CASTLE TRIATHLON SERIES
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Race day admin

Are you ready for the ultimate finale to the triathlon season? We are really looking forward to welcoming you to Hever Castle Triathlon, Swim and Run 2019.  We are set to make this weekend the extravaganza people have come to expect.

Hever Castle Triathlon, Swim and Run

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2019

Car Parks & Arrival at the Event

All car parks are in adjoining fields to the event. Please follow the below instructions to avoid delays.

  • If you are coming via Tunbridge Wells, please note the A264 road closures on Saturday morning.
  • On approaching the venue, be sure to follow the yellow triathlon car park signs. DO NOT FOLLOW YOUR SAT NAV.
  • Please follow directions from marshals
  • Many of you will be arriving while fellow Hever event competitors are out on the cycle course, please drive with caution.
  • It is around 15 minutes walk to the event village.

Do you have elderly or disabled supporters? 

Within each car parking field there will be a designated disabled parking area located closest to the Venue. Whilst we have taken steps to improve the tracks and pathways, they will, at times, be a little rough and we would encourage you to leave enough time getting from the car parks to the Event.

PLEASE NOTE! HEVER GROUNDS WILL BE CLEARED OF ALL VISITORS BY 6PM. HOWEVER THEY WILL REOPEN ON SATURDAY AT 6.30PM FOR THE HEVER NIGHT SWIM, SCROLL DOWN FOR DETAILS ON ACCESS.

Your Event Day Licencing

This is a British Triathlon Permitted Event

On event day, all triathlon participants are required to :

EITHER produce a triathlon membership card (eg British Triathlon Federation or International equivalent). PLEASE CHECK YOUR CARD IS IN DATE.

OR, on arrival at the registration area, purchase a Home Nation Day Membership 

If you have a valid British Triathlon membership please show your card at the Registration Check-in and no payment will be necessary.

IT IS NECESSARY FOR NON MEMBERS TRIATHLETES TO BUY A DAY MEMBERSHIP ON ARRIVAL TO THE REGISTRATION AREA

  • £5 (20 years and over)
  • £1 (under 20 year olds)

Please note, British Triathlon rules are in place for all triathletes, please ensure you are familiar with these. Know the rules.  Download complete BTF rules here.

Competitor Guides

These include essential race day information

We are delighted to attached our comprehensive 2019 Competitor Guides; a highly recommended read to ensure you are prepared for a great race day! Click the images to download.

Please Note: we will NOT be sending out anything by post.

Run / Swim Registration Check-in

Race Pack Pick-Up

IMPORTANT! The RUN only and SWIM Registration check-in is located just behind the Loggia (swim start). NOT with the triathlon registration in the main event village. Please look out for the BLUE SWIM /RUN REGISTRATION SIGNAGE.

Please aim to arrive at Registration Check-in no more than 1hour before your given wave start time. We will register people in wave order. Changing facilities and bag drop are available.

Half Marathon & 10K

Earphones/headphones are strictly prohibited.

Once you have collected your race bib (with timing chip attached) from Registration check-in, please make your way to the the run starts in front Hever Castle, by the draw bridge. The Race Brief will take place 15 minutes before your start time.  Click here for run route and gpx course.

Runners will joined by triathletes on the run course, which will be well signed and marshalled. Prize giving will take place in the main event village for the top three male and female winners.

Castle Run Series

5K, 2.5K, 1 Mile Swim only

Heated warm up tent will be at the swim finish. 

Once you have collected your timing chip and swim hat from Registration Check-in, please make your to the course brief on the loggia 15 minutes before swim start.  Click here for course map.

Prize giving will take place in the main event village for the top three male and female winners (wetsuit and non wetsuit) of each distance.

Castle Swim Series

Triathlon Registration Check-In

Race Pack Pick-Up

On Race Day, before Registration Check-in, you will pass through the BTF Licence check and can purchase a Day Pass if necessary (cash only please).  Keep you Day Pass or Membership card to hand when entering the Registration tent.

YOU WILL NEED TO KNOW YOUR WAVE NUMBER AND START TIME WHEN ARRIVING AT REGISTRATION.

  • Triathletes Registration Check-in is located at the far end of the event village, and will be sign posted. 
  • IMPORTANT: Please only arrive at the registration tent 1-1.5 hours before your given wave start time (1.5hrs is recommended for Gauntlet half iron competitors).  We will register competitors in wave number order. 

