Cholmondeley Castle 2023 Race Report

Over 1,500+ athletes and their supporters joined us in Cheshire for an epic weekend of triathlon, multisport, swimming and running!

Athletes travelled from around the country to enjoy a weekend filled of swim bike and run. Our courses included the Deer Park Mere, the Beeston and Peckforton Hills, the famous Tower Hill and the illustrious estate grounds.

Cholmondeley Castle really is a stunning place to race, made all the or special by loud and loyal supporters dotted around the courses cheering!


First up on our programme was Sprint Plus and Sprint Triathlon races, followed by Duathlon, Aquabike and Aquathlon events. Congrats to winner Robin Hughes of the Sprint Plus! The morning session was rounded off with Super Sprint, and Starter Sprint Triathlons and the Swim Series.

Congrats to winners of the 5k swim Sam Barratt and Jo Lee (wetsuits) and Alice Pinney and Chris Samuel (non-wetsuits).

In the afternoon, attention was on the youth events. We hosted different age groups, all which included athletes competing in the TENW Junior Series.

We were also welcomed by former BBC Breakfast host and Age Group Triathlete Louise Minchin, as she discussed her new book, Fearless!


Also in the afternoon, we kicked off the BULK SMS National Mixed Team Relay Championships. Prior to the event, we invited all BTF registered clubs to come and race for a substantial prize pot which would go straight to their club! Teams of two males and two females fought tooth and nail for the top spot. Each athlete completed a 250m swim, 5k cycle and 1.5k run. Well done to Cambridge Tri club who won the event!

We’d also like to congratulate all the non-club teams that took part! There were many fantastic displays of teamwork and you should all be proud of yourselves!

The bar was open later and band kept playing! Thank you to our Communications Partner, BULK SMS for supporting the event.


Sunday morning, the time was 8am, which meant the start of our famous half iron distance, a 1.9k swim, 90k bike and 21.1k run, the Gauntlet. The first competitor back was Ben Marsters and first woman was Anna Birrell. Check out Ben’s interview here!

Shortly after were the standard distance athletes, with over 200 athletes stepping up to the plate.

Standard distance Duathletes, Aquathletes and Aquabikers demonstrated determination and sporting finesse! Well done to all those who took part of the World Championships Duathlon Standard qualifier.

The Run Series saw marathons, half marathons and 10K races completed in true style! Congratulations to 10k winners Harry Woods and Lauren Morley.

A few words from Brian

Race Director Brian Adcock said “The people of North West and beyond descended to Cholmondeley and it was yet again another brilliant edition! This year’s Mixed Team Relay was a true spectacle and brought an incredible atmosphere to the festival village on Saturday afternoon. Mixed Team Relay is becoming an ever-growing event in the industry and we encourage all athletes to at-least take part once in their lifetime! The Junior series were inspirational to watch and we can’t wait to see these youngsters develop into future olympians! We’re delighted to have worked with our new partners at these events, including WPA and Echelon. We were also extremely happy with our new mini Commando course! The atmosphere in the event village was buzzing and kept spectators busy and happy while their loved ones were racing. Bring on 2024!”


The spectacular setting of the castle and lake at Cholmondeley Castle provided the perfect backdrop for a superb weekend of racing, coupled with the fabulous weather and festival atmosphere it was a fantastic weekend in Cheshire. We hope to see you next year!

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