Siblings clock up miles to take part in race

Ava Todd, 5, Toby Todd,10, Max Todd, 8, and Lucy Todd, 8, with their medals after completing the IronKids running event.
Ava Todd, 5, Toby Todd,10, Max Todd, 8, and Lucy Todd, 8, with their medals after completing the IronKids running event.
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FOUR siblings made a 500-mile round trip with their parents to compete in a testing race.

The Todd family travelled up to Bolton to take part in the IronKids running event for the second year in a row.

The kids, of Rowallen Avenue, Lee-on-the-Solent, already take part in various sporty activities.

These include karate, rugby and cycling, as well as being members of the Lee-on-the-Solent golf course.

And they can now add Ironkids to their range of exercises.

Toby aged 10, Max, eight, Lucy, who turned eight-years-old on the day of the event, and five-year-old Ava all loved taking part in the run.

They were eager to return to the race for their second year in row.

But it also gave them the chance to visit relatives who live in Bolton.

Mum, Coralie, 42, said: ‘Sean has family in Bolton and we decided it would be good to combine a family trip with this event.

‘The kids enjoyed every second of it.’

Sean, dad-of-the-four, added: ‘We’re incredibly proud of them.

‘They’re only little and still finding their feet. But watching their faces as they get their next karate belt or crossing the finish line of a race is worth all the effort we put in as parents..

The 46-year-old added: ‘Competitiveness isn’t encouraged in schools nowadays but we think it’s really important because it’ll help them in real life when they’re older.’

Lucy, or Little Lucy as she is known, forfeited her birthday party to run in the event.

She said: ‘I love doing the run, and it was even better because it was my birthday.

‘Plus if I didn’t come then my brothers and sisters would miss out. We do everything together.’

The race, open to kids aged between three and 14, was on July 19 and gives children the chance to run between 500m and one-and-a-half miles depending on their age.

Each group of children started in waves according to the class they are entered for and received a T-shirt and medal when they had completed the run.

It is part of IronMan UK which runs triathlon events.