Lough Cutra Castle
27/28 May 2017

Cholmondeley Castle
24/25 June 2017

The Festival of Endurance at Hever Castle
9 July 2017

Castle Howard
22/23 July 2017

Château de Chantilly
26/27 August 2017

Hever Castle
23/24 September 2017

The Series

Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

Arguably the finest castle in the series – Lough Cutra – provides a fitting backdrop for the curtain raiser of the Castle Triathlon Series.

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Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017

This first race sets the scene for a competitive and fun series, hosted within the beautiful grounds and surrounding area of stunning South Galway. What’s more, the race coincides with a Bank Holiday in the UK and it is also the first weekend of the UK school half term, making it an ideal break for sporty families.

All of the races at Lough Cutra Castle kick-off by launching into an open-water swim in the lake, transitioning into a bike route which circumnavigates Lough Cutra itself. The half iron gauntlet cycle takes in the beautiful Burren national park.

Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

About Lough Cutra Castle

The countryside surrounding Lough Cutra contains evidence of a history dating back to the Irish-Celtic mythology of the Tuatha Dé Danaan.

Old churches, cells and monasteries are prolific in the area, with some of the islands on the lake containing the remnants of stone altars.

The history of the actual estate can be traced back as far as 866 A.D. when the ruined church of Beagh was sacked by the Danes and war raged through the district for nearly 1,000 years.

The Castle itself was built during the Gothic revival period and is idyllically situated overlooking the Estate’s 1,000 acre lake (the largest privately owned lake in Europe), home to the open-water swim of the Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon.

2017 Sprint Super Series

Triathlon Ireland has awarded Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon the Sprint Super Series on Saturday 27th May 2017.

The elite race is one of five televised and closed road events across Ireland that caters for the top male and female athletes in the country (CAT 1, circa 150 males and 100 females) providing the most competitive environment for athletes to race head-to-head.

The Sprint distance will see athletes taking on a 750m swim, 20km closed road cycle circuit and 5km run.

Elite race entry – will open shortly

This new Sprint race distance will also be open for other competitors (outside the selected elite athletes) later on the Saturday morning and not with closed roads. The distance will cater for individuals and relays.

Go long for the Gauntlet

In 2017 Lough Cutra, for the fourth year running will see The Gauntlet, a middle-distance race, push competitors to their limit via stunning 1.9km swim, 96km bike ride and 21km run.

This race distance had a hugely successful launch across the Series in 2014 with over 1000 sign ups. Since then it has gone from strength to iron strength doubling in size with hardened triathletes and newcomers to the triathlon side-by-side on the start line. In 2016 we were proud to host the Gauntlet as part of the Triathlon Ireland Vodafone National Series.

Take a look at how our previous triathletes rate Lough Cutra

Race distances and pricing

To compete in the Lough Cutra 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.

Saturday 27th May 2017

Race Name
Race Distance
Full Price
(Individual / Relay)
20% Discount Price
Sprint Plus - The Prendergast
€75.00 / 125.00
€62.00 / 92.00
^Sprint - The Lady Gregory
€70.00 / 110.00
€59.00 / 89.00
Super Sprint - The Viscount Gough
€65.00 / 105.00
€54.00 / 84.00
Starter Sprint - New Race Distance
€55.00 / 95.00
€46.00 / 76.00
Adult mixed relay
€200.00 (team)
Family mixed relay
€150.00 (team)
Junior mixed relay
€100.00 (team)

Sunday 28th May 2017

Race Name
Race Distance
(Individual / Relay)
20% Discount Price
Half Iron / Middle Distance - The Gauntlet
€190.00 / 225.00
€158.00 / 183.00
Olympic / Standard - The Lough Cutra
€85.00 / 125.00
€70.00 / 100.00
Children (8-10 yrs) - The Widgeon
€25.00 / 45.00
€21.00 / 37.00
Children (11-12 yrs) - The Cormorant
€30.00 / 45.00
€25.00 / 37.00
Junior (13-15 yrs) - The Teal
€35.00 / 45.00
€29.00 / 37.00

*Start times are approximate and shown here as a general guide. These are subject to change.  Depending on number of participants, there may be multiple waves for each race distance separated by intervals from 15 up to 45 minutes.

New Sprint distance! An elite wave of the Triathlon Ireland’s Super Series is due to take off at 8am. To find out more or register for this wave, please visit the Triathlon Ireland website here. A later wave is available for all other participants interested in this distance and can be entered by via our Enter Now button.

**Distance slightly varies at each venue

Entrants will be notified of their wave time via email 2 weeks prior to the event.  We advise that entrants arrive at least 1 – 1.5 hours before their wave time.  There’s an option to request specific waves during registration.  Relays go off in the final wave of their distance.

Race day information

Two weeks prior to event day, everything you need to know about the race will be uploaded here, including wave times, registration details, camping info and water temperature readings etc

Results and photography

Full Races Results will be posted here on the evening of the event and we guarantee amazing shots of you in action with our new partner, marathon-photos.com. Click here for competitor photography.

Useful information

Race licences and certificates

For the fourth year running the Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon will be a Triathlon Ireland Assured Sanctioned Race.

As such we will be receiving assistance from Triathlon Ireland technical officials on the day and in the run up to the event.

On race day, all competitors must show their triathlon governing body (eg TI, BTF, FFT) membership card or One Day Licence. This ‘ODL’ must be purchased before the event from the TI website www.triathlonireland.com.

Trophies, prize money and medals

All competitors in all races will receive a medal on completion of their race.

Each 1st place winner will also receive a suitably themed trophy, and sponsor’s prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. There is a significant prize pot on offer for the Olympic and Gauntlet race distances.

Click below to find out more about what we have on offer.

Spectator Offering

The spectator experience at the Castle Triathlon Series has become almost as famous as the spectacular backdrops and classic courses, and has made passing time before your loved ones finish the race a thing of the past.

Travel, accommodation and directions to the venue

Click the link below to find out everything you need to know about all of our venues.

Rules and Terms and Conditions

Please read and understand the general rules, in particular the cut-off times, before competing to ensure a fantastic race for you and everyone else.


Race distances

Race distances

For the absolute beginners and children to the professional triathletes, the Castle Triathlon Series offers a wealth of race distances to suit all levels.

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Hosted at a selection of stunning and iconic castles across the UK, Ireland and France, the Castle Triathlon Series events all promise an inspirational and memorable race experience.

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Take part

We pride ourselves on offering a bespoke and tailored offering for all those wishing to take part and grateful for all those who want to be involved on the day.

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We would always recommend training in preparation for any event, but how much you do, and the style you take is down to you.

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