Over 550 children from Bracknell Forest schools, took part in the first ever School Triathlon event at Everyone Active Leisure Centre on Friday, 27 September. The event, run in association with the British Triathlon Trust, and supported by Bracknell School Sports Partnership, attracted children from 13 local schools, across years 5 to 7.
The purpose of the day was to encourage children to try a new sport and involved completing a 100m swim in the leisure centre swimming pool, followed by an 800m bike ride around the field running track and finally a 300m run around the running track.
Matthew Gamble from the School Sports Partnership said:
"We were really excited to host our first School Triathlon event and thrilled with the huge take up. The event is non-competitive and aimed at giving children a new sporting experience. We now want to make this an annual event.
We want to say a huge thanks to everyone who made the event happen: Bracknell Forest Council; Jenny Gray from Yateley 10k Run Committee, who donated generously, and Ellie Barnes from Reading Rascals, who supported us on the day and is offering a free training session to any child who is interested in getting into triathlons."
Michael Dillon, head teacher, Birch Hill Primary School, said:
"This was such a brilliant experience. All our children came back with huge smiles and wanting to do it all again! For many of them, it was their first time competing in an event such as this. The atmosphere was great, and it was really well organised."
Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning, said:
"We were delighted at such a great turn out for Bracknell Forest Schools. Keeping young people active and inspired is key to providing the best possible start in life. We were proud of the enthusiasm and talent showcased by all the pupils who took part."