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7,000 prepare to compete in Hever Castle Triathlon

Ready for the off at Hever Castle Triathlon this weekend Credit: Hever Castle Triathlon

Around 7,000 competitors are preparing to take part in the Hever Castle Triathlon this weekend - featuring the world's largest children's triathlon.

In just five short years the event has swiftly established itself as an essential destination for British and international triathletes, garnering plaudits and mainstream media attention for its picture postcard venue, elite action, age-group choice and festival atmosphere.

With no fewer than 13 race choices on offer, over 5,500 triathletes ventured to Hever Castle in September 2013, with entries increasing again for the fifth running of the event in 2014.

To cement the race’s title as the world’s largest children’s triathlon, 2,000 young athletes are expected - up 30% from 2013. In 2013 the children’s race places sold out in August so places have been expanded this year by splitting the children’s races over two days (8-10 year olds on Saturday afternoon and 11-15 year olds on Sunday afternoon).

The 2014 Hever Castle event will feature the second year of The Gauntlet, a middle-distance race that will push competitors to their limit via a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run.