Welwyn Hatfield Festival of Sport – Stanborough Lakes

Sunday 25th May 2014

All 2014 events are now closed but please check back soon to hear the latest news regarding the 2015 season.


This fantastic venue and these highly popular events continue to attract competitors from world champions to absolute beginners.

We are offering an even greater Feast of Sport and Triathlon this year as part of the Welwyn Hatfield Festival of Sport on Sunday 25 May 2014 including:


  • Middle distance (1/2 ironman)
  • Standard distance (Olympic)
  • Sprint distance
  • Super Sprint distance


  • Half Marathon
  • 10 km
  • Kids fun run – 1.5km


  • Open Water – 5 km race
  • Open Water – 3 km race
  • Open Water – 750 m race


  • 100 km Cyclo-Sportive



ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN FOR HERCULES Middle Distance, Standard, Sprint and Novice Triathlons – Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City

(Minimum age 16 years)

Middle Distance – Swim – 1.9km, Cycle – 100km, Run – 21km

Standard Distance – Swim – 1500m, Cycle – 40 km, Run – 10 km

Sprint Distance – Swim – 750m, Cycle – 25 km, Run – 5 km

Novice distance – Swim – 400m, Cycle – 10 km, Run – 2.5 km

Book Now to secure your place!!!

HERCULES EVENTS are delighted to announce that entries are now open for our 2014 triathlon events – Middle, Standard, Sprint and Novice distances. Book your place now to avoid missing out on this fantastic event.

Our 2013 event was a huge success and won universal praise from the competitors. World Champion, and winner of the 2012 Hercules Triathlon women’s event, Kate Robson said:

“I had a great time from start to finish…. The run course was great… mostly on grass which is always kinder to the legs, especially the next day..What I loved most about the race was the excellent organisation, ample marshals and signage and friendly atmosphere. I would recommend this race to anyone.”

The four Triathlon events will be on Sunday 25 May 2014. High demand is expected for places in the events; so don’t delay, book today

To view the routes click on a button…


Novice Route

Sprint Route

Standard Route

Middle Route

Open Water Swim
Open water swimming is an exciting and fast growing sport in which the UK is a world beater.

Without the chemicals or restrictions imposed by a pool, open water swim racing is an incredible and freeing experience.

In Stanborough Park’s south lake we will be offering a gruelling 5,000m event, a very challenging 3,000m event and a 750m novice event for those looking to engage in the challenge of an open water swimming event.

There are 3 open water swim events; (Minimum age 16 years)

5000 m
3000 m
750 m

The water at Stanborough Park is of the highest quality. The water quality has been independently tested and meets the European bathing water standard.Water safety is always our priority, and once again we will have a team of water safety personnel on the lake, following the swimmers throughout the events in power boats and canoes.

Even if you are a regular pool swimmer; you’ve never truly experienced swimming at it’s best until you’ve taken on an open water challenge.

ENTER ONE OF THE SWIM EVENTS HERE (Minimum age 16 years)



Please note that the use of wetsuits is forbidden or mandatory if the following combinations of distance and water temperature are attained:


Swim Length

Forbidden Above

Mandatory Below


Britain is on top of the cycling world right now.

If you are a keen cyclist and looking for a new challenge, we a fantastic 100km Cyclo-Sportive event to offer.

The event winds through the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, while offering a good level of challenge for the more experienced cyclist.

On course mechanical support, well signposted, on police approved roads, with refreshments and a sweep up vehicle, in case of difficulties

Sign up now with your friends and club members for a fantastic day of challenging cycling.


HALF MARATHON – View Course here

Be part of the first ever Welwyn Hatfield ½ marathon. In years to come, this event will be a significant feature in the sporting calendar. Sign up now and you will be able to say that you were there when it started!

It’s a fantastic out and back course, most of it off road, including 12 K on a superb dedicated cycle path through beautiful countryside. It is relatively flat, so there is every chance of a Personal Best. This event is chip timed.

Be there at the beginning of a great new ½ marathon event. Sign up now and get your team or friends to join up with you.

Price: £25.00

10 KM – View Course here

Get your running season off with a bang, at the Hercules 10km. Book your place now and aim to beat your personal best.

A beautiful course, in the picturesque Stanborough Park, and benefitting from closed roads for safely and enjoyment. This race is chip timed.

Don’t delay, sign up today!!!!

Price: £18.00

FUN RUN – 1.5 KM – View Course here

Run for fun, run with mum or dad or run for your school. Whatever you do, get running. Who knows, you could be the next Mo Farah or Jessica Ennis!

We are opening up the Festival of Sport to everybody this year.

  • Get your whole class signed up and run for charity to make a real difference.
  • While mum or dad are in another event, you can show them how it’s really done
  • There’s no such word as “can’t” – Yes you can!!!

* Please note that children 8 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult


Child: £7.00
Parent: £5.00


All 2014 events are now closed but please check back soon to hear the latest news regarding the 2015 season.

Festival of Sport – Book Now

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Novice (400m/10k/2.5k)     £35     £30(BTF)
Sprint (750m/25k/5k)          £55     £50(BTF)
Standard (1.5k/40k/10k)     £75     £70(BTF)
Middle (1.9k/90k/21k         £100   £ 95(BTF)

100km     £25

Open Water Swim
5k        £25
3k        £25
750m  £15

Half Marathon     £25
10k                          £18
1.5k Fun Run        £7
Fun Run Parent   £5


  • Novice Triathlon
  • Sprint Triathlon
  • Standard Triathlon
  • Middle Distance Triathlon
  • 100K Cyclo-Sportive
  • Half Marathon
  • 10K
  • Fun Run

Race Day Info

HERCULES FESTIVAL OF SPORT – Welwyn Garden City will be held on Sunday 25 May 2014. The main focus of events will be at Stanborough South Lake, where the event head quarters will be situated. As there are a number of events across the whole day, the specific details of your event will be sent directly to your email well in advance of the event.

In the run up to your event you will be sent a number of pre-race briefings setting out the precise details of your event and with advice as to:

  1. Start times
  2. Travel and arrival time info
  3. Maps and directions
  4. Pre-race briefing

We pride ourselves on providing comprehensive and accessible race specific information. So rest assured you will receive full briefings and details well in advance of race day

Triathlon Briefing 2014
Open Water Swimming Briefing 2014
Briefing 2014
Run Briefing 2014
Cyclo-Sportive Briefing 2014


stanboroughStanborough Activity Centre South Side – Stanborough Park
Stanborough Road
Welwyn Garden City

How to find us:

  • By Car: Leave the A1(M) at junction 4 and follow the signs to Stanborough Park. The Activity Centre offices are located on the South Side.
  • By Train: 1 mile from Welwyn Garden City Rail Station.
  • By Bus: There is a bus stop on Stanborough Road, Sovereign Central Line 300 and several restricted routes stop outside the park. 340, 365, 366 &695.
  • Telephone Herts Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 for details – webpage: www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk