Blenheim Palace, home of the Duke of Marlborough, played host to world-class athletes, first-timers, and Boston Triathlon this weekend. The Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon held over two days, takes place within the two-thousand acre world heritage site. The Live to Tri event, now in its 15th year, is the second largest triathlon in the UK. The course consists of an open water swim in a lake formed in the River Glyme, a gently undulating bike course around the landscaped grounds designed by the world famous Capability Brown and a picturesque run route around the Queen’s Pool. As if it was necessary to add any further to the already impressive credentials of this event the transition area is situated in the Great Court of the UNESCO World Heritage Site with Palace surrounding you on three sides.
For the second year running Boston Triathlon had members taking part in the weekends events.
Rachel Satchwell chose the Sprint Distance (Swim 750m, Bike 19.8km, Run 5.4km) and finished an impressive 68th out of 239 in her age group (F40-44) with a time of 1:43:37
Club Chairman, Julian Herriott’s story however is a little different. Julian had never planned on entering the event at all. Earlier in the year a member of Bostons Triathlon family was diagnosed with Sarcoma, a soft tissue cancer. Her husband (a founding member of the club) had already signed up to compete at Blenheim, but understandably decided to give up his place while his family fight this horrible disease. The place in question was not just one Sprint Triathlon, but that of a renowned Weekend Warrior, the Warriors attempt to take part in as many Sprint distance triathlons over the course of the weekend as possible.
While the distances of each leg remain the same, when you complete the run, it’s back to the start to do it all over again. The aim of the weekend? Swim as far as you can, Bike as long as you can, Run as hard as you can. A tough proposition at best, doubly so when it wasn’t your idea!
Julian was asked to step in, never being one to back away from a challenge, he determined to give it his all and raise as much money as possible for the Sarcoma UK charity at the same time.
It was with the club motto #BetterNeverStops in mind he headed to the Oxfordshire palace to join the other 100 Weekend Warriors.
Better did not stop and after two days of Swim, Bike, Run, Repeat, Julian had completed an amazing seven sprint distance triathlons.
Finishing 15th overall and 4th in his age group (M45-49) with a combined time over the two days of 11hours 9mins and 23seconds.
In total Julians weekend consisted of 5.25km of swimming, 138.6km cycling and 37.8km running, this is before adding on the transitions between disciplines which alone added over another 5km of running and 168m elevation gain.