Registration for The Bastion 2018 is now open

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The Bastion full iron-distance race has fast become known as one of the toughest long courses in the UK with a friendly atmosphere and iconic course. The Bastion’s fifth race is open for registration today (Friday 15th September) with competitive early bird prices (25% discount) and a world class goodie bag for Sunday 8th July 2018; sign up here.

Following huge success in previous years generating rave reviews have helped this event grow into one of the truly iconic long distance triathlons in the world. The events strong reputation as a nurturing and ‘must do’ race is widely documented on Racecheck where it scores a compelling 4.7/5.0 with one competitor describing it as “one of life’s defining races.” Further endorsement comes from the loyalty stats of the competitors taking part, in its third year, 36% of the competitors were competing for the third time!

The Bastion entires opening

The exclusive field of triathletes compete alongside the Hever Castle Festival of Endurance which encourages over 1,000 competitors, and thousands more spectators, with its offering of multiple races and stunning course for various distances and training opportunities.

Not only does the Bastion full iron distance look after the athlete including a personal walk of the event village and course guidance from the Race Director, but it provides the ultimate spectator experience with the castle grounds, castle visit, village pubs and in the event village live music and children’s entertainment. The lapped course and athlete tracking means competitors can be seen regularly and supported as they complete their admirable goal! The event organisers are fully aware of the need to look after the followers and the need for cheering zones and support for the participants. In fact the Castle Triathlon Series team offer the ultimate competitor support with a team member joining any last runners for the final 10km stretch to keep them on a high for their finishing line moment!

The Bastion entires opening


The Bastion course

Set within close proximity to London (just 45 minutes), each leg of The Bastion has been carefully designed to offer the ultimate challenge for both newcomers to long-distance triathlon and experienced long-course hands. The Bastion, the final stronghold of a medieval castle, features a 3.8km river and lake swim, a true toughie of a 180km bike course with 3,000m of climbing and a 42.2km run course that takes place largely off-road including running through the grounds of the beautiful Chiddingstone Castle. See full details of the course and maps here. 


Free Charity Places

The national charity partner for the Castle Triathlon Series including The Bastion is Macmillan Cancer Support. Having supported triathletes for many years the incredible charity raises valuable funds by competitors fundraising and in return offers a support service and fundraising pack. You can get a free place in the 2018 Bastion in return for a £500 fundraising pledge. See more here.

The Bastion entires opening

The Bastion – Video Highlights

See the Bastion course, action and atmosphere here:

Watch the 2017 Festival of Endurance in action on this new video:

Click here to read an account of a past competitor and how he conquered the Bastion achieving a life time dream.

Sign up now to guarantee your place in the iconic 2018 Bastion.

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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