Castle Howard Triathlon

Sat 20th Jul 2019
Visitor Centre, Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA, UK

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Tickets £35–£220


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The rapturous reception afforded to previous Castle Howard Triathlons subsequently led to the expansion of a 2-day weekend extravaganza.

In its 10th year, the Castle Howard Triathlon will be the 4th weekend event of the 2019 Castle Tri Series and will once again feature the obligatory picture postcard backdrop and a course with something for every level of triathlete. 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 Howards 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. Theres never been a better time to visit Gods 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 has been a regular backdrop for films and television, with both ITVs 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.

NB All timings are approximate.

Distances in this event

  1. Half Iron Distance

    Triathlon: Swim 1.9km, Bike 90km, Run 21km
    8:00am Sun 21st Jul 2019
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  2. Olympic Distance

    Triathlon: Swim 1.5km, Bike 45km, Run 10km
    9:00am Sun 21st Jul 2019
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  3. Sprint Plus Distance

    Triathlon: Swim 0.8km, Bike 46km, Run 8km
    9:00am Sat 20th Jul 2019
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  4. Super Sprint Distance

    Triathlon: Swim 0.4km, Bike 23km, Run 4km
    9:30am Sat 20th Jul 2019
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  5. Starter Sprint Distance

    Triathlon: Swim 0.2km, Bike 13km, Run 2km
    10:30am Sat 20th Jul 2019
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  6. 5k Swim

    Swimming: Swim 1.9km, Bike 90km, Run 21km
    11:00am Sat 20th Jul 2019
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  7. 2.5k Swim

    Swimming: Swim 0.25km, Bike 5km, Swim 1.5km
    11:15am Sat 20th Jul 2019
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  8. 1 Mile Swim

    Swimming: Swim 0.3km, Run 8km, Run 2.4km
    11:30am Sat 20th Jul 2019
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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.

The Gauntlet, our middle / half iron distance races will again, in 2018 be hosted at all Castle Triathlon Series venues with entries open to individuals and relays.

For first timers at this distance it is both the obvious progression from Olympic-distance triathlon and an admirable start for your extreme triathlon dreams. The Gauntlet challenge will force triathletes to pit their wits against a 1.9km lake swim, a 90km bike and a 21km off-road run at each of the Castle Triathlon Series’ stunning venues and scenic surrounds.

Following fantastic feedback from elites and age-groupers alike in 2017, the Gauntlet is expected to witness 2,500 competitors do battle in 2017 over the five stunning locations, making it the biggest middle-distance race series in the UK.

In keeping with our castle theme, The Gauntlet celebrates the expression ‘running the gauntlet’ and will become a battle of accomplishment for every athlete competing over our proven courses in 2018.

If the promise of a cycle up the Burren’s Corkscrew Hill in Ireland, a swim in the iconic Chateau Grand Canal or a half marathon though the historic grounds of Castle Howard whets your appetite, see below for a detailed course description of each of our five Gauntlet races in 2018.

Course Details

A 2 lap swim of the Great Lake in view of Castle Howard itself sets up the grandest race of the Series.  A short run up the North Lawn, pitches competitors out onto the hilly 45K cycle which circumnavigates the 10,000 acre Howard estate, passing through the equally stunning Hovingham Estate  before touring most of the remainder of the Howardian Hills.

Probably the best of the Gauntlet cycle routes, this is one for the two wheel kings.  A 2 lap 10.5K circuit awaits on the run taking in all the key landmarks and monuments including the Castle South Lake and Lawn, The Atlas Fountain, the Temple of the Four Winds and the Mausoleum.  Not for the feint hearted this is a true test of grit but in an absolutely magnificent setting.

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