On Sunday 22nd May, we were delighted to welcome 1,154 local school children from 18 different schools to Marlborough College to take part in the Flight Centre Schools Triathlon and fundraise for girls’ education in Sierra Leone.
They swam, cycled and ran in teams of four to raise money for this important cause. An amazing £121,872 has been raised so far from the Marlborough event and until June 6th, this will be doubled by the UK Government as part of the Restless Development Power Up Appeal.
The Flight Centre Schools Triathlon is a national series of events with more than 6,000 pupils taking part across the country this year. Marlborough College has been hosting an event since 2018. To date, this annual Triathlon series has raised over £1.3 million for charity since its inception, and this year they are expecting to raise a total of £1.2million with the matched fundraising, bring the total to £2.5million for charity.
The event wouldn’t be possible without all the amazing volunteers. Over 60 Lower Sixth pupils and 20 members of staff kindly gave up their Sunday to help the event run smoothly, as did many other local volunteers. A special mention goes to Lower Sixth pupils, Christopher F and Jamie G, who were the official College photographers on the day and whose excellent photos you can see in the gallery below.
This was a truly community-centred day, with additional support from local hospitality businesses. Approximately 3,620 attendees came together on what was a beautiful sunny day for a truly uplifting, feel-good event.