Young athletes tri their hardestBy Victoria Smith
July 03, 2012
Nearly 200 pupils from Aldryngton Primary School in Earley competed for the second year running in a school team triathlon event.
And Team GB athlete Katrina Wootton was a special guest at the ‘Try a Tri’ event on Saturday, June 16.
A further 30 children took part in individual races at the event, which was organised by the school’s PTA.
The “Try-a-Tri 2012” event saw teams of three children aged from three to 12 swimming, cycling and running around the course cheered on by more than 400 classmates, parents, family and friends.
Each member of the team competed in one of the stages, each of varying distances depending on the age of the child.
The Try-a-Tri took advantage of Aldryngton School’s swimming pool and playing field, and even had a purpose-built cycle track to make the event more like the real thing.
At the awards ceremony, Olympic hopeful Katrina presented trophies to the fastest competitors from each individual age group as well as to the three fastest teams to complete the full course.
She said: “There were some excellent performances today from all children of all abilities and the determined manner in which the children competed was obvious.”
Elaine Stewart, headteacher of Aldryngton School, said: “Our second Try-a-Tri was a tremendous success with pupils from all year groups thoroughly enjoying the challenging event.”
To ensure the bicycles were in top condition, Cyclezone checked all bikes and made any emergency repairs, while food was served by 84th Reading Scout Group.
Jump Personal Training sponsored a race timing clock and Mizuno Running, based in Winnersh, supplied banners and flags.
Sponsorship monies have been raised by the children, with all proceeds going to support the provision of new equipment around the school.