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The Series

Hever Castle Triathlon

The UK’s second biggest triathlon, the world’s largest children’s triathlon and the finale of both the Castle Tri Series and the UK triathlon season.

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Hever Castle Triathlon

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 2017

Hever Castle Triathlon has established itself as an essential destination for British and international triathletes and the mainstream media, 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.

Sibling bonding, friendship and sporting camaraderie were the theme at the Hever Castle Triathlon 2016. The World’s largest children’s triathlon continued the Brownlee spirit, with a festival of sport at the historical Kentish and iconic venue.

As in previous years, the children’s races are split over two days (8-10 year olds on Saturday afternoon and 11-15 year olds on Sunday afternoon).

The Half Iron Gauntlet’s unique swim loop around the River Eden and Sixteen-acre island was hailed as one of the best open water swim routes on the UK circuit. The iconic long-distance Bastion is returning to Hever Castle on Sunday 9 July 2017.

The races will again commence with an open-water swim in the spectacular 38 acre Hever Castle Lake and River Eden, transitioning into the undulating cycle that takes athletes around a circuit through the High Weald of Kent, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and up to the stunning Ashdown forest for the longer distance races. The largely off-road run circumnavigates the estate as well as taking runners through land owned by the Bellhurst Nature Conservation Trust (the majority of this section is not on public rights of way), then returning to the award-winning castle grounds before athletes make the dash to the tree-lined finishing chute beside the lake.

Hever Castle Triathlon 2015/2016 - Stunning course for all levels of triathletes

About Hever Castle

Famous for its links with the Tudors, particularly Henry VIII, there have been three main periods in the construction of this historic castle.

The oldest part of the castle dates to 1270 and consisted of the gatehouse and a walled bailey. In the early 1500s the Bullen family acquired the castle and added a Tudor dwelling within the walls. Hever Castle was also the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the mother of Queen Elizabeth I.

In 1903, William Waldorf Astor restored Hever Castle, building the Tudor Village and creating the gardens and Hever Castle Lake, which plays host to the swim section of the triathlon and took 800 men to dig by hand and took two years to construct.

Since 1983, the castle has been owned by Broadland Properties and is now open to the public. The castle itself houses historic 16th Century Tudor portraits, furniture and tapestries, and two magnificent prayer books inscribed by Anne Boleyn.

Film buffs will note that Hever Castle provides the a backdrop to 1987’s fairytale comedy classic The Princess Bride, starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright, and 2008’s Inkheart with Brendan Fraser.

Go long for the Gauntlet

The 2018 Hever Castle event witnessed hundreds of hardy triathletes taking on the exciting Gauntlet, a middle-distance race that pushed competitors to their limit via a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run.

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.

Hever Castle Swim in association with Outdoor Swimmer magazine

Saturday 22nd September 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, which takes in the Castle Lake and River Eden and circumnavigates 16 Acre Island. View swim course here.

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 Hever 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.

 

Castle Run Series

Sunday 23rd September 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.

This run promises one of the most stunning on and off road course in the UK. This two laps course takes in two castles, two lakes, quaint Kentish villages with oust houses and castle grounds 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.

I absolutely LOVED the new swim course! That was a fab alteration, and made the swim so much more interesting than most of the other swims you get at UK events. Will definitely be back to race next season, I think I may even take on the Iron distance event early season... We\'ll see!
Eli Thorogood

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

All Hever race distances and pricing

To compete in the Hever 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 22nd September 2018

Race Name
Race Distance
Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Discount Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Start time
(approx*)
Sprint Plus - Henry VIII
800m/40km/8km
£95.00 / 140.00
£71 / 105
08:00
Super Sprint - Anne Boleyn
400m/20km/4km
£85.00 / 130.00
£64 / 98
09:00
Starter Tri - Castle Tri
200m/15km/2km
£70.00 / 110.00
£53 / 83
11:00
Hever Outdoor Swimmer
5km
£55
£41
11:30
Hever Outdoor Swimmer
2.5km
£45
£34
11:45
Hever Outdoor Swimmer
1 mile
£35
£26
12:15
Children (8-10 yrs)
100m/4km/1.3km
£33.00 / 55.00
£25 / 31
14.00

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Race
Race Name
Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Discount Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Start time
(approx*)
Half Iron / Middle Distance - The Gauntlet
1.9km/90km/21km
£220.00 / 270.00
£165 / 203
08.00
Olympic / Standard - The Hever
1.5km/40km/10km
£110.00 / 150.00
£83 / 113
09.00
HALF Marathon
21.1km
£40
£30
11.00
Junior (13-15 yrs) - Elizabeth 1st
300m/8km/2.4km
£44.00 / 55.00
£33 / 41
14.30
Children (11-12 yrs) - Elizabeth 1st
200m/4km/1.8km
£39.00 / 55.00
£29 / 41
15.30

*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.

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.

Hever Castle 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 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.

Results

Find your 2017 race time results here.

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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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