CASTLE TRIATHLON SERIES: HEVER CASTLE
Location Edenbridge, Kent Date 23-24 September 2017 Whenever people ask us what event they should do as their first open-water tri, our answer is the same: the Hever Castle leg of the Castle Triathlon Series. It’s here that the elements come together for a novice-friendly experience. Calm, warm-ish September lake waters. Check. Attentive race organisers. Check. A familyfriendly atmosphere. Yep.
But also crucial is the choice of race distances. For absolute beginners, there’s the Starter Tri on the Saturday with a 200m lake swim and 15km bike followed by a 2km run. Those with more experience or wanting an all-out race fest can pick the 400m/20km/4km Super Sprint, while stronger bike/runners can try the Sprint Plus, which comes close to Olympic-distance with a 40km bike and 8km run but with a shorter 800m swim.
The Sunday, meanwhile, hosts the Olympic (1.5km/40km/10km) and middle (1.9km/90km/21km) events, with the world’s largest children’s triathlon taking place on both days. castletriathlonseries.co.uk
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