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Ilminster triathlon youngster goes the extra mile

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Friday, July 29, 2011

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AN athletic pupil at Swanmead Community School in Ilminster has helped raise about £100 for charity after deciding to carry out an individual mini-triathlon.

Matthew Baker, 12, decided on his own initiative to organise the triathlon, which involved a 150m swim at the CRESTA leisure centre in Chard, a cycle ride back to Swanmead, and a run to Whitelackington and Dillington before returning to Swanmead.

Proud mum Teresa said Matthew completed the triathlon in just a couple of hours.

“I’m really chuffed with him,” she said. “He did it much quicker than I was expecting.”

Matthew gained sponsorship and this will go towards Swanmead’s adopted charity of the year, Action Duchenne, which provides funds for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – a rare disorder that affects one in 3,500 children born in the UK each year.

Three pupils at Swanmead have the disorder and the school has been raising funds through a variety of events for Action Duchenne.

Source: This is The West Country
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