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Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

Arguably the finest castle in the series, Lough Cutra Castle provides a fitting backdrop for the curtain raiser of the Castle Triathlon Series.

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Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019

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Results and photography

Full Races Results will be posted here on the evening of the event and we guarantee amazing shots of you in action.

Race day information

In this section you will find everything you need to know about the race day, including wave times, registration opening details, spectator entry, camping info and water temperature readings etc.

Our first race of the season sets the scene for a competitive and fun series, hosted within the beautiful grounds and surrounding area of stunning South Galway. With a triathlon, run or swim for everyone you can enjoy not only a race but a fabulous festival event village.

All of the races at Lough Cutra Castle kick-off with a swim in the stunning open-water lake, transitioning into a bike route which circumnavigates Lough Cutra itself. The half iron gauntlet cycle takes in the beautiful Burren national park. The event offers not only a chance to race but a festival atmosphere with live music, dancing, children’s entertainment, retailers and food.

Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

2019 BMW Triathlon National Series

Sunday 26th May 2019

Earn early National Series points on this truly iconic course in the West of Ireland.  Swim 1.5km in the iridescent waters of Lough Cutra, cycle 40k through the Burren National Park enjoying the gentle rolling hills and limestone pavement and finish off with a 10K off-road run around the manicured grounds of the privately owned castle

2019 Middle Distance Aquabike

Sunday 25th May 2019

Earn your place on the plane to the ETU Multisport Championships in Transylvania on this stunning course setting you up for a great season ahead. Swim 1.9km in iridescent waters of Lough Cutra Castle (the largest privately owned lake in Europe) and then cycle 96km through the Burren National Park enjoying the gentle rolling hills (and the infamous Corckscrew Hill) and the natural beauty of the world famous heritage site. Finish down the main driveway and cross the line in front of arguably the grandest castle in the West of Ireland.

2019 BMW Mixed Team Relay Championship

Saturday 25th May 2019

This race format, taking place on the afternoon of Saturday 25th May, will see four person teams; two males and two females, each completing a 250m swim, 5km bike and 1.5km run as part of a tag team. (STRICTLY TO TT BIKES)

Mixed Relay has proven extremely popular with athletes of all standards and allows regular age groupers and more advanced athletes to race together. The minimum age requirement for athletes is 15 years. There is no upper limit upper age limit or ability for those taking part.

We are delighted that this event will, for the third year running, include the National Mixed Team Relay Club Championships. The race will be run to ITU standards and all participants must hold a full TI Licence and team members must belong to the same club.

Go long for the Gauntlet

Sunday 26th May 2019

In 2019 Lough Cutra Castle, for the sixth year running will see The Gauntlet, a middle-distance race, push competitors to their limit via stunning 1.9km swim, 96km bike ride and 21km run.

This race distance had a hugely successful launch across the Series in 2014 with over 1000 sign ups. Since then it has gone from strength to iron strength doubling in size with hardened triathletes and newcomers to the triathlon side-by-side on the start line. In 2016 we were proud to host the Gauntlet as part of the Triathlon Ireland Vodafone National Series and in 2017 the Gauntlet offered 5 qualifying places in each Age Group for the 2018 ETU European Middle Distance Championships. 

10K and Half Marathon

Sunday 26th May 2019

Competitors undertake this stunning off road spectator friendly estate loop (1 lap for the 10K, 3 laps for the Half Marathon).  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! The finish takes place in front of the castle to rapturous applause, well deserved medal and the now famous finish line atmosphere and post-race treats.

Castle Swim Series

Saturday 25th May 2019

The swim only event provides the choice of three different distances: 5km 2.5km and 1mile (see price table below) and boasts a unique and stunning swim route in all the stunning castle lakes.

The swim described by many triathletes as the ‘best open water swim ever completed’ will now be open to outdoor swimmers as an event in its own right.

One mile leisure and family swim

Enjoy the beautiful setting of Lough Cutra Castle at your own pace. Swim any stroke you like (breaststroke encouraged), swim and chat with friends as you go around. Don’t worry about how long it takes (however time limit set at 90 minutes), just enjoy it. Under 16s welcome if accompanied throughout by a competent responsible adult.

