A major sporting event expected to attract thousands of competitors will be staged in Pateley Bridge next year.
The Long Course Weekend started in Wales in 2010 and now attracts over 11,000 athletes and 35,000 supporters from 56 nations to Pembrokeshire over three days.
The event is based on the principles of the triathlon but is tailored to open up the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running to as wide an audience as possible.
Long Course Weekends now take place worldwide but this one — hosted by North Yorkshire Council — will be the first one in England.
It will take place in Nidderdale between September 6 and 8 next year.
Competitors will have the choice to participate in one of the individual disciplines or choose all three, with different distances for swimming, cycling and running available to suit those taking part.
Cllr Derek Bastiman, the council’s executive member for open to business whose portfolio includes the visitor economy, announced the Long Course Weekend at a media event at Nidderdale Showground in Pateley Bridge this morning.
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