Pop-up City Triathlon
24-27 April 2017

Lough Cutra Castle
26/27 May 2018

Cholmondeley Castle
23/24 June 2018

The Festival of Endurance at Hever Castle
8 July 2018

Castle Howard
21/22 July 2018

Château de Chantilly
25/26 August 2018

Hever Castle
23/24 September 2017

Schools Roadshow
July 2017

The Series

Castle Howard Triathlon

The Castle Howard Triathlon will finish a memorable July in style with a whole weekend of racing on the southern border of the North York Moors.

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Castle Howard Triathlon

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2017

2017 British Triathlon Age-Group Qualifier

In 2017 Castle Howard’s Olympic (Standard) distance has been awarded with 2018 ETU Standard Distance Triathlon Qualifier status.

In 2016, the amount of Great Britain Age-Group Team entries to ITU World Championships and ETU European Championships grew by 15% from the previous year, showing the ever-growing popularity of representing your nation within triathlon. This is expected to continue in 2017, where another group of high-quality events for aspirant team members are on offer in order earn the right to wear the Great Britain Age-Group Team tri suit.

The rapturous reception afforded to previous Castle Howard Triathlons subsequently led to the expansion of a two day weekend extravaganza.

In its eighth year, the Castle Howard Triathlon will be the fourth weekend event of the 2017 Castle Tri Series and will once again feature the obligatory picture postcard backdrop and a course with something for every level of triathlete. Indeed, the 13,000 acre grounds of Castle Howard form arguably the most physically demanding triathlon course of the Castle Tri Series.

Race entrants will start the race by swimming through Castle Howard’s Great Lake before transitioning into the technical bike route through the glorious rural idyll of Yorkshire and the Howardian Hills.  The spectacular run leg passes through the undulating countryside of the estate before a sprint finish tops everything off in style right in front of the main doors of the house.

220 Triathlon has listed The Castle Howard Triathlon as a ‘must-do’ race in 2017.

Castle Howard Tri Festival

About Castle Howard

With Yorkshire being voted the third best region for travel in 2014 by Lonely Planet magazine (being edged by Australia and India), there’s never been a better time to visit God’s Own County and Castle Howard.

The construction of Castle Howard took more than 100 years before being finally completed in the 18th Century, and spanned the lifetime of three earls and numerous architects, although Sir John Vanbrugh is credited with the original design. The Great Lake is the setting for the swim section of the triathlon.

Set in the Howardian Hills, the bike legs initially take in the 18th Century Avenue, a main road that runs in a straight line from south to north for five miles. The run will pass The Temple of the Four Winds and one of the finest, free-standing mausoleums in Europe. A hop over New River Bridge, a circumnavigation of South Lake and the Atlas Fountain will take racers to the finishing straight in front of Castle Howard itself.

Castle Howard (which is actually a stately home), has been a regular backdrop for films and television, with both ITV’s lauded Brideshead Revisited in the early 1980s and the acclaimed 2008 feature film production shot on location here, hence the name of our adult races. The film industry also visited Castle Howard for 2006’s Garfield 2: The Prince and the Paw-per, the sequel to Garfield: The Movie and the name of our junior and children’s races.

Welcome to Yorkshire

Go long for the Gauntlet

In 2017 the Castle Howard event will witness the exciting return of The Gauntlet, a middle-distance race that pushed competitors to their limit via a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run.

Thank you very much for the work you put in at Castle Howard. It was a fantastic event and I really enjoyed the location as much as the triathlon. Another wonderful weekend. We are looking forward to joining you in France, hopefully the weather will continue!
Jo Cockroft

Take a look at how our previous triathletes rate Castle Howard via RaceCheck

Race distances and pricing

To compete in the Castle Howard 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. Team entries can be all male, all female or mixed

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Race Name
Race Distance
(Individual / Relay)
Start time
Sprint Plus - The Brideshead Revisited
£95 / 140
Super Sprint- The Brideshead
£85 / 130
Starter Sprint - New Race Distance
£70 / 110
Adult mixed relay
£100 (team)
Family mixed relay
£75 (team)

Sunday 23rd July 2017

Race Name
Race Distance
(Individual / Relay)
Start time
Half Iron / Middle Distance - The Gauntlet
£220 / 270
Olympic / Standard - The Howard
£110 / 150
Junior (13-15 yrs) - The Garfield
£44 / 55
Children (11-12 yrs) - The Garfield
£39 / 55
Children (8-10 yrs) The Garfield
£33 / 55
Junior mixed relay
£50 (team)

*Start times are approximate and shown here as a general guide. These are subject to change.  Depending on numbers, there will be multiple waves for each race distance, usually separated by 15 to 20 minutes.

**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.

Course maps

Please take a moment to study these in details.

Castle Howard Triathlon is an exciting and busy event with lots of different courses taking place throughout the weekend. There will be a full brief before your race start but it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the course and in particular any key junctions to ensure you take the correct route.

Useful information

Preparation for the event

Please download our new Competitor Guides tailored for the event at Castle Howard. These guides will help take you through the preparation for the event.

The  Castle Howard Competitor Guide 2017
The  Castle Howard Gauntlet Competitor Guide 2017
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.

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Huntington's Disease Association supporting Castle Howard Triathlon

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a devastating, degenerative neurological disorder that causes progressive mental deterioration, significant behavioural changes and severe physical incapacity. It is a completely disabling hereditary condition that affects generations upon generations of families. Each child of a parent with HD has a 50% chance of inheriting the faulty gene; it doesn’t skip a generation, so if a child tests positive they will, at some stage, develop HD. It’s like tossing a coin.

The Huntington’s Disease Association (HDA) is the only organisation providing a dedicated service of advice, guidance and support for people in England and Wales who are devastated by Huntington’s disease.

They run a regional Specialist HD Advisory service to support those directly affected by the disease, and their families and carers, delivered by their HD experts and tailored to the individual needs of the families they work with.

They are delighted to have been selected as a charity partner for the Castle Howard Triathlon. If you want help and support with fundraising please contact their events team by emailing: events@hda.org.uk or calling 0151 331 5445 

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.

Water quality and temperature

Please see 2016 water quality tests for Castle Howard’s lake.  All tests are undertaken using the EU Water Bathing Directive as the benchmark.

Water temperature

Wet suits will be optional on race day if the the temp is between 15 and 23 degrees centigrade.

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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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