Nine-year-old Leo Riggs from Bournemouth has taken up the challenge of completing a tough Triathlon to raise funds for national charity Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

With his dad set to run this year’s world-famous London Marathon on Apr 23, the keen triathlete and Epiphany School pupil decided he didn't want to be left out of the action. Inspired by his dad, Leo decided he wanted to swim a marathon distance, cycle and run a marathon distance in the 10 week run up to the London Marathon.

Spurred on by his parents, Leo who has been competing in events since the age of 6 is excited to finish his challenge and to also cheer his dad on at his Marathon. Leo has already exceeded his £200 target raising £345 with just over a week to go.

Leo said: “I love triathlon and as dad is doing the London Marathon this year I thought I would try to swim a marathon, cycle a marathon and run a marathon in the 10 week run up to the event.  I have been inspired by athletes and think that sport and team work can have a really positive effect on young people. I really like the work the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust does to help young people to be the best they can be.”

Leo’s mum Helen Riggs said: “Leo has loved taking on his Trimarathon Challenge so far. He is fast approaching the end of his mission and enjoying every minute as he racks up the miles as well as raising money for a cause he cares about!

“We searched charities and Leo decided he really likes what the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust does for young people. He was fortunate enough to meet Dame Kelly and the Brownlee brothers a couple of years ago at a triathlon and it had a real impact, even at his young age. Leo is still smiling throughout his challenge and having won a few medals he is now even more motivated to finish!”

Leo’s race season has just started this year and he usually trains with Poole Athletic Club and Swim Bournemouth. Leo has been committed and has taken on aquathlons, duathlons and triathlons during the weekends. He managed a top 3 finish in several events after plenty of run and swim training at various events across the UK.

     

Employee Engagement Manager at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Marie Robson said: “We’re delighted that Leo has become one of our youngest fundraisers, as well as giving his time, energy and efforts to support Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

“As a charity, we appreciate the generosity and passion of individuals like Leo to help us continue our vital work. We're really pleased to see Leo’s fantastic fundraising efforts unfold that will contribute to the Trust supporting more young people facing disadvantage to reach their full potential.”

Double Olympic gold medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes, set up her charity in 2008, which has now reached over 300,000 young people facing disadvantage across England, Scotland and Wales through its transformational and inspirational programmes.