Forest Gate children, inspired by uncle, to embark on triathlon

Afsar Chaudhury, middle back row, with the 12 children who will be helping to raise money for charit

Afsar Chaudhury, middle back row, with the 12 children who will be helping to raise money for charity - Credit: Archant

A dozen youngsters, ranging from three to 13-years-old, will be taking part in a triathlon at Blenheim Palace on Sunday, inspired by their uncle.

Afsar Chaudhury, middle back row, with the 12 children who will be helping to raise money for charit

Afsar Chaudhury, middle back row, with the 12 children who will be helping to raise money for charity - Credit: Archant

The children are 11 nieces and nephews of Afsar Chaudhury, 29, and his younger sister.

Afsar will be taking part in the event for the second year to raise money for charity. Last year he completed the event in one hour and 41 minutes.

Swimming is usually his strongest suit, but not in Blenheim Palace lake. Afsar said: “It sounds great but the lake is freezing and your body screams at you. That part is definitely my nemesis. I wasn’t going to do it again but I took my nephews and nieces there last year and that helped motivate us all to go for it in 2013.”

He will take part in the Blenheim Palace Triathlon which consists of a 750m swim in Blenheim Palace lake, followed by a 20km cycle and a 5km run. The Chaudhury children, inspired by his fundraising in last year’s triathlon, will take part in Blenheim’s parallel duathlon for children, which involves cycling and running over shorter distances.


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Both events will raise money for orphans around the world via Islamic Relief.

The close-knit Chaudhury family all live within half a mile of each other in Forest Gate. Afsar, 29, works as an IT network consultant for a company called Touchbase.

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The children have even made their own YouTube video which can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpvb7QMHui4 .

The Chaudhury children will be covering five different distances in the Blenheim duathlon. Yasin, three, Summayah, three, and Ismail, four, will do a small run, a cycle and then another small run.

Rayhaan and Ejaaz, both five, will do a 350-metre run, then a 350-metre cycle, then a final 200-metre run. Imani, six, and Tayyibah, seven, will run 350 metres, cycle 700 metres and run a further 350 metres. Ibrahim, eight, Raeesah, nine, and Zahir, nine, will run 700 metres, cycle 1,150 metres and run a further 350 metres. Tia, 13, and Tanzila, 14, will complete a 700-metre run, a 1,450-metre cycle and a 350-metre run.

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