The first edition of a new, iconic iron-distance race – The Bastion, is set for this Sunday 13th July and this new prestigious title and the £10,000 prize pot, has attracted some of the best triathletes in the country to Hever Castle, Kent, ready to take on the mammoth 140.6 mile swim, bike and run course.
It’s not too late to volunteer for the race and in exchange, Castle Triathlon is offering a free race at another event in their calendar.
Castle Triathlon’s trading places scheme is for anyone who volunteers as a marshal or works as part of the race team, whereby a free race is given in return for a day’s marshalling.
The ‘free place’ can be used for any race distance, including one of The Gauntlet half-iron distance triathlons held around the country. You can register to volunteer here.
The pro field racing this weekend is looking good. Chief threat in the men’s field is a multiple Ironman champion and current Scottish champion, Fraser Cartmell. Fraser comes into the race buoyed from some decent results in Europe and with the Scottish title fresh on his mantelpiece.
Fraser Cartmell said:
“I’m really looking forward to it. Hever Castle is a stunning location, albeit a brutal one for the athletes. I’m just hoping the weather will be kind as that makes all the difference.”
The women’s title is looking no less competitive; with the win looking like it will be going to Scotland here as well. The battle for the women’s title is likely to be between professional triathlete and reigning Scottish champion Alice Hector, against Team Freespeed’s top amateur and recent qualifier for the Ironman World Championships in Ali Rowatt.
Alice Hector said:
“As a new pro I need iron-distance experience and this race came up on my radar last minute, but it ticks all the boxes. I’m fit, healthy and more-or-less ready.”
Designed by an ex-Royal Marine, each leg of The Bastion has been carefully planned to offer the ultimate challenge for both newcomers to long-distance triathlon and experienced long-course hands, ensuring that there will be plenty of drama played out over the day and across the 140.6 mile course.
You can view a course preview video here: