The first JLL Property Tri North hailed as a huge success

BBC Newsreader Louise Minchin at the JLL Property Triathlon North.

After weeks of discipline, hard graft and determination, more than 700 competitors from the business and property community took on the first JLL Property Triathlon North on Friday 24 July.

Jointly sponsored by JLL and the Peel Group, the sprint event saw first time entrants, charity fundraisers and more seasoned triathletes run, swim and cycle the course at MediaCityUK, Salford Quays.  The triathlon raised £22,000 which will be split equally between JLL’s charity the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Peel’s charity The Christie.

Great British Paralympian table tennis player Will Bayley, who is sponsored by JLL, came along to support the event and officially started each wave. First across the finish line in the individual races was Paul Horsfall from Hydrock with a time of 59 minutes. Kirsten Walters of Browne Jacobson LLP was named the fastest woman with a time of 1 hour 15 minutes. Among the group entries, which comprised male, female and mixed teams including BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, a team from Deloitte clocked the fastest relay time of one hour.

Guy Grainger, UK Chief Executive at JLL, said: “The atmosphere was incredible – it certainly didn’t feel like this was first time we were holding the Property Tri North. It was a brilliant day for both those competing and friends and family spectating – all in all a fantastic way for the industry to come together to raise money for charity.  I’d like to thank everyone who took part, along with our volunteers for making this a superb event.”

James Whittaker, Development Director of The Peel Group, added: “The co-sponsors of JLL Property Triathlon North, The Peel Group and JLL are delighted with the extremely positive feedback and are now looking at dates for next year. It was the first ever triathlon for the majority of people taking part and we hope to see them return next year.”

The triathlon is the sister event of the well-established JLL Property Triathlon and Property Swim which took place earlier in July at Dorney Lake, near Windsor.  Now in to its ninth year, the event is firmly established as one of the UK’s top five largest triathlons and has raised nearly £1.5 million for charity.