World Triathlon takes Leeds by storm


Olympic heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, who will star in the World Triathlon in June

By Matthew Brady

More than 1,300 Grandstand seats have sold out in a just over a week as Leeds gears up for the upcoming World Triathlon in June.

However, event organisers British Triathlon are urging fans who missed out on seats in the Millennium Square stand to line the streets of the route.

The event is headlined by the two elite races on June 12, which will include local Olympic heroes the Brownlee Brothers, Alistair and Jonny.

Amateurs will also get the chance to take part in the triathlon earlier in the day, with the turnout expected to be a staggering 5,000.

The route totals 53km over running, swimming and cycling and will pass through areas such as Headingley, Roundhay and Meanwood before ending in the city centre.

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The Brownlee’s will be joined by 2013 Triathlon World Champion Non Stanford for a Q&A session on Twitter

Organisers British Triathlon are offering the public a chance to talk to their heroes on Twitter as they build up to the big race.

Four athletes, including London 2012 gold and bronze medalists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, will be on hand to answer fans questions on Twitter tomorrow.

The triathlon hasn’t been without controversy though, and some have claimed that the route could be dangerous due to various potholes that have gone untreated.

John-Paul Ashton, a triathlon fan and participant who lives just off the route on Meanwood, has picked out 19 potholes across the triathlon course.

“We don’t want people coming to Leeds saying ‘the city’s really nice but I got punctures and crashed out because I hit two potholes’.

But Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, is confident that the event, sponsored by Columbia Threadneedle, will be a success.

“We look forward to everyone getting behind the event as we build up to June 12 and helping to create an unforgettable atmosphere around the route.”

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