Children and adults cycled, swam and ran their way to raising £4,000 for Rennie Grove Hospice Care during the St Albans Mayor’s Sprint Triathlon on Sunday.

Almost 70 people, from 13 years-old to senior citizens joined the city’s Mayor, Annie Brewster at the community event, which took place in and around Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre.

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The sprint triathlon included a five kilometre indoor cycle ride, a 200-metre swim in the centre’s 10-lane, 25-metre pool, and a three kilometre run in Verulamium Park.

The mayor presented certificates and medals to all the athletes, including the winner Peter Clamp.

The deputy head boy at Sandringham School, said: "It was tough, but brilliant fun. I can’t wait for the next one."

Jana Sachlova, who came second overall, and was the fastest woman, added: "It was an excellent event and everyone was very friendly. It was a challenge but very accessible for people of all ages."

The St Albans Mayor said: "The Mayor’s Sprint Triathlon came about through the support of Olympic athlete, Mark Foster, who suggested the distances as the right ones to encourage first-time triathletes to try the sport. Some competitors confessed they had not swum since school. As part of our Olympic Legacy we wanted this to be a real community event, which it proved to be.

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"I was overwhelmed by the spirit of the competitors, the majority never having attempted anything like this before, but all finishing in style. Congratulations to everyone on a great achievement, and to the staff at both Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre and Rennie Grove Hospice Care, who organised such a fun day."

Among the competitors was Nitesh Joshi, who competed alongside his niece Rachna Joshi. He said: "I would never have done a triathlon if it was the normal distance. This was an excellent opportunity to get into the sport."

Another first-time competitor was Neil Mason, who said: "Eight months ago I had a kidney transplant and never imagined I could be competing here today. It was tough, but it was my first triathlon."