The Series

Hever Castle Triathlon

The UK’s third biggest triathlon, the world’s largest children’s triathlon and the finale of both the Castle Tri Series and the UK triathlon season.

Hever Castle Triathlon

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2015

In just five short years the Hever Castle Triathlon has swiftly established itself as an essential destination for British and international triathletes and mainstream media attention for its picture postcard venue, elite action, age-group choice and festival atmosphere. Put simply, instant classic doesn’t do the Hever Castle Triathlon justice.

With no fewer than 16 race choices on offer, over 6,500 triathletes ventured to Hever Castle in September 2014, with entries increasing again for the sixth running. To cement the race’s title as the world’s largest children’s triathlon, a whopping 1,800 youth athletes signed up for September, a 50% increase on entries from 2013. As in 2014, the children’s races will be split over two days (8-10 year olds on Saturday afternoon and 11-15 year olds on Sunday afternoon).

For 2015, the Gauntlet Half Iron Distance will be back back with a vengence; over 600 signed up for the perfect September autumn day in 2014.  For the second year running the long-distance Bastion is returning to Hever Castle on the 12 July.

The races will again commence with an open-water swim in the spectacular 38 acre Hever Castle Lake, transitioning into the undulating cycle that takes athletes around a circuit through the High Weald of Kent, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and up to the stunning Ashdown forest for the longer distance races. The largely off-road run circumnavigates the estate and award-winning castle, grounds before making the dash to the tree-lined finishing chute beside the lake.

Hever Castle Triathlon - from first-timers and children to elite performers in a stunning location

About Hever Castle

Famous for its links with the Tudors, particularly Henry VIII, there have been three main periods in the construction of this historic castle.

The oldest part of the castle dates to 1270 and consisted of the gatehouse and a walled bailey. In the early 1500s the Bullen family acquired the castle and added a Tudor dwelling within the walls. Hever Castle was also the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the mother of Queen Elizabeth I.

In 1903, William Waldorf Astor restored Hever Castle, building the Tudor Village and creating the gardens and Hever Castle Lake, which plays host to the swim section of the triathlon and took 800 men to dig by hand and took two years to construct.

Since 1983, the castle has been owned by Broadland Properties and is now open to the public. The castle itself houses historic 16th Century Tudor portraits, furniture and tapestries, and two magnificent prayer books inscribed by Anne Boleyn.

Film buffs will note that Hever Castle provides the a backdrop to 1987’s fairytale comedy classic The Princess Bride, starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright, and 2008’s Inkheart with Brendan Fraser.

Go long for the Gauntlet

The 2014 Hever Castle event witnessed over 600 hardy triathlete taking on the exciting Gauntlet, a middle-distance race that pushed competitors to their limit via a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run.

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.

Race distances and pricing

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.

Saturday 26th September 2015

Race Name
Race Distance
Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Start time
(approx*)
Sprint Plus - Henry VIII
800m/40km/8km
£80.00 / 100.00
08:00
Super Sprint - Anne Boleyn
400m/20km/4km
£70.00 / 90.00
10:00
**Starter Sprint - New Race Distance
200m/10km/2km
£60.00 / 70.00
11:00
Children (8-10 yrs)
100m/4km/1.3km
£30.00 / 50.00
14.00

**New adult race distance, ‘Starter Tri’ is being introduced in 2015. Youth’s under the age of 16 can apply, but would need a consent form as the cycle leg of this race take place on the roads. For more details contact the office.)

Sunday 27th September 2015

Race Name
Race Distance
Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Start time
(approx*)
Half Iron / Middle Distance - The Gauntlet
1.9km/90km/21km
£180.00 / 240.00
08.00
Olympic / Standard - The Hever
1.5km/40km/10km
£90.00 / 110.00
09.00
Junior (13-15 yrs) - Elizabeth 1st
300m/8km/4km
£40.00 / 50.00
14.00
Children (11-12 yrs) - Elizabeth 1st
200m/4km/2km
£35.00 / 50.00
15.00

*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.

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.

Useful information

Preparation for the event

Please download our 2014 Competitor Guide tailored for the event at Hever Castle that will help guide you through the preparation for the event.

The Hever Castle Competitor Guide 2014
The Hever Castle Gauntlet Competitor Guide 2014
Trophies, prize money and medals

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

Each winner will also receive a suitably themed castle knight trophy and there is a significant prize pot on offer for the Olympic, Gauntlet and Bastion 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.

Water quality

Please see water quality tests for Hever Castle lake taken in September 2014. 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.

Gallery


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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Location

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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Training

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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