July 24, 2018
Amongst the 15 different triathlon, run and swim events on offer at Castle Howard Triathlon last weekend, The Gauntlet half iron distance, was the most heroic of them all. Over 100 athletes accepted the challenge to pick up the Gauntlet and were challenged not only by a tough course, but the severe heat. This didn’t phase the triathletes performances though!
Female winner of the Gauntlet, Debbie Greig from Speedhub Racing Team, who was 6th overall (2nd overall out of the water) and the female winner by 21 minutes (04:43:15) also took the mantle of having the 2nd fastest course record, only second to Natalie Seymour who completed it in 04:39:56 in a previous event. Greig was joined on the podium by Claire Weller from Ipswich Triathlon Club (05:04:26) in second and Dionne Allen (05:20:17) from Race Hub in third.
Greig enthuses: “The Gauntlet race was so much fun from the start. I tried to catch the boys in the swim but only managed out the water 2nd overall!! The run up to transition was tougher than I had anticipated, but the crowds were so encouraging! On the bike, I overestimated my handling skills and lost my bottle with all my gels on a speedbump, so lost time stopping to replenish; but the course was so beautiful and the inclines definitely kept it interesting! I was in 5th place until I got passed on the 2nd lap of the bike course, so was hoping I could run back up to 5th on the 3rd discipline. This wasn’t the case, when the heat took its toll! One of the most challenging races to date with the hills and terrain, but with the comradery and support from not only spectators, but fellow competitors that I have never encountered in a big race before, I definitely hope to come back and defend my title!”
The male race saw a tighter race for the podium which was finally clinched by professional triathlete, Sam Pictor with an admirable time of 04:08:10, just ten seconds short of the course record set by Elliot Smales. The race was on for the second and third place with just a 48 second gap. Paul Kerr (04:15:23) just pipped Ashley Hurdman (04:16:11) to the second place.
The Gauntlet at Castle Howard Triathlon has a prize pot of £2,000 and complemented by a free set of Wheelscience Performance Wheels worth up to £1,800 for the Gauntlet fastest bike split (rotates between male and female athletes at events). The wheels promising to slice off 2 minutes from a bike leg were awarded to Sam Pictor at this event.
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