Olympic brothers launch ‘Brownlee triathlon’ at Fountains Abbey

Triathlon champions Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee at Fountains Abbey.
Triathlon champions Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee at Fountains Abbey.
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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal are to host a triathlon launched by Olympic medal winning brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.

Gold medalist Alistair and World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist Jonny will host their first ever triathlon this September at the National Trust site.

Jonny said: “As young children, our parents used to take us to Fountains 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 super-sprint “Brownlee Tri” takes place at the on Saturday, September 21. It includes a 400m swim in Studley Royal lake, a 10km bike ride through the medieval deer park and ends with a 2.5km run through Studley Royal water garden and the ruins of Fountains Abbey finishing on the east green.

Alistair 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, General Manager at Fountains said the day will be a unique event for athletes and spectators.

Registration opens on Tuesday, June 4 at 10am. Details from www.brownleetriathlon.com Twitter @Brownleetri or www.facebook.com/brownleetriathlon