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Brave Bailey defies the odds to complete his first triathlon

Bailey crosses the finishing line his walking support in the background Credit: Family

Pictures of eight-year-old Bailey Matthews who has cerebral palsy crossing the finishing line at his first ever Triathlon are going viral.

Bailey, who is from Doncaster, stepped away from his walking support to finish the last 20 metres of the race - into the proud arms of his parents Julie and Jonathan.

Proud mum Julie congratulates her boy Credit: Family
The crowd at Castle Howard applauds Bailey's achievement Credit: Family

Bailey was cheered over the line by hundreds of emotional spectators after completing a 100m lake swim, 4,000m bike and 1,300m run as part of the Castle Howard Triathlon.

The emotional crowd roared its encouragement when Bailey stepped away from his walking support to finish the last 20 metres of the race unaided.

Bailey and his family spoke to Duncan Wood and Gaynor Barnes on Calendar about his achievement:


Benson claims Britain's first gold

Yorkshire's Gordon Benson claimed Great Britain's first European Games gold medal with victory in the men's triathlon in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Gordon Benson

The 21-year-old's success also guaranteed Britain a berth in the event at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The Brownlee brothers did not compete, with their focus on this year's World Series competition and the Rio Olympic test event.

Leeds-based Benson completed the event in one hour 48 minutes 31 seconds.

He was ahead of Portugal's Joao Silva (+11 seconds) and Rostyslav Pevtsov (+33secs) of Azerbaijan.

"It’s great to come here and deliver. It’s great to be part of Team GB and take the gold home.

"I don’t know if it was the pefect race but it was close enough. The guys did such a great job putting me at the front, I had about 1 min 45 seconds advantage going into the transition.

"Rio is in the background, I’m just doing what I do and I race to win. I won the European Under-23 Championships last year. I’m still 21, I'm enjoying myself and I love racing. We had a good honest race today and I’m happy to have come away with the gold.

"It’s brilliant. In Japan, I came 15th, I didn’t have a team working with me like I did today. They make it a lot easier. The guys did such a great job, they really helped me out and I was able to deliver.

"We’re off to a training camp in the mountains in Switzerland on Tuesday, so whilst it’s great to be here enjoying it, there’s more races to do and more races to win, so off we go."

– Gordon Benson

Brownlee brothers back in Leeds

Olympians Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have been back in Leeds to launch their fourth annual Brownlee triathlon.

The brothers, who won gold and bronze at London 2012 are currently in the middle of their world triathlon series season.

They were at Harewood House this morning - the location for this year's event - which is open to the public.

Brownlee delighted with Leeds triathlon coup

Olympian Alistair Brownlee says he is delighted with news that Leeds will host a leg of World Triathlon Series next year.

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The event will take the place of World Triathlon London, as Hyde Park will be under construction in 2016 to allow for the building of a cycling superhighway throughout the city.

It’s fantastic news that Leeds’ bid has been successful. I am sure the crowds will come out in force to see a major triathlon event in Leeds for the first time, and I’m sure it will be a brilliant event.

– Alistair Brownlee


Olympic hero Jonny Brownlee opens new Airedale Hospital department

Former triathlon world champion Jonny Brownlee will officially open Airedale Hospital's new Emergency Department this lunchtime.

Jonny's visit also marks the staff reaching their £100,000 pounds target for their Emergency Department Appeal.

Jonny Brownlee will officially open Airedale Hospital's new Emergency Department Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hundreds take part in Castle Howard triathlon

Hundreds of people are taking part in the Castle Howard triathlon Credit: PA

Around twelve hundred people are to take part in a triathlon in the lake at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire today. The local Brownlee brothers have spurred an increase in registrations with 65 pairs of siblings racing, having been inspired by their performance last Summer.

Brownlee brothers promote new Yorkshire Triathlon

Details of a new Triathlon event - organised by Yorkshire's Olympic heroes, gold medallist Alistair and bronze medallist Jonny - have been confirmed.

The Brownlee Super Sprint Triathlon will be held in the stunning surroundings of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Park in North Yorkshire on September the 21st.

It'll involve a 400m open water swim in the Studley Lake, before 2 laps of the cycle route covering 10km, and a final 2.5km run to a spectacular finish in front of the Abbey ruins. 700 have already entered - including the Brownlee brothers themselves - and there are still 300 places left.

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