A mini-triathlon for sporty young Oliver

tis  Oliver Dixon in training for his triathlon.  (110615M3)
tis Oliver Dixon in training for his triathlon. (110615M3)

A SWIM of four lengths, a 1.6 mile run then eight miles on a bike.

There are plenty of adults who couldn’t manage that - but eight-year-old Oliver Dixon is tackling them all in the same day.

Oliver, who lives in north west Harrogate, and goes to North Rigton Primary School, is taking on his own mini-triathlon to raise money for homelessness charity, Shelter.

He will begin his challenenge at the Hydro, then run and cycle from Killinghall Moor to Wetherby (with a bit of driving in between).

Oliver said: “I think it’s going to be quite difficult for me on the day, but nothing compared to the challenges that the homeless people have to face every day.

“When I read Shelter’s website I decided that I wanted to raise money to make sure people were given good meals each day.

“For every £105 I raise, one person is given meals for a month, so I just want to raise as much as I can so that less people are hungry.”

The challenge is all the more impressive because Oliver has loose ligaments, which makes physical exercise harder.

If you’d like to sponsor Oliver, visit http://uk. virginmoneygiving.com/OliverDixon