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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
22/23 September 2018

Schools Roadshow
July 2018

Castle Run Series

Events calendar

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

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The Castle Run Series

2018 sees the launch of the Castle Run Series, bringing stunning off-road 10K and Half Marathons to each of the iconic castles and event weekends in the Castle Triathlon Series. Not forgetting the return of the Full Marathon to Hever Castle’s Festival of Endurance (8th July). Competitively priced; the 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon all promise not just stunning courses but a medal, finishing line banquet and festival event village filled with live music and entertainment.

Race distances and pricing

Race Name
Race Distance*
Full Race Price
10% Discount Price
Start time (approx*)
Full Marathon
42.2km run
£65
£59
10:15
Half Marathon
21.1km run
£40
£36
11:00
10K
10km run
£30
£29
11:30

*The times stated above are only approximate. However all Runs will take place on the Sunday morning.

Lough Cutra Castle

Sunday 27th May 2018

Lough Cutra Castle

Arguably the finest castle in the series – Lough Cutra – provides a fitting backdrop for the curtain raiser of the 2018 Castle Run 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.

The Lough Cutra Castle 10K takes in the same stunning 7K loop as the Half Marathon and then continues around for exactly the same first part of the second loop until the Deer Park is crossed for a second time.  At this point and having emerged from the Deer Park participants turn left and join the start of Black Drive which in turn rejoins the original 7K route at the 5.5K mark. 10K is achieved when the Finish Line is crossed in front of the Castle itself.

The Half Marathon will see competitors undertake 3 laps of the spectator friendly 7K estate loop.  The first 3K of the circuit heads north from the castle lawns hand railing the western shore of the luminescent Lough Cutra Lake (largest privately owned lake in Europe).

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The finishing straight, with the castle as a backdrop, leads all runners to the now famous finishing line banquet and a well deserved medal!

Cholmondeley Castle

Sunday 24th June 2018

Cholmondeley Castle

Just a week after the Summer Solstice, the second leg of the 2018 Castle Run Series will take place at Cholmondeley Castle during the long, bucolic days of June. Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon event attracts thousands of competitors and supporters to the beautiful countryside of Cheshire. The race offers the quintessential Castle Run Series experience of competitive and fun racing, an epic castle backdrop and a stunning location.

The Cholmondeley Castle 10K takes in the same stunning 7K loop as the Half Marathon and then continues around for the exactly the same first part of the second loop until the Cattle Crush Gate is passed for a second time.  At this point and having emerged from the rough estate track, participants turn left on the internal estate road and rejoin the original 7K route at the 5K mark just before Somerset Lodge and the Victorian stables. 10K is achieved when the Finish Line.

The Half Marathon will see competitors undertake 3 laps of the spectator friendly 7K estate loop.  Starting adjacent to the cricket pitch and in full view of the castle the 1st K of the course follows a well worn track to an area of the estate called Cattle Crush.

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The finishing straight, with the castle as a backdrop, leads all runners to the now famous finishing line banquet and a well deserved medal!

Hever Castle Festival of Endurance

Sunday 8th July 2018

Hever Castle Festival of Endurance

After the huge success of the inaugural event in the 2017 Series, the Full Marathon and Half Marathon returns to the atmospheric Festival of Endurance at Hever Castle. With over 1000 competitors taking on long distance challenges, spectators will support you on two or four loops of the iconic run course, taking in both Hever and Chiddingstone Castles and Kentish villages steeped in history.

The Marathon and Half Marathon and will see competitors undertake 4 laps (2 laps Half Marathon) of a spectator friendly almost entirely off road 10.5K circuit.  Starting a few yards from the main castle drawbridge competitors will head off around the formal gardens of the estate before handrailing the lake for 0.5K and then heading up through Park Wood towards a corner of the estate called Thresher’s Field and the first of two well stocked Feed Stations.  A brief road section to Lockskinners is followed by a stunning country section of interconnected paths and tracks taking in the high point of the course at Stocks Wood and a water station in the strictly private Belhurst Nature Conservation Trust woodland area.  A couple of woods and fields later competitors arrive at the hamlet of Hill Hoath and shortly afterwards the picture post card National Trust owned village of Chiddingstone where, just inside the gates of the castle by the same name, they will find the 2nd of the two Feed Stations.  A brief trot across the frontage of Chiddingstone Castle, a small road section and then a gorgeous woodland gallop sees participants regain the Hever estate from where they left it at Threshers Field and the 1st Feed Station.  Finally, a 2K circumnavigation of the Hever Lake and a brief traverse of the formal gardens will see runner complete their first lap. After a further lap runners turn right into the finishing straight and cross the finish line with the castle as a backdrop, to receive their medal and the now famous finishing line banquet!

