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More than 800 primary pupils took part in a community triathlon on Wednesday to promote active sport for young people.

The event at The Grove School and Grove Leisure Centre, Balderton, involved children, aged nine to 11, from 17 Newark area primary schools.

Pupils took part in a 50-metre swim, a 2,000-metre cycle and an 800-metre run, organised by One Step Beyond, a company that specialises in multi-event sports days.

The event, the third largest of its kind in the country, was the idea of Mrs Linda Smith, a school sports coordinator and a PE teacher at the Grove.

She said “It was all about having a go and trying to motivate children to take part in sport.

“We want to increase out-of-hours’ school sport and a triathlon is a great way to get children involved. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.”

The event was supported by the British Triathlon Federation, which held assemblies at participating schools and provided the warm up on the day.

Mr Jonathon Riall (24) a regional development coach, said: “We have children of all abilities and they are able to take part on an equal footing. If you look at the children’s faces they really enjoy it.”

A triathlon club is planned for the Grove Leisure Centre.

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