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Entry is now closed for the Leeds Castle Triathlon 2018

Standard Triathlon

24th June 2018

Swim - 1500m

The swim will be a mass start on land running in to the water, at the newly formed beach. It begins with a clockwise swim in the moat, where all swimmers will pass under the Castle through either of the ancient arches. The standard distance swim is two laps of 750 metres and you will exit where you entered. Once out of the water, there is a short run to Transition where your bike is racked and after a quick change, you will head out onto the bike course.

Cycle - 40k

The bike course follows a route from the main carpark and onto the A20 from the exit between the Gatehouses. Once on the A20 Maidstone-bound, you will do a U-turn on the roundabout and head towards Charing. It is an undulating course, regularly used for time-trialling and in the right weather conditions, very fast. Once you reach the next roundabout at Charing you will take the third exit towards Ashford. Just over 20kms through the bike course you’ll reach a round-about, at Ashford, where you will U-turn to head back to Charing, taking the first exit at the round-about to take the A20 back to the Castle. At the rear of the Castle you will re-enter the grounds via the Broomfield Gate. You will descend through the golf course towards the Castle, before passing in front of the Castle doors and straight back into Transition to rack your bike and complete the 40km cycle course.

Run - 10k

On the run course you head towards the Upper Parkland, taking in spectacular views of the Castle on a challenging cross country run route. There will be marshals and aid-stations around the course to help you. This will be two laps of 5kms, where upon you will continue straight past transition to finish in the middle of the expo. Upon crossing the finish line you will receive a medal, a finishers t-shirt and some well-earned refreshments.

Qualification for 2019 Lausanne ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships

Leeds Castle is delighted to have become the 2019 ITU Standard Distance Triathlon Qualifier (Draft Illegal) meaning the top finishing athletes in the 2018 event will be eligible to enter the 2019 Lausanne ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships, to be held in Lausanne.
To be eligible for age group qualification, athletes MUST have a valid home association membership – DAY LICENCE HOLDERS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE. You will need to provide your membership number when you enter. Please note that you will need to register your intent to qualify with BTF, as well as paying for and entering the qualifier. Registration for the qualification process is optional and is not required to compete in the Leeds Castle Standard Triathlon.
Visit BritishTriathlon.org for further information.

Sprint Triathlon

23rd June 2018

Swim - 750m

The swim will start in waves depending on participant numbers. You will enter the water via the newly formed beach. It is a clockwise swim in the moat where all swimmers will pass under the castle through either of the ancient arches. The sprint swim is one lap of 750 metres and you will exit the water where you entered. Once out of the water, there is a short run to Transition where your bike is racked and after a quick change, you will head out onto the bike course. 

Cycle - 26k

The bike course follows a route from the main carpark and onto the A20 from the exit between the Gatehouses. Once on the A20, Maidstone-bound, you will do a U-turn on the roundabout and head towards Charing. It is an undulating course, regularly used for time-trialling and in the right weather conditions, very fast. Once you reach the next roundabout at Charing you will again U-turn to head back along the A20, until you reach the rear of the Castle where you will re-enter the grounds via the Broomfield Gate. You will descend through the golf course towards the Castle, before passing in front of the Castle doors and straight back into Transition to rack your bike and complete the 26km cycle course.

Run - 5k

On the run course you head towards the Upper Parkland, taking in spectacular views of the Castle on a challenging cross country run route. There will be marshals and aid-stations around the course to help you. This will be one lap of 5kms, where upon you will continue straight past transition to finish in the middle of the expo. Upon crossing the finish line you will receive a medal, a finishers t-shirt and some well-earned refreshments.

Junior Aquathlon

23rd June 2018

Leeds Castle will again host the Junior Aquathlon for children aged from 8 to 14 years old. The categories will be TriStart (8yrs), TriStar 1 (9-10yrs), TriStar 2 (11-12yrs) and TriStar3 (13-14yrs). The swim will take place in the beautiful moat surrounding the iconic Castle and the run will be across the stunning estate. For each child registered an accompanying adult can spectate the race for free and also enjoy the Castle, grounds and attractions for the whole day. 

