Details of new WoBurner Half Iron distance at the Woburn Abbey Triathlon revealed
18th February 2016
Early pricing available until Monday 29 February
The Woburn Abbey Triathlon presented by tri for life will return on the weekend of 10th and 11th of September, with the brand new WoBurner Half Iron distance the highlight on Saturday. This epic new addition gives triathletes the chance to take on an immense test of body and mind in spectacular surroundings. Anybody who commits to this 108km challenge by Monday 29 February will be entitled to the reduced early rate, with all WoBurner entrants getting a bespoke backpack.
First up for those attempting the WoBurner is a 1,900m lake swim, held in the beautiful grounds of Woburn Abbey, with crowds able to gather round and cheer on friends and family. For those making the step up from an Olympic distance triathlon, this will be an extra 400 demanding metres, and they are likely to feel every one of them. Once this challenging swim is done it’s a short dash to transition, located on the lawn directly in front of the grand mansion house, which is a stunning backdrop to perform a quick change before heading out on the bike course.
The route for the 85km bike section starts off in the grounds of Woburn Abbey before heading out onto the open roads, and through some quintessential British countryside. The route will sweep through Steppingley, Tingrith and Eversholt, where you might catch a spot of cricket being played on the traditional village green. One of the more testing sections is a 4km stretch on Long Lane, which is deceivingly undulating.
After completing two testing disciplines the final 21.2km run will be tough, but the course is thankfully flat and fast. From transition it heads North West around the edge of the magnificent Woburn Park, before following a lush tree-lined lane towards the village. After a quick switch back it’s a chance to run alongside Lower Drakeloe Pond, where you might get a glimpse of Wallabies and Deer who are located by Woburn Safari Park. After completing this half marathon distance run, the 108km WoBurner climaxes spectacularly inside the Woburn Abbey grounds, with crowds, a medal and glory waiting as you cross the finish line.
Speaking about the immense new course Nick Rusling, CEO of Human Race Events, said: “We know our many triathletes are looking for a new lengthy challenge, so we are delighted the WoBurner will be joining the already popular Woburn Abbey Triathlon presented by tri for life. Its carefully planned route in this outstandingly beautiful area is sure to bring triathletes from all over the UK to Bedfordshire this September.”
Entries into the Woburn Abbey Triathlon presented by tri for life are expected to be highly sought after, particularly for the limited capacity WoBurner distance. SuperSprint, Sprint and Olympic distances are also available over the weekend. Those who want to secure a place on the start line for this special event should head to the Woburn Abbey Triathlon event page by Monday 29 February to get the best possible price.