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Lough Cutra Castle Tri to provide tri festival fun

Lough Cutra Castle Tri to provide tri festival fun

This just in from the Castle Triathlon Series race organisers about why their Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon could be the ‘perfect bank holiday race escape’…

The late May bank holiday sees the triathlon season kick off with the second Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon expecting over 350 competitors on 26 May. Set in idyllic grounds, the Castle offers the largest man-made lake in Europe, tranquil surroundings and a stunning setting.

With cheap and easy transport links, quaint accommodation, festival atmosphere and a race for everyone, it is set to provide a family friendly bank holiday.

The perfect recipe for a bank holiday weekend? Just Imagine….

– Cheap and easy travel

– It’s easy to head over to Gort, where the Castle is based in Southern Ireland. There are daily flights to Shannon from Heathrow with Aer Lingus, and Gatwick with Ryanair, and economy ferry rides with Stena ferries (who are offering 10% off) over the sea from Holyhead.

– To make life even easier you can hire bikes over there for use at the event.

– Fun with friends or family.

– It’s a perfect bank holiday get away with friends or family! There is a race distance for everyone, from first timers, to elites, from 8 year olds to 80 year olds. Even the castle owners will be joining in!

– Quaint and quirky accommodation.

Once you arrive you can enjoy a selection of quaint bed and breakfasts and hotels surrounding the area. See the website for a list of recommendations. The castle also offers camping to further enhance the festival atmosphere.

– R&R. Every competitor will be offered FREE massage post-race. The Castle Triathlon Series is known for its holistic event offering, ‘it’s more than a race’, so the activities and music will help nurture a relaxing afternoon whilst the body recovers.

Festival atmosphere and party time.

On race day spectators and competitors will be greeted by an Irish piper before heading down to the lake in front of the spectacular castle.

The castle grounds offer scenic walks, and for those who wish some upbeat entertainment there will be a bouncy castle, giant slide, bungee run, garden games and an Irish band. There will be plenty of deck chairs in the event village so you can simply soak up the atmosphere and tap your feet to the music (if your muscles allow!).

Local caterers will be serving up organic produce and tasty BBQ food to help satisfy the post-race hunger and treat the crowds!

The Lough Cutra Triathlon will nurture all first timers and children but it will also set the scene for the first international challenge of the Series. Crack teams of Irish and English elites will race head to head to win the €1,000 prize money. High profile triathletes include Matt Molloy, Rory Maguire, Amy Wolfe representing Ireland; and David Bishop, Luke Watson and Eli Thorogood from England.

Register now by visiting www.castletriathlonseries.co.uk. Join us at @LoughCutraTri.

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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.