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Triathlon taster event in Burntwood hoping to get 1,000 children active

An event in Burntwood is bidding to help 1,000 young people get active.

Burntwood Leisure Centre

Burntwood Leisure Centre

The town’s leisure centre will host a mini-triathlon on June 21 for children in school years three to seven.

It is being organised by the Triathlon Trust with support from the Central England Co-op.

Youngsters will take part in a 75m swim, followed by a 1km bike ride and a 500m run.

Mike Jubb, chief executive of the Triathlon Trust, said: “We are extremely proud to be working with Central England Co-op on this fun, free and exclusive way for children in years three to seven to experience all three aspects of triathlon in a safe environment.

“We provide the bikes – scooters for non-cyclists – and helmets, and every child receives a medal when they cross the finish line.

“Triathlon offers something for everyone and we encourage schools to bring their whole class, even the non-swimmers and those who cannot ride a bike.

“We also welcome youngsters with physical disabilities or special educational needs and will work with schools to give these children the best experience possible.

“We cannot wait to welcome hundreds of youngsters to this event and to work with Central England Co-op to offer the opportunity to give triathlon a ‘tri’.”

The organisers hope 1,000 children from across Lichfield and Burntwood will take part.

James Knight, from Central England Co-op, said: “We are so pleased to be able to support this great event.

“It will go a long way to getting youngsters thinking about being healthy, all while having a lot of fun at the same time.”

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