This weekend thousands of seasoned triathletes, first-timers and good-timers took part in the most picturesque of all the UK triathlons, the Blenheim Palace Triathlon. A celebration of movement and world-class culture in the stunning surrounds of Blenheim Palace.
The 2023 Blenheim Palace Triathlon will take place on 03 - 04 June (subject to final permissions). Early Bird tickets are on sale now.
“The Blenheim Palace Triathlon is all about giving it a go and having fun! We were thrilled to see people of all ages and abilities taking on their own incredible journey across the weekend!” - James Robinson, MD, Limelight Sports Club
The UNESCO World Heritage Site acted as an idyllic backdrop with participants of all ages and abilities taking on the swim, bike and run.
The sun was shining as people crossed the start line with a fresh lake open water swim, followed by a gently undulating bike course and a picturesque run around the Queen’s Pool.
Participants had the opportunity to take on 4 different challenges across the weekend from Super Sprint through to the ultimate test of endurance, the Weekend Warrior – a challenge to take on as many triathlons as possible across the weekend! 1 in 3 participants were first-timers!
Sprint - 750m Swim – 19.8km Bike – 5.4km Run
Oliver Conway completed the fastest Sprint across the weekend with a time of 01:04:43. Whilst Courtney Hyde was the fastest woman with a time of 01:15:30.
Super Sprint - 400m Swim – 13.3km Bike – 2.9km Run
The fastest male across the weekend was Thomas Hall with a finishing time of 00:52::48 whilst the fastest female was Miranda Mackaness with 00:57:40.
87 people took on the 2022 Weekend Warrior, with the ultimate champion completing an impressive 8 back-to-back triathlons across the weekend!
Alison Birkett, spokeswoman for Cancer Research UK in Oxfordshire, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the Blenheim Palace triathlon at the weekend. Every step, every stroke, every turn of the wheels and all the effort the participants put in will help us beat cancer sooner. We’re grateful for their support - and hope they had a fantastic day, knowing they are helping fund our life-saving research.”
Kids Duathlon Challenge
The weekend provided something for everyone, it was a great day out for the whole family including pets! 160 Kids aged as young as 3 - 14 took part in the Blenheim Palace Kids Duathlon Challenge. Kids took on a course of either single or multiple 300m Lap Run and 600m Bike Laps to earn a medal, certificate and a chance to top the leaderboards. Race values and duathlon rules were introduced to make the experience as authentic as possible for children taking part. It was an enjoyable weekend to remember, bringing cheer and challenge to the sport of duathlon.
The Event Village played host to an array of food and drink trucks for athletes and spectators to enjoy post-race with partners including HUUB and Wahoo, plus Myo Master, Peloton and On Running providing complementary experiences and discounted goods.
Looking ahead to 2023, event organisers Limelight Sports Club debuted the Blenheim Palace Triathlon’s new bold, energetic and feel-good branding that reflects the character of the surrounding architecture.
Laura Greene, Marketing Director for LimeLight Sports Club, said: “Over 40% of participants are first-time triathletes. This visual identity brings the event’s unique character to the forefront so that it may continue to attract new audiences in the future.”
2023 EARLY BIRD TICKETS - ON SALE NOW
Sprint (750m swim, 19.8km bike, 5.4km run) from £99.49
Super Sprint (400m swim, 13.3km bike, 2.9km run) from £93
Weekend Warrior (take on as many back-to-back triathlons as you can in one weekend!) from £205
Sprint Team Relay (750m swim, 19.8km bike, 5.4km run) from £41.68