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Scholars star in Leeds triathlon

 June 12, 2016 | Simon Jenkins

Olympic medal winners Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee starred in the inaugural Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon, held in Leeds on June 12.

Brothers Alistair (Sports Science and Physiology 2009, LLD 2013) and Jonathan (History 2012, LLD 2013) came first and second in the event, which began with a swim in Roundhay Park Lake, and was followed by the cycling and running stages in the city.

Both train at the University, as do fellow alumni Tom Bishop (History 2013) and Gordon Benson (Food Science 2016) who finished 20th and 29th respectively. All four have been recipients of the University’s sports scholarship.

In the women’s race, three of the leading finishers – Non Stanford (9th), Jess Learmonth (10th) and Lucy Hall (13th) – also train with the Leeds triathlon centre.

Away from the elite races, 7,500 competitors took part in mass events. The races were highlighted in six hours of BBC coverage and were shown in 160 countries worldwide. The event drew an estimated 100,000 spectators to the course, bringing around £4.6million to the city of Leeds.


University staff Paddy Craig and Stewart Ross celebrate with a pint after finishing their triathlons!


Scholars star in Leeds triathlon