British elite athletes reigned supreme, with Sam Pictor holding on to his crown after also winning the Gauntlet race in 2018. Despite the hotter conditions, Pictor shaved 14 minutes of his time, crossing the Finish Line with an impressive time of 03:54:50. Kate Mactear continued her winning streak this season, taking the top spot on the Chantilly podium with a time of 04:38:00.
British elite athletes also dominated the men’s Olympic podium, with Sam Wade finishing in first place with 02:01:19, followed by Lewis Byram in 02:05:11. The women’s race saw Lucy Byram complete the Chantilly standard distance course in 02:20:56 to take first place, with Hana Kolarova returing to Castle Triathlon Series to take second place with 02:35:05.
See all race results here.
Castle Run Series events grow
Sunday saw over 700 marathon, half marathon and 10k runners join triathletes on the off-road run course, taking in the Chateau’s Parc de Sylvie, a woodland garden, as well as the world-renowned racecourse, Hippodrome de Chantilly. The first Castle Run Series Marathon took place on Sunday (25th August), with Abdellah El Badri setting the male course record with 03:28:27, and Valentine Jiolat setting the female course record with 04:03:50
September will see the Castle Triathlon Series season finale take place at the iconic Hever Castle on the 28th and 29th September. The 11th event expects over 6,000 athletes to swim, cycle and run in the stunning Kent countryside, with a race distance and multisport event type to suit junior and adult triathletes alike.
Chateau de Chantilly Triathlon and Multisport Festival returns on 29th and 30th August 2020. Sign up before 1st September to secure a 30% discount here.