1,000 competitors from all across the UK raced around the stunning Castle Howard on Sunday (22 July 2012), home to the Brideshead Revisited film set.
Competitors swam in the open water before cycling and running around a forest and over undiluted countryside to the finishing line placed just in front of the castle’s fountain. The location could not be faulted with idyllic architecture and glorious sunshine motivating the triathletes.
David Bishop (winner of the 2011 Hever Castle Triathlon) won the Olympic distance describing the course as “awesome”. He was followed closely by GBR elite, Rhys Davey. Davey came back from St Moritz where he was training with the Olympic team, to take part in the Markel Castle Howard Triathlon. Catherine Jameson stole the show for the women on Sunday coming first in the Olympic distance with an impressive time of 2:36:43.
The Markel Charity Challenge mid-distance relay team was won by the same race management team as the winners of the Markel Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon. The Race Time Events race team included brothers Ed Nutt, James Nutt and Richard Jengo from Leicester completed the mid distance relay in 2:19:55. The prize money donated by title sponsor, Markel Insurance, brings their fundraising total so far to a substantial £10k for their chosen charity, Macmillan. Each team member also won an iPad.