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Hever Castle Triathlon 2014 report
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Posted on: Wednesday 1st October 2014

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We've already published a couple of athlete reports from the 2014 Hever Castle Triathlon courtesy of our columnists Karl Alexander and Bob Holloway.

The event has now developed into a two day festival with around 7000 athletes off all ages racing across a whole range of distances. The weekend weather was perfect too - here is the roundup from the weekend.

Thousands flock to the triathlon festival of the season

Now the second largest triathlon in the UK, Hever was awash with thousands of competitors, from first timers, to tri club veterans with international and home elites providing even more interest. It was a weekend of firsts for many; from children being introduced to the sport, many first time adults crossing the line, PBs and hundreds taking on a new distance and challenging themselves as they have never done before.

All the action was captured by the Channel 4 film crew with cameras following the racing over two days including the marquee Gauntlet event which saw triathletes take on the unique 1900m swim loop, 90km cycle and 21km cross country run.

Hever Castle Triathlon

Sprint start to the weekend

The previous day saw the triathlon festival weekend kick off with 2,300 competitors starting their day with a 400 metre swim, 20km cycle and 4km run. Just over 200 more went for a Sprint Plus option with 800m swim, 40km cycle and 8km run. There were many winners with hundreds of first timers including a prominent wave of KPMG employees and teams taking part in the Markel Insurance Challenge. There was even an engagement at the finishing line!

The Olympic

Some of the nations finest speedsters took on the Olympic distance triathlon. Calum Johnson set a brand new course record with a time of 1:59:25. Sam Wade took second with Pete Dyson completing the podium.

In the women's race, the favourite was India Lee and she showed why with a commanding victory. A swift swim and a super-fast bike and run resulted in the deserved victory and an astonishing margin of nine minutes for the new course record. Rounding off the podium was Rachel Hallam and Joanne Gorrod.

Over 2,200 age groupers completed the Olympic course, enjoying the fabulous big-race atmosphere at Hever Castle with PB's galore and smiles all-round.

Hever Castle Triathlon

The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet win went to France after an eventful race which saw Victor Debril-Caux come away with the victory and his French compatriot Cedric Lassonde finishing second. In third place came young prospect Dan Bigham, who is hotly tipped for an exciting future in the sport.

Catherine Jameson, fresh from a hot season racing in the US set a blistering swim, with a huge four minute gap over the course record holder Carol Bridge and South African national champion Tracy Markham. Jameson pushed hard on the bike coming into the castle T2 in 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Sadly Catherine changed the game as she withdrew early in the run with gastro distress, which seemingly opened the door for race favourite and the course record holder Carol Bridge to successfully defend her crown which was very close but for a wrong turn on the run route allowing age-grouper Maria Powell (5:34:39) to take the win by a minute. Despite the error, Carol Bridge (5:36:00) ran magnificently to get herself back into contention and finished in second whilst Tracy Markham rounded off the podium.

An additional 600 age-groupers crossed the line, making this the biggest Gauntlet race in the Castle Triathlon Series and treble the numbers seen in 2013.

The World's largest children's triathlon

1,900 junior triathletes wrote a new chapter of history at Hever Castle, as the record for the worlds biggest children's triathlon was set once again at the venue, breaking the old record from the same race last year. There were goose bumps and elated tears as the sports next generation accomplished their own personal goals – with many vowing to come back next year ready to beat their PB records and set the records bar even higher.

Hever Castle Triathlon on TV

For those missing the action, or those wishing to enjoy the memories of the event, Channel 4 will be broadcasting an hour programme at 07:00am on Saturday 18th October.

Full results can be seen HERE.

2015 registration open – competitors can click HERE to enjoy the early bird 30% discount for all race distances and venues.

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