Hundreds of schoolchildren took part in a triathlon to raise money for young leaders across the globe.

A total of 500 children between the ages of seven and 13 came together at Bryanston Prep School near Blandford to take part in the Knight Frank Schools Triathlon.

Other triathlons take place across the country with a total of 10,000 pupils - making it the UK’s largest fundraising event involving child participants.

At the Dorset event teams of four swam, cycled and ran their hearts out - and have so far raised over £44,600 for Restless Development and numerous other charities chosen by the participating schools.

This year was the first year that Bryanston had hosted the event, with local businesses and more than 1,000 attendees coming together to support the charity.

The mayor of Blandford Forum Hugo Mieville also attended to hand out medals and support the triathletes.

Dorset Echo: Top fundraisers Archie, Max, Jasper and William Top fundraisers Archie, Max, Jasper and William (Image: Restless Development)

Lots of inspiring stories came out on the day including top fundraisers Archie, Max, Jasper and William, from Castle Court School in Corfe Mullen, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity.

The team recognised the importance of helping others and when asked why they decided to take part they said: “So we can help other people in need.

“It is fun for us, and it is helping them so it is a win win.”

Restless Development is a global agency working with young people, supporting communities to end child marriage or prevent HIV, tackling climate change or the youth unemployment crisis, the charity works with young people to change their lives and the lives of people in their communities.

The triathlon is part of a national series organised by the global youth charity, with 10,000 pupils taking part to raise over £1 million; which will help to support over 100 charities.

Dorset Echo: More top Fundraisers Logan, Hugh, Daniel and Guy pictured jumping off the podium to celebrate their winMore top Fundraisers Logan, Hugh, Daniel and Guy pictured jumping off the podium to celebrate their win (Image: Restless Development)

It was founded in 2015 by Restless Development supporters Jim Sewell and Tessa Murray who met as volunteer teachers on a charity programme in Zimbabwe in 1990 when they were just 18.  

They wanted to develop a way of creating recurring income for the charity and Jim then came up with the idea of the Schools Triathlon for children.

To get involved in next year’s event email with the subject line ‘Sponsorship’.

Alternatively, if you would like to be involved in volunteering then sign up to join the local School Triathlon Volunteer Committee.

For more information email or