Hever Castle Race
Race 5 - Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September 2014
For most, the last (and most stunning) race of the season. This weekend hosts the final triathlon in The Castle Series 2014. This is our fifth year hosting the event which in 2011 & 2012 was the third largest triathlon in the UK. In 2011 by popular demand we added, as with all the other races in the Series an Olympic distance race which will enable all competitors to compete against some of the very best elite triathletes in the UK over distances that were used at the Olympic Games in London 2012. We are very excited about the addition of the new Gauntlet Half Iron Distance. Click here for more info.
All triathletes start with an open water swim in the spectacular 38 acre Hever Castle Lake, transitioning into the cycle which will take place around a 20km circuit through the High Weald of Kent an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with one lap for the Super Sprint and two laps for the Olympic distance. The run circumnavigates the estate and award winning castle grounds before making the dash to the finish beside the lake.
Spectators and Access to the Castle Grounds
This year we have even more planned for spectators coming along to Hever Castle to support their family and friends. Together with plenty of cheering they can enjoy live music, free hot air balloon rides, free archery and discounted entry in to the stunning castle grounds. Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, offers loads to do for all the family including a water maze, a yew maze, adventure playground and stunning gardens.
Spectators will pay a nominal fee for car parking and entry in to the grounds: adults - £7.50, children aged between 5 – 15 years old - £3 (60% discount on normal castle entrance costs). All money collected on the day is being used to help improve the estate for the benefit of the triathlons next year. It is advisable to bring cash to the event. Read more about Hever castle and gardens here. An additional supplement will need to be purchased to gain access to the Castle itself.
The Race Distances and Pricing 2014
2014 entries are now being taken online - click here
To compete in the Hever Castle Triathlon you can enter either as an individual, a relay team of two, or a relay team of three. The Junior and Children’s races follow the same format. Relay entries can be all male, all female or mixed.
|Date||Race Name||Race Distance||Race Price|
|27 Sep 2014||Adult Sprint Plus Individual - Henry VIII
||Adult Sprint Plus Relay - Henry VIII||800m/40km/8km||£95.00|
||Adult Super Sprint Individual - Anne Boleyn||400m/20km/4km||£65.00|
|Adult Super Sprint Relay - Anne Boleyn Relay||400m/20km/4km||£85.00|
|Children (8-10 yrs) - Elizabeth 1st (8-10yrs)||100m/4km/1.3km||£30.00|
|Junior and Children's Relay (8-10 yrs)
|28 Sep 2014||Adult Middle Distance Individual - The Gauntlet
|Adult Middle Distance Relay - The Gauntlet
|Adult Individual Olympic - The Hever||1500m/40km/10km||£85.00|
|Adult Olympic Relay - The Hever Relay||1500m/40km/10km||£105.00|
|Junior (13-15 yrs) - Elizabeth 1st (13-15 yrs)
|Children (11-12 yrs) - Elizabeth 1st (11-12yrs)||200m/4km/2km||£35.00
|Junior and Children's Relay (13-15 & 11-12 yrs)
Entrants will be notified of their wave time in their race pack via email 2 weeks prior to the event. Depending on numbers there will be multiple waves for each race distance. We advise that entrants arrive at least 1 hour before their wave time.
Our events wouldn't be so successful if it wasn't for dedicated individuals who give up their time to help marshal and help cheer all the competitors along.
This year we are running a 'Trading Places' scheme for all our races this year. If you would like to find out more about this scheme or just like to get involved, please see document for more info. Trading Places Scheme - Volunteer as a marshal (98.1 KB)
We will be offering a half iron distance, The Gauntlet, at the Hever Castle Triathlon, taking place on Sunday 28th September 2014, it will take in a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and a 21km run.
Perfect for those who wish to upgrade from the Olympic distance or simply take on an admirable new challenge. The stunning venue and scenic grounds set the scene for a motivating event nurturing your most extreme triathlon ambitions. Click through here to find out more.
Trophies, Prize money and medals
All competitors in all races will receive a medal on completion of their race. This year there will be an opportunity to personalise your medal for a small fee.
Trophies will be awarded for the 'Open' 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for both the male and female Super Sprint, Sprint Plus and Olympic races and for the 1st place, Vets, Super Vets and Ultra Vets, Junior and Children's races (age group variant).