ENTRY NOW CLOSED

Distances

TriStart (age 8 on 31/12/18)
50m swim and 600m run
TriStar 1 (ages 9 or 10 on 31/12/18)
150m swim and 1.2km run
TriStar 2 (ages 11 or 12 on 31/12/18)
250m swim and 1.8km run
TriStar 3 (ages 13 or 14 on 31/12/18)
350m swim and 2.4km run
Youth (ages 15 or 16 on 31/12/18)
500m swim and 3km run

Times

TriStart
Pre-race Briefing 1.55pm, Start 2pm
TriStar 1
Pre-race Briefing 2.05pm, Start 2.10pm (approx)
TriStar 2
Pre-race Briefing 2.25pm, Start 2.30pm (approx)
TriStar 3
Pre-race Briefing 2.55pm, Start 3pm (approx)
Youth
Pre-race Briefing 3.25pm, Start 3.30pm (approx)

PLEASE NOTE: Start times may change if we receive a large number of entrants and waves have to be split up to reduce high numbers starting at one time. Exact times will be finalised two weeks before the event.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Register for the Leeds Castle Triathlon via the Leeds Castle Triathlon website.

The swim will be in the beautiful moat surrounding this iconic Castle, the bike course will take you out into the surrounding area and then the finish will be the run course around the stunning Leeds Castle estate.

There is free parking, please enter via the Leeds Castle main entrance.

Please see our course map which is available on the Leeds Castle Triathlon website.

The Junior Aquathlon swim will be in the iconic Castle’s moat followed by a run within the Castle grounds.

Yes, in accordance with the BTF rules, children must wear a wet suit when competing in the swim.

Yes the race is registered with the BTF and will comply with the normal BTF rules. Please the British Triathlon Competition Rules for further information. You will need a BTF licence to take part in this event, if you do not already have one please visit www.triathlonengland.org alternatively you will be able to purchase a day licence upon registration at the event.

If you have received an email entitled 'Booking Confirmation' then you are entered into the race you booked for. If you think you have booked but haven't received a confirmation email please get in contact with us and we can look into it for you.

You will receive your race pack containing your race numbers and chip for timing at registration on the day. Course details are available on the website and a final preparation and race day instructions will be sent out via email 10 days before the race.

There will be some Triathlon Training days and Run Recces leading up to the event.

The races take place early in the morning, before Leeds Castle opens to the public. Exact timings will be confirmed on the website closer to the event.

The water quality will be tested 2 weeks before the event. The temperature will be taken on the morning of each race and will be displayed in the registration tent.

Yes, these will be given out on the finish line.

Yes, every entrant will receive a goody-bag.

There will be awards for winners in each category.

All triathletes are welcome to spend the rest of the day in the grounds and exploring the Castle free of charge.

There will be spectator tickets available to purchase through the Leeds Castle website. The ticket allows you to spend the day here at Leeds Castle. These tickets are available to purchase ahead of the event on or website, and from 6am – 10am on the events days. After 10am the ticket prices reverts to our normal admission prices. If you have an annual ticket already, this will allow you to watch the Triathlon.

Yes the race is open to men and women.

The triathletes will be split into waves which will be decided once entry’s close 2 weeks before the race weekend.

Yes, the triathletes will receive a chip code on entry which will record their time on completion of the triathlon.

No all roads will be open for this event.

No, unfortunately for safety reasons we cannot allow the use of music devices along the course.

Yes, transition will be open to you as soon as you have registered.

Children aged 8 to 14yrs can enter our Junior Aquathon. The Sprint is open to adults and children 15yrs and over. The Standard Triathlons is open to adults and children 17yrs and over.

We will provide you with a coloured swim hat (you are welcome to wear your own underneath).

A lot of time can be won or lost during the transition so practice is important.

If you have a medical or heart condition you will need to provide a letter from your doctor and or physician stating you are fit and able to participate in the race. For further information please contact Alysha Sargent on 01622 767871 or alyshasargent@leeds-castle.co.uk

Yes you are very welcome to only do one or two of the disciplines in the race (e.g. just the cycle and run), obviously this will make you ineligible for prizes but you are welcome to complete the race like this and your times will still be available for the parts that you do complete.

There will be food and drink outlets located at the main event site.

Yes, the Triathlon site and transition will be secure. Transition will only be accessible by competitors on the day of the race.

A wet suit is compulsory if the water temperature is 14 degrees or below. Between 15 degrees and 22 degrees a wet suit is optional. If the temperature is above 22 degrees then a wet suit cannot be worn. We would recommend using a wet suit as this will assist in buoyancy and warmth.

Approximately 1 meter in depth, 2 meters under the Castle arches.

Yes, the Leeds Castle Moat has a Water Analysis Certificate.

The order of the race is swim, cycle, run.

The Triathlon and Junior Aquathlon run courses are both cross country, around the estate grounds which includes a mixture of grass and paths on varying gradients.

Race times will be available from the timing tent on the day and will also be posted on the Leeds Castle website.

Please get in touch with the Alysha Sargent on 01622 767871 or alyshasargent@leeds-castle.co.uk and we will answer any queries or discuss any opportunities further.

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