PRE-Race Day Registration (for Sunday participants)

Saturday 28th between 4.30-5.30pm

For any Sunday competitors who would like to register the day before their race (Licence documentation and race packet pick up). No overnight bike racking facility. Please be on time, as these are strict opening times.

PRE- REGISTRATION RACE PACKET PICKUP IS LOCATED AT THE FAR END OF THE EVENT FIELD (INCLUDING RUN ONLY)

Parents of 8-15yrs events: Please help us keep the registration queueing and pre-event nerves to a minimum. Please do not arrive at registration any earlier than an 1hr before the given start time. If you arrive at the Hever Castle early, enjoy the event village.

 

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.

Water Temperature

We predict mandatory wetsuits first thing, going to optional/advisable late morning/afternoon

WATER TEMPERATURE UPDATE HERE.

The water temperature varies slightly throughout the lake (Sunday Adults Competitors: please note the river section is often around 1-2°C colder). The Hever lake is not a very deep lake and the water temperatures are easily affected by the weather. On arrival at Registration you will be notified of the Race Day early morning water temperature.

Bike Hire

Hiring a bike with British Bike Hire takes the stress and hassle of traveling with your bike out of race weekend; you can rely on them to have a freshly cleaned and serviced bike delivered to the event ready for collection. Once there you can collect your bike from one of their team of mechanics who will be on hand for any fitting adjustments, pedal changes or installation of extra parts that you may want.

Nutrition

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Start Time Wave Sheets

These wave sheets  include the wave number, start time and name of all participants. (in alphabetical order by surname).

If you are a late booker, please go directly to the Help Desk in Registration to pick up your pack. Please arrive 1 – 1.5hrs before your desired start time. 

Competition waves (Adults only)

We adopt an ‘Opt In’ format to bring forward the Prize Giving Ceremony. Only those in a competition wave will be considered for  prize giving on the day. Competition waves include people that have ‘opted in’ during the online booking and those with fast projected finish times.

SEE TABLE FOR LIST OF COMPETITION WAVES ( C* ) AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

Important Transition Information

ADULTS! PLEASE REMEMBER transition opens for the children’s races around 1pm. Please remove your bike & gear straight after the completion of your race. We’d be very grateful if you would play your part in making this a great race for all.

PARENTS! One adult only per child through Registration Check-in please. One adult per child in the 8-10yrs race on Saturday is permitted to enter Transition. Many adult competitors will still be racing throughout the afternoon. PLEASE RESPECT their needs in the transition area, stay by your child’s racking position. You may assist with the removal of a wetsuit and racking the bike, but that’s it – the rest is up to them!

Space in transition is limited, you may be required to use the bag-drop provided.

Spectators and Camping

Adults £10 and Children £5. 5 year olds and under go free.

Spectators are well looked after as you take part in your race.  There will be retail outlets, food concessions, live music and children’s entertainment along with the stunning grounds and castle to enjoy. This event has the well earned reputation of an atmospheric triathlon festival.

Please note online bookings are now closed for camping. If you wish to camp, please read the campsite information (right) and bring cash to pay the campsite manager on arrival.

Pitch – £25 (inc. 2 people)

Extra person – £8 per person

Competitor Photography

PRE-Race day offer! AWOL Adventure photography team will be positioned around the course, finish line, and event village ready to capture that timeless photo – Just don’t forget to SMILE!

Pre-order your digital bundle of pictures for only £25 instead of the usual price of £35. Here’s how it works…..

ALL your Digital Photos for just £25.00
Min. 2 photos GUARANTEED or your money back*
Bundle price rises to £35 after the event so hurry!

*Click here for quick FAQ and details of Awol Adventure guarantee

Six Physio

The Six Physio team will be set up in the red gazebo in the event village for anyone interested in a post-race massage. The post-event massage is on offer to all competitors at Hever, only £10 for 15 mins. Gauntlet & Bastion competitors at both Hever events get a Six Physio post-race massage for free! For more information, see the Six Physio events website page.

Head over to the Six Physio website page to find out more and watch videos and tutorials for injury prevention, cure and advice. Find out more on the website page.

Pre-Order Your Finisher T-Shirt

Receive a free neck warmer worth £15, when you pre-order your Hever Castle finisher t-shirt online, for just £20-£25. Select ‘Collection’ as your shipping method and pick up your t-shirt at the event for free.

