Brownlee brothers launch Yorkshire triathlon


World-beating triathlete brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have partnered up with the National Trust to host their first ever triathlon this September in their native Yorkshire at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist Jonny Brownlee said, “It’s great to be holding our first Brownlee Triathlon at Fountains Abbey...As young children, our parents used to take us there for walks to try and wear us out so we have good memories of the place. We want this triathlon to be part of our legacy and to see as many people take part as possible.”

The ‘Brownlee Tri’ will taking place at the World Heritage Site on Saturday 21 September. A super-sprint triathlon, it will start with a 400m swim in Studley Royal lake, a 10km bike ride will take competitors through the medieval deer park before culminating in a 2.5km run. The run goes through Studley Royal water garden and the ruins of Fountains Abbey before finishing on the east green.

Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee added, “The whole area around Fountains Abbey is fantastic to train as triathletes and a perfect fit for us. The paths and trails in the abbey’s estate are a lovely setting for a run, with great views of Ripon Cathedral and the Yorkshire Dales. The lanes close to the abbey are some of the best in the country for cycling. We’re very lucky in Yorkshire to have some of the finest countryside around, and Fountains is a great place to see a lot of it.”

Chris Fowler, National Trust General Manager at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, said, “This is going to be a unique event, not just for triathletes who will get to run through the iconic ruins, but for spectators too."

People interested in taking part can register for a place from 10.00 on Tuesday 4 June; places are expected to sell out really quickly.

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