Cholmondeley Castle 2021 Race Report

On Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June, we returned in the beautiful grounds of Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire. The stage was set, the rain was holding off and our crew were ready to welcome back patient athletes, some who have waited over 18 months to race.

This was the 11th edition of our multisport festival at Cholmondeley Castle, and with record breaking registrations we saw athletes racing across triathlons, duathlons, aquathlon, aquabike, run only and swim only races.

We had such fantastic weekend – made by every single athlete, spectator, partner, castle staff and crew member – and what a feeling to be back together after so long!

From the first race, to the last, everyone raced their hearts out. There were familiar faces, elite racers and first-timers.

The Saturday conditions were glorious with bright, warm sun. On Sunday things were a little more overcast in the morning, but cleared up into perfect racing conditions for our longer race distances.

Special mentions go to Alex Masidlover who was the first male over our hilly Full Marathon finish line in 03:16:23; Samantha Farrow championed the 5K swim in 01:25:30 and Max Phillis came 7th in his first ever junior triathlon, on a borrowed bike!

Congratulations to James Chantler-Mayne who was the male winner for our Olympic/Standard Triathlon distance in a fantastic time of 02:04:51. And for the female race, Erica Byram, topped our podium again (having won the same race at our Hever Castle event in September 2020)!

Our Gauntlet/Half Iron Triathlon winners were Colin Fleming with an impressive time of 04:36:19 and Kate Mactear (05:04:04) who is a regular at our events and like Erica, also won this distance at Hever Castle 2020. Really well done!

Our event village was buzzing. Ben Croucher was on the mic keeping everyone up to date with race and athlete information; our house band were blasting out the tunes; The Raw Tipple were keeping everyone caffeinated; Timothy Taylor’s were pouring the celebratory drinks; Ye Hog Roast and Jo’s Kitchen were keeping everyone fed; Athletes were parading their finisher t-shirts and brand new merchandise from Scimitar‘s tent and enjoying pre and post race stretching with Yoga Tonic.

Throughout the weekend people shared fantastic photos and comments. We love to see your night-before kit flat-lays, your camping setups, where you are on your training and racing journeys, and of course, to hear how your races went.

“Wow what a fantastic return to event running with Castle Race Series at Cholmondeley Castle. Top notch event, felt really safe and such a friendly atmosphere for all the family. Well impressed and ready to sign up for Castle Howard and next year’s Cholmondeley event.” @northernrunninggirl

“Multisport meets Glastonbury!” @TriCoachJoel

“Another beautiful location in the Castle Series. 4 done in the series. Thank you Castle Race Series and to all the volunteers for helping us around.” @keithmansell

We were delighted to welcome so many spectators to the event, who gave their all cheering athletes on around the course and over the finish line. We know it makes such a difference to those racing.

We are so grateful that everyone who attended the event respected our social distancing protocols, in place to keep themselves and others safe.

The dates for our 2022 event at Cholmondeley Castle have been announced and tickets are now live! On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2022 we will return to Cheshire and if you want to join us, make sure you book quick to enjoy our biggest discount for the year. All race places are at 30% off for the next week, and you can book your place on an Express Reg form in less than 2 minutes here.