Black Sheep Brewery

Road closures make way for local triathlon

NEWS RELEASE: ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE BLACK SHEEP BREWERY The Black Sheep Ripon Triathlon 2012 will be held at Ripon Race course on the 14th July, attracting in excess of 700 triathletes to the region to take part in the UK’s largest club run Olympic distance triathlon. The cycle race part of the event will be held on a 25 mile circuit around the Ripon and Boroughbridge area, as it has done for the last 16 years. To make the event as safe as possible, protecting all road users, certain stretches have been closed to one-way traffic only. One-way road closure between Thorndikes Lane Minskip junction, through Staveley, Copgrove and Bishop Monkton to Knaresborough Road junction with A61. Additional one-way road closure from Skelton Lane junction with B6252 Ripon, through Skelton Village, finishing at Skelton Road junction with Leeming Lane Boroughbridge. These one-way road closures will only be in force from 13:30 to 16:00 on the 14th July. Diversion routes have been planned to minimise any disruption these closures may cause. John Kerr, Bike Race Director for the event said: “We hope that the one way road closure will not inconvenience the residents on affected roads too much. This is a great event, which is organised and ran by volunteers, making it all the more unique, the largest of its kind in the UK. We hope that local residents will support this event, which brings much needed tourism into the area. It’s free to watch and all are welcome at Ripon Racecourse where you will find lots of things to do for the whole family.” More information regarding this event including road closures can be found on ENDS CONTACT: Melanie Smith on 01325 363436 Notes to Editors: Please note the Black Sheep Brewery has a new logo, if high res version is needed please download from: The Black Sheep Brewery in Masham made its first beer in 1992 after being built up by Paul Theakston, whose family had brewed in the area for six generations. In a world of ever increasing bland, mass-produced beer Paul saw an opportunity to return to what his family had done best since 1827, making real beer in the time-honoured fashion. An old maltings building, once part of Lightfoot's Brewery became the Brewery’s home. This landmark building, which stands high over the banks of the Ure, had fallen in to disrepair as years of neglect as a semi-redundant grainstore had taken its toll. Paul assembled a small team around him to fight the rats and build a traditional country brewery. The Black Sheep Brewery name derived from Masham’s association with sheep, but ‘Sheep Brewery’ didn’t quite sound right, so with a little creativity from Paul’s wife the Black Sheep Brewery was born, a name that sat well with the area, spoke volumes about the maverick attitude to the multi-nationals seeking to dominate the brewing industry and captured the essence of the family struggle that led to our birth. Black Sheep Ale at 4.4% ABV, now in an eco-friendly lightweight bottle, continues to maintain its presence among the top ten premium bottled ale brands, and is available nationwide from virtually all the major supermarket retailers. It is a classic premium bitter and as with all Black Sheep beers, full of character derived from the best possible brewing materials, plenty of time and patience in the brewing and our very special Yorkshire Square fermenters. Additional information The Black Sheep Ripon Tri is a non-profit making event, sponsored by Black Sheep Brewery and ran by NYP Triathlon Club. Much of the money made from this event is given to local charities as well as funding the development of the local club for its members. More information regarding this event including road closures is available on For more information regarding this press release please contact John Kerr on 07855 320975 or Twitter: Facebook: Share back to Black Sheep Brewery


Last year’s winner Phil Graves
Last year’s winner Phil Graves
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