Thursday, September 26, 2013
Spike in Interest in Hever Castle Triathlon
Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee took gold and bronze in the triathlon at the London Olympics last year and have spark interest in the Hever Castle Triathlon. The organisers are getting ready to welcome over 5,000 competitors including first timers, 1,300 children and 400 participants taking on The Gauntlet (new half iron distance) on Saturday and Sunday (September 28/29).
On Saturday morning close to 2,000 participants will compete in the sprint distance with many raising money for charity.
The Saturday afternoon will see parents cheer on their children with 1,300 of them aged between 8 and 15 - a record - trying to grasp their own bit of family glory at the Hever Castle Triathlon in the largest children's triathlon in the world.
The children, including 116 pairs of siblings, are hoping to follow in the Brownlee brothers footsteps as they race around the stunning grounds of Hever Castle.
This year 65 schools battle it out for the Inter Schools Tournament trophy with one school (St Lawrence Primary School, Stone Street, near Sevenoaks) entering 20 children and 20 parents including the head teacher trying her hand at her first triathlon in a bid to fundraise for a new classroom.
There will be proud parents aplenty whether they plan to spectate or compete themselves.
The Gauntlet, is the new half iron distance race (1.9km swim / 90km cycle / 21km run), that has attracted serious triathletes from across Europe to race around the scenic Kent countryside, including the 13th world ranking triathlete, David McNamee.
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.
Spectators can enjoy a festival atmosphere at the event village at the Hever Castle Triathlon this weekend 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).
Channel 4 are sending a camera crew and helicopter to take in the action. Footage is due to be broadcast on Channel 4 (7am Sunday October 13), Sky Sports and EuroSport.
Competitors can enter the 2014 events and receive a 30 per cent discount for a limited period of time by visiting www.castletriathlonseries.co.uk, or for more information follow the organisers on Facebook (Castletriathlonseries) or Twitter (@CastleTriathlon).