STUDENTS at Waverley Abbey Junior School swam, cycled and ran when they took part in the school’s fifth annual triathlon.

Set in more than 12 acres of playing fields on the outskirts of Tilford on September 22, the school has its own heated, open-air swimming pool and is equipped to support the triathlon, which went plastic free this year.

Depending on the age of the competitor, this year’s event consisted of a 60 to 100 metre swim, four to eight cycling laps of the field and two to four running laps.

All of the 180 children at the school completed the course, with staff and parents also given the opportunity to race.

On finishing the triathlon, students were awarded with medals and certificates, plus a water bottle or neon yellow bag from Frog bikes, a company dedicated to making cycling fun for children.

Sporting fancy dress, adult participants raised funds towards building a roof over the outside swimming pool. As well as giving pupils the chance to swim all year round, the roof will also enable the school to offer this facility to the local community.

Executive headteacher at Waverley Abbey Junior School, Kate Redman, said: “We are delighted that we can offer this opportunity to our pupils; at Waverley Abbey we are committed to providing a broad education and giving our pupils a wide variety of experiences.

“Our annual triathlon is just one example of this. As ever, it is a team effort with staff and parents working together to deliver a fun but challenging event.”

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