Around 5-thousand competitors took part in the Hever Castle Triathlon this weekend - bringing the UK's Castle Triathlon series to an end.
Athletes swam, ran and biked their way through the course - all, against the iconic castle backdrop.
Sarah Saunders was there to see today's first wave set off. She spoke to competitors and one inspirational young participant Bailey Matthews.
The gardens of an historic castle in Kent has been voted ‘Garden of the Year 2016’.
Hever Castle in Edenbridge won the title and was also given a Gold Award by South & South East in Bloom, in the Heritage Parks & Gardens category.
Judges praised the gardeners for maintaining the extensive gardens to an immaculate standard. They noted the ‘classic English style Italiante Garden boasts some superb topiary and statuary and over 4,000 rose bushes in the quintessential English Rose Garden.’ They also noted: ‘Very good facilities are available for parking, eating and of course visiting the castle’ and recommended that visitors ‘Walk further afield and enjoy Church Gill Walk the woodland, or Anne Boleyn’s Walk and see the impressive collection of trees planted more than 100 years ago.’
It is the second consecutive year Hever Castle's gardens have received the Gold standard.
Rare Tudor treasures have gone on display in Kent. They are two prayer books that belonged to Anne Boleyn, one of Henry VIII's unlucky wives. This is the first time visitors have been able to see signed pages from the books, which are on display at her childhood home, Hever Castle. Derek Johnson reports.
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.
Thousands of people are competing in a sporting event at Hever Castle in Kent this weekend. Organisers say they've had a record number of entries this year for their annual triathlon, which welcomes athletes of all abilities.
Race Director Brian Adcock and the sporty Maylor family talk to our reporter Nashreen Issa.
Around 5,000 people are competing at the Hever Castle Triathlon over the weekend - one of the world's biggest triathlons. Both children and adults are taking part in the swimming, cycling and running event.
A rare portrait of Henry the Eighth's grandmother has been unveiled at Hever Castle. Margaret Beaufort was herself married four times.
A rare painting of Henry the eighth's grandmother is on display at Hever Castle. The picture of Margaret Beaufort was painted during the reign of Henry's daughter Queen Elizabeth the first. It will form part of an important collection of Tudor portraits on permanent display.
The historian David Starkey has unveiled a rare portrait of Henry the Eighth's grandmother Margaret Beaufort at Hever Castle in Kent. It's thought it was probably painted during the reign of Henry's daughter Queen Elizabeth the First.
A rare Tudor portrait of King *Henry the Eighth's grandmother, Margaret Beaufort, *will be unveiled by the historian and TV presenter David Starkey later at Hever Castle in Kent.