An energetic spirit took over Leeds last weekend as professional and nonprofessional athletes took the city by storm. The people of Leeds took advantage and were treated to an exciting race, as the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon kicked off from Roundhay Park finishing in the heart of Leeds’ city centre.
Broadcast live on BBC Two, it was a great spectacle for the city and Leeds was done proud by the thousands of spectators lining the course, waving flags, ringing bells and holding up home-made banners and signs to encourage the athletes along their way. The noise from the 100,000+ spectators was massively motivating to the non-professionals, but was turned up to another level when Leeds superstars, the Brownlee brothers, took to the roads.
With friends and family members waiting for their competitors at the finish line, to give them that final push, the race really captured the spirit of the Leeds community and will no doubt have given the athletes an experience they will never forget. There was even an orchestra playing as the athletes crossed the finish line!
With over 100,000 people in attendance and 3,000 amateur athletes taking part, there was no surprise when both Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee pleased their home city taking both the gold and silver medals for a second year running. The day was full of triumph in other areas too with Adam Bowden and Tom Bishop contributed to the British success with fourth and fifth place, while Bermudian Flora Duffy won her fourth World Triathlon Series and Jess Learmonth took sixth place in the women’s race.
With White Rose Office Park joint agent, Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL), proudly sponsoring the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon in Leeds this year, the city has made another powerful impact on the sport and provided an opportunity for its staff and clients to participate on the same course as the world’s elite. It’s not the first time we’ve seen the event come to Leeds, as the city hosted the triathlon in 2016 also; helping to further showcase the city and community.
With the triathlon bringing another World level sporting event to Leeds, the city has benefitted both economically and strategically. Visitors to the event positively impact hotels, bars and restaurants as well as fuelling spend with retailers in the city. Another achievement for the city to further help in developing the city’s cultural strategy to ensure Leeds continues to be on the map for the whole world to see.
If you happened to miss the event then don’t worry… you can watch it here.