Nearly one thousand children from twenty local primary schools came to Oundle on Sunday to take part in the Knight Frank Schools Triathlon, the UK’s largest fundraising event for children. In teams of four, they swam, cycled and ran a combined distance of over 1,900km, equivalent to the distance from Peterborough to Rome.
The event raised over £88K for the global youth charity, Restless Development and other charities nominated by the schools. The triathlon was one of eight events held nationally this spring that will raise almost £1m to support more than 80 charities.
This was the second year that Oundle School has hosted the event, and Oundle pupils were on hand to help run the races. Children in Years 3-8 entered the competition in relay teams of four in each sporting discipline. Depending on the age group, pupils cycled from 1000m to 2000m, did a quick change to swim from 50m to 100m, and they all ran 750m.
Prize giving at the finish line was an exhilarating experience for all participants. Laxton Junior School had a good showing with two of its teams taking top two places overall in the Years 3-4 races, along with two teams in top three places in Years 5-6. Top fundraisers were four pupils from Winchester House who raised £1,140 with a concert, baked sale and crafts.
Restless Development has been working with young people since 1985 to change their lives and the lives of people in their communities. It is run out of hubs in nine countries, with a wider network of partners across the world. Its work is led by thousands of young people every year.