Under a warm midsummer sun and with the historic Hever Castle serving as a backdrop, it was the Scottish pair of Fraser Cartmell and Alice Hector who emerged victorious at the inaugural The Bastion iron-distance triathlon. Held on Sunday 13 July as part of the Castle Triathlon Series, the event attracted some top pros and a large age-grouper field.
Fraser Cartmell, fresh from his Scottish Sprint Championship title, completed the 3.8km swim, 180km bike course and 42.2km marathon run in the fastest time in 9:56:54 ahead of women’s champion and second place overall, Alice Hector, who completed in 10:47:40.
The men’s podium was made up of Steve Berry in 2nd with a time of 11:05:03 and Matthew Dowle in 11:09:28. The women’s podium was completed by Alison Rowatt, who was racing her second iron-distance race in two-weeks, in 11:30:55 and Ali Hollington in 12:15:31. The podium athletes also claimed their share of the £10,000 prize pot – one of the biggest in the UK.
The times were indicative of just how tough the Bastion is, with a course designed by an ex-Royal Marine that featured over 2,000m of climbing and a technical off-road run, with warm weather conditions to boot.
Race winner Fraser Cartmell said: “That is one of the most difficult races I’ve done. The organisers really cannot be faulted for what is a fantastic race, location and a very welcoming atmosphere. I’m delighted with the win.”
Women’s champ Alice Hector added: “That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I feel so elated to have finished and won here today. What an amazing experience.”
Image: Colin Baldwin