Five things to know today in Leeds

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1. Brownlee effect draws all ages to Tri the sport

Brownlee brothers Alistair and Jonny inspired competitors of all ages to take part in the latest Brownlee Triathlon in the undulating grounds of Harewood house. The selfless Brownlee brothers were able to give encouragement to all those who have taken up this endurance sport. The pair were mobbed by wellwishers at the race, and took turns posing for photos with fans. They encouraged and congratulated young competitors, inspiring the next generation as Yorkshire prepares to welcome home its Rio heroes.

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2. Thousands stepping up to tackle condition

More than 3,000 people came together ta Temple Newsam this weekend to raise money for Alzheimer’s UK. Memory walk participants could choose between a two kilometre or a six kilometre route when the event took over the grounds on Saturday. Among them was Emmerdale actor John Middleton, whose character- Ashley Thomas- has developed Alzheimer’s. Last year’s Leeds Memory Walk, held in Roundhay park, raised £160,000 for Alzheimer’s UK and it is hoped that total will be beaten this year.

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3. Candidate hopes of unity against extreme groups

Labour candidate Tracy Brabin is hoping Conservative and Liberal Democrat supporters back her in the Batley and Spen by-election to show unity against extreme groups. The tories and Lib Dems will not field candidates in the by-election, which was triggered by the death of Jo Cox in June, but far-Right parties are expected to stand. In the absence of mainstream opposition, Ms Brabin is near certainty to become MP, but she is hoping for a strong turnout on October 20 and an “overwhelming” victory. Ms Brabin, best known to many for her television acting roles in Coronation Street and Emmerdale, admitted it will be a “very strange by-election”.

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4. Switch on for jobs at digital fair

Time is running out for businesses in Leeds to make sure of a place at one of the biggest events in the city’s employment calendar. The Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0 will be held in the main auditorium of the First Direct Arena on Thursday, October 20. It will showcase hundreds of jobs and apprenticeship opportunities in the digital and tech sector from graduate level upwards. Employers today were advised to move quickly if they want to book one of the final few exhibitor slots.

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5. Magic of the stage

Aleksandar Markovic was appointed Opera North’s new music director. Serbian-born Markovic had been based for years in Austria, and made the move to Leeds last month. When he arrived, he went almost straight into rehearsals for season opener Der Rosenkavalier. After Leeds, the opera will tour to Nottingham and Salford and after that Markovic might just be able to catch his breath. The orchestra of Opera North it seems are in safe hands.

Read more in today’s Yorkshire Evening Post