Athletes are put to the test by Olympic aces Alistair and Jonny Brownlee

Triathlon Test: Skegness Triathlon club at Brownlee: Jamie Gordon (back); front, from left, Michael Clark, Michyla Clark and Rich Vincent.
Triathlon Test: Skegness Triathlon club at Brownlee: Jamie Gordon (back); front, from left, Michael Clark, Michyla Clark and Rich Vincent.
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On a most definitely fresh, damp, but bright September morning, four members of the Skegness Triathlon Club met up in the grounds of Harewood House, just north of Leeds for the Brownlee Triathlon.

This event is put on by Olympic and world champions Alistair and Jonny Brownlee which club members all had the pleasure of meeting on the day.

Competitors had to contend with a chilly and rather smelly 750m lake swim in their opening test.

There was only three Skegness club members racing, Jamie Gordon, due to an injury had to pull out.

Fortunately, being a qualified referee, he was asked if he would help with officiating at the event.

Richard Vincent exited the swim first, followed by MichylaClark and then Michael Clark.

From transition one there was a steep grassy section to the bike mount point and then a further climb on the bike before it began to even out.

The bike course was very undulating with some exceptionally fast downhill sections mixed with some tough climbs.

Entering transition two the triathletes were all still in the same order.

The run didn’t give the competitors any respite, with further steep climbs and descents through the forest.

The finish line was a welcome site, lined with spectators and supporters, situated in front of the grand Harewood House.

This was only the second year that the Brownlee brothers have hosted the event and again, it was very well set out and organised, in a picturesque setting close to where the brothers do their own training.

Visit www.skegnesstri.co.uk to see how you can get involved.