Pupils from Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School donned their swimming trunks, cycling shorts and running shoes as they took part in their first triathlon – raising £1,000 for charity.

The only Jewish school to take part in the invitational event, which was held at Royal Russell School in Croydon, 20 pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 swam, cycled and ran, most of them competing in a triathlon for the first time.

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Simon Marks, who started the Running Club – which most of the pupils are members of, said: “It was incredible to see the boys and girls take on the challenge of a triathlon. They trained hard and worked together as a team, cheering each other on and helping each other to ensure that everyone swam, cycled and ran their way to the finishing line.”

Raising money for Restless Development, a youth-led development agency placing young people at the forefront of charitable development in Africa and Asia, Marks added: “I’m especially pleased that several of the children have now gone on to take part in other running, cycling and swimming competitions having been inspired by this event.”