Matlock triathlete rubs shoulders with the Brownlee brothers

RUBBING SHOULDERS WITH THE BEST -- Andy Lessiter, of Matlock Athletics Club, flanked by triathlon greats, brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.
RUBBING SHOULDERS WITH THE BEST -- Andy Lessiter, of Matlock Athletics Club, flanked by triathlon greats, brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.

Matlock Athletics Club runner Andy Lessiter rubbed shoulders with international triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee on a day to remember for his whole family.

Lessiter took part in the Brownlee Tri at Harewood House in Leeds, a triathlon event set up by the brothers to encourage people of all ages and abilities to take part in a sport that has given them so much success and enjoyment over the years.

In the heart of Yorkshire, the venue also gave the chance to cycle on the same roads that were part of the Tour De France route and run the routes on which the Brownlees regularly train. Lessiter completed the sprint distance in one hour, 50.06 minutes.

Meanwhile, another Matlock runner, Christine Howard tackled the Snowman Triathlon in Wales’s awe-inspiring Snowdonia National Park. Conquering a stunning, but challenging, route, the indomitable Howard completed the sprint tri in a time of one hour, 59.20 minutes and the full tri in 4-04.06.

Elsewhere, Izzy and Freya Lester produced brilliant performances in the Craven Energy Junior Triathlon at Skipton, north Yorkshire, which was for youngsters aged eight to 14. In their respective categories, Freya finished second girl in a time of 10.01 minutes, while Izzy finished eighth girl in a time of 17.41 minutes.

Six Matlock runners were in a 56-strong field for the tough T’wd Man Fell race over 22.4K, organised by Wirksworth Running Club and co-hosted by Belper Harriers. Scott Thompson was eighth in one hour, 48.53 minutes, Peter Wilmot was tenth in 1-51.09 and Dennis Holmes 12th in 1-58.04.

Paul Keetley was the club’s sole representative at the Fat Boys Stanage Struggle Fell Race, finishing 218th of 292 in a time of 62.43 minutes.