September 24, 2018
This weekend witnessed epic performances as triathletes, runners and swimmers battled with the elements to take part in the 10th Hever Castle Triathlon including 14 different race distances with something for all ages and levels. The weekend festival was about more than sport, but a celebration of participation marked by the Royal Navy Parachute Display team landing with a special anniversary flag, majestic night swim accompanied by jazz musicians and a Speaker Tent filled with celebrities giving inspirational talks. BBC Presenter and GB Triathlete, Louise Minchin, took to the stage and also dived in to the Night Swim and 10k run, enjoying the stunning Castle and event offering.
The 10-year birthday weekend hosted multiple sporting events including:
• Triathlons – The Gauntlet; Half Iron Distance, Olympic, Sprint-Plus, Super-Sprint, Starter Tri and three different junior races;
• Castle Runs – Half Marathon and 10k run;
• Castle Swims – 1 mile, 5k and 2.5k swims.
Saturday night saw the inaugural Night Swim spectacularly light up the Italian loggia and pontoon as they entered the iconic lake wearing glo sticks. 120 swimmers completed one of three distances; 400m/750m or 1500m swim with a course that wound around beautifully lit buoys.
Junior triathletes ‘tri’ed hard in the World’s largest junior event of its kind as 1,500 children aged 8-15 years old took part in various distances. The 11-15 year olds took part in an adapted event as it became a duathlon (run:bike:run) as recommended by the BTF.
Louise Minchin enthused: “I’m so impressed, especially by the young athletes taking part in the Hever Castle Triathlon today in tough conditions. It was a great effort from everyone who raced.”
Elites joined the many first timers and those that compete for fun to end their triathlon season with podium places. Prize ceremonies took place across all distances between multiple bands and the Rock Choir who also shared the stage and added to the festival offering of the event.
The Gauntlet – they came and they conquered, and wow they certainly did as the event threw down the Gauntlet in these testing conditions! Ashley Hurdman (04:52:53), Peter Dyson (04:57:20) and Thomas Webb (05:35:46) took to the male podium and Claire Weller (05:41:58), Emily Iredale (06:17:29) and Rosemary Lobley (06:28:14) took the Gauntlet for the female race all with incredible performances.
The Olympic – a strong field of elites battled to take the podium for the last chance of the season! Calum Johnson (02:12:23), Harrison Rolls-King (02:21:52) and William Kirk (02:22:37). Hannah Munday (02:36:00), Olivia Matthews (02:40:59) and Dotty Bouck-standen (02:50:16) made up the female podium.
There were many winners over the weekend! Incredible determination and efforts. All the results can be seen HERE.
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