With less than two weeks to the fourth outing for the iconic Hever Castle Triathlon in Kent, 3,500 are registered. Preparations are in place for the weekend event, which takes place on 29-30 September, with sign-ups still coming through thick and fast.
This year the event organisers have seen participant numbers increase 25% on last year, and the largest pool of children and elites are taking part to date. With over 70 family groups competing, an inter-schools tournament, a women’s only wave, charity challenge relay races and elites battling it out for the series winning trophies there is a race for everyone.
Elites have need for speed!
This year the Hever Castle Triathlon will welcome a large number of elite triathletes competing to win the series trophies and break record times. The 2011 Castle Triathlon Series winner, Mark Threlfall, will be joined by peer, Rhys Davey. Davey, from the World Challenger Triathlon club, has experienced a stunning year having competed in the Banyoles World Cup and World University Championships in Taiwan.
Catherine Jameson from GI Tri Bridgtown is the favourite to win the female series prize having won the Castle Howard and Chateau de Chantilly Triathlons earlier this year.
The Charity Challenge
Title sponsor, Markel Insurance, has launched a Charity Challenge for 2012, giving teams taking part in the mid-distance race the chance to win a £5,000 charity prize. And the winners will not go away empty-handed either, as each team member will collect the latest iPad.
Spectators have fun
This year there is even more planned for spectators visiting Hever Castle to support their family and friends. Together with plenty of cheering they can enjoy live music, hot air balloon rides, archery and discounted entry to the stunning castle grounds. Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, offers loads to do for all the family including a water maze, adventure playground and stunning gardens.
The Hever Castle race is part of the Markel Insurance Castle Triathlon Series, which includes five exciting weekend events over the summer. Each race offers a high quality, competitive and safe race set in beautiful grounds and truly spectacular surroundings.