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23/24 June 2018

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8 July 2018

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21/22 July 2018

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25/26 August 2018

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22/23 September 2018

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The Series

Castle Howard Triathlon

The Castle Howard Triathlon will finish a memorable July in style with a whole weekend of racing on the southern border of the North York Moors.

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Castle Howard Triathlon

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July 2018

The rapturous reception afforded to previous Castle Howard Triathlons subsequently led to the expansion of a two day weekend extravaganza.

In its ninth year, the Castle Howard Triathlon will be the fourth weekend event of the 2018 Castle Tri Series and will once again feature the obligatory picture postcard backdrop and a course with something for every level of triathlete. Indeed, the 13,000 acre grounds of Castle Howard form arguably the most physically demanding triathlon course of the Castle Tri Series.

Race entrants will start the race by swimming through Castle Howard’s Great Lake before transitioning into the technical bike route through the glorious rural idyll of Yorkshire and the Howardian Hills.  The spectacular run leg passes through the undulating countryside of the estate before a sprint finish tops everything off in style right in front of the main doors of the house.

220 Triathlon listed The Castle Howard Triathlon as a ‘must-do’ race.

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About Castle Howard

With Yorkshire being voted the third best region for travel in 2014 by Lonely Planet magazine (being edged by Australia and India), there’s never been a better time to visit God’s Own County and Castle Howard.

The construction of Castle Howard took more than 100 years before being finally completed in the 18th Century, and spanned the lifetime of three earls and numerous architects, although Sir John Vanbrugh is credited with the original design. The Great Lake is the setting for the swim section of the triathlon.

Set in the Howardian Hills, the bike legs initially take in the 18th Century Avenue, a main road that runs in a straight line from south to north for five miles. The run will pass The Temple of the Four Winds and one of the finest, free-standing mausoleums in Europe. A hop over New River Bridge, a circumnavigation of South Lake and the Atlas Fountain will take racers to the finishing straight in front of Castle Howard itself.

Castle Howard (which is actually a stately home), has been a regular backdrop for films and television, with both ITV’s lauded Brideshead Revisited in the early 1980s and the acclaimed 2008 feature film production shot on location here, hence the name of our adult races. The film industry also visited Castle Howard for 2006’s Garfield 2: The Prince and the Paw-per, the sequel to Garfield: The Movie and the name of our junior and children’s races.

Welcome to Yorkshire

2018 Yorkshire Mixed Team Relay Championship

Saturday 21st July 2018

We are delighted that this year the Senior Mixed Team Relay, the new format used in the commonwealth games, will be the Yorkshire Championship event. Taking place on the afternoon of Saturday 21st July, 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.

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.

Go long for the Gauntlet

In 2018 the Castle Howard event will witness the exciting return of The Gauntlet, a middle-distance race that pushed competitors to their limit via a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run.

Castle Swim Series

Saturday 21st July 2018

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.

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

One mile leisure and family swim

Enjoy the beautiful setting of Castle Howard 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.

10K and Half Marathon

Competitors undertake this stunning off road spectator friendly estate loop (1 lap for the 10K, 2 laps for the Half Marathon). 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!

NEW! Half marathon and 10K at all our venues (UK, Ireland and France) in 2018. Set on the most iconic and stunning off road, spectator friendly courses. Come join us for the Series.

Thank you very much for the work you put in at Castle Howard. It was a fantastic event and I really enjoyed the location as much as the triathlon. Another wonderful weekend. We are looking forward to joining you in France, hopefully the weather will continue!
Jo Cockroft

Take a look at how our previous triathletes rate Castle Howard via RaceCheck

All Howard race distances and pricing

To compete in the Castle Howard 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. Team entries can be all male, all female or mixed

Saturday 21st July 2018

Race Name
Race Distance
Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Discount Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Start time
(approx*)
Sprint Plus - The Brideshead Revisited
800m/46km/8km
£95 / 140
£86 / 126
09:00
Super Sprint- The Brideshead
400m/23km/4km
£85 / 130
£77 / 117
09:30
Starter Tri - The Castle
200m/13km/2km
£70 / 110
£63 / 99
10:30
5km Swim
5 km
£55.00
£50
11:00
2.5km Swim
2.5 km
£45.00
£41
11:15
1 Mile Swim
1 mile
£35.00
£32
11:30
Junior (13-15 yrs) - The Garfield
300m/8km/2.4km
£44 / 55
£40 / 50
14:00
Adult mixed relay
250m/5km/1.5km**
£100 (team)
£90 (team)
15:00
Family mixed relay
250m/5km/1.5km**
£75 (team)
£68 (team)
15:00

Sunday 22nd July 2018

Race Name
Race Distance
Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Discount Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Start time
(approx*)
Half Iron / Middle Distance - The Gauntlet
1.9km/90km/21km
£220 / 270
£198 / 243
08:00
Olympic / Standard - The Howard
1500m/45km/10km
£110 / 150
£99 / 135
09:00
HALF Marathon
21.1km
£40
£36
11:00
10K
10 km
£30
£27
11:15
Children (11-12 yrs) - The Garfield
200m/4km/1.6km
£39 / 55
£35 / 50
14:00
Children (8-10 yrs) The Garfield
100m/4km/1.3km
£33 / 55
£30 / 50
14:30

*Start times are approximate and shown here as a general guide. These are subject to change.  Depending on numbers, there will be multiple waves for each race distance, usually separated by 15 to 20 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.

Course maps

Please take a moment to study these in details.

Castle Howard Triathlon is an exciting and busy event with lots of different courses taking place throughout the weekend. There will be a full brief before your race start but it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the course and in particular any key junctions to ensure you take the correct route.

Race day admin

Two weeks prior to event, this section will give you everything you need to know about race day, including wave times, registration opening details, spectator entry, camping info and water temperature readings etc.

Results

Find your 2017 race time results here.

Useful information

Race licence

The Castle Triathlon Series UK events are governed by the British Triathlon Federation and their technical officials will provide guidance on the day and in the run up to the event.

On race day, all participants involved in a multi-discipline sport are required to produce a valid triathlon governing body membership card or purchase a Day Licence. The Day Licence fee is £5 Adult £1 Child and can be purchased at Registration on event day.

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Pre-Race Practice

GAUNTLET CYCLE & RUN RECCES:

Lough Cutra Castle – 5th May

Cholmondeley Castle – 2nd June

Hever Castle- 10th June

Castle Howard – 1st July

Hever Castle – 9th September

Approximate timings:

Cycle – 9am

Run – 1pm

 

PRACTICE SWIMS:

Kids Practice Swim – £5
Adult Practice Swim – £10

Practice swimming in the lake the evening before your race. Not available at Chateau de Chantilly and Hever Castle.

How to book: 

  • During the online registration process.
  • Using our Online Shop.
  • Logging onto MyActive and adding these to your entry.
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

Click the link below to find out everything you need to know about all of our venues.

Trophies, prize money and medals

All competitors in all races will receive a medal on completion of their race.

Each 1st place winner will also receive a suitably themed trophy, and sponsor’s prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. There is a significant prize pot on offer for the Olympic and Gauntlet race distances.

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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

Please see 2016 water quality tests for Castle Howard’s lake.  All tests are undertaken using the EU Water Bathing Directive as the benchmark.

Water temperature

Wet suits will be optional on race day if the the temp is between 15 and 23 degrees centigrade.

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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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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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