Triathlon bursaries at The University of Leeds

As the University of Leeds continues to lead the way for triathlon training and development in the UK, a key aim is to make triathlon as open and accessible for anyone wishing to get stuck in. One of the exciting opportunities available for students and staff, is being able to apply for a bursary from Leeds Sport for entry in to any triathlon in Yorkshire.

We’ve recently heard back from two of our bursar’s, Katie Boag and Shelley Parry, about their recent experience participating in the Skipton Triathlon. For both Katie and Shelley, taking part in a triathlon was a totally new adventure. Whilst Shelley was inspired by the upcoming World Triathlon Series, Katie was persuaded to sign up by her friends as she was looking for a challenge.

“I’d always wanted to attempt a triathlon but wasn’t sure how to go about it. Upon coming back to Leeds after my placement year, the influence of the Brownlee brothers was evident, with a huge amount of sprint triathlons and even the ITU World Triathlon Series happening in the area.” 


Shelley joined with a team of colleagues and got involved with the Get Out, Get Active programme run through Leeds Sport which offers both swimming lessons and bike rides, perfect for training for the event. Katie on the otherhand, dusted off her swimming costume, and bought herself a new bike to cycle round the Dales on sunny Sundays.

On the day itself, the sun was out and proved perfect conditions for the pairs first triathlon. The two commented on how they had enjoyed the experience and were both looking forward to signing up to future events.

“On the day, I was very nervous but thoroughly enjoyed the experience (helped by the great weather!) and can’t wait to sign up to my next triathlon. But first, my next challenge is the Leeds RAG Bike to Berlin…” 


“I loved the thrill of the crowd running from the pool to our bikes in the transitions, and they spurred me on in my low moments in the final few KM of the run! All in all it was a fantastic day and the adrenaline of the race made me smash the time I was aiming for, I completed the race in 1 hour 39 minutes including my transitions, and I was the 14th woman to cross the finish line. I cant wait to sign up for my next triathlon!” 


Visit the Triathlon page for more information.