Castle Triathlon Series; Castle Howard
July 24th, 2013 by Fraser
1.5k, 46k, 10k – 2.10.57, 1st place
A great race on Sunday morning in Yorkshire, pushed all the way to the line by David Bishop with Luke Watson in 3rd
Castle Howard was a simply stunning venue for an event and I was really pleased to have been able to take part. Given I raced an Ironman just two weeks past, I wasn’t too sure how I would fare dropping down to a speedier distance. However Ali had entered and we were travelling down with our good friends Graham and Gillian so it was going to be a fun road trip regardless. I’m really glad I got to experience the event and would certainly suggest anyone give this race a go next year.
I was amazed by the Castle and grounds within which the race course was staged. It was very impressive indeed and certainly not your usual triathlon race location, which was something I really appreciated. Also with the large grounds and various things to do and see whilst we were out racing it was a really spectator and family friendly place to stage a triathlon.
With a live music band, fresh food and activities for kids such as rock climbing on offer it felt like a mini festival. Great fun!
The water temperature was a balmy 23C but with a wetsuit ‘optional’ decision plus a rather ‘reedy’ lake it made for a slightly more challenging start to the race but it was the 400m grassy uphill run to T1 which was the most demanding!
The run was certainly a difficult one! I think it was the sort of loop through the surrounding trails and grassy fields that an Xterra/off road triathlon would have been proud of, but I thoroughly enjoyed it; a nice change from the norm. I finished the slightly longer than usual bike ride with a couple minutes buffer and was able to hold on for the win by around 20secs which was a nice way to finish for a change plus Ali finished in 2nd place making for a great day out all round 😉
Many thanks to the Castle Howard team for putting on a fantastic day of racing – in the afternoon there were hundreds of kids taking part in various distances of races, all in the safety of the traffic free environment and it was brilliant to see so many kids swim, bike and running!
I am very much looking forward to taking part in the next Castle Series event in Chantilly, northern France next month.
The fantastic gardens and spectator friendly surroundings of the Castle Howard Estate. – A cracking race venue!
*Thanks to Colin Baldwin Photograhy for some of the pictures in this post*