October 1, 2019
Hever Castle Triathlon celebrated the end of a stunning Castle Triathlon Series season this year, which has seen the series expand to incorporate a range of multisport distances, the growth of off-road running and open water swims at the weekend festivals and the celebration of 10 Year Anniversary events at Castle Howard, Cholmondeley Castle and Chateau de Chantilly.
Over 6,000 athletes descended on the Kent castle estate, with elite athletes including Sam Wade, Lucy Byram, Liam Lloyd and Calum Johnson joining the start line alongside thousands of adult and junior participants, despite Sunday’s wet weather.
Widening participation with a race distance for all
Building on the reputation as an inclusive series with a race distance to suit all, 2019 has seen Castle Triathlon Series add a range of multisport distances; sprint and standard aquabike, duathlon and aquathlon were added to each castle venue in 2019, including Hever Castle. The Castle Run Series and Castle Swim Series races also grew, with ha alf marathon, 10k runs, and a range of open water swims bringing runners and swimmers to each of the multisport festivals.
Sam Wade and Saskia Ricks win the Gauntlet
With wet weather and wind across Kent on Sunday morning, Gauntlet (Half Iron) triathletes did not let the tough conditions dampen their spirits, as the cycle route was adjusted to accommodate the weather, resulting in a 30km reduction in the cycle. The men’s race saw Sam Wade, a Castle Triathlon Series veteran, take first place on the male podium, and Saskia Ricks from Battersea Harriers take first place on the female podium.
Male Gauntlet Podium
|1st Place||Sam Wade||03:35:57|
|2nd Place||Brett Halliwell||03:42:32|
|3rd Place||Clive Carter||03:45:41|
Female Gauntlet Podium
|1st Place||Saskia Ricks||04:32:54|
|2nd Place||Jana Riedmann||04:35:53|
|3rd Place||Suzi Perry||04:36:39|
Olympic Distance Racing
Pro-triathletes flocked to Hever Castle Triathlon, one of the largest triathlon season finale events in the UK, to take part in Sunday’s Olympic distance race, for the chance to claim a Series prize. Both the male and female races were hotly contested across the swim, cycle and run legs of the course, with the run taking in both Hever Castle and Chiddingstone Castle estates.
The men’s podium was dominated by Castle Triathlon Series veterans, with Calum Johnson taking the top spot, and Holmfirth Harriers’ Lucy Byram taking first place in the women’s race with a time of 02:22:44.
Male Olympic Podium
|1st Place||Calum Johnson||01:59:56|
|2nd Place||Luke Pollard||02:02:43|
|3rd Place||Liam Lloyd||02:03:00|
Female Olympic Podium
|1st Place||Lucy Byram||02:22:44|
|2nd Place||Claudia Millicent Kelsall||02:28:09|
|3rd Place||Rhiannon Middleton||02:32:35|
Festival Village helps athletes and spectators celebrate sporting success
This past weekend saw Hever Castle Triathlon celebrate athlete’s sporting achievements with plenty going on in the Festival Village. Live bands played on the main stage throughout the weekend, and inspiring speakers, including Endurance Runner Susie Chan, who has completed the Marathon des Sables four times, hosted athlete Q&A session in the Timothy Taylor’s Tipi Bar. With thousands of spectators cheering on athletes at the Finish Line and across the cycle and run routes, Macmillan Cancer Support hosted Cheer Points to support athletes and fundraisers alike.
Special 30% for Castle Triathlon Series 2020
To celebrate the end of the triathlon season, ALL Castle Triathlon Series events in 2020 will be available with a 30% discount, until Monday 7th October 2019. Hever Castle Triathlon will return on 26th and 27th September 2020.
To see all 2020 dates, and enter with a 30% discount, please click here.