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Hever Castle Triathlon 2016 report
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Posted on: Monday 26th September 2016


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Yvonne Turner reports from the 2016 Hever Castle Triathlon, the marquee event of the Castle Triathlon Series (www.castletriathlonseries.co.uk).


Triathlon unites and inspires the bond between siblings, friends and family at the 2016 Hever Castle Triathlon

Sibling bonding, friendship and sporting camaraderie were the theme this weekend at the Hever Castle Triathlon. The World’s largest children’s triathlon continued the Brownlee spirit, with a festival of sport at the historical Kentish and iconic venue.

There were 108 pairs of siblings racing over the weekend including children, adults and elites, Sam and Tom Wade. The next generation of young triathletes also looked to continue the Olympic legacy as they competed alongside over 1,400 other children, including Bailey Matthews (Helen Rollason BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 winner), who this time rejected his walker for a solo run to complete his fifth and final Castle Triathlon Series event of the season.

Hever Castle Triathlon 2016

There were huge crowds to welcome the thousands of competitors who crossed the finishing line, many celebrating not only their triathlon achievement, but the fundraising accomplishments for amazing and personal causes. Many competitors were raising money for children motivated by the event’s National Charity, NSPCC

The spirit was exceptionally popular, one team, Team Phoenix, saw eight women complete their first ever triathlon as part of a rehabilitation exercise to recover from breast cancer.

Hever Castle Triathlon 2016

Continuing the charity theme, Penny Lancaster (Rod Stewart’s wife) completed her first triathlon in a relay with school friends she had known since the age of five. Penny enthused: “My son and niece inspired me when they took part last year. I promised I would do my first this year and have roped in my dear school friends to make a relay. I’ve loved the experience and so pleased to do it to raise money for the incredible work carried out by the children’s hospice; Demelza.”

Hever Castle Triathlon 2016

There were eight different course lengths, with children and elites using different versions of the same course throughout the weekend. Starter, super and sprint plus competitors kicked off the weekend on Saturday morning, whilst elites and long distance triathletes took the lead on Sunday morning, conquering the admirable distances of the Olympic and Gauntlet triathlon.

The afternoons were left for the kids, allowing them to be inspired by the seniors in the morning, before taking on the course in front of friends, families and adult competitors in the afternoon.

The Olympic distance saw a strong field of elites compete for the podium with Sam Wade taking the prize spot followed by Alastair Weymouth and Liam Lloyd. The girls had a great race too with Hannah Drewett finishing first ahead of Hannah Kitchen and Grace France.

Hever Castle Triathlon 2016

The unique swim loop around the River Eden and Sixteen-acre island was hailed as one of the best open water swim routes on the UK circuit. Winner of the Gauntlet, Ewan Brown (Edinburgh Road Club), commented, “The swim was incredible, the nicest swim I’ve ever done!” Female winner, Ruth Purbrook broke the course record set by Carol Bridge shaving four minutes off the lead position. Chantal Cummings took the second place followed by Linda Evans.

Finally, national and local media once again descended on the Castle event to catch the action in the stunning grounds. However, the TV coverage for the event was second to the incredible well wishing for competitors received on BBC Breakfast. BBC sports reporter Mike Bushell broadcast a personally produced programme about the event and the incredible children’s participation. Which finished with a personal message of luck from the Brownleee brothers. 

Results

To see the full results please click here.

Olympic

Position Men Women
1. Sam Wade (02:07:16) Hannah Drewett (02:21:23)
2. Alastair Weymouth (02:08:57) Hannah Kitchen (02:21:53)
3. Liam Lloyd (02:10:30) Grace France (02:22:59)

Hever Castle Triathlon 2016

The Gauntlet

Position Men Women
1. Ewan Brown (04:31:00) Ruth Purbrook (05:11:3)
2. Pete Dyson (04:39:10) Chantal Cummings (05:15:25)
3. Tom Higgins (04:50:09) Linda Evans (05:22:33)

Hever Castle Triathlon 2016

Sign up for 2017

The Castle Triathlon Series has announced the dates for 2017 with registration now open for early bird entries. Hever Castle Triathlon 2017 will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September 2017 – sign up now.

Hever Castle Triathlon 2016


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