Triathlon Swells Charity Coffers

Brentwood School’s first ever Triathlon – open to staff and students – raised over £3200 for Home-Start Chelmsford, a charity which supports vulnerable families in their own homes.

The event was organized by Sixth Former and keen triathlete Alfie Moore who was fulfilling a long held ambition to organise a school triathlon. “I became involved with triathlon after competing in several races and wanted to raise its profile among my fellow students at the school,” he explained. “I hope it will become a regular event.”

Five teachers competed alongside pupils, ranging for First Year to Upper Sixth, in the after-school challenge which included a 150metre swim, 2km cycle and 1.5km run.

Odds-on favourite, Head of Maths Mr Tom Beedell, himself an experienced runner and triathlete, came home first in a time of 11min 23secs. The first pupil across the finishing line was Third Year James Maltby with a time of 15min 51secs.

Alfie singled out First Years, Hannah Collett, William Sedgley and Lewis Harknett for outstanding performances. “I would also like to thank Swimming Teacher Mrs Melvin for helping me organise the triathlon, the praepostors for their support and Kristina and Evgeniya for baking such delicious cakes for the bake sale!”

Home Start is a nationwide charity helping families with young children, supporting parents and families who may be struggling with postnatal depression, isolation, health problems, bereavement and many other issues. Last year alone they supported 60,000 children in 30,000 families across the UK.