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Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon

Arriving with the UK Summer Solstice, the second leg of the 2020 Castle Triathlon Series will take place at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire during the long, bucolic days of June.

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Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2020

The Cholmondeley event attracts over 1600 competitors to the beautiful countryside of Cheshire, offering the quintessential Castle Triathlon Series experience of competitive and fun racing, an epic castle backdrop and a stunning rural location.

All races at the 200-year-old Cholmondeley Castle start by launching into an open-water swim in Deer Park Mere Lake, transitioning on to a bike route that circumnavigates Bickerton Hill, which is the southern most tip of the Peckforton Hlls. The run passes through the estate grounds, which date back to the 12th Century.  Triathletes will finish their Cholmondeley race experience by sprinting down the main lawn to the finish line with Cholmondeley Castle as a fitting backdrop.

2019 Results and photography

Find the 2019 Races Results here along with amazing shots of participant’s photography during the event.

About Cholmondeley Castle

The Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon takes place in the beautiful grounds of Cholmondeley Castle, where the Cholmondeley family have resided since the Norman era of the 12th Century.

The estate features extensive parkland covering 500 acres including two lakes, the larger of which, Deer Park Mere, is the setting for the open-water swim section of the triathlon.

To the south of Cholmondeley Castle, Tower Hill is the highest point of the run section, where athletes will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Beeston and Peckforton Hills, which they will have just covered on the undulating bike section, with the Welsh Hills looming in the distance.

Please note that Cholmondeley Castle is a private residence of the Cholmondeley family and is not open to the public.

TENW Junior race series

Inter Regional Championships Qualifying draft legal race for the TENW triathlon team.

 

The Triathlon England North West Junior series returned for the second time to Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon in 2019. A draft legal event and IRC Qualifier on tarmac paths and we look forward to it’s return in 2020.

  • Individual 13 – 19 yrs – 300m/5km/2.4km. Includes Junior 17-19yrs, Youth 15-16yrs and Tristar3 13-14yrs.
  • Individual 11 – 12 yrs Tristar2 – 200m/5km/1.6km

 

“We are really excited for the Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon to be included in the NW Junior Series for 2019. Triathlon’s for children are very limited due to traffic free bike courses and this fantastic event ticks all the boxes. This year has a draft legal race for T2,T3,Youth and Juniors, which will give a great opportunity to race draft legal and great race qualifier experience for the Inter Regional Championships at Mallory park later this year. It’s also a great day our for the family and spectators with plenty to keep them occupied, supporting all the athletes at an amazing venue.” Paul Ekgren,TENW Senior Series Co-ordinator

TENW Draft Legal Restrictions

All draft legal events must comply with wheel and gear restrictions rules as per British Triathlon:

  • Road bikes only (drop handle bars). No mountain bikes or flat handle bars will be allowed to race in these races.
  • No tri bars or clip on bars.
  • No deep section wheel rims and no carbon brake rims.
  • 2 fully-working brakes.
  • Athlete must be comfortable riding in close proximity of other riders.

It’s the athlete’s responsibility to have the gears restricted from their local bike shop/club or even by themselves as per the chart and will be inspected on the day. If unsure please check the rules or ask the NW series coordinator.

Mixed Team Relay (including TENW Championship)

We were delighted that the Senior Mixed Team Relay, the new format used in the commonwealth games, also included the North West Championship event.

The race consists of 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

The Gauntlet, half iron race pushes competitors to their limit via a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run and we look forward to it’s growth in 2020

The race distance had a hugely successful launch in 2013 at the Chateau de Chantilly and Hever Castle Triathlons, with hardened triathletes and newcomers to the triathlon and middle-distance racing side-by-side on the start line.

Castle Swim Series

Saturday 20th June 2020

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 Cholmondeley 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.

10K, Half Marathon and Marathon

Sunday 21st June 2020

Building on the growing success of the Castle Run Series established in 2018, our Half Marathon and 10K runs will be returning to the iconic Cholmondeley Castle. It will also be the first year offering a full Marathon distance around the stunning grounds of Cholmondeley Castle.

