Plans made for Brownlee triathlon fun spectacular

Alistair, left, and Jonny Brownlee at the unveiling of a statue entitled Triathlon in Bramhope in November

Alistair, left, and Jonny Brownlee at the unveiling of a statue entitled Triathlon in Bramhope in November

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Olympic and World Champion brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have announced that registration is open for their North and South triathlons.

Last year Fountains Abbey hosted the inaugural Brownless Tri, but this year the Brownlee Tri North takes place at Harewood House, on September 21.

In the heart of Yorkshire, close to where the brothers grew up and now live, Harewood House provides not only a stunning setting, but the opportunity for entrants to ride the same roads that the Tour de France will take place on earlier in the summer.

David Lascelles, Earl of Harewood said: “I’m delighted that Jonny and Alistair Brownlee are coming to Harewood for the Brownlee Tri. People have swum in the lake, run and cycled round the estate before, but I’d be pretty sure that they’ve never done it as fast as the Brownlees!

“This is a first for us, but not for them – they’ve trained here for many years. I hope everyone enjoys the day, a great challenge for the competitors, and a wonderful way for spectators to enjoy Harewood.”

The triathlons are part of Alistair and Jonny’s drive to encourage people of all ages and abilities to take part in a sport that has given them so much enjoyment over the years. World Champion in 2012 and Olympic bronze medallist Jonny said: “We’re excited to announce the opening of registration and the venues for our North and South events this year.

“We want the Brownlee Tri series to be part of our legacy and to see as many people take part as possible.”

Olympic champion Alistair added: “Our first Brownlee Tri last year was amazing – watching 1,000 competitors and over 5,000 spectators enjoying the sport we love.

“To have the opportunity to grow the event this year is fantastic and hopefully people from all over Britain can get involved.”

For more information about getting involved, visit brownlee tri.com and look out for updates through Twitter via @Brownleetri or facebook.com/brownlee triathlon.

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