More than 1,000 primary school pupils from schools across Derby and Derbyshire joined triathlon stars Alistair and Jonny Brownlee for a free mini-triathlon event at Allestree Woodlands School on Thursday September 28.
The primary schools were invited to bring up to 30 pupils from Key Stage 2 (aged 7 – 11) to the triathlon taster where they completed a 20m swim in Woodlands’ pool followed by an 800m cycle and 300m run around the playing fields.
The event was facilitated by Derby-based HUUB Events on behalf of the Brownlee Foundation which has been set up by the Olympic medal winners to provide children across the UK with a positive sporting experience and to encourage regular participation in sport.
The Brownlee brothers cheered on the young athletes and talked to teachers about the benefits of encouraging the triathlon disciplines of swim, bike and run in schools. The Brownlee Foundation has held similar events across Yorkshire including their home city of Leeds which are attended by thousands of local children.
The Brownlee Foundation supplied swim caps, bikes and helmets for all the children who also received a t-shirt beforehand as well as a medal and goody bag as they cross the finish line.
Due to the event being such a success it is hoped that it will become a permanent fixture on the calendar and encourage more young children to get involved in triathlons.