100 Days To Go – Leeds Welcomes Triathlon’s Elite

It’s only 100 days to go until Leeds welcomes the ITU World Triathlon Series to the city on 12th June. To celebrate this event, the University of Leeds is launching an exciting programme of triathlon-inspired activity to get involved in. Open to students, staff and members of the Leeds community there’s something for everyone from taking part in a Go-Tri event for the very first time, to a rousing talk from world famous athletes to learning how to coach triathlon.

 “We have developed an exciting programme of activities and events for the wider Leeds community to be involved in Triathlon in the lead up to the ITU event in the city on 12th June. We’d love for you all to join us and have a go.”

Oliver Hylands, University of Leeds Triathlon Development Officer

You can find out more details about how you can get involved on our triathlon webpage, and for University staff and students considering their first triathlon, there’s also a special bursary available to support entry fees. Contact Oliver for more information: O.Hylands@leeds.ac.uk

Race Day

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On race day itself, the city will welcome the world’s elite triathletes and there will be a huge amount of interest in our Leeds-based athletes. The University is a key partner, together with British Triathlon and Leeds Beckett University, in the world-renowned Leeds Triathlon Centre which already has 4 athletes who have pre-qualified for the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio (Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, Non Stanford and Vicky Holland). This select group plus the likes of Gordon Benson, Tom Bishop, Lucy Hall, Mark Buckingham, Jess Learnmonth and Richard Varga are all expected to compete in front of their home crowd as the squad and coaching team continue their preparations for Rio.

“The investment the University of Leeds has made over the last 5 years has placed us at the forefront of world triathlon, in terms of training facilities, coaching and also in terms of opportunities for our students to study a world-class degree and be engaged with the sport at every level.”

Rob Wadsworth, Head of Sport, University of Leeds.