Olympic triathletes the Brownlee brothers inspired hundreds to follow in their footsteps – by getting on bikes and into wetsuits.
The Leeds siblings were at Harewood House yesterday, this year’s location for the second Macmillan Brownlee Tri North.
Alistair and Jonny met participants in the scaled down version of the extreme endurance event, with this version including a 400m swim, a 16km bike ride and a 2.5km run.
The stunning stately home – not far from the brothers’ home village of Bramhope – hosted sprint and super-sprint triathlon distances for individuals, as well as a youth and junior super-sprint challenge, and a sprint relay for teams.
Jonny Brownlee, 2012 World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist, said they had trained at Harewood for many years so were delighted to bring their charity event there.
“To be able to bring a triathlon to Yorkshire last year was a dream come true for us, and to be able to return this year with an event which is even bigger and better has been so exciting,” he said.
The brothers took part in the sprint team relay, while after the event, Jonny tweeted: “Thanks for a great day @BrownleeTri. Thanks to all who took part and everyone else who made it a great day. See you next year.”
Among those who completed the feat was BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, with organisers tweeting a photo of her at the finish line.
David Lascelles, Earl of Harewood, said he was delighted that the brothers had brought the event to Harewood.
“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,” he added.