The Louw family from Cornwall have been swimming, cycling and running their way to 226.31km to raise money for the Royal Cornwall Hospital Charity whilst at home.
Reece, 10, and Jessie, 7, have both had their triathlon seasons disrupted as a result of COVID-19’s effect on the events calendar, but have managed to find a way to keep going and support the NHS at the same time.
Having seen her brother get into triathlon last year and race across the region, Jessie took part in her first duathlon before the lockdown and they were both entered into a number of events this summer.
Whilst at home during the lockdown, they were inspired by Captain Tom Moore to raise money for their local hospital and decided they wanted to complete an IRONMAN distance from home, splitting the distance between them and over a period of time.
Their mum, Nicky, challenged them to complete the 226.31km in three weeks and raise £1 for every kilometre, saying: “We keep them aware of what’s going on in the world with COVID-19 and they are massive fans of Captain Tom, so really wanted to raise money for the Royal Cornwall Hospital Charity.”
With a pop-up pool in their garden, running around the field next to their house and riding up and down their lane, as well as family bike rides, Reece and Jessie completed the distance in just six days.
“They’re both part of a local swimming and cycling club and race in as many triathlon events as they can in the area,” added Nicky. “They’ve been missing triathlon as it’s their favourite sport and wanted to do a challenge that encompassed it and it has given them such focus and kept them positive whilst at home.”
Not to be left out, their three year old sister, Elana, would run with Nicky and learned to ride a bike throughout the week, progressing from a balance bike to pedal bike to try and keep up with her older siblings and contribute towards the total distance.
“We broke the distances and disciplines up, with them completing little bits of each one at a time,” commented Nicky.
“They’ve been really enjoying it and have loved being able to swim, bike, run again whilst at home.”
You can find out more about their challenge on their Facebook page and donate to their fundraising total on Virgin Money Giving.