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250 take part in first Hever Castle Evening Sprint race

First Hever Castle evening race a success

Last week (Wednesday 11 May) saw over 250 triathletes, including first timers, elites and children racing around the stunning grounds of Hever Castle. The race was the first of the three events which form the Evening Sprint Triathlon Series in aid of Help for Heroes and Talking2Minds.

This year is the first time the Evening Sprint Triathlon Series has taken place and is in response to triathletes demand and recognition of the venue’s location. The Evening Sprint Triathlon Series was a great evening of racing that appealed to both an 8 year old doing their first triathlon, first time competitor and an elite performer wanting a well-organised sprint or super sprint triathlon to complement their training. There were three race distances which kicked off at 5pm:

– Adult Sprint: 750m/20km/5km (swim/cycle/run)

– Adult Super Sprint: 400m/20km/4km

– Junior and Children: 300m/4km/4km, 200m/4km/2km, 100m/4km/1.3km

All triathletes started off with an open water swim in the spectacular 38 acre Hever Castle Lake, transitioning into the cycle which took place around the 20km circuit through the High Weald of Kent an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty used on the Hever Castle Triathlon main event. The run then circumnavigated the estate and award winning castle grounds before making the dash to the finish beside the lake.

The next Evening Sprint Triathlon events are due to take place on Wednesday 8th June and Wednesday 13th July. Registration is now open online and also accepted on the night.


Profile image of Matt Baird Matt Baird Editor of Cycling Plus magazine


Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.