Pacers (at the Festival of Endurance only)

We will be providing pacers for both the Half and Full Marathon this year. This will constitute of a runner each holding a bamboo pole with a small sign at the top indicating the time that they will cover the distance. This will be held throughout the course. These runners are experienced athletes who will maintain an evenly paced run across the entire distance.

Pacer Timings

Half Marathon Pacer Timings : 1.45hrs, 2.00hrs, 2.15hrs, 2.30hrs

Marathon Pacer Timings : 4.00hrs, 4.30hrs, 5.00hrs, 5.30hrs (this is slower paced course than many road ones –  4.30hrs on this course is equivalent to a 4.00hrs on a road course!)

Castle Howard

Sunday 22nd July 2018

Castle Howard

The Castle Howard event in July promises to be a memorable run on the southern border of the North York Moors. The rapturous reception afforded to previous Castle Howard Triathlons has led to this weekend event to be known as the sporting event of the North! The spectacular run course takes runners through the undulating Howardian Hills and boasts a finish that tops everything off in style – right in front of the main doors of the house.

The Castle Howard 10K follows the same route as the Half Marathon but only requires the participants to complete one loop. 10K is achieved when the Finish Line is crossed in front of the Castle itself.

The Half Marathon will see competitors undertake 2 laps of a spectator friendly almost entirely off road 10.5K circuit. Starting on the North Lawn, a few yards from the main entrance to the castle, competitors initially head downhill towards the Boathouse and Lake before circumnavigating the enchanting woodland garden of Ray Wood.

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The finishing straight, with the castle as a backdrop, leads all runners to the now famous finishing line banquet and a well deserved medal!

 

Château de Chantilly

Sunday 26th August 2018

Château de Chantilly

The Castle Triathlon Series makes its yearly pilgrimage over the English Channel in August for the fifth race of the 2018 series. Set over the UK bank holiday weekend and the end of August, the racing will take place in the spectacular and historic town of Chantilly, just a 2.5hrs drive from Calais and 40 miles north of Paris.

The Chateau de Chantilly 10K follows the same route as the Half Marathon but only requires the participants to complete one loop. 10K is achieved when the Finish Line is crossed in front of the Castle itself.

The Half Marathon will see competitors undertake 2 laps of a spectator friendly almost entirely off road 10.5K circuit. Starting in the formal gardens with the Chateau as a backdrop, competitors initially head off on the internal estate tracks towards Porte Vaillant, one of the main gates on the eastern edge of the estate.

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The Chateau de Chantilly course offers the flattest of all the courses and the finishing straight, with the castle as a backdrop, leads all runners to the now famous finishing line banquet and a well deserved medal!

Hever Castle

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Hever Castle

The UK’s most stunning and sought after triathlon event is the finale of the both the Castle Run Series and the UK triathlon season. Hever Castle Triathlon swiftly established itself as an essential destination for triathletes, garnering plaudits and 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.

The Hever Castle 10K follows the same route as the Half Marathon but only requires the participants to complete one loop.  See attached map for more detail.  10K is achieved when the Finish Line is crossed in front of a huge bank of spectators in the main events field of the castle.

The Half Marathon will see competitors undertake 2 laps of a spectator friendly almost entirely off road 10.5K circuit.  Starting a few yards from the main castle drawbridge competitors will head off around the formal gardens of the estate.

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The finishing straight, with the castle as a backdrop, leads all runners to the now famous finishing line banquet and a well deserved medal!

Useful information

Travel, accommodation and directions to the venue

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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.

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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