This month (22-23 July 2017), the Castle Howard Triathlon will feature a weekend of sport, hosting more than 2,000 athletes over two days of competition. The 13,000 acre grounds of Castle Howard provide one of the more demanding courses of the Castle Triathlon Series, showcasing the castle’s Great Lake and the undulating Yorkshire countryside.
The two-day triathlon festival, now in its 8th year, sees the addition of the Mixed Team Relay, the new triathlon race format that has recently been added to the programme of events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
This commitment to the Mixed Team Relay is being championed by the Castle Triathlon Series organising team. Following on from the inclusion of the fast and exhilarating Mixed Relay race in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the format has been added to three of the Castle Triathlon Series events, including the Castle Howard Triathlon, Cholmondeley Triathlon and Lough Cutra Triathlon. The Mixed Relay sees four team members each complete a 250m swim, 5km cycle and 1.5km run. Triathletes can compete as a Mixed Adult Relay team or as a Family team. Aspiring young athletes aged 13 and over will also take part in the Junior Relay race, covering 150m/2km/600m within the grounds of the castle.
Race Director, Brian Adcock said “We are thrilled to bring the new mixed relay triathlon format to Castle Howard Triathlon’s two-day event, as not only is it a new experience for competitors, but it’s an exhilarating spectator experience. The family relay will be particularly fun and unique as we give our passionate audience of families the chance to compete together and against fellow families! As well as our mixed relay, we have individual distances for everyone from beginners to elite triathletes.”
Triathletes competing in the Mixed Relay, as well as the individual events, will be helping to support charity partner The Huntington’s Disease Association, a pioneering organisation that provides advice, guidance and support for people in England and Wales who face the devastating degenerative disease. The Castle Triathlon Series is also partnered with Macmillan Cancer Support, a national charity, which looks to improve the lives of those living with cancer in the UK. Macmillan has offered a number of free charity places to athletes for the Castle Triathlon Series events, allowing participants to raise money and pledge their support.
After competing, the triathletes and their families will be able to celebrate in the event village in the grounds of Castle Howard, ‘one of Britain’s finest historic houses’. The event village will include performances from live bands, a climbing wall, archery, food stalls, bike support and more, providing ‘a festival atmosphere for competitors and people there to support them’.