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The Brownlee Triathlon debut
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 23rd September 2013

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The National Trust / World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal in Yorkshire proved on Saturday to be a stunning venue for what was a truly excellent debut of the Brownlee Triathlon (

After the rain of a week previously at Hyde Park for the PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final, Yorkshire was on its best behaviour for this Super Sprint (400m / 10km / 2.5km) event which attracted around 1000 entries. Encouragingly for the development of the sport, over one third of these were from first time triathletes. One couple and their party were event racing before heading off to their wedding later in the afternoon!

The finish line provided what must have been one of the finest backdrops in the sport, right in front of the impressive remains of Fountains Abbey, which you actually got to run through in the final metres of the run. Great weather, a stunning course and a relaxed and fun atmosphere made for a memorable day - the organisers certainly deserve congratulations for putting on such a quality event first time out which seemed to be greatly appreciated by those taking part and the many spectators present.

The main attraction of course for most there was the Brownlee brothers themselves, and they were fully involved and present all day. The demand for photographs, autographs and the chance to grab a few words with their heroes seemingly never diminished but Alistair and Jonathan were very gracious with their time and there were quite a few shocked athletes crossing the line and then doing a double-take when realising who was handing them their medal and goodie bag during the afternoon session. Along with book signings, TV interviews, appearances at their various sponsors expo stands and more, the boys looked relaxed all day and were superb role models for the sport.

For those at the front of the race there were some very happy people going home with some great prizes too. Overall winners James Teagle and Leah Peploe both won a top of the range Boardman Bikes frame and forks, along with a beautifully framed and signed trisuit each from Alistair's win in San Diego (James) and Jonathan's in Yokohama (Leah). Two very happy young athletes who will certainly remember their day at Fountains Abbey along with some unique memorabilia.

Second placed athletes received a Huub Archimedes wetsuit while third placed Mike Brown and Rachel Borrows will now be running in some shiny new Adidas Boost trainers.

Due to Alistair's injury, the head-to-head 'Brownlee Challenge' had to be adjusted, which made a great day for James McCormack (swim) and Mark Young (run) to join Alistair in a relay. Jonny completed the course in 32:38 (a minute faster than James Teagle), while the James / Alistair / Mark combined Relay took 34:20.

All-in-all, a great day in a stunning location with a great atmosphere and lots of very happy athletes thoroughly enjoying their day. I'm very pleased that I was a small part of it, and look forward to the next Brownlee Tri in 2014.


Pos Men Women
1st James Teagle 33:39 Leah Peploe 38:12
2nd Tom Stead 33:57 Sarah Hodgson 39:36
3rd Mika Brown 34:57 Rachel Borrows 39:46

Youth / Junior Mixed Team Challenge Winners - Leicester Junior Tri Club


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