For two glorious afternoons, the pupils of Hillcrest Park School ran, swam and rode their way into the sporting history books.
As the school covers such a wide age range the pupils were put into groups and each group had a different Triathlon challenge depending on age and ability.
Leading by example on the first afternoon were the Oathill and Park Farm girls who rode out of school with a steely determination in their eyes. Meanwhile some of The Bartons boys were already in the pool cutting through the water.Lengths completed they hopped out the pool, posed quickly for the awaiting media throng, and set off on their ride back to school.
Drama followed as a puncture threatened to derail one riders progress, but a quick bike change courtesy of the support car, and hardly any time was lost.
By now the girls had ditched their bikes and were setting a good pace to the leisure centre. Once there they wasted no time in completing the final disciple. Back at school, the boys had returned safe and were pounding the concrete with a spring in their collective step. Day One – a resounding success.
Word of the achievement of the day one participants swept through the corridors and classrooms and Sports Relief Triathlon fever was gripping the whole school.
The younger Steps kids completed their bike ride and run on site in a blizzard of bikes, helmets and running trainers. They then headed en mass to the swimming pool to join up with the older boys and complete their swim.
The sense of achievement that each pupil gained from completing their own triathlon and the effort that they all put in was great to see. A big thank you has to go to all the school and care staff who helped in lots of ways to make this event possible – same time next year?!