Made with Scimitar’s exclusive Qwick- dri wicking fabric, the Hever Castle t-shirt is the perfect memento to take away from the event. As well as the limited edition 2018 exclusive design – pre-order before the event & receive a free gift (neck warmer) worth £15.

Bulk SMS

Wave times and race briefing

Saturday 28th September Wave Start Times

Race briefing will take place 10 – 15 minutes prior to the start of each wave on the Loggia at the lake edge. All competitors need to attend.

Saturday 28th September Morning Wave Start Times
Time
Wave
Event Type
Grouping
Race Distance
08:00
1
Sprint Plus
800m/40km/8km
08:20
2
Sprint Plus
(R)
800m/40km/8km
08:40
3
Sprint
(R)
750m/20km/5km
8.40
3
Aquabike
(R)
750m/20km
8.40
3
Aquathlon
(R)
750m/5km
09:00
4
Super Sprint
400m/20km/4km
09:15
5
Super Sprint
400m/20km/4km
09:30
6
Super Sprint
(F)
400m/20km/4km
09:30
6
Duathlon
5km/20km/4km
09.45
7
Super Sprint
400m/20km/4km
10.00
8
Super Sprint
(NC)
400m/20km/4km
10:15
9
Super Sprint
(NC)
400m/20km/4km
10:30
10
Super Sprint
(NC)(R)
400m/20km/4km
11.00
11
Starter Sprint
200m/15km/2km
11:15
12
Starter Sprint
(NC)(R)
200m/15km/2km
11.30
13
5km Swim
5km
11.45
14
2.5km Swim
2.5km
12.15
15
1 Mile Swim
1 mile

C*– A Competition Wave, includes those who have ‘opted in’      R* – A mixed wave, includes Relays

Saturday 28th September Afternoon Wave Start Times
Time
Wave
Event Type
Grouping
Race Distance
14.00
1
8-10 Years
100m/4km/1.3km
14.15
2
8-10 Years
100m/4km/1.3km
14.30
3
8-10 Years
100m/4km/1.3km
14.45
4
8-10 Years
100m/4km/1.3km
15.00
5
8-10 Years
100m/4km/1.3km
15.15
6
8-10 Years
100m/4km/1.3km
15.30
7
8-10 Years
100m/4km/1.3km
15.45
8
8-10 Years
100m/4km/1.3km
16.00
9
8-10 Years 1
100m/4km/1.3km
16.15
10
8-10 Years
100m/4km/1.3km
Sunday 29th September Wave Times

Race briefing will take place 15 minutes (30 minutes for the Gauntlets) prior to the start of each wave, on the Loggia at the lake edge.
All competitors need to attend.

Sunday 29th September Morning Wave Start Times
Time
Wave
Event Type
Grouping
Race Distance
08.00
1
Gauntlet
1.9km/90km/21km
08.30
2
Gauntlet
1.9km/90km/21km
09.00
3
Olympic
1.5km/40km/10.5km
09.20
4
Olympic
1.5km/40km/10.5km
09.40
5
Olympic
1.5km/40km/10.5km
10.00
6
Olympic
(NC)
1.5km/40km/10.5km
10.20
7
Olympic
(NC)
1.5km/40km/10.5km
10.40
8
Olympic
(NC)(R)
1.5km/40km/10.5km
10.40
8
Aquabike
(NC)(R)
1.5km/40km
10.40
8
Aquathlon
(NC)(R)
1.5m/10km
11:00
9
Duathlon (Standard)
12km/40km/4.3km
11.15
9
Half Marathon
21.1km
11:30
10
Castle 10km
10km

C*– A Competition Wave, includes those who have ‘opted in’. R* – A mixed wave, includes relay entries

Sunday 29th September Afternoon Wave Start Times
Time
Wave
Event Type
Grouping
Race Distance
14.30
1
13-15 Years
300m/8km/2.4km
14.45
2
13-15 Years
300m/8km/2.4km
15.00
3
13-15 Years
300m/8km/2.4km
15.15
4
13-15 Years
(R)
300m/8km/2.4km
15.30
5
11-12 Years
200m/4km/1.8km
15.45
6
11-12 Years
200m/4km/1.8km
16.00
7
11-12 Years
200m/4km/1.8km
16.15
8
11-12 Years
200m/4km/1.8km
16.30
9
11-12 Years
200m/4km/1.8km
16.45
10
11-12 Years
(R)
200m/4km/1.8km
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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