Having been confirmed as the chosen destination for the annual British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Standard Distance Triathlon Championships, the Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon – part of the Markel Castle Triathlon Series and taking place in Cheshire, North West England, got under way on Sunday 23 June 2013.
A warm lake swim, countryside cycle, an off road run through beautiful gardens, a stunning backdrop of the castle at the finishing line, followed by fresh melon and a pint of Erdinger Alkoholfrei for post-race refreshment was the experience enjoyed by 800 competitors at the fourth Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon.
The British University and College Sport (BUCS) Standard Distance Championship stole the show with some outstanding performances by the students. Loughborough University took home most medals with a particularly strong female team.
“It has been a fantastic success,” commented BUCS Sport Manager, Ed Curran. “Everyone has really enjoyed the unique surroundings of the castle. There have been some impressive performances across the field. Big thanks to the Castle Triathlon Series for putting on an awesome event.”
With the field double the size of last year, the event village also grew to create a mini festival including a live band, huge selection of warm food, bar, children’s entertainment and sponsor partner’s retail tents.
The unseasonal weather conditions made for a more challenging cycle course than expected with some strong head winds but competitors soon made up for it on the run.
Mike Cornes, who coaches the Birmingham University Triathlon squad said “The weather conditions were not great but [athletes] found the course setting a needed motivation. Really glad BUCS have chosen the triathlon for the championship and feeling good about the team’s performance today. I thought I would also give it a go as such an appealing setting and will definitely be trying out Hever Castle in September.”