Petworth House to host the Brownlee Triathlon
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Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, the brothers who won Olympic gold and bronze in the triathlon at London 2012, are bringing the Brownlee Tri to Petworth House and Park on Sunday 15 June.
Against the backdrop of our vast 17th century mansion, competitors will swim, bike and run within the Downs countryside and around the historic 700 acre deer park, landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown and immortalised in Turner’s paintings.
The event will host sprint and super-sprint triathlon distance events, with youth, junior and adult categories, and a sprint relay, providing opportunities for both seasoned triathletes and newcomers to participate. A full programme of entertainment is also planned for spectators.
Robert Jackson, General Manager for Petworth House and an enthusiastic athlete himself, is delighted at the choice of venue: “I can think of few places in the area so well suited to this type of event. At every turn there is a new vista or view to enjoy and a real variety of terrain including hills and valleys. Perhaps most exciting of all will be the sight of triathletes swimming in the serpentine lake; something not seen at Petworth for many years!”
The Brownlee brothers
The Brownlee Tri South is one of two such events this year, the second taking place at Harewood House near Leeds on 21 September. The triathlons are part of Alistair and Jonny’s drive to encourage people of all abilities to take part in a sport that has given them much enjoyment over the years. 2012 World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist, Jonny Brownlee said: “We’re delighted to announce the opening of registration for our 2014 North and South events. 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 Brownlee added: “Our first Brownlee Tri at National Trust World Heritage Site Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire 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 is fantastic and hopefully people from all over Britain will get involved.”
Find out more about sport and the National Trust
The Brownlee Tri South is one of many sporting opportunities at our properties, as part of our new partnership with Sport England. We hope to encourage thousands of people to make the most of our beautiful outdoor spaces through sport. For more information visit the National Trust activities page or follow @NTSport on Twitter for the latest news. Other events can be found by searching ‘sport’ on our find an event page.