July 8, condorcycles.com/festival
Every year the cultish cycling brand Rapha puts on a mammoth 220mile cycle from Manchester’s velodrome to the one in the Olympic Park, in aid of the charity Ambitious about Autism. Rapha’s boss, Simon Mottram, has an autistic son, and the course is designed to be extremely tough.
This year, for the first time, it is launching an 80-mile race to widen participation. It starts at Castle Ashby, the beautiful ancestral home of the 7th Marquess of Northampton. The longer route goes through Bosworth Hall, too. September 2, rapha.cc/gb/en/ stories/m2l Estate’s glorious sweeping park, comprises a 1.2-mile swim and a 56mile bike ride that winds along the coastal road before passing the Queen’s residence at Sandringham.
The event finishes with a 13-mile run around the estate, where you might catch up with some of the freely roaming herd of fallow deer. You’d be in good company; Lord Leicester, the current Earl, is an Ironman himself, although confesses he hasn’t done his own estate’s race – yet. sharing their home for one of the UK’s largest triathlons. The WoBurner, which is a step up from Olympic distance, starts with a 1,900m lake swim. From there, it’s on to the lawn in front of the Grand Abbey, the home of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford since the 1620s, for a 90km bike ride through the countryside outside the estate, and a 21.1km run. You can sign up your kids, too – there are junior triathlons and “scootathons” for those over four. September 8, humanrace.co.uk/ event/woburn-abbey-triathlon