Forest Gate youngsters inspired by uncle complete triathlon

Three of the youngest children who will taking part in the charity event at Blenheim Palace on Sunda

Three of the youngest children who will taking part in the charity event at Blenheim Palace on Sunday. They are, left to right, Yasin, 3, Summayah,3 and Ismail, 4. - Credit: Archant

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

Three of the youngest children who will taking part in the charity event at Blenheim Palace on Sunda

Three of the youngest children who will taking part in the charity event at Blenheim Palace on Sunday. They are, left to right, Yasin, 3, Summayah,3 and Ismail, 4. - Credit: Archant

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

Afsar took part in the event for the second year to raise money for charity.

He said: “I’m so proud of the kids. This definitely put them out of their comfort zone by a million miles. A lot of tears from them as they took the brunt of the pain of doing such an endurance activity.” Afsar cut more than six minutes off his personal best time and finished 1,615th out of 7,000 entrants.

The Blenheim Palace Triathlon consists of a 750m swim in Blenheim Palace lake, followed by a 20km cycle and a 5km run. The Chaudhury children took 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.

Among the children is Ejaaz, five, who took part despite recently undergoing heart surgery.

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He fell off his bike three times during the race and still got back on, telling his mum “I’m going to finish this.” He did a 350-metre run, then a 350-metre cycle, then a final 200-metre run.

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.

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

The Chaudhury children coveed 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.

The other children are Rayhaan and Ejaaz, both five, Imani, six, Tayyibah, seven, Ibrahim, eight, Raeesah, nine, and Zahir, nine, Tia, 13, and Tanzila, 14.

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