Hundreds of Corby youngsters set to show their mettle

Corby youngsters enjoy last year's Kids of Steel event
Corby youngsters enjoy last year's Kids of Steel event

More than 1,000 youngsters are preparing to swim, run and cycle at the Tata Kids of Steel triathlon event in Corby.

On Tuesday, September 10, Corby swimming pool will play host to the eight to 13-year-olds on a day of excitement and challenges.

The event aims to encourage children to adopt a healthier lifestyle through sport and exercise, by working in partnership with the local community. Since its launched in 2007, it has enabled more than 50,000 children to participate in the sport of triathlon since.

This year’s 12 events, taking place around the UK, will see children swim, cycle and run an estimated 10,000 kilometres, the same distance the Olympic Torch will travel from London to Rio.

London 2012 Olympic Games triathlon gold medallist, Alistair Brownlee, said: “It’s fantastic that the Tata Kids of Steel events are returning for 2013 as the sport looks to push on from the success and added interest of London 2012.

“Triathlon is a growing sport and the Tata Kids of Steel series is showcasing it to an increasing number of youngsters for the very first time. We hope they can be inspired to develop a real interest in the sport.”

Sytske Seyffert, Tata Steel’s director of corporate communications and public affairs, said: “This is the seventh year we have worked alongside the British Triathlon Federation to organise Tata Kids of Steel, a series we are very proud of. We are delighted to be able to bring this popular event to Corby in 2013.”

On the day of the event Westcott Way, Corby, will be closed from 7.30am to 4pm.