DOING IT FOR THE GIRLS: HOW HEVER TRI BUCKS GENDER TREND

hever castle the gauntlet triathlon pictures triathon advice tips Six years of year-on-year growth has seen Hever Castle Triathlon grow to over 7,000 competitors in what is now the second largest triathlon in the UK (London Tri is the largest).

The event, which also hosts what organisers claim to be the World’s largest children’s triathlon takes place this weekend and will be Filmed by Channel 4.castle triathlon kids, castle tri schools programme

The rapid growth of this race is remarkable but what is also very impressive is the relatively small gender gap between triathletes. Overall, 40% of competitors are female with the Sprint distance seeing an amazing split of 956  females to 1435 males. In the often male-dominated sport, these numbers are impressive.

When asked how Castle Tri do it they pointed to a number of deliberate things:

  • Host the worlds largest children’s triathlon (so mums exposed and want to inspire/be a role model)

  • Combine adult and children racing on the same day / course

  • Women’s only waves

  • Schools campaign – launch of tri knights must have gained more exposure to women rather than marketing through tri routes

The race organiser is hoping to build even more on this next year by introducing a new shorter distance to encourage more first time girls too. 

In the elite female race this weekend, there is no shortage of talent.

Carol Bridge who competed in the Commonwealth Games this Summer representing Wales, will be joined by a huge pool of elites this weekend including Catherine Jameson who will take on her first half iron distance and South African middle distance champion Tracy Markham will also be joining the female line up. 

For our tips on racing Hever Castle triathlon see our race review here.

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