Athletes travelled from around the country to enjoy a weekend filled of swim bike and run. Swimmers enjoyed exclusive access to Deer Park Mere, cyclists tackled long courses through the grounds and surrounding lanes, and runners were rewarded with breathtaking views of panoramic views of the Beeston and Peckforton Hills after the tough climb up Tower Hill. Cholmondeley Castle really is a stunning place to race, made all the or special by loud and loyal supporters dotted around the courses cheering!
Saturday morning was kickstarted with Sprint Plus and Sprint Triathlon races, followed by Duathlons, Aquabikes and Aquathlon events. The morning session was rounded off with Super Sprint and Starter Sprint Triathlons and the Swim Series.
In the afternoon, attention to youth events with three different age groups taking on their triathlon courses, all which included athletes competing in the TENW Junior Series. Last but certainly no means least was the ever exciting Mixed Team Relay race. This year the event was hosting the TENW Championships which saw 32 teams battle it out for the top spot. Congratulations to Willesden Warthogs!
Sunday morning saw Gauntlet athletes head into the lake at 8am to complete our infamous half iron man distance, a 1.9k swim, 90k bike and 21.1k run. The first man back was Matthew Lear (04:33:57) and first woman was Charlotte Black of Stockport Tri Club (05:56:21).
More triathletes complete the Olympic distance and Youth distances. Duathletes, Aquathlon and Aquabike athletes were back to complete the longer race distances and the Run Series saw marathons, half marathons and 10K races completed.
Notable performances came in our marathon races from Daniel Gallagher (03:09:39) and Nola Calladine (03:16:52). And a special mention to Knutsford Triathlon Club who were out in force across the weekend.
Speaking about the event Race Director Brian Adcock said “This is always a stand out event in the North West – and this year didn’t disappoint. The Mixed Team Relay brought an incredible atmosphere to the festival village on Saturday afternoon and we have plans to grow this event to make it the largest event of its kind in the country. The Main Stage music kept the energy levels of athletes, marshals and spectators up throughout the weekend, and a special mention must go to the epic military fly overs by Hurricanes. We’re proud that this event continues to be a festival of Swim, Bike, Run for families, friends, clubs and companies. Long may that continue!”
The spectacular setting of the castle and lake at Cholmondeley Castle provided the perfect backdrop for a superb weekend of racing, coupled with the fabulous weather and festival atmosphere it was a fantastic weekend in Cheshire. We hope to see you next year!
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