Rubicon Tri preview

Middle-distance and relay on offer at September’s fine-looking Newby Hall race


The stunning grounds of Newby Hall, N Yorkshire, will be the location for the Rubicon, a middle distance triathlon on the 1st Sept. The event is being coordinated by elite long-course triathlete Mark Livesey (14th Pro 70.3 IM European Champs 2011 & 14th Pro IM Austria 2012) who set up Functional Fitness events last year after leaving the Army after 22yrs service. 


Mark has worked hard over the last two years securing and gaining permission to run triathlons at Newby Hall. “It hasn’t been easy at times but it’s very satisfying to see triathlete’s swim, bike and run on a course that you have created. The location is perfect for triathlon and I’ve been fortunate to find such an excellent race venue. My aim at my events is make them as spectator and family friendly as possible”. 

The race is super flat, fast and very safe with the majority of the swim down stream in the river Ure; the bike and run are also super fast.  The event also has the backing of the local community and the local council, which is very supportive and has already intimated that they would make this a closed road triathlon if the entries increase.


Mark is thinking big and will bidding to use this venue for National/World qualifying event over the next few years. In addition to this Mark is working towards encouraging all the Yorkshire clubs to come and use his race for a Yorkshire Club Championships incorporating a number of categories. “This is something I really want to push; I think the title of Yorkshire Middle Distance Team Champions has a nice ring to it, and of course they get the all important bragging rights.”

The Rubicon and Relay event includes FREE entry to Newby Hall for all the family (worth £55.00), FREE parking and FREE camping.   It doesn’t get much better that that! The idea is for the family to have fun and enjoy themselves for the whole weekend for the price of just one race entry. 

Mark also likes to create even more of an atmosphere by hiring a bag piper and a professional PA system with a running commentary throughout the day keeping the spectators fully informed of the action that is going on. 

More information about the Rubicon can be found at


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