The Woburn Abbey Triathlon presented by tri for life will return on the weekend of 10-11 September, with the new WoBurner Half Iron distance billed as a highlight on the Saturday. This new addition gives triathletes the chance to take on ‘an immense test of body and mind in spectacular surroundings.’
Organizer Human Race adds that ‘anybody who commits to this 108K challenge by Monday 29 February will be entitled to the reduced early rate, with all WoBurner entrants getting a bespoke backpack.’
First up for those attempting the WoBurner is a 1,900m lake swim, held in the beautiful grounds of Woburn Abbey, on the border of Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, England, with crowds able to gather round and cheer on friends and family.
For those making the step up from an Olympic distance triathlon, this will be an extra 400 demanding metres. Once the swim is done it’s a short dash to transition, located on the lawn directly in front of the grand mansion house, which is a stunning backdrop, to perform a quick change before heading out on the bike course.
The route for the 85K bike section starts off in the grounds of Woburn Abbey before heading out onto the open roads, and through some quintessential British countryside. The route will sweep through Steppingley, Tingrith and Eversholt, where riders might catch a spot of cricket being played on the traditional village green. One of the more testing sections is a 4K stretch on Long Lane, which is deceivingly undulating.
After completing two testing disciplines, the final 21.2K run will be tough, but the course is thankfully flat and fast. From transition it heads North West around the edge of Woburn Park, before following a lush tree-lined lane towards the village. After a quick switch back it’s a chance to run alongside Lower Drakeloe Pond, where athletes might get a glimpse of wallabies and deer that are located by Woburn Safari Park.
Upon completing this half marathon distance run, the 108K WoBurner climaxes inside the Woburn Abbey grounds, with ‘crowds, a medal and glory waiting as you cross the finish line.’
Speaking about the new course Nick Rusling, CEO of Human Race Events, said “We know our many triathletes are looking for a new lengthy challenge, so we are delighted the WoBurner will be joining the already popular Woburn Abbey Triathlon presented by tri for life.
“Its carefully planned route in this outstandingly beautiful area is sure to bring triathletes from all over the UK to Bedfordshire this September.”
Entries into the Woburn Abbey Triathlon presented by tri for life are expected to be highly sought after, particularly for the limited capacity WoBurner distance. SuperSprint, Sprint and Olympic distances are also available over the weekend.