Schools Triathlon raises £129,407

Tuesday 21st May 2024

More than 1,000 children from 26 local schools came together at Marlborough College on Sunday 19 May to take part in the Knight Frank Schools Triathlon, the UK’s largest fundraising event for children aged 7-13.

In teams of four, the young triathletes swam, cycled and ran their hearts out, covering a combined distance over the day equivalent to Bristol – Barcelona. So far, they have raised a phenomenal £129,407 for Restless Development and numerous other charities chosen by the participating schools.

Marlborough has hosted the Schools Triathlon annually since 2017 and the Marlborough event is part of a national series organised by global youth charity, Restless Development. This year 10,000 pupils will be taking part across 10 events to raise over £1 million; which will help to support over 100 charities.

On the day, the sun shone and there was a wonderful festival feel on the playing fields and around the swimming pool. It was a community fun-centred day, with local food and drink businesses, and activities and displays by the sponsors Knight Frank, Bentley Motors and Neilson Beach Holidays.

The event wouldn’t have been possible without all the amazing volunteers. 74 Lower Sixth pupils and 40 members of staff and lifeguard staff kindly gave up their Sunday to help the event run smoothly. Amelie B was the official College photographer on the day and you can see her excellent photos in the gallery below. Hattie W, a member of the Restless Development young leadership council, helped on the Restless Development stand during the event.

Lots of inspiring stories came out of the day. When asked at the finish line why they believed it was important to fundraise, one team said: “We are so lucky to have what we have now, to have all these opportunities, and we want other people to have these same opportunities”.

It was a truly uplifting and feel-good event and we are looking forward to hosting again next year.

Images by pupil photographer, Amelie B

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