24 September, 2016
Harewood House, Leeds

The Event

Are there different race categories?

Yes, you can choose either individual super-sprint, individual sprint or sprint relay. There is also a super-sprint race for youth and juniors, along with a corporate challenge.

Is the event suitable for novices?

Yes, the event is suitable for all abilities. The super-sprint distance in particular is easily accessible for anybody that hasn’t competed in a triathlon before. As we get closer to the event we will provide lots of useful information on our website to help you prepare for race day.

What is the youth and junior super-sprint challenge?

This is an individual challenge for anyone aged 15-18 (as at 31 December 2016), and you will be in an allocated youth & junior starting wave. By entering this challenge you will only be eligible for the results of this race category.

What is the sprint team relay?

This race is open to teams of three. Each team member will complete one leg of the Brownlee Tri – swim, bike or run. You will have one timing chip for your team, and this acts like a relay baton, which must be given to the team’s swimmer for the race start and transferred to the ankle of the next person in transition after each race phase. You need to have all the names for your team when you enter.

What is the ClubHub

The Brownlee Tri ClubHub offers the top 5 triathlon clubs with the highest number of entrants a dedicated space at the event to use as they please. Find out more about the ClubHub here.

How many people can take part in the event?

There is a capacity for approximately 2500 entries.

Taking Part

How old do I need to be to take part?

Youth & Junior – min. age is 15 and max. age is 18 years old (at 31 Dec 2016)
Individual super-sprint – min. age is 15 years old (at 31 Dec 2016)
Individual sprint – min. age is 17 years old (at 31 Dec 2016)
Sprint team relay – min. age is 15 years old (at 31 Dec 2016)
Please note, ages are calculated on 31 December 2016 in accordance with British Triathlon rules.

How much does it cost to enter?

A full breakdown of the 2016 entry prices are available here. A booking fee will apply to all entries.
Alternatively, you can enter for free with Macmillan Cancer Support – just simply raise £300 in sponsorship. Find out more and enter here.

Can I raise money for charity?

Macmillan Cancer Support is the Official Charity Partner of the Brownlee Tri, and we would welcome your charitable donations and fundraising efforts to help improve the lives of people living with cancer in the UK today.
You can start fundraising straight away by setting up your JustGiving page.
If you are unable to commit to fundraising, please do consider making a charitable donation as part of your online registration.
Thank you for your support.

How do I join Team Macmillan?

On the online entry form, just select the option to join Team Macmillan when you register. You do not need to commit to a minimum sponsorship amount, just raise as much as you can for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Alternatively, Macmillan has a number of Guaranteed Places. There is no registration fee and you are simply asked to raise a minimum of £300 in sponsorship as an Individual or £500 as a Team. Find out more and enter here.
All Team Macmillan participants shall receive the same amazing level of support. You’ll receive a dedicated triathlon training and fundraising guide and free Macmillan vest / t-shirt to wear. Not to mention the support you shall receive out on the course!

What is the British Triathlon Federation day membership fee for?

The day membership fee will provide you with 3rd party (public liability) insurance on race day. If you are not a current member of Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland or the Welsh Triathlon Federation, you will need to pay a £5 day membership fee (£3 for Youths & Juniors) when you enter the event online. For further information, please contact the BTF directly

Can I buy British Triathlon Federation day membership on event-day?

You will be required to purchase the BTF day membership during online entry.

Can I take part with friends?

If you are keen to race alongside your friends you can request a ‘mates wave’ when entering.  Simply choose a code-word unique to you and your friend(s) and make sure you all enter the same code-word on the entry form.  You must all be entered into the same category and distance.  There will only be a limited number of mixed ‘mates-waves’ so enter early to avoid disappointment.  

What are the Mates-Waves?

These waves are mixed ages and genders to enable friends and family to start alongside one another. All other waves are allocated by age and male/ female.

What happens when the entries to the event are full?

When the event has reached its capacity it will be closed to new entries. We will then open a waiting list, and any additional places that become available in the event will be offered to individuals on this waiting list.

