Pop-up City Triathlon

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

Races


For the absolute beginners on shopper bikes to the grizzled triathletes on wind-cheating £10k steeds, the Castle Triathlon Series offers a wealth of race distances to suit all multisport abilities. No other triathlon series in the UK comes close to the variety we offer.

The Bastion - Full iron distance

3.8km swim / 180km bike / 42km run (Hever Castle only in July)

The famous full Iron distance will return to Hever Castle this July.

The iconic endurance challenge will kick off with a 3.8km lake swim before a 180km bike takes competitors around the Kent countryside. A 42km marathon run completes what will be arguably Britain’s toughest and most rewarding long-distance event.

This race distance is currently on offer at Hever Castle only.

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The Gauntlet - Half iron distance

1.9km swim / 90km bike / 21km run (All venues)

Having launched successfully at Hever and Chantilly in 2013, our half iron Gauntlet triathlon is back by popular demand this year.

And this time it’ll take place at all Castle events. The tough challenge kicks off with a 1.9km swim followed by a 90km bike in the countryside around the castle. The race will finish with a half marathon 21km run to the castle finish line.

This race distance is offered at all of our five stunning castle venues.

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Castle Half Marathon

Now at all venues in 2018

You can take on the half marathon at all our venues in 2018 on the most iconic and stunning on and off road courses in the UK, Ireland and France.

The run, two loops of beautiful countryside and castle grounds taking in a castle (at some events two), lake and quaint villages with spectators and locals cheering you on all the way! And there is a big celebration with medal and finishing line banquet as you cross the finishing line.

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Castle Swims in association with Outdoor Swimmer

Now at all venues in 2018

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

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

All swimmers will be provided with timing chips and the races categorised into wetsuits and non-wetsuits. Prizes will be awarded for the first place male and female competitors in each distance. 

The Castle Swims in association with Outdoor Swimmer:

  • 1mile circuit
  • 2.5k circuit
  • 5k circuit

Long course distances at Hever Castle in July

Forget the city marathon, and fill your lungs with country air and stunning scenery before you conquer your marathon by a Castle drawbridge. This new marathon promises the most stunning on and off road course in the UK, a truly motivational and beautiful route that will distract you from the challenge itself. The two or four laps take in two castles, two lakes, quaint Kentish villages with oust houses and castle grounds with spectators and locals cheering you on all the way!

Full & Half Marathon

Distances:

  • Half Marathon – 13.1 miles (2 laps)
  • Full Marathon – 26.2 miles (4 laps)

Forget the city marathon, and fill your lungs with country air and stunning scenery before you conquer your marathon by a Castle drawbridge. This new marathon promises the most stunning on and off road course in the UK, a truly motivational and beautiful route that will distract you from the challenge itself. The two or four laps take in two castles, two lakes, quaint Kentish villages with oust houses and castle grounds with spectators and locals cheering you on all the way!

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The Aquabike Challenge

250m swim / 5km bike / 1.5km run x 4*

Distances

  • 1.9k swim: 60k cycle: 4k optional run (Laps 1:1:1)
  • 3.8k swim: 120k cycle: 4k optional run (Laps 2:2:1)

There’s a training option for everybody who’s into long distance.  After the unique swim you’ll head out on the fully marshalled and signed bike course with supported feed stations. This circular cycle route will take competitors out of Hever Castle, up through the High Weald of Kent before passing through and over the Ashdown Forest and into the village of Maresfield.  After a quick tour of the village competitors retrace their steps to the top of the forest before returning to Hever via the historic and quintessentially English villages of Groombridge, Fordcombe and Penshurst.  Finishers have the option of finishing with a gentle 4K run that circumnavigates the lake and stunning grounds of the Hever estate.

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The Aquathlon Challenge

250m swim / 5km bike / 1.5km run x 4*

Distances

  • 1.9k swim / 10k run (Laps 1:1)
  • 3.8k swim / 21k run (Laps 2:2)

After the unique swim (1 or 2 loops), competitors will then embark on the 10k/21km run course, which follows largely off road tracks and bridle paths between Hever Castle, through the historic local village of Chiddingstone, before finishing right in front of the Castle.

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The Long Distance Swims

Distances at the Hever Castle Festival of Endurance in July:

  • 1.9k circuit
  • 3.8k circuit

The swim course leaves from the Italianate loggia taking competitors down the length of the main lake and heading into the scenic river section.This tributary of the River Eden wraps around 16 Acre Island allowing spectators to watch and cheer competitors on from only a few meters away.

