Slideshow: Kids of Steel are all winners

Hundreds of Corby youngsters took part in a mini-triathlon – and everyone was a winner.

They joined Tata’s Kids of Steel event on Friday, swimming, cycling and running to the finishing line.

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Around 1,000 children, aged eight to 13, from 23 schools took part in the event organised by Tata and British Triathlon.

Everyone who took part received a medal in recognition of their achievement, as well as a T-shirt, swimming cap and gym sack.

The triathlon started at Corby swimming pool where each pupil swam up to 60 metres. Next there was a dash to the start of the cycle event in Westcott Way, which was closed to traffic for the event.

They cycled to the mini roundabout at the junction of Cottingham Road and back and then finished the triathlon with a 400-metre dash back along the edge of Hazel Woods.

British Paratriathlete Jimmy Goddard said: “What an amazing day and an amazing sight - hundreds of children taking part in a triathlon.”

Stuart Welch, business development director at Tata Steel in Corby,one of 30 local volunteers, said: “The energy, excitement and enthusiasm was contagious.”

The triathlon had a festival atmosphere, with the children being able to take part in cheerleading, boxing and athletics.

Lakelands Hospice provided refreshments for the volunteers and the pupils, who also got the chance to meet local firefighters.