Hever Castle Long Aquathlon

Race Date: Sunday, 08/07/2018
Race Distance: Other - Aquathon

This was part of the Hever Castle Festival of Endurance, which offers various combinations of swim, bike and run at various distances. The long aquathlon was 2 laps of a 1.9K swim course for 3.8K followed by two laps of a 10.5K run course for a half marathon. The swim was in the 38 acre lake at the foot of the castle's Italian Gardens, starting from the italianate loggia that overlooks the lake, swimming the length of the lake before heading into the channel around Sixteen Acre Island at the side of the lake, passing under a couple of footbridges, finally reappearing in front of the loggia. The murky green water was measured at 26 degrees Celsius on the morning of the event, so the swim was non-wetsuit for all. The swim was shared with the short and long distance swim only events (including Isabel Gwyther doing the 3.8K swim) and standard distance aquathlon, so was busy for the first half, but quietened down once the one lap swimmers had peeled off after their lap. The run set off from transition over a footbridge beside the castle and headed off along undulating footpaths and tracks through the picturesque Kent countryside. There were two drinks stations and two drink and feed stations on route, offering water, flat coke, energy drink, jelly babies and ritz crackers, all much appreciated on a hot sunny day. With half marathon, marathon, half and full iron distance triathlons using the same route, there was plenty of company and encouragement along the way. A well organised event in a beautiful location, highly recommended. Splits: Swim (3.8K) 1:35:07; T1 0:04:52; Run (HM) 2:47:01; Total 4:27:00