ORGANISERS THRILLED WITH FIRST KIDS’ TRIATHLON
The organisers of Scilly's first Kids' Triathlon were "chuffed to bits" with its success.
Susie Taylor, who ran the event alongside Alison Stedeford, Helen Pearce, Bryony Lishman, Steve Gibson and Rudi Plummer, said all 50 children who registered for the race crossed the finish line.
"We were chuffed to bits," she said. "Some children found it challenging and just getting to the end was a massive achievement. Some as soon as they caught their breath said they wanted to do it again.
"My favourite quote was from our youngest competitor Charlie Parker, who turned to his dad when he finished and said, 'Hey, I'm a triathlete!'. That's exactly what it's all about. All 50 are triathletes. Often they'd beaten their parents to it and even inspired their parents to try something new."
The triathlon was split into three age groups - under 8s swam three lengths of the Star Castle pool, cycled around the Garrison sports field and ran 200m on the field; under 10s swam five lengths, cycled a 1km route towards the Steval and back to the Garrison sports field and ran 1 and a half laps of the field; and under 12s swam nine lengths, cycled the under 10s' bike route twice and ran around the sports field twice, a particularly challenging feat.
Special certificates were awarded to the fastest boy and girl from each school year group, although the team behind the race tried to promote the idea of everyone giving it a go at least as much as any competitive element.
Susie added: "We just want to thank all the people involved. The Judo Club provided refreshments, the football club did the bouncy castle and there were numerous people helping out as marshalls, lifeguards, helping at the finish line or loaning us stuff. It was Scilly at its best. It couldn't have happened without all that support."
As for whether the Kids' Triathlon will return, she said: "We had a really positive response, everyone who was there seemed to really enjoy the day. Hopefully it will be the start of an annual event.
"We were reliant on the generosity of the Star Castle, the Duchy and the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and lots of people helping out. If we are able to get that support again, we'd love to keep going."