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Olympic Triathlon

1.5km swim / 40km bike / 10km run (All venues)

Our proven Castle Triathlon Series Olympic races mirror the distance with a 1.5km lake swim, followed by a 40km bike through the stunning local countryside surrounding the castles (4/5 are in designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The 10km run takes place in the grounds, leading to an unforgettable finish line experience alongside the castle.

This race distance is offered at all of our five stunning castle venues and open to both individual and relay entries.

Sprint Plus Triathlon

800m swim / 40km bike / 8km run (All venues)

The Sprint Plus acts as a beautiful bridge between the Super Sprint and Olympic distances.

The 800m swim is perfect for anyone new to the open water experience but is aiming for Olympic, with the extended 40km bike and 8km run likely to suit anyone stronger in the bike and run disciplines.

This race distance is offered at all of our five stunning castle venues and open to both individual and relay entries.

Super Sprint Triathlon

400m swim / 20km bike / 4km run (All venues)

Tipping our hat to the issues people have with swimming in open water this race distance provides a stepping stone to the Sprint Plus and is one of the most popular distances at all events.

The individual or relay events kick off with a swift 400m lake swim before a 20km bike in the rolling countryside in and around the castle grounds.

The 4km largely off-road run around the picturesque castle grounds will provide a thrilling and memorable finale to the race.

This race distance is offered at all of our five stunning castle venues and open to both individual and relay entries.

Starter Sprint Triathlon

200m swim / 13km* bike / 2km run (All venues)

Kicking off the adult races at the Castle Triathlon Series is the accessible, hugely fun and rewarding super-sprint distance.

The individual or relay events kick off with a swift 200m lake swim before a 15km bike on quiet roads in the rolling countryside in and around the castle estate.  Whether you’re a newbie to tri or an experienced old-hand looking for pace, the 2km off-road run around the stunning castle grounds will provide a thrilling and memorable finale to the race.

This race distance is offered at all of our five stunning castle venues and open to both individual and relay entries. Juniors who have parental permission to compete on the open roads may also apply.

* Please note, cycle distance varies from 10-15 km at the different venues

Mixed team relay (4 person race)

250m swim / 5km bike / 1.5km run x 4*

Now is your chance to take part in the new triathlon race format played out at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and soon to be introduced to the 2020 Olympics. Mixed relays are fresh to the Castle Triathlon Series in 2017 and are rare in the current European triathlon market with little opportunity for triathletes to enjoy this exciting and fast moving format.

A team of four consisting of two males and two female participants race in a tag team completing a short triathlon each before handing over to the next team member.

The shortened distances of 250m swim / 5km bike / 1.5 km run will be conducted on existing castle routes and the cyclists will benefit from closed road circuits.

Three mixed relay formats:

  • Mixed adult relay – Four adult team members consisting of two males and two female participants.
  • Family relay – Four members of the same family can take part including at least one adult and no specific gender split required. Minimum age is 13 ( as of 31 December of competing year).
  • Junior relay (8-12 year olds) – Four children aged 8-12 year olds with no specific gender split required. The children relay will be shorter: 150m/2km/600m and will remain on the castle estate.

The racing will take part at three of our five castles; Lough Cutra Castle, Cholmondeley Castle and Castle Howard on the Saturday afternoon for the adult and family races and on Sunday for the children’s races of the triathlon festival weekend.

We hope that you enjoy this new exciting race with friends, or family, whether you choose to enjoy the competitive fun, in it’s own right, or complement it with a solo triathlon at the weekend!

*Please note, distances can vary slightly at each castle venue.

Junior (13-15 yrs) Triathlon

300m swim / 8km bike / 4km run *

Our junior event witnesses a 300m lake swim before a challenging but hugely fun off-road 8km cycle around the Castle grounds.

The junior race concludes with a 4km trail run around the castle grounds.

This race distance is offered at all of our five stunning castle venues and open to both individual and relay entries.

*At Castle Howard in 2017 the run will be 2.4km

Children (11-12 yrs) Triathlon

200m swim / 4km bike / 2km run *

For the tweens out there, the Castle Triathlon Series offers a 200m open-water swim in a calm castle lake, a 4km off-road bike in the castle grounds before a 2km trail run finale.

This race distance is offered at all of our five stunning castle venues and open to both individual and relay entries.

*At Castle Howard in 2017 the run will be 1.6km

Children (8-10 yrs) Triathlon

100m swim / 4km bike / 1.3km run

The shortest event in our celebrated children’s races begins with a 100m open-water swim before a 4km bike on traffic-free trails around the Castle grounds.

The race climaxes with a 1.3km run, again on a safe off-road course. One parent is allowed in transition with their children to offer some assistance.

Children aged 7 can take part if they turn 8 before the 31st December of the race year.

This race distance is offered at all of our five stunning castle venues and open to both individual and relay entries.

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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