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.

Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

Sunday 24th May 2015

Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon Series

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 for one cycle lap for the Super Sprint and two laps for both the Sprint Plus and Olympic distances. 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.

Go long for the Gauntlet

The 2015 Lough Cutra event welcomes backThe Gauntlet, a middle-distance race that will push competitors to their limit via a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run.

This race distance has had a hugely successful launch across the 2014 Series, with over a 1000 triathletes and newcomers to the triathlon and middle-distance signed up to race side-by-side on the start line.

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.

Sunday 24th May 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 Lough Cutra
1.5km/40km/10km
£90.00 / 110.00
09:00
Sprint Plus - The Prendergast
800m/40km/8km
£80.00/ 100.00
10:00
Super Sprint - The Viscount Gough
400m/20km/4km
£70.00 / 90.00
10:30
Starter Sprint - New Race Distance
200m/10km/2km
£60.00 / 70.00
11.00
Junior (13-15 yrs) - The Teal
300m/8km/2.4km
£40.00 / 50.00
15:00
Children (11-12 yrs) - The Cormorant
200m/4km/1.8km
£35.00 / 50.00
15:15
Children (8-10 yrs) - The Widgeon
100m/4km/0.8km
£30.00 / 50.00
15:30

*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 Lough Cutra that will help guide you through the preparation for the event. NOTE: These are due to be updated for the 2015 event.

The Competitor Guide 2014
The Gauntlet Competitor Guide 2014
TRIATHLON IRELAND
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. We are also pleased to announce that, as an sanctioned race, we are part of the ‘Kids Tri Series’ in Ireland.

On race day, all competitors must show their triathlon governing body (eg TI, BTF, FFT) membership card or purchase a one day licence from the TI website www.triathlonireland.com.  Full 2015 details to follow

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 and temperature

The water quality tests are taken regularly for Lough Cutra 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. Wet suits will be optional on race day if the water temperature is between 15 and 23 degrees centigrade.

Gallery


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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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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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