Families tackle ‘mini triathlon’ in aid of muscular dystrophy

Families and friends of children living with muscular dystrophy have come together to tackle a ‘mini triathlon’ in their efforts to raise money for a prominent charity.

On Sunday 15 July, as many as 35 different teams took on the Mini Miles for Muscles Family Triathlon Challenge in Endmoor, Cumbria.

The event, which returned for its second year following a roaring success in 2017, challenged families to conquer either a ‘long’ or ‘short’ course of either a 100m swim/4km bike ride/1km run or a 200m swim/4km bike ride/2km run.

Sue and Sam Taylor, nearby residents whose son, Will, has muscular dystrophy, helped to set up the event last year in their efforts to raise money to fund research into the condition.

This year, the duo again helped to organise the event, opening it up to any children aged between five and 11 – or their parents – who wished to participate in the challenge.

The family also entered the event themselves, alongside Will, who has been living with the condition since 2014.

Speaking ahead of the event, Sam Taylor, said: “Will loves being outside and doing activities; he just wants to do the same things as his friends.

“Low-impact exercise like swimming and cycling are really good for his muscles, so setting up an event for kids of a similar age is a great way of raising awareness of muscular dystrophy, and also raising money that will fund research into a treatment.”

The event’s Just Giving page reveals that this year’s challenge raised £415 for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

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