Where do I find more information on rules and regulations?

You can get more detailed information on the rules and regulations for triathlon events from and

I have a disability, can I take part?

If you have a disability and require additional assistance to compete in the Brownlee Tri, please contact us and we will be happy to talk through your options with you.

My Entry

I completed my entry online, how do I know that I have a place?

When you complete your entry online you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite confirming your place in the race. If you have not received this email, please check the junk folder in your inbox and your Eventbrite account. If you are concerned please contact us via email or phone 01276 427990 and we will be able to confirm the status of your entry.

Can I change the distance I have entered?

Yes, you can change race categories if you notify us at least 21 days (3 weeks) prior to event day, subject to availability in the respective category.
If you would like to change to a longer race distance/ higher priced category, you will need to pay the difference in entry fees at the time of transferring your entry, plus a £2.50 administration fee. If you would like to reduce your race distance/ move to a lower priced category, there will be no cost charged and no refund applicable.
Please contact the team via email or phone 01276 427990.

Can I change my sprint relay team after entering?

You can change team member’s names up to 2 weeks prior to the event by contacting the team via email or phone 01276 427990.

My contact details are no longer up-to-date. How do I change these?

Please contact the team by email or phone 01276 427990, and we will be able to update your contact details for you.

Will I receive a race pack before the event?

You will not receive anything in the post from us before the event. We will send you an email with the race information booklet in the final 2 weeks before the event, which will include a step-by-step guide for the day and all you need to know about competing in the event.

Your race pack with your race number, Huub swimming cap, bike & helmet stickers and timing chip, will be ready for collection at registration on the day of the event. We will also send you e-newsletters in the lead up to the event, and all the latest information will be available on the website too.

Please add to your contacts to make sure that our emails don’t go into your junk folder.

When will I find out my start time?

The wave categories and times will be announced in the final 2 weeks pre event, and your individual start time will be emailed to you once entries have closed. The full list of individual start times will also be viewable on the website.

I can no longer take part, what are my options?

If you have registered to take part in the event but are no longer able to take part, please refer to our withdrawals policy in the event Terms & Conditions.These terms are summarised below:
If you are withdrawing within 7 days of completing your online race application, the “7 day cooling off period”, you are entitled to receive a full refund less a £5 administration fee, regardless of your entry date.
If you are withdrawing from the event 60 days or more before the Event, so before the 26th July, you can transfer your place to the same race category in the 2017 event.
If you are withdrawing between 30 to 59 days before the Event, so from the 27th July to 25th August, you will be entitled to a 50% credit on the entry fee you paid. This credit is to be used on the 2017 event.
If you are withdrawing after the 26th August, you will not be entitled to any transfers or credit.
There are many costs involved in staging this event, which are incurred from the moment the event planning commences, and the withdrawal policy reflects this. Due to the nature of sports events we are unable to make exceptions for injuries. Under no circumstances can places be transferred to another individual, and no monetary refunds shall be offered in any circumstances except as part of the ‘7 day cooling off period’.
Written notification is required for withdrawal from the event, and please contact the team on with the subject heading ‘withdrawals’.

Can I give my place to a friend?

Under no circumstances can places be transferred to a friend, and participants are required to show photographic personal identification at registration on the day. Racing in someone else’s name is against the rules and will lead to disqualification. The safety of our participants is our number one priority.

Race Details

What distance is the race?

The distances for each discipline (swim, bike, run) are:
Super-sprint – 400m open-water swim, 13km cycle (2 laps) and a 3km run
Sprint – 750m open-water swim, a 26km cycle (4 laps) and a 5.5km run

Further details on the course can be found here.

What equipment do I need to take part?

Your race information booklet will be emailed to you 3-4 weeks before the event and will include all the details you need for taking part. As a starting point you will need a bike, a helmet, a pair of trainers, a wetsuit (you can hire one for the event) and a pair of goggles.

Am I allowed to listen to a personal music player when racing?

