The Bastion offers one of the most iconic challenges on the UK triathlon calendar. Over the last 5 years, competitors have come from across the UK and the world to take on a challenging course with a stunning backdrop. Returning for a 6th year, The Bastion will take place on 7th July 2019 as part of the Festival of Endurance. 'One of life's defining races' The 3.8km unique swim at the Italianate loggia in Hever Castle starts the day, taking competitors down the length of the main lake before passing the Japanese teahouse and heading into a scenic, river section. The 180km three-loop bike course represents arguably the toughest iron-distance route on offer in the UK with around 2,800 metres of ascent covering ‘areas of outstanding beauty’ in the High Weald area of Kent, before passing through Hartfield and over the Ashdown Forest. The marathon covers a four lap run route mainly an off road trail run, circumnavigating the two stunning estates of Hever Castle and Chiddingstone Castle before an iconic finish in front of the Hever Castle drawbridge that once gave passage to King Henry VIII. An amazing, unforgettable experience Athletes are treated to an amazing event village to top off the whole experience, with live bands playing throughout the day, a climbing wall, archery, catering, bike support and more. You’ll cross the finish line in front of Hever Castle with a wonderful medal, T-shirt and memories that will last a lifetime. Last year’s event was won by pro triathletes Matt Leeman and Lucy Biddlestone, whilst behind them came hundreds of amateur triathletes with their own stories of courage and endeavour. Many had chosen The Bastion as their first time at attempting what many consider the ‘toughest one-day physical challenge’ in the world – drawn by the amazing athlete support and welcoming atmosphere present at all Castle Triathlon Series races.
Below are the top three aspects of the The Bastion at Hever Castle, as determined by athlete reviews.View full breakdown
Very impressed. slick organisation, all the routes were clear, Marshalls were brilliant start to finish. Such an amazing start line. Loved every minute, even the hills that seemed to go on forever
Great atmosphere, great organisation, great course
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