This weekend sees the UK’s second biggest triathlon taking place at Kent’s Hever Castle. More than 7,000 swim/bike/run fanatics will take over the 13th century castle for two days of racing in stunning surroundings and with a fantastic festival atmosphere.


With so many athletes racing this weekend, we’ve asked for some race tips from Carol Bridge, previous winner of the middle distance Gauntlet, and David Bishop, who’s previously nabbed second in the men’s Olympic distance race. 

David’s tips 

“Firstly, if you get the chance, make sure you check out Hever Castle and its gardens, you’ll then be able to appreciate how lucky you are to race in such a venue. The course is simply beautiful! The swim start is picturesque; you walk down into the water from the famous loggia set in the heart of the gardens. Be careful here though, as it can be slippery. I hear the swim course is different this year so I can’t comment too much on the swim. I do know you follow a similar route to the Gauntlet and get the chance to swim along the River Eden, which, from the looks of last year is very cool. At least it will give athletes less chance to go off course!