GP's sons take gold and bronze in Olympic triathlon

As Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee claimed gold and bronze medals in the London 2012 Olympic triathlon yesterday, staff at the West Yorkshire practice where their GP mother works were gripped.

Yorkshire GP Dr Cath Hearnshaw and Dr Keith Brownlee, parents of medal-winning triathletes (Photograph: British Triathlon)
Yorkshire GP Dr Cath Hearnshaw and Dr Keith Brownlee, parents of medal-winning triathletes (Photograph: British Triathlon)

West Yorkshire GP Dr Cath Hearnshaw, who uses her maiden name at work, told ITV news that she reacted in disbelief to seeing her sons take gold and bronze in the Olympic men's triathlon.

‘It's very unreal. You don't think that those boys running through that line and winning those medals are your sons.’

Dr Hearnshaw is a GP at the West Lodge Surgery in Farsley, West Yorkshire. Practice manager Angela Gelder told GP: 'Although it was business as usual at the practice, we made sure that the Olympic Triathlon was shown across the 3 practice sites and everyone had chance to watch the brothers win Gold and Bronze medals for the GB Triathlon team.

'We are so proud to have the mum of the boys as one of our doctors and the patients have been contacting the surgery expressing their support and congratulating Dr Hearnshaw.'

Alistair Brownlee, who started the race as favourite, completed the 1,500m swim, 43km bike ride and 10km run in a time of one hour and 46 seconds.

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