PICTURE GALLERY: Corby schoolchildren take part in duathlon challenge

Duathalon record: Corby: Lodge Park Sports Centre 
850 kids in total taking part in City Duathlon event, trying to beat record.
Pupils from Brigstock Latham's C of E Primary School 
Wednesday May 17, 2017 NNL-170522-132712005
Duathalon record: Corby: Lodge Park Sports Centre 850 kids in total taking part in City Duathlon event, trying to beat record. Pupils from Brigstock Latham's C of E Primary School Wednesday May 17, 2017 NNL-170522-132712005

850 children from schools across Corby took part in a day of running and cycling as they broke a duathlon record.

All schoolchildren who took part contributed to Corby’s total distance travelled in one day, recording 3,272km compared to Cambridge’s previous record of 3,250km.

Matt Peleszok, school sport manager for the Corby, Oundle & Thrapston School Sports Partnership, said: “As part of the local school sports programme, we are delighted to have supported the Corby Duathlon.

“It was a pleasure to see so many children working hard physically, but also working hard socially on the teamwork needed to motivate each other when finding the activities hard.”

Mike Jubb, CEO at the Triathlon Trust, said: “What an amazing achievement by these Northamptonshire children, travelling 3,272km in a day, to set a new record.

“I think many of the children found it challenging, but they had great fun too.

“It’s so important for young children to be regularly exercising, and the basic activities of biking and running are great ways for them to do this.”

Adam Smith, community sport and play development officer at Corby Council, said: “It was fantastic to see so many schoolchildren take part in the first ever duathlon event in Corby.

“All the kids who took part had a great time and it was brilliant to see so many smiling faces.

“The sense of achievement and enthusiasm, along with the support they gave each other, was amazing.”

Gethin Charles, a Year 3 student, said: “It was really fun. I want to do it again!”

Lexi Rosario-Chester, another Year 3 student, said: “It was a brilliant day but I am really tired with achy legs!”

The event was delivered by the Triathlon Trust in partnership with Corby Council and Corby, Oundle and Thrapston School Sports Partnership, with the aim to give local schoolchildren a fun, free and inclusive opportunity to get active.