This stunning and unique multi-terrain course will incorporate spectator-friendly loops of Cholmondeley Castle, the Cheshire countryside and its quaint local villages. Each runner will be welcomed across the finish line with a banquet of well-earned treats, as well as a Castle Run Series medal to take home. On completing the run course, you can enjoy live music, food stalls, a retail area, and camping in the castle grounds, to make a weekend festival of sporting achievements.

The series hosts a Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K at all our venues (across the UK, Ireland and France). Set on stunning off-road, spectator-friendly courses. Come and join us for the series.

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!

Duathlon, Aquabike, Aquathlon (Standard and Sprint)
Wow! What a great event Cholmondeley was again! Well organised, a strong competitive field, yet an intimate and friendly event. We are looking forward to trying out some of the other venues.
Paul Howarth

Distances, Timings, Pricing

To compete in the Cholmondeley 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 20th June 2020

Race Name
Race Distance
Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Discount Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Start time
(approx*)
Sprint Plus - The Marquess
800m / 44km / 8km
£95 / £140
£71 / £105
08.00
Sprint
750m / 22km / 5km
£90 / £135
£68 / £101
08.30
Super Sprint - The Gothic
400m / 22km / 4km
£85 / £130
£64 / £98
09:00
Starter - The Castle
200m / 14km / 2.5km
£70 / £110
£53 / £83
09:40
5K Swim
5K
£55.00
£41
12:30
2.5K Swim
2.5K
£45.00
£34
12:45
1 Mile Swim
1 Mile
£35.00
£26
13:00
Aquabike Sprint (Swim / Bike)
750m / 22km
£70
£53
08.30
Aquathlon Sprint (Swim / Run)
750m / 5km
£55
£41
08:30
Duathlon Sprint (Run / Bike / Run)
5km / 22km / 2.5km
£70
£53
10:00
Junior (17-19 yrs) TENW
300m / 8.4km / 2.3km DRAFT LEGAL
£44.00
£33
11:30
Youth (15-16 yrs) TENW
300m / 8.4km / 2.3km DRAFT LEGAL
£44.00
£33
11:40
T3 (13-14 yrs) TENW
300m / 8.4km / 2.3km DRAFT LEGAL
£44.00
£33
11:50
T2 (11-12 yrs) TENW
200m / 4.2km / 1.6km DRAFT LEGAL
£39
£29
12:00
Junior (13-15 yrs) - The Chestnut
NON DRAFTING 300m/8.4km/2.3km
£44 / 55
£33 / £41
12:15
Family mixed relay
250m / 4.2km / 1.5km**
£75 (team)
£56 (team)
14:30
Adult mixed relay
250m / 4.2km / 1.5km**
£120 (team)
£90 (team)
14:30

Sunday 21st June 2020

Race Name
Race Distance
Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Discount Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Start time
(approx*)
Half Iron / Middle Distance - The Gauntlet
1.9km / 96km / 21km
£220 / 270
£165 / £203
08.00
Olympic / Standard- The Cholmondeley
1500m / 44km /1 0km
£110 / 150
£83/£113
09.00
Marathon
42.2 km
£65
£49
HALF Marathon
21.1km
£40
£30
10.30
10K
10 km
£30
£23
10.45
Aquabike Standard (Swim / Bike)
1500m / 44km
£85
£64
09.00
Aquathlon Standard (Swim / Run)
1500m / 10km
£70
£53
09.30
Duathlon Standard (Run / Bike / Run)
10km / 44km / 5km
£85
£64
10.00
Children (11-12 yrs) - The Oak
NON DRAFTING 200m/4km/1.6km
£39 / 55
£29 / £41
14.00
Children (8-10 yrs) - The Cedar
NON DRAFTING 100m/4km/1.3km
£33 / 55
£25 / £41
14:30
T1 (8-10 yrs) TENW
NON DRAFTING 100m/4km/1.3km
£33 / 55
£25 / £41
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 slightly varies at each venue.

Entrants will be notified of their wave time via email approximately 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.

Race day information

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.

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.  More information here

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.

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.

Click below to find out more about what we have on offer.

Water quality and temperature

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

Water temperature

For swim length up to 1500m wetsuits will be optional on race day if the temp remains between 14 and 22 degrees centigrade and over 1500m swim length wetsuits will be options 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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