2019 Race Report

Storming Season Opener at Harlech Castle for the Duathlon

The Harlech Triathlon & Duathlon, now in its second year of being organised by Always Aim High Events, was back for 2019 this weekend. The stunning location was matched by fantastic weather and the high calibre of athletes and spectators.

One of very few triathlons in the world hosted at a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Harlech Triathlon & Duathlon offers our athletes something very special - the chance to finish inside Harlech Castle itself.

The conditions were perfect for the event and really showed Harlech Castle, the course, and the surrounding area off to it’s absolute best. As an Always Aim High Communities Event, all proceeds will be going back into local community initiatives in and around Harlech adding to the event and local community for years to come.

The perfect way to kick start the season, the Harlech Triathlon & Duathlon offers a thrilling course with close racing throughout; a great way to blow out the cobwebs from winter. Just one look at the stunning location and the amazing welcome the participants receive, it’s hard to see why this event won’t continue to grow year on year.

In the Duathlon, competitors took on 5km run followed by the same stunning 21 km road cycle as the tri, finishing with a 2.5km run - culminating in with ‘Storm the Castle’ - a climb up 127 steps to Harlech Castle!

The women’s Duathlon race was won by Becky Lewis in a time of 01:12:45 a little under 2 minutes in front of Celia Boothman. Natalie Duncombe took third spot in a time of 01:17:24.

The men's duathlon was an extremely close run thing with less than 2 minutes separating the top three. Sion-Kelly Williams came in first 42 seconds ahead of Steve Abbott in second place. Jonathon Seymour completed the top three.

Rounding off the day’s action was a 3km ‘fun’ run, which culminated in the same 127 steps as the duathlon and triathlon.

Always Aim High Events Director, Tim Lloyd said: “We love coming down to Harlech every year to kick off our triathlon & duathlon season. The venue for this event really is unique and is one of the favourites in our calendar - I mean where else can you cross the finish line in an actual Castle!

“The weather has played a big part and conditions have been perfect all weekend. We’ve seen some fantastic racing from the elite athletes and some amazing achievements from people who are taking part in their first-ever triathlon or duathlon.

We’re incredibly proud that through Always Aim High Community Events we can give something back to the local groups that make this part of the world extra special.

“We’d like to thank Harlech Triathlon Club and the Harlech community for helping and contributing to the running of the event, as well as our race sponsors for their continued support. We’d also like to thanks all of the local spectators that turned out to support the athletes around the course”

“Lastly, we’d like to thank our amazing marshals and volunteers, without whom we the race just wouldn’t be possible”.

Race photographs are available now via Sport Pictures Cymru.

View full race timings for the Harlech Duathlon.

Selected 2019 Harlech Duathlon Results



  1. Sion-Kelly Williams 01:07:35
  2. Steve Abbott 01:18:17
  3. Jonathon Seymour 01:09:21


  1. Becky Lewis 01:12:45
  2. Celia Boothman 01:14:26
  3. Natalie Duncombe 01:17:24