It wasn’t exactly a dress rehearsal but groom Jon Cooper and best man Richard Hamilton donned ties to welcome home bride-to-be Deborah Feltwell at the end of their first Brownlee Triathlon in Yorkshire.  Hours later, Jon and Debs formally tied the knot.

 

The keen triathletes spent their wedding morning completing the 400m swim, 10km cycle and 2.5km run at Fountains Abbey in stunning surroundings at the new event launched by British triathlon legends Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.

 

For the record, Jonny won the event in 32:38, followed by Alistair's team in 34:20.  For the wedding party, Richard finished in 39:37, Jon in 44:35 and Debs in 54:54.

 

The happy couple escaped for a honeymoon in a remote cottage, while the Brownlees are believed to be planning more events in beautiful locations.

Start with 2.5 miles in beautiful Kew Gardens; finish with a t-shirt you’ll wear again and a really useful medal.  Richmond Running Festival had everything perfectly planned for its first year – including the weather.

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