Youngsters set for triathlon fun

Youngsters having fun at last year's Kids of Steel event in Corby when 950 pupils had fun swimming, running and cycling
Youngsters having fun at last year's Kids of Steel event in Corby when 950 pupils had fun swimming, running and cycling
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HUNDREDS of young athletes in Corby are on their marks, set and ready to take part in a test of sporting endurance tomorrow.

They will be taking part in the Tata Kids of Steel mini triathlon for eight to 13-year-olds.

Cheering the young competitors on from the sidelines will be English 800m champion Karen Harewood, GB age group triathletes Mary Hardwick and Gail Warner, English championship boxer Simon Barclay, and the town’s mayor Gail McDade.

The free event aims to give every child a safe and enjoyable experience of the fast-growing Olympic sport of triathlon and pupils from 22 schools in the area will be taking part.

Last year 950 children took part in the event in Corby.

A spokesman for Tata Steel explained why the event was created.

The spokesman said: “The Kids of Steel events are geared towards encouraging children to have fun and take part, regardless of ability.

“Each youngster will be awarded a medal in recognition of their efforts, in addition to receiving a gym sack, swim cap and T-shirt.

“In 2012 we are marking the sixth year of Tata Kids of Steel and, in the year that Britain hosts the London 2012 Olympic Games, it is the largest event to date.

“The triathlon series reinforces Tata Steel’s commitment to provide at least 50,000 children with a positive experience of triathlon by the end of the 2012.”

In the region of 20,000 youngsters are expected to take part in 24 Kids of Steel events being held around the country.

At Corby, children will swim at the town’s pool, take part in a run in the car park, followed by a bicycle ride along Westcott Way to the finishing line.

ABC Boxing Club, where Simon Barclay is a member, will also be setting up a ring at the event for youngsters interested in the sport.

Corby Council’s lead member for community Cllr John McGhee said: “The Kids of Steel Triathlon is a fantastic event which is well attended every year.

“It’s great to see youngster’s get stuck in to the challenge whatever the weather and I hope this year is no different.“

During the day there will be no access to the car park, which serves the pool and the Cube, between 8.30am and 3.30pm.