Tiny athletes take on triathlon

young triathletes Oliver Nicholson and Beth McGinty with their medals from the South Tyneside Triathlon Festival
young triathletes Oliver Nicholson and Beth McGinty with their medals from the South Tyneside Triathlon Festival

They may be small, but two three-year-olds raised big amounts by completing a triathlon.

Oliver Nicholson and Beth McGinty took part in the South Tyneside Triathlon Festival at the weekend.

young triathletes Oliver Nicholson and Beth McGinty with their medals from the South Tyneside Triathlon Festival

young triathletes Oliver Nicholson and Beth McGinty with their medals from the South Tyneside Triathlon Festival

Not only did the cute friends, who both live in Hebburn, complete the course on South Shields seafront but they collectively raised £750 for The Firefighters Charity and Breast Cancer Care

Oliver’s mum Sam Nicholson, a photographer with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), said: “They both loved every minute of it. They had been done a little bit of training on the run-up to the event, so they were well prepared.

“They did the whole race with beaming smiles on their faces. They were still raring to go afterwards, so it certainly didn’t wear them out.”

Oliver was helped through the course by his dad Dave Linsley, 50, a station manager for TWFRS, and Beth was helped by her dad Wayne McGintry, 34, a plasterer.

We’re all really proud of them.

Sam Nicholson, Oliver’s mum

The event saw them complete a 25-metre swim, a 450-metre bike ride then a 200-metre run. Sam, who watched the race with Beth’s mum Laura McGintry, 32, a civil servant, said: “It might have been only 25 metres but for three-year-olds who can’t really swim, that’s quite far.

“Oliver floated along on his back, while Beth was helped along with a shark fin float.

“Plus the bike ride was also a quite a challenge as they both still use stabilisers.

“We’re all really proud of them and delighted they’ve been able to raise so much.”

young triathletes Oliver Nicholson and Beth McGinty with their medals from the South Tyneside Triathlon Festival

young triathletes Oliver Nicholson and Beth McGinty with their medals from the South Tyneside Triathlon Festival

The friends are still collecting money for their charities, anyone who wants to donate can visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/oliverandbeth

young triathletes Oliver Nicholson and Beth McGinty with their medals from the South Tyneside Triathlon Festival

young triathletes Oliver Nicholson and Beth McGinty with their medals from the South Tyneside Triathlon Festival

young triathletes Oliver Nicholson and Beth McGinty with their medals from the South Tyneside Triathlon Festival

young triathletes Oliver Nicholson and Beth McGinty with their medals from the South Tyneside Triathlon Festival