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The Brownlee Tri will be returning to Harewood House in Leeds for its third consecutive year on Saturday 24th September 2016. Alistair and Jonny Brownlee’s triathlon will once again offer Sprint and Super-Sprint distances for individuals and a Sprint relay for teams around the spectacular Harewood course.

The 2016 Brownlee Tri will build on the success of the 2015 event, when over 6,000 people descended on the beautiful Harewood estate. With over 1600 registered participants, the event was a huge success bringing together triathletes of all ages and abilities to experience the course.

We are excited to bring the Brownlee Tri back to Harewood House again this year. The 2015 event was great and enjoyed by many. We can’t wait to do it all over again, this time even bigger and better.

– Alistair Brownlee


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.

Credit: Press Association

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
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