hever castle proposal 2014


hever castle proposal 2014
Picture from Colin Baldwin

Love, as well as Lycra, was in the air at Hever Castle Triathlon last weekend as a man proposed to his girlfriend ‘fresh’ from completing the race.

Annnd she said yes! Phew, because the Channel 4 cameras weren’t far off. After being congratulated by the crew, a very relieved happy Tom said:

“We love triathlon and Hever Castle is the most stunning setting so I had to propose on the finish line.”

The race weekend saw record numbers take part in the races from Sprint all the way to the Gauntlet (1900m swim loop, 90km and 21km cross country) with a total of 7,000 competitors taking part – including 1,900 juniors.hever castle triathlon bike course

That makes this triathlon the second biggest in the country (after London). Not bad for a race that only started 6 years ago but what’s also impressive is that 20,000 spectators were estimated to have come and watched the races.

It’s also a unique race in that the gender gap is impressively small.

On the Olympic distance triathlon, Callum Johnson made a brand new course record with a time of 1:59:25. 

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The Gauntlet win went to France after an eventful race which saw Victor Debril-Caux come away with the victory and his French compatriot Cedric Lassonde finishing 2nd.

Catherine Jameson, fresh from a hot season racing in the US set a blistering swim, with a huge 4 minute gap over the course record holder Carol Bridge and South African national champion Tracy Markham. However, it was age-grouper Maria Powell (05:34:39) who took the win by a minute.

An additional 600 age-groupers crossed the line, making this the biggest Gauntlet race in the Castle Triathlon Series and treble the numbers seen in 2013.

For those missing the action, or those wishing to enjoy the memories of the event, Channel 4 will be broadcasting an hour programme at 07:00am on Saturday 18th October.

2015 registration is already open – competitors can click here to enjoy the early bird 30%

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