Multisport Distances

If the thought of completing all three disciplines at once is holding you back from signing up to one of our events, our multisport distances could be perfect for you! Perhaps an injury is preventing you from running, you can’t get your hands on a bike for this summer or the idea of swimming in the lake is just too much. We have created the multisport events to allow our competitors to compete in two disciplines of your choice within our triathlons. The same stunning courses tailored to suit you!

Find out more about our Aquathlon, Duathlon and Aquabike distances below!

Stunning scenery & weather for a swim, cycle & run around the estate of Lough Cutra Castle in Co. Galway, Ireland. Well organised & great inspiration from both half ironman distance triathletes and also young kids doing their own triathlon race!
Jason McChesney

Race Distances and Discounts

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.

Saturday 25th May 2019

Race Name
Race Distance
Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Start Time
Sprint Plus - The Prendergast
800m / 40km/ 8km
€75 / 115
09:00
Sprint - The Lady Gregory
750m / 20km / 5km
€70 / 110
09:30
Super Sprint - The Viscount Gough
400m / 20km/ 4km
€65 / 105
10:00
Starter Tri - The Castle
200m / 13km / 2.5km
€55 / 95
10:30
5km Swim
5km
€35
11:00
2.5km Swim
2.5km
€25
11:15
1 Mile Swim
1 Mile
€20
11:30
Aquabike Sprint (Swim / Bike)
750m / 20km
€55
09:30
Aquathlon Sprint (Swim / Run)
750m / 5km
€45
09:30
Duathlon Sprint (Run / Bike / Run)
5km / 20km / 2.5km
€55
10:45
Junior (13-15 yrs) - The Teal
300m / 8km / 2.4km
€35 / 45
14:00
Mixed Relay
250m / 5km / 1.5km**
€135 (team)
15:00
Family mixed relay
250m / 5km / 1.5km**
€95 (team)
15:00

*Start times are approximate and shown here as a general guide. These are subject to change.  Depending on number of participants, there may be multiple waves for each race distance separated by intervals from 15 up to 45 minutes.

**Distance varies slightly at each venue

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.

Sunday 26th May 2019

Race Name
Race Distance
Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Start Time
Half Iron / Middle Distance - The Gauntlet
1.9km / 96km / 21km
€190 / 225
08:20
Olympic / Standard - The Lough Cutra
1.5km / 40km / 10km
€85 / 125
08:45
HALF Marathon
21.1 km
€40
10:45
10K
10 km
€30
11:00
Aquabike Middle (Swim / Bike)
1.9km / 96km
€110
08:00
Aquabike Standard (Swim / Bike)
1500m / 40km
€65
10:00
Aquathlon Standard (Swim / Run)
1500m / 10km
€55
10:00
Duathlon Standard (Run / Bike / Run)
10km / 40km / 5km
€65
10:30
Children (11-12 yrs) - The Cormorant
200m / 4km / 1.6km
€30 / 45
14:00
Children (8-10 yrs) - The Widgeon
100m / 4km / 0.8km
€25 / 45
14:15

*Start times are approximate and shown here as a general guide. These are subject to change.  Depending on number of participants, there may be multiple waves for each race distance separated by intervals from 15 up to 45 minutes.

**Distance varies slightly at each venue

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.

2019 Results

You can view a full break down of your results by clicking below. If you have any queries please contact Stuweb Timing Solutions here.

Useful information

Preparation for the event

Please download our new Competitor Guide tailored for the event at Lough Cutra that will help guide you through the preparation for the event.

The Competitor Guide 2019
The Gauntlet Competitor Guide 2019
Race licences and certificates

For another year 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.

On race day, ALL participants of a multi-discipline event are required to present their valid triathlon governing body (eg TI, BTF, FFT) membership card or One Day Licence. This ‘ODL’ must be purchased before the event from the TI website www.triathlonireland.com.

MORE INFORMATION ON TRIATHLON IRELAND ONE DAY LICENCE HERE

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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.

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.

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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