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Hever expands Festival of Endurance
Posted by: Press Releases
Posted on: Friday 11th November 2016


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NEW marathon and half marathon launched at Hever Castle Festival of Endurance

The Castle Triathlon Series is introducing a NEW marathon, and half marathon, to the Festival of Endurance exhilarating and atmospheric programme of ‘going long’ at the stunning Hever Castle on Sunday 9th July 2017. Loved by competitors and spectators alike the event is hailed the ‘most friendliest and beautiful’ on the tri calendar.    

The Marathon

The Festival of Endurance will host its first marathon in 2017 at the iconic Hever Castle. Forget the city marathon, and fill your lungs with country air and stunning scenery before you conquer your marathon by a Castle drawbridge. This new marathon promises the most stunning on and off road course in the UK, a truly motivational and beautiful route that will distract you from the challenge itself. The four-laps take in two castles, two lakes, quaint Kentish villages with oust houses and castle grounds with spectators and locals cheering you on all the way!

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Steve Berry has competed in the Bastion full iron distance at Hever Castle for three years running taking in the marathon; “The marathon course of the Bastion is a challenging but highly rewarding one, the sights as you run around the castle grounds and the surrounding lanes of Hever and Chiddingstone always keep your mind occupied. You pass through beautiful castle grounds of both Hever Castle and Chiddingstone Castle and the support from the marshals and spectators alike is wonderful. It's four laps so it is easy to break down into manageable 10.5km chunks. It is a nice mixture of tarmac roads, bridleways, and grass fields. If you like a different type of run course then this course is for you.”

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The Half Marathon

You can also take on a two lap half marathon at the 2017 Festival of Endurance, on the most stunning on and off road course in the UK. There is a big celebration with a medal and finishing line banquet as competitors cross the finishing line by the Castle drawbridge.

The Festival of Endurance is part of the Castle Triathlon Series programme offering a triathlon festival and stunning courses. Click here to see the variety of races, or training options, on offer including The Bastion (full iron distance), The Gauntlet (half iron distance), the NEW marathon and Aquabike, Long Swim, Aquathon and more. The swim loop has become well known for its unique loop around 3-acre island under bridges lined with spectators.

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