Date: 26/06/2012

Markel gives £5,000 triathlon prize to Cancer Support

Markel International, London, 26 June 2012. The Markel Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon, held on Sunday 24 June, defied wind, rain and mud as triathletes from across the country competed in a variety of events in the beautiful grounds of the Cheshire castle. The day included a special charity challenge for relay teams of three, with Markel providing a £5,000 prize for the winning team’s nominated charity along with an iPad for each member of the winning team.

The prize was won by James Nutt, Craig Twigg and Sam Densham, called the Racetime Race Team, who were competing for Macmillan Cancer Support. James completed an 800-metre swim before handing over to Craig for a 40 km cycle followed by Sam on the final leg, the 8 km run. Their winning time was 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The team travelled from Loughborough and hope that the charity prize will go to support Macmillan’s activities in Leicestershire. Commenting on the competition, James said: “We are thrilled to win the Markel prize, especially since the conditions weren’t ideal on Sunday. The bike course was tough and it was a very muddy run, courtesy of our lovely summer weather.”

There are two remaining castle competitions in Markel’s charity challenge - at Castle Howard on 25 July and Hever Castle on 29 September - with a further £5,000 prize at each castle. All entrants must compete for a nominated charity and are encouraged to create an online sponsorship page so that a wide range of charities can benefit from the overall competition.

If you would like to enter a team and raise money for charity, find out more at



Notes to editors The Markel Castle Triathlon Series The charity challenge at Cholmondeley Castle forms part of the Markel Castle Triathlon Series, a unique and growing triathlon franchise that takes place at castles across the UK and mainland Europe. There are currently five castles competitions from June through to September: Lough Cutra Castle, Cholmondeley Castle, Castle Howard, Chateau de Chantilly and Hever Castle

Macmillan Cancer Support Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. As well as providing medical support, Macmillan also looks at the social, emotional and practical impact of cancer, and campaigns for better cancer care. Macmillan Cancer Support's goal is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer in the UK.


For more information:

Markel International
Sean Martin
Tel: 020 7953 6896
Mobile: 07786 564855

Cubitt Consulting
Michael Henman
Tel: 020 7367 5100
Notes to editors Markel International is a subsidiary of Markel Corporation. Based in London and comprising the international operations of Markel Corporation, Markel International wrote gross premiums of $825 million in 2011. It has seven operating divisions and nine overseas offices writing business either through Markel Syndicate 3000 or Markel International Insurance Company Limited. Markel Corporation is a US listed business, capitalised at around $4.0 billion. In 2011, it wrote gross premiums of $2.3 billion. See