– Last chance to enter all levels and end your season at the iconic event
With just three weeks to go, the organisers of the Hever Castle Triathlon are getting geared up to welcome over 5,000 competitors including 1,200 children and 400 bold participants taking on The Gauntlet.
The Gauntlet, is the new half iron distance race (1.9km swim / 90km cycle / 21km run), that is attracting serious triathletes from across Europe to race around the scenic Kent countryside, including the 13th world ranking triathlete, David McNamee. McNamee comments on his shift to a longer race distance; “I’m very much looking forward to taking part in the Hever Castle Triathlon. It’s exciting to go into a completely new style of racing, with no expectations, just to see how I fare over a different format. I have never even been on a time trial bike so post London World Championships I will be jumping on one to get as much practice in as possible. No matter the result from what I have heard from other athletes I am in for an enjoyable day of racing at Hever Castle”.
The Saturday afternoon will see parents covered in goose bumps as they cheer their children on. With 1,200 taking part is likely to be the largest children’s triathlon in the world and will include lots of siblings and school classes racing together. Many children have claimed that London 2012 motivated them to take part and pay tribute to the Brownlee brother’s performance. Schools will have the chance to win an Inter Schools Tournament Trophy.
Media are excited about the growing event with Channel 4 sending a camera crew and helicopter to take in the action. Footage is due to be broadcast on Channel 4, Sky Sports and Euro Sports.
The Hever Castle Triathlon is part of the Markel Castle Triathlon Series which is increasingly well known for the beautiful venues and scenic grounds, held at iconic castles across Europe, promising a high quality triathlon festivals and race for all levels, from first-timers and children, to elite performers. Last year the Series attracted over 8,000 competitors including Olympian Tim Don and this year it is offering even more to appeal to fans and new followers.
Spectators can enjoy a festival atmosphere at the event village whilst they watch the races, including archery, live bands, refreshments, hot air balloon, bouncy castle and access to the castle grounds (Adults pay £5/children aged 5 – 15 pay £3).
Competitors can enter an event by visiting www.castletriathlonseries.co.uk, calling 01892 870681, or for more information follow us on f: Castletriathlonseries or @CastleTriathlon.