Make Space for The Ironman Kids
Councillor Donald Wilson, Convenor of Culture and Communities with pupils from Gilmerton Primary School
In the spring and summer months, the Sports and Outdoor Learning Unit organise a full array of events ranging from Rugby Sevens to Inter-Scholastic Athletics to the Beach Games. However, this year saw a new event on the calendar, ‘Ironman Kids’.
In May 2018 Triathlon Scotland took to the road with the Triathlon Trust, the official charity of British Triathlon, to deliver the Trusts latest initiative ‘View from Space to Earth’ Challenge.
The role of the Triathlon Trust is to work with partners around the country using the triathlon as an engagement tool to inspire children to lead active and healthy lifestyles. This project, which is primarily funded by the UK Space Agency, and supported by British Triathlon sponsor, Accenture, challenges primary school children to take their fitness to new heights through a day of bike-run activity linked with the theme of Earth observation.
Craigour Park Primary School was also chosen by the sponsors to receive special funding support and volunteers from Accenture’s local office staff. Over the course of the day, 335 children (and enthusiastic teachers) were put through their run and bike paces and the result was that they were the first school in the UK to travel the distance to the satellite…and back!
‘We believe this is the first primary Duathlon Event that we know of in the city and hopefully the first of many’
All the P7 pupils in the area then received a block of taster sessions led by fourteen senior pupils at Liberton High School and came together with the High School’s S1 pupils for a duathlon festival, a fantastic afternoon that even doubled as a promotional shoot for ‘IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh’ and their upcoming ‘IRONKIDS’ event.
According to Gemma Simpson, Events & Marketing Manager for the Triathlon Trust, ‘We believe this is the first primary Duathlon Event that we know of in the city and hopefully the first of many. It was wonderful seeing the teachers become so involved in the activities and great to have volunteers from Accenture helping us out on the day’
An added benefit was that the event helped forge new friendships, and as the Primary 7 pupils make their move to Liberton High school, they will have a few friendly and supportive faces to look out for, during their school transition.