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It’s Iron for Hever

Hever Castle to host The Bastion long-distance tri in July 2014

The Castle Triathlon Series has announced the launch of its first full iron-distance race at Hever Castle to be hosted on a weekend in July 2014 (official date to come on Monday 4 November).

The new race – suitably titled The Bastion – continues the well-known castle theme and has been created based on the success of this year’s inaugural Gauntlet, which saw 400 competitors enter the half iron-distance at The Hever Castle Triathlon in Kent.

The new 140.6-mile Bastion course takes in the countryside around the High Weald of Kent and Ashdown Forest. The course will loop sections of the existing Gauntlet route deemed as ‘tough but stunning’ by many competitors together with new course features.

The middle-distance Gauntlet, meanwhile, will now be offered at all five of the Castle Triathlon Series venues next summer, alongside children’s, junior, sprint to Olympic).

The Castle Triathlon Series is offering a hefty prize pot of just under £10,000 for those bold enough to take on the Bastion challenge.

To register interest in the event before official registration opens complete the form at this link. More on the Castle Series is here, with full race reports from Hever in issue 293 of 220 (out on 12 November).

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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.