Several lengths of the pool, a speedy ride around the grounds, and a dash towards the finishing line is all in a day’s work for Cundall Manor pupils. For over 200 pupils from the North Yorkshire school, the second annual Cundall Manor Triathlon proved a gruelling test of stamina, endurance and commitment.

The pupils aged between seven and 13, took on the challenge laid down by the school’s sports department on a warm September afternoon.

Head of Girl’s Games, Mrs Bessey, said many pupils had previously excelled in the individual pursuits but until last year never had the opportunity to combine the sports together. She said: “Each discipline within the Triathlon is a unique challenge. Our pupils had the chance to test themselves in each area and compete against each other in the pool, on their bikes and on foot.”

She added: “Everyone certainly enjoyed the day. We are already a very active school and this was a superb opportunity for some of our younger pupils to try their hand at a new discipline, something which they did in typical Cundall fashion.”

“Since our first triathlon event last year, some of our pupils have taken to competing in triathlons outside of school, which is a clear indicator of the event’s success.”

The event was first inspired by Yorkshire’s own Brownlee brothers and youngsters from the sporty school embraced the daunting course in front of an appreciative crowd of parents, pupils and staff.

To find out more about sport at Cundall Manor School, visit their website at www.cundallmanorschool.com or call 01423 360 200.