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

Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon

Coming less than a week after the UK Summer Solstice, the second leg of the 2018 Castle Triathlon Series will take place at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire during the long, bucolic days of June.

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Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2018

The 2017 Cholmondeley event attracted over 1500 competitors to the beautiful countryside of Cheshire,  offering the quintessential Castle Triathlon Series experience of competitive and fun racing, an epic castle backdrop and a stunning rural location.

All races at the 200-year-old Cholmondeley Castle start by launching into an open-water swim in Deer Park Mere Lake, transitioning on to a bike route that circumnavigates Bickerton Hill, which is the southern most tip of the Peckforton Hlls. There will be one cycle lap for the Super Sprint and two laps for both the Sprint Plus and Olympic distances.

The run passes through the estate grounds, which date back to the 12th Century, and has one lap for the Super Sprint and two laps for the Sprint Plus and Olympic races. Triathletes will finish their Cholmondeley race experience by sprinting down the main lawn to the finish line with Cholmondeley Castle as a fitting backdrop.

About Cholmondeley Castle

The Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon takes place in the beautiful grounds of Cholmondeley Castle, where the Cholmondeley family have resided since the Norman era of the 12th Century.

The estate features extensive parkland covering 500 acres including two lakes, the larger of which, Deer Park Mere, is the setting for the open-water swim section of the triathlon.

To the south of Cholmondeley Castle, Tower Hill is the highest point of the run section, where athletes will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Beeston and Peckforton Hills, which they will have just covered on the undulating bike section, with the Welsh Hills looming in the distance.

Please note that Cholmondeley Castle is a private residence of the Cholmondeley family and is not open to the public.

Triathlon England North West senior race series at Cholmondely

Triathlon England North West Junior race series proudly arrives at Cholmondely Castle.

The Standard Distance race at Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon (25 June 2017) will form part of the 2017 Triathlon England North West (TENW) Senior Race Series.

TENW Senior Series Co-ordinator, Kate Offord explains: “We are really excited for the Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon to be included in the NW series. The open water triathlon is challenging but fun and the run and bike course is set amongst an idyllic backdrop. It is also a great day out for family and spectators with plenty to keep them occupied.” 

Plan your visit to Cheshire

Discovercheshire.com is the official online guide to help you to Discover Cheshire, a destination bursting with character and diversity.

Use the website to plan your trip; book your short break accommodation, discover delicious places to eat, drink, and shop, explore things to do and what’s on in Cheshire.

Go long for the Gauntlet

The 2016 Gauntlet, half iron race pushed competitors to their limit via a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run and we look forward to it’s growth in 2017.

The race distance had a hugely successful launch in 2013 at the Chateau de Chantilly and Hever Castle Triathlons, with hardened triathletes and newcomers to the triathlon and middle-distance racing side-by-side on the start line.

Wow! What a great event Cholmondeley was again! Well organised, a strong competitive field, yet an intimate and friendly event. We are looking forward to trying out some of the other venues.
Paul Howarth

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

2018 Race distances and pricing

To compete in the Cholmondeley 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 23rd June 2018

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

Sunday 24th June 2018

Race Name
Race Distance
(Individual / Relay)
Start time
Half Iron / Middle Distance - The Gauntlet
£220 / 270
Olympic / Standard- The Cholmondeley
£110 / 150
Junior (13-15 yrs) - The Chestnut
£44 / 55
Children (11-12 yrs) - The Oak
£39 / 55
Children (8-10 yrs) - The Cedar
£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 approximately 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.

2017 Results

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the 2017 triathlon festival! We hope to see you in 2018.

This section will provide you with the 2017 race time results.

Useful information

Preparation for the event

Please download our new Competitor Guide tailored for the event at Cholmondeley Castle that will help guide you through the preparation for the event.

The Competitor Guide 2017
The Gauntlet Competitor Guide 2017
Bikmo cycle + triathlon insurance

You may want to consider taking out insurance suitable for Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon, and your training season ahead.

Bikmo is insurance for cyclists and triathletes. With Bikmo, you will be covered for accidental damage, theft (including transition zones), equipment + wetsuit cover, race fee cancellation cover and liability cover, plus many other benefits.

To claim £10 discount, click here and use the code ‘CASTLE’. You’ll also get a £50 value bundle of vouchers, for kit or nutrition with your policy.

NeuroMuscular Centre supporting Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon

The NeuroMuscular Centre (NMC) is a registered charity based in Winsford, Cheshire that provides a range of services for people with muscular dystrophy (md), a severe and progressive muscle wasting condition. We are the only Centre of its kind in the UK and our main aim is to improve the quality of life for adults and young people with living with this debilitating condition.


Contact NMC Fundraising: 01606 861733, amy.swatkins@nmcentre.com
Registered Charity 1023606


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.

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.

Water quality and temperature

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

Water temperature

This will be taken nearer the Event, and posted on the Race Admin page. Wet suits will be optional on race day if the the temp is between 15 and 23 degrees centigrade.

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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