On Saturday 8 June 2024, the Vistra Jersey Kids’ Triathlon celebrated its eleventh event by welcoming over five hundred and fifty children, aged 6-13 to Les Quennevais Sports and Leisure Centre to raise funds for Blood Cancer UK, Jersey Branch.

The event saw children of all abilities swim, cycle and run their way to the finish, with huge smiles across their faces as they were awarded a special medal. A real highpoint of the day was watching children encourage their friends over the finish line, demonstrating the non-competitive, supportive, and fun atmosphere which this event creates. We were also thrilled to welcome Jodie Swallow, Team GB Olympian and Ironman 70.3 World Champion Triathlete who came to support the event and gave all the young triathletes brilliant advice and encouragement along the way. Also to welcome them over the finish line was Helen Causer from Blood Cancer UK head office.

Organisers were delighted to award Les Landes Primary school with the Vistra Jersey Kids’ Triathlon School Shield, for the third time running. The school had over 42% of their students enter the event.

To cap off the hugely successful event, there was an outstanding fundraising effort from all the young triathletes, with our highest fundraiser, Beau Le Main, raising an incredible £1,095. The organisers are thrilled that this years’ event has raised in the region of £10,000 for Blood Cancer UK, Jersey Branch. The money raised will help fund research into all blood cancers and treatments as well as go towards support for patients and their families.

Chris Rowland, Chairman of Blood Cancer UK, Jersey Branch commented “Once again I must say an enormous and heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped with the organisation of this unique event. To achieve 11 years of holding the Vistra / Blood Cancer UK, Jersey Kids Triathlon is amazing in itself, but the fact that it gets better and bigger each year is just fantastic. As always very special mention must be made of David Holmes who plots and plans the specifics for each age group of children, to 3D Events whose team set up the whole arena and also handle the registrations and publicity and also the huge number of volunteers marshalling the event. Add to this the very generous sponsorship from Vistra, both financially and volunteering on the day and we at Blood Cancer UK, Jersey branch have the best team possible.

We have raised a record amount this year with the help of a very generous donation and of course every penny of the amount raised will go to the research of all blood cancers. After all, without research there can be no cure.

Jonathan Ferrara, the Managing Director of Vistra, Channel Islands said: “Vistra was delighted to be able to sponsor the Jersey Kids Triathlon again this year – we cannot believe this fantastic event has been running for 12 years! It is great to be able to raise money and awareness for Blood Cancer UK and our congratulations go out to all those children who took part and completed the challenge on the day.

These events only run smoothly due to the amazing work of so many people and so I would like to thank Christine and her team at the Jersey Branch of Blood Cancer UK, 3D Events, the Jersey Triathlon Club and all those who volunteered on the day.

We are very much looking forward to continuing our long-standing support of the Jersey Kids Triathlon.”

Organisers would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who made this event possible. Thanks to Vistra and Blood Cancer UK, Jersey Branch for all your support; the wonderful volunteers and marshals who helped make the day an organised, safe, and enjoyable event; to Les Quennevais Sports Centre for their facilities and co-operation; and to all the parents/guardians who made the day possible. The children were kindly
supported by local sporting clubs; Jersey Swimming Club, Jersey Youth Cycling and the Big Maggys Tristars to guide and protect them through the three disciplines; swim, bike and run.

Organisers are excited to announce that the 2025 event is set to take place on Saturday 7 June 2025 at Les Quennevais Sports Centre and they are hoping to welcome even more children to this fantastic event.