The Castle Triathlon Series is one of the most popular and scenic multisport event series anywhere in the world. With over 4,000 entrants in 2011, this years' series promises to be the best yet.
It consists of five weekend races at Louch Cutra Castle, Cholmondeley Castle, Castle Howard, Chateau de Chantilly and Hever Castle, each with its own unique distance according to the lay of the surrounding land.
The Castle Triathlon Series welcomes all competitors, regardless of age or ability, and are extremely beginner and child friendly.
Eight-year-old John Mulford told 220 what he enjoyed about the Hever Castle Triathlon last year...
My best bit of the race
My favourite part of both races was the finish and getting the medals. I liked the swimming because it's cool to swim in the lake, but I'm best at the running. I was proundof cutting my time by almost 6mins between my first and second race.
My hardest bit of the race
The number of competitors was greater in the July race so even though I did better, my position went up. In the middle of the race there is a water station and I’m always really tempted to stop for a drink and a rest but instead I bring a bottle with me so I don’t lose time. The first step into the water is hard because I’m a little scared but once I’m in it is OK. Another thing that is hard is that when you are on the bike you get to a bit where there are lots of big stones on the path and you have to cycle over them without falling over.
Why I like Tri
I like doing triathlons because I feel so good at the end. You get a really happy feeling after a lot of exercise and the triathlon is a huge amount of exercise.
The equipment I use
I have a Trek mountain bike and I use a wetsuit. I wear Nike trainers during the run and the bike race.
How I got into Triathlon
I got interested in Triathlons because I once went to Hever Castle and watched people doing a race and I saw some people from my school doing it and I thought I could be one of those people! I did my first triathlon was when I had just turned 8 years old.
Who I look up to
I look up to my best friend who is great at all sports and to another friend who is a very, very good cyclist. I also really look up to David Attenborough because I want to make documentaries about wildlife when I grow up.
My sporting ambitions for 2012
I'm aiming to run 200miles in 2012. I also want to do every triathlon at Hever this year because last year I was sick and couldn't do the September Hever race. My target time for the triathlon this year is less than 40mins.