Prize money will be awarded to the highest placed competitors (male and female) in the 'open' category of the Olympic distance and Gauntlet race only, as follows;
The Gauntlet race- 1st place £1,500, 2nd place £750 ,3rd place £250
The Olympic race - 1st place £600, 2nd place £300, 3rd place £100
International Elite Team prize €1000*
For more information please see here.
*This is awarded to the fastest elite team of 3/4 triathletes competing in the Olympic distance race (ie. not a relay team)
Women’s Only Wave
Taking part in a triathlon can be daunting enough so jumping in the lake with some fellow ladies, rather than a bunch of men, can be quite appealing. Women who would like to race with their female peers can elect to join the women’s only wave, the wave is available for the Super Sprint distance at every venue. Women can simply tick the box when registering online. Below is some feed back we received from one of our competitors
'I just wanted to say a big thanks to the castle triathlon team for a superb race at Castle Howard but I'm especially grateful that you recommended the women's only wave . This was my first triathlon and being with a group of women when I got in the lake was a big comfort. Although the atmosphere was not intimidating, I did feel conscious that there were a lot of fit and fast people racing, but when the swim started I had made some new friends during the briefing which helped ease the nerves and would even go as far as saying that I enjoyed it!" Kate
Junior and Children's Races
Junior and Children’s races take place within the Castle grounds and swim in the same water source/lake as adults. The cycle course is technical and the run takes in the castle gardens and monuments. The races are not only exciting, but are marshalled and timed as professionally as the Super Sprint, Sprint Plus and Olympic races. These races are designed for the ‘real’ experience with as much fun as the adult course. Please note that the children will remain on the estate throughout the whole race and will need mountain bikes to navigate the off road course.
If you or your children are new to the sport or you simply want to get some advice on improving technique then we recommend that you take advantage of our training set-up. Partnered with thetrilife.com, one of the UK's leading triathlon training providers, we offer a range of training programs and training days at our stunning castle venues. For more information please click here.
Please see Travel and Accommodation page for more information.
Camping is available within the estate grounds of Hever Castle. If you are a camper with a tent or have a campervan or caravan take this fantastic opportunity to stay within the spectacular grounds of the Castle.
There will be toilet and showering facilities available. However, there will be no electric hook-up or human waste disposal for caravans or campervans on the site.
Camping can be booked when you register for your race or separately here.
Cycling Instructor and Coach – Paul Butler (www.paulbutlerfitness.com) has been a Personal Trainer for nearly 6 years and a Cycle Coach (British Cycling Qualified and a 2nd Cat Road Racer himself) for about 4 years.
Paul helps people based in the Sevenoaks/Tonbridge/Hildenborough area.
He can help cyclists to improve their times by:
- One to one coaching.
- Strength training
- Core strength and flexibility training.
- Group turbo training sessions
For more information please contact - firstname.lastname@example.org / 07899 693446
Each adult race will be split into waves setting off at 15 or 20 minute intervals. The first adult wave will start at 8.00am.
Entrants will be notified of their wave time in their race pack.
The Junior and Children's races will start at 2.00pm. There will be multiple waves for each age group.
We advise that adult entrants arrive at Registration at least 1 and a half hours before their wave time. Children need to be at Registration 1 hour before their start time.
On the Day
On the day there will be an entertainments area, food and drink outlets as well as an array of retail and sampling stalls.
Wet suits will be optional on race day if the the temp is between 15 and 23 degrees centigrade, however they are likely to be mandatory on the weekend of the 28th and 29th of September. The temperature will be uploaded on the Race Admin page.
Water Quality Testing
Please see attached water quality tests for Hever Castle lake dated 31 May 2013 May 2103 Water Quality Test Certificate (87.2 KB) , and 13 September 2013 September 2013 Water Quality Test Certificate (90.6 KB) All tests are undertaken using the EU Water Bathing Directive as the benchmark.
Be sure to read our new 2013 Competitor Guide. (click here) The guide talks you through
the event approach and tips on preparation so you can feel as relaxed as possible on the day of the event itself.
The course maps for the 2013 race are available below (or download as a PDF):
Directions to Hever Castle
Hever Castle is situated three miles South East of Edenbridge off the B2026 between Sevenoaks and East Grinstead in the village of Hever.
Situated 30 miles from London in West Kent, exit the M25 at junctions 5 or 6 and follow the Brown tourist signs.
Also well signed from the Hildenborough exit of the A21.