2019 Race Report

Over 2,000 triathletes headed to the iconic Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September, for a weekend of multisport family fun and charity fundraising.

Participants took part in a variety of triathlon distances from SuperSprint to the event’s own Middle Distance, the WoBurner, as well as Junior events and a children’s Scootathlon. This year also saw the launch of the event’s new 5km and 10km run which provided fun for the whole family.

Saturday morning kickstarted with the 220 Triathlon Middle Distance, WoBurner, which saw triathletes take on a challenging 1900m swim, 90km bike and 21.2km run. The route takes on the picturesque countryside and parkland that surrounds the Abbey, with access to the Duke’s Private Garden and ‘The Evergreen’, an area normally inaccessible to the public.

James Mellor finished first in a time of 04:42:15 just ahead of Hugh Chatfield (04:47:29). The first female finisher was Karen Murphy, smashing the course in 05:14:29, ahead of Hele Griffiths (05:22:43).

Saturday morning also saw the debut of the 5km and 10km runs. Brand new for this year, these runs provide family and friends to join in with the triathlon fun without committing to a full triathlon! The run took place in the incredible park land surrounding the Abbey, following a similar route to the triathlon run route with exclusive access to the Duke’s Private Gardens. The 5km distance is a fun run which launched with a Safari dress up theme in recognition of Woburn Safari Park.

Olympic and Sprint participants also raced across the weekend, completing either a 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km swim or 750m swim, 22km bike and 5km run. The fastest Olympic participants across the weekend were Hannah Lord (02:23:20) and Sam Wilkinson (02:23:20) on Saturday, and Emily Mcloughlin (02:11:04) and Jack Hambleton (02:07:51) on Sunday.


Sunday was a busy day for families which saw our junior and children participants take to the course bright and early. Many were stepping into the world of triathlon for the first time but were supported and applauded by crowds cheering them over the finish line.

In the 9-12 category, Jarryd Claydon-Folley finished in a time of 00:16:32, and Oliva Nicholson crossing the line in 00:17:14. The 13-15 age category saw Louis Buttrick finish on top in a time of (00:30:55) and Gabriela Woodroffe-Gomez lead the girls over the line in 00:35:02.

Woburn Abbey Triathlon welcomes children of a younger age to with the the opportunity to take part in their own multisport event – the Scootathlon! Exclusively for children aged 4-8, the Scootathlon involves a 400m scoot, 400m bike and a 150m run around Woburn Abbey’s grounds. The Scootathlon is a fun event for all participants and a great way to get the kids involved with triathlon fun!final waves of the day included the SuperSprint (400m swim, 10km Bike and 2.5km run) with some speedy times from newcomers and more experienced triathletes. Aidan Thompson took first position in a time of 00:40:28, and Jenna Govan taking the win for the women in a time of 00:52:14.

As always our event partners were on hand in the event village to make sure all participants had the kit and energy they needed to get the most out of their race. British Bike Hire were there to offer hassle free bike hire and mechanical assistance while Zone3 kitted out participants with high quality wetsuits and last-minute swim accessories. Optimum Nutrition were on hand to ensure that triathletes were maximising their recovery with an Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Protein Shake and Erdinger had the istonic replenishment covered with their Erdinger Alkoholfrei.

The Woburn Abbey Triathlon is organised by registered charity tri for life and delivery partner Human Race events, and since its inception has raised over £2.4 million for its charity partners. This year athletes young and old raised money for tri for life, who donate all profits from the event to help families and children across the country. Our top fundraisers from this year’s event are George Evans and Steve Jackson who raised a staggering £1,900, and Eduardo Monterio who raised £717. Also, a huge well done to our junior triathlete, Lucas Turnbull-Stubbs who raised £639.


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