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Thorpe boys compete in triathlon for charity!

Published Tuesday 12th of August 2014 10:48:45 AM

The boys at Thorpe House School love an excuse to combine their love of sport with charity fundraising and the end of the summer term was no exception. Sean Day, the Director of Sport at the school organised a Thorpe Triathlon which was open to all boys in Years 2 to 10, plus staff and parents.

The event was in aid of Beating Bowel Cancer, a charity close to the heart of Sean as one of his friends died from the disease last June:

'A close friend of mine died last year from Bowel Cancer and because he was quite young it was a shock to all of us. So we decided to put on various events to raise as much money as we could for the charity Beating Bowel Cancer, who raise awareness of Bowel Cancer symptoms, promote early diagnosis and encourage open access to treatments. The boys at Thorpe love getting involved in charity fundraisers so as Director of Sport I decided to organise a Thorpe House School Triathlon and ask the families at Thorpe to help fundraise for this very worthwhile charity. To date we have raised £7000 (Thorpe contributing almost £2000 of this) and I hope after the event we will have raised even more!'

The morning began with the cycling portion of the event which took place on the playing fields; the competitors then ran to the school swimming pool before finishing with several laps to cool off! All the boys who weren't participating joined the parents' poolside to enthusiastically cheer the competitors on!

Ellis Morgan, one of the Year 6 boys competing is keen for the Triathlon to be an annual event:

'I really enjoyed taking part in the first Thorpe House triathlon, there was a great sense of competition, it was tiring, but great fun and I hope we can do it every year!'
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