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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

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 at currently just £26 for the 10K, £34 for the Half Marathon and £55 for the Marathon, these events promise not just stunning courses but a medal, finishing line banquet and festival event village filled with live music and entertainment.

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 the 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.  See attached map for more detail.  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).  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.  At the northerly most point of the run competitors will pass a well stocked feed station before exiting the wood and hitting a narrow tarmac lane which they will follow for 800m.  A left takes competitors back onto the estate tracks and paths and after crossing a couple of well worn fields runners will emerge onto Black Drive and head south back towards the formal gardens of the estate.  With 1K of the circuit to go, track turns to tarmac at the internal estate drive, and finally runners pass through 2 iconic courtyards before arriving at the Castle forecourt with 1 lap complete!  With finish line in sight off to the left, runners descend sharply down the side of the castle, past the old servants quarters and onto the lower lawn before rejoining the original circuit and heading out on their second lap.  With third lap complete, this time runners turn left onto the castle forecourt and cross the finish line in front of main castle doors to receive their medal and the now famous finishing line banquet!

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.  See attached map for more detail.  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.  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.  At this point and for the next 4.5K runners follow the internal estate tarmac road that takes them past the estate chapel, the Old Hall and out to the Beeston Lodge Gate before they double back and head towards the castle itself. After passing the huge Victorian stable and supporting dove-cote runners will head uphill to the landscaped area behind the castle before turning right and heading steeply off-road up to the top of Castle Hill which affords a view of the stunning Peckforton Hills to the north of the estate.  The final 1K of the circuit is mostly downhill off road passing the castle tea rooms, over the croquet lawn and down the main lawn of the castle.  With the finishing line in sight runners turn left at the fork and continue around for the 2nd and 3rd laps.  Finally, with third lap complete, 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!

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 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 Festival of Endurance 10K follows the same route as the Half Marathon and 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 the Castle itself.

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 (new in 2018)

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.

The Dos and Don’ts of running in a pacing group

  • DO make sure you’re in the right place. When in doubt about whether to go with either, the 4:00hr or the 4:30hr hrgroup, always choose the slower one.
  • DON’T run ahead. Some runners want to prove to themselves or others how fit they are by running off in front. But if you want to lead the pack, leave the pack.
  • DO take your cues from other runners. Some groups are quiet, others chatty. Same goes for the leader – some offer encouragement, others focus quietly.
  • DON’T expect the pack to cater to your needs – it can’t stop if you need to answer the call of nature…but if you have to stop, don’t panic. Do your thing, then take your time catching up to your group.
  • DO give the leader space to run – they go at the same pace throughout the race, and won’t magically disappear if they are a few metres ahead of you.

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 half marathon 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.  See attached map for more detail.  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.  The next 5K is on a network of estate tracks and bridle paths that wind their way in a clockwise direction, always in sight of the impressive Mausoleum, passing through the ancient Bog Hall, Spring Wood, Alamo Trekking Centre and High Gaterley Farm.  At the 7K point and just after the well stocked Feed Station, competitors enter the aptly named Pretty Wood passing the Temple of the Four Faces and a couple of curious pyramids.  The last 1.5K of the route builds through the formal gardens of the estate starting with New River Bridge and moving onto the South Lake, The Atlas Fountain and the South Lawn.  A final, cruel, climb to the top of Ray Wood is a precursor to a view of the Finish Line from the reservoir at the top of the hill.  Lap 1 complete, runners then rejoin the same circuit for their second before entering the 500m long spectator lined finishing straight, crossing the finish line with the world famous castle backdrop, to receive their medal and classy finishing line banquet!

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.  See attached map for more detail.  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.  Then, heading north and after passing the other worldly Wallaby Enclosure, runners will circumnavigate Parc de Syvlie (a woodland garden) before arriving, after 4K, at Grille de Honor, the main spectator entrance to the Chateau.  A small cobbled section is then followed by a 5K circuit of the world famous Hippodrome de Chantilly (racecourse).  After passing the Museum of Horse and re-entering the estate at the Grille de Jeu de Paume participants then have a 1.5K ramble through the Garden Anglais and back into the formal gardens.  With the finish line in sight, a quick circuit of the spectator heavy main fountain is followed by a 2nd lap of the same circuit.  On completion of the 2nd lap, this time competitors turn right into the finishing straight and cross the finish line with the world famous chateau backdrop, to receive their medal and classy finishing line banquet!

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 elites 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 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!

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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