Olympic bid for Sport Relief

Young triathlete Georgia Lancaster. EMN-160229-180850001
Young triathlete Georgia Lancaster. EMN-160229-180850001

A 10-year-old girl from Sleaford is doing an Olympic triathlon over a space of a week for Sport Relief.

Georgia Lancaster’s mammoth sporting challenge consists of a 1,500m swim, 40km bike ride and 10 km run.

She goes to Kirkby La Thorpe Primary School and mum Lisa said: “The plan is she will be doing a 2km run every day at school during lunch, a 1,500m swim during the Tuesday night Tri 3 swimming at RAF Cranwell and the cycle in two days over a weekend.

“She is a member of the Sleaford Tri 3 triathlon club and did her first triathlon at eight years old. She is also a kick boxer.”

They are just making arrangements to set the week to fit in with the Tri 3 club.

Lisa said: “For a triathlon for someone Georgia’s age, the distances are usually 200m swim, 3 to 5km bike and 1km run, so this is far beyond what she would normally be expected to do.

“However Georgia has been training hard with the club for some time. The furthest she has every swam in one go so far is 1,100 metres, she has done a 20 mile bike ride before and does run three miles regularly, but never so much in such a short space of time.

“Obviously she will have school to do as well!” she said.

The school and triathlon club have been very supportive too, which the family are grateful for.

Lisa said: “Georgia is very determined and likes to push herself. She loves a challenge and while watching an advert for Sport Relief on TV, asked me if she could do something.

“She originally suggested doing an Ironman over a week but I reigned her back a bit from that!” Iron man races are extreme triathlons.

The swim was due to take place last night (Tuesday) at Cranwell. So far she has raised £200 in sponsorship.

Leader of Sleaford Tri 3 Club, Nikki Fletcher, said: “Her exciting journey through the week comprises of a 1,500m swim 40km bike and a 10km run, the three distances required for this event. The swim will be at RAF Cranwell pool, a continuous 1,500m.”

She said: “She has inspired other triathletes in the group to take part and is pioneering the sport with her enthusiasm and motivation for a good cause.

“The club are delighted to support her with this venture and hope many of you will sponsor her towards such a great achievement and for showing such leadership at a young age.

“Good luck from all of the club coaches, athletes and members.”

You can vist Georgia’s charity page at: http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/georgialancaster