Castle Howard – Gauntlet 2014
August 1st, 2014 by Fraser
3rd place – 4:22:07
The finish line back drop of Castle Howard in Yorkshire is one of the more stunning you will find for a triathlon event – great work yet again from the Castle Triathlon Series events team.
Last year the Castle Howard event was my first experience of the Castle Triathlon Series and I was mightily impressed with the whole event and especially the surroundings that the venue is hosting amongst. Ali and I had only two weeks previously raced The Bastion Ironman event at Hever Castle in Kent, but given Yorkshire is only! a 4 hour drive for us, we wanted to get down the road and race what is the most ‘local’ of these races for us.
As ever with these races in this series, there are hills aplenty on the bike course plus an off road element to the run section of the races. I was racing the ‘Gauntlet’ half ironman distance event and Ali gave the olympic distance a go. We both thought that the resepective loops out in the countryside aswell as around the castle grounds for both our races were excellent. Hilly and technical, but that represents something different from the norm and for that I think the races should be applauded. All too often these day we are running up and down rather uneventful streets or roads. I wore some of my Skechers trail shoes which worked well for the grass and trails around the castle itself.
I held a lead out on the bike course for much of the ride but was caught by a couple of riders late on and so started the run in the company of Matt Leeman. He then pulled away a few miles into the half marathon and held on for the win a couple minutes up the road. I didn’t have a great middle few miles of the run and so Ricahrd Whitefield also passed me during this period which was frustrating as I couldn’t push on with him but he was moving along nicely and unlucky not to grab the win.
Thanks go to Colin Baldwin Photography for the snaps in this post and I look forward to racing at one of these series events again soon.