Triathlon trio are good sports

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THREE youngsters showed off their athletic prowess to raise nearly £700 in a gruelling triathlon. Scalby School students Taylor Wilkie, Robert Brownbridge and Alastair Trigg embarked on the challenge around the town to fund a month-long humanitarian trip to India in July.

The Year 11 pupils ran two miles from Alastair’s home in Newby Farm Road to Scarborough Indoor Swimming Pool where they hit the water for another mile.

After jumping out of the pool, the intrepid trio then cycled five miles along Marine Drive and Foreshore Road seafront, totting up the distance by travelling from the Spa to the Sea Life Centre and back again.

Mike Trigg, Alastair’s father, said he was delighted with the efforts and the support they had received from people in the town.

He said: “The day went well and I would like to thank everyone who supported the students, especially the staff at the Indoor Pool who allowed them free entry and gave them a certificate for completing a mile.

“The three of them all completed each section in under the expected times and finished the race with less than 7 minutes separating them. The best overall time went to Robert Brownbridge who led the way through the swimming section.”

The money raised will now be put into a larger pot for the ‘World Challenge’ Indian expedition that will include trekking in the Himalayas and helping to build a school in a rural community for the children of tea garden workers.

Nine students from the school will be linking up with fellow pupils from a school in Taunton and Scalby School teacher Helen Stewart added: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to widen their horizons and explore cultural diversity. I am sure it will be a life-changing experience for them”.

Fundraising events have included a race night, a Bag2School collection and a sponsored bungee jump by Hannah Scholes and Vicky Singleton off the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, which fetched more than £700.

A Sportathon event will take place later this month and a group of teachers from the school will be doing the Three Peaks challenge in April to boost the total further.