Hever Castle in Kent provided the backdrop to a festival of triathlon and multisport this weekend as thousands competed in different swim, bike, run distances.
The 7th edition of the annual event saw competitors take on distances ranging from the new starter-sprint triathlon aimed at beginners, (200m swim, 10km bike and 2km run) up to the Gauntlet Half-iron triathlon (1.9 kilometre swim, 90 kilometre bike and 21 kilometre run).
Over a quarter of the field were first timers with a a third taking part last year.
The event was rounded off by the world’s biggest children’s triathlon, with 1,600 children aged 7 – 15 in the supportive surroundings of the Hever Castle Estate.
Champions crowned at Hever Castle Triathlon
The first title winners were crowned in the Olympic distance race, consisting of a 1500 metre swim, 40-kilometre bike and 10-kilometre run.
Calum Johnson who would take the title, and Johnson crossed the line in 2:02:30 ahead of Sam Wade in 2:03:15. Liam Lloyd completed the podium with a time of 2:07:19.
In the women’s race Catherine Jameson (Jackpot) had a huge lead after the bike and rounded off the race in first and a time of 2:18:31. Following her over the line was Sarah Lewis in 2:21:38 whilst Hannah Kitchen finished third in 2:25:25.
Endurance specialists take on The Gauntlet
The next race winners would came from the Gauntlet race, made up of a 1.9 kilometre swim, 90 kilometre bike and a 21 kilometre run. Over 800 took on The Gauntlet in 2015, growing from 200 in its first year in 2013.
On top of the pile was Ashley Hurdman, making his debut at the distance and finishing ahead of top elites who suffered in the conditions.
Hurdman led from the bike and finished with a time of 4:47:14. In second was pro biker turned triathlete and another debutante, Brennan Townshend in 4:48:04. Third was Pete Dyson in 4:51:28.
Kim Morrison, the European Age Group champion, was also making her elite debut.
She led from the start to finish and a huge gap with 5:22:36. Second placed Ruth Purbrook crossed in 5:41:26 with Kate Mactear third in 5:52:21.
All races began with a swim in the 38 acre Hever Castle Lake with the Olympic and Gauntlet competitors taking on a further unique loop around River Eden.
The cycle takes athletes on a circuit through the High Weald of Kent, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with one lap for the Sprint and two laps for the Olympic-distance racers. Those on The Gauntlet took on a specially designed 2-lap course. The largely off-road run circumnavigates the estate and castle grounds before making the dash to the tree-lined finishing chute beside the lake.
2016 entries open
The event is now open for 2016 registrations with a special 25% early bird discount. Sign up here now for 24/25 September 2016.