MORE than 1,000 youngsters swam, cycled and ran their way to endurance glory.
Tata Steel held its annual Kids of Steel triathlon event at Mold Leisure Centre, with record numbers of pupils from 25 schools pushing the pain barrier to cross the finish line.
The youngsters performed a 70m swim, a 1km bike ride and 500m run to finish, with all who took part receiving a medal and goodie bag to take home.The event saw 1,500 pupils complete the challenge.
Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant said:“It was great to see so many youngsters enjoying themselves while taking part in sport.
“The organisers, staff at Mold Leisure Centre and volunteers from Tata’s Shotton site were all fantastic and made sure everything ran smoothly.
“My huge thanks to everyone involved for yet another great event.
I’m looking forward to visiting again next year.”
Robert Dangerfield, spokesman for Tata Steel in Wales, said: “We think it’s important for kids to participate because it introduces them to the fun and fulfilment of taking-on sporting challenges both individually and as a group, and this introduces the kids to one of the UK’s newest and fastest-growing sports.”
Julia Thomas Haigh, heateacher at Ysgol Heulfan, Wrexham, said: “The event was possibly the best event we have ever been involved in.
“To see the smiles on the children’s faces was so rewarding.”