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Triathletes' big effort for poorly babies

A children's triathlon held at Boston's Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex looks to have raised more than £800 for the neonatal unit at the Pilgrim Hospital.

The event had Boston Big Local funding from its community chest

Nine boys and nine girls took part, swimming, cycling and running for ten minutes each activity. Winner of the eight to nine years group was Mason Carr. He also had the highest score overall. Winner of the ten to 11 years group was Matthew Lewis.

Frances Taylor, Play and Physical Activity Officer at Boston Borough Council said: "The children showed real determination to finish each activity and looked to be really enjoying the challenge. To raise such a fantastic amount for the neonatal unit was really pleasing, especially as some of the children's families taking part had received vital treatment from the unit in the past.

 "I would like to thank Boston Big Local for awarding us the money to be able to deliver the triathlon, and hope that a planned adult triathlon will be as successful as the children's one has been."

Scott Higgins, who helped organise the event, and is a leisure attendant at the complex, said: "For the first children's indoor triathlon to be such a success was very rewarding. We are now hoping to hold an inter-school triathlon next March, which again will raise money for a chosen charity."

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Left: Children who took part in the triathlon proudly show off the cheque for £794 raised for the neonatal unit at Pilgrim Hospital. More sponsor money has yet to come in. Also pictured are organisers and sponsors and right: Triathletes, smart in their Boston Big Local T-shirts, with their "swim, bike, run" medals.

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Left: Matthew Lewis (10), winner of the ten to 11 years group and right: Mason Carr (8), winner of the eight to nine years group. Mason also had the highest score overall.