Competitors gear up for triathlon test

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Around 2,000 competitors will descend on castle Howard this weekend to take part in one of the North of England’s largest triathlons.

Hosted at a selection of stunning and iconic castles across the UK, Ireland and France, the Castle Triathlon Series events all promise an inspirational 
and memorable race experience.

Now in its fifth year, the Castle Howard triathlon has been extended to cover two days - Saturday and Sunday - with the introduction of a half iron ‘gauntlet’ race alongside the traditional children, amateur and professional distances.

Once again the race is attracting some well known competitors, including Andy Grant, a Royal Marine Commando who lost his leg in an IED explosion in Afghanistan; Fraser Cartmell, a Multiple Ironman champion and Scottish champion from Sprint to Long Distance; Team Freespeed member Ali Rowatt, and Alice Hector, the World AG Sprint Champion, undefeated Ultra-Marathon runner, and winner of both the Israman Triathlon and Lisboa Triathlon.

Other taking part include Doug Hall, Nicole Walters and Mark Threlfall.

The course passes through the grounds and wider Castle Howard countryside, taking in estate roads and tracks with local trails before finishing in front of the castle.

Spectators are invited to come and enjoy the festivities which includes discounted admission into the grounds, children’s entertainment, live music, and food stalls.