No…for safety reasons you are not allowed to listen to music so that you can hear the instructions from our stewards, and if you are caught with headphones in you will be disqualified. You would also miss the sounds of the crowds cheering!

Are there toilets on the course?

There will be toilets next to transition, in addition to toilets by the car park, registration, swim start and at the finish line.

Are there water stations on the course?

There will be water stations at the start of the run, half-way around the run route and at the finish. We recommend you bring your own bottle of water to have in transition and in a bottle cage on your bike.

Are there photographers on the course?

Official race photographers, Marathon-photos, will be at points along the course to capture you in action. An email will be sent to you after the event with a link to view your images and the options to purchase these.

Will there be baggage facilities?

We recommend that you arrive ready to race, as there will not be any baggage storage facilities. You will able to leave a small number of items in transition, but all personal belongings are left at the owners risk.

Are there shower facilities?

There will not be any shower facilities, but there will be designated changing areas for you to use.

What can I take into transition?

You can take a small bag or box into transition with your race essentials. You will have a space max. 50cm wide in which to contain your belongings (including your bike) and you must keep your area tidy at all times.

Is transition numbered?

The racking in transition will not be numbered. You will be directed to a designated row of racking according to your wave and start time.

I’ve never swum in open-water before, can you offer any advice?

We will provide you with more information on how to tackle the open-water swim course shortly, but in the meantime have a read through the tips from our event media partners 220 Triathlon.

Do I need to wear a wetsuit?

Yes, wetsuits are compulsory for the swim, which will help keep you warm and provide you with extra buoyancy. You can hire a Huub wetsuit and swim like Alistair and Jonny! More details on wetsuit hire coming soon…

What do I wear under my wetsuit?

The best thing to wear is exactly what you would wear for you bike and run legs of the event. For men, this may or may not include a top. Remember everything under your wetsuit will get wet, so what you do wear under your wetsuit needs to be quick drying. Triathlon specific clothing is designed for swimming, biking and running as they are hardly noticeable under a wetsuit, are quick drying and prevent chafing.

Can I be sure that the water is safe to swim in?

A number of tests are carried out on the lake to ensure it complies with the EU bathing standards.

Is the bike route on closed roads?

Yes, the bike route is fully closed to traffic.

What terrain is the bike course?

The bike route is all on tarmac. The majority of the route is within the grounds of the Harewood estate and will all be on closed roads. Further details including elevation profiles can be found along with swim and bike route details here. Or view the bike route video with tips from Jonny here.

What bike is suitable for the race?

Any road-safe bike can be used for the event – road bikes or mountain bikes are fine.

What does non-drafting mean?

The Brownlee Tri is a non-drafting race, which means on the bike course you cannot take shelter behind or next to other cyclists. You must ensure that you are at least 3 bicycle lengths behind the cyclist in front so that you are not in the ‘draft zone’ of the cyclist in front. You can only enter the draft zone of another competitor for the purpose of overtaking, but you must be seen to be progressing through this zone and have a maximum of 15 seconds to pass through. If you are passed by another competitor, you must then drop back to keep the 3 bike length distance between you and the cyclist in front.

Is the run route on closed roads?

Yes, the run route is fully closed to traffic.

What terrain is the run course?

The run is all off-road on undulating trails and grass, and all within the grounds of the Harewood estate. Full route details can be found here, including details on the route elevation. Or view the run route video here with great tips from Alistair.


I’m not taking part. Can I come along and support?

Yes, there are excellent spectator viewing points around the course, so come along and show support for family and friends. We will also provide information specifically for spectators so keep an eye on the website. 

Will there be a kid’s event?

Yes the ever popular Kids Duathlon, in partnership with the British Triathlon Trust, will be returning in 2016. Click here for more details.

Is there an entry fee for spectators?

Harewood are providing complementary entry to all participants and spectators on the day of the Brownlee Tri to explore the grounds of Harewood House, including the Bird Gardens and adventure playground. There will be a car parking fee of £5 per car, and car sharing is encouraged. If you would like to explore inside Harewood House there will be a cost of £5 per adult.