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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

2021 sees the fourth year of the Castle Run Series, bringing stunning off-road 10K, Half Marathon and Marathons to each of the iconic castles and event weekends in the Castle Series. We are excited to introduce the 50 Mile Ultra run at the Hever’s Festival of Endurance on the 3rd of July 2021! Competitively priced; the Castle Run Series promises not just stunning courses but a medal, finish line banquet and festival event village filled with live music and entertainment.

Race Name
Race Distance*
Full Race Price
Black Friday Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Start time (approx*)
^50 Mile Ultra Run
50 Mile
£180
£117
TBC
Full Marathon
42.2 km run
£65
£42
TBC
Half Marathon
21.1 km run
£40
£26
TBC
10K
10 km run
£30
£20
TBC

*The times stated above are only approximate. Depending on any necessary social distancing requirements, running events can take place either in the morning or the afternoon. All Running races are on the Sunday of the event weekend, with the exception of the new in 2021, the ^50 Mile Ultra Run, which starts at 6am Saturday 3rd July 2021, from Eastbourne Pier and finishes at Hever Castle.

Lough Cutra Castle

SUNDAY 30TH MAY 2021

Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

Arguably the finest castle in the series – Lough Cutra – provides a fitting backdrop for the curtain raiser of the 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, in 2021 the race coincides coincides with a Bank Holiday in both the UK and Ireland for the first time in around 7 years. 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 runners will complete 2 laps of a 5K circuit. T. Following a system of well-worn tracks and paths the route passes through the ubiquitous Deer Park and then into the Carrowcarriff forestry block with its ancient pines and abundant wildlife. The 10K is achieved when the Finish Line is crossed in front of the Castle itself.

The Half Marathon and Marathon will see competitors undertake 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 feast and a well deserved medal!

View 10K GPX map here

View Half Marathon/ Marathon GPX map here

Cholmondeley Castle

SUNDAY 20TH JUNE 2021

Cholmondeley Castle

Around the Summer Solstice, the second leg of the Castle Run Series will take place at Cholmondeley Castle during the long, bucolic days of June. Cholmondeley Castle multisport 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 runners will complete 2 laps of a 5K circuit. 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 where runners continue around the beautiful estate grounds with the final 1K, mostly downhill and off road, passing the castle tea rooms, over the croquet lawn and down the main lawn of the castle. 10K is achieved when the Finish Line.

The Half Marathon and Marathon will see competitors undertake laps of the spectator friendly 7K estate loop.  Starting within full view of the castle, runners take in the beautiful and interesting estate grounds and stunning views of the Peckforton Hills, on a varied course comprising of track, tarmac and off-road.

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

View 10K GPX map here

View Half Marathon/Marathon map here

Hever Castle Festival of Endurance

SATURDAY 3RD JULY 2021 - 50 Mile Ultra Run

Hever Castle Festival of Endurance

Fully supported with 6 stocked feed stations, some strategically placed at award winning pubs, and encouraging event marshals, friends and locals will help keep your spirits up as you conquer this epic ultra run. All athletes will be issued with a GPS tracker which will also act as their timing device. The route will be issued as a GPX file in advance. We recommend a series of recces/ training runs to get a feel for the elevation and terrain as well as route finding. Cut off is 17 hours!

This is a beautiful, hilly, mostly off-road 50 miler that takes in the Race Director’s 2 main training grounds for ultra running, the South Downs and The Ashdown Forest, from the last 10 years.

Starting at 6.00am at Eastbourne Pier the first 10 miles takes in the start of the official South Downs Way (SDW) passing Beachy Head and the rolling Seven Sisters. From Cuckmere Haven (1st Feed Station), runners will head north following the course of the Cuckmere River until they get to Alfriston and then head up onto the SDW for a further 5 miles before dropping down to the village of Firle and the Ram Inn (2nd Feed Station). From Glynde (20 miles in) head north until you get to the edge of the Glyndebourne estate and then head north-west on a series of footpaths until Barcombe Mills and the River Ouse. Runners then follow the Sussex Ouse Valley Way for a further 5 miles before making The Anchor Inn (3rd Feed Station) and then, after a series of well marked public footpaths, the Griffin Inn in Fletching for lunch (31 miles, 4th feed station). Heading north out of the village before taking bridle paths to the foothills of the Ashdown Forest at Cackle Street runners make their way to the high point of the forest at Bushy Willows Car Park (37 miles). The 5th Feed Station is at Black Hill Car Park. The descent from the forest brings you through stunning countryside  with the home run though the village of Chiddingstone and on to Hever Estate.

Ticket price includes a Hever camping pitch for 2, shuttle from Hever to Eastbourne, fully supported feed stations, hot food on completion with a brew of Timothy Taylor Landlord or glass of fizz and of course your finisher T’shirt and medal!

View GPX map here

SUNDAY 4TH JULY 2021 - Marathon and Half Marathon

Hever Castle Festival of Endurance

After the huge success of the inaugural event in the 2018 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!

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View GPX map here

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 25TH JULY 2021

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 and Marathon will see competitors undertake  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 feast and a well deserved medal!

View GPX run route map here

Château de Chantilly

Sunday 29th August 2021

Château de Chantilly

We’re delighted that the 2021 Castle Run Series is going ahead and will make its yearly pilgrimage over the English Channel in August for the fifth race of the 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 and Marathon will see competitors undertake  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!

 

View GPX map here

Hever Castle

Sunday 26th September 2021

Hever Castle

The UK’s most stunning and sought after multi sport event is the finale of the both the Castle Run Series and the UK triathlon season. This Hever Castle sporting event swiftly established itself as an essential destination for athletes, garnering plaudits and media attention for its picture postcard venue, elite action, age-group choice and festival atmosphere.

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 and Marathon will see competitors undertake 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.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED RUN ROUTE DESCRIPTION

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

View GPX map here

Useful information

Competitor Photography

PRE-Race day offer! AWOL Adventure photography team will be positioned around the course, finish line, and event village ready to capture that timeless photo – Just don’t forget to SMILE!

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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.

Travel, accommodation and directions to the venue

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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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Locations

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; from first timers, old timers, juniors, female focus, elites, tri clubs, corporates, there’s a race for everyone!

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Volunteer

Trade your time for a free race place! We offer a Volunteer Scheme, whereby a free race is given in return for a day’s marshalling at any one of the Castle Triathlon Series events. (terms apply)

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