On Sunday 4th October, children with a range of disabilities from across the North East region took part in a Children’s Disability Triathlon at David Lloyd Leisure in Newcastle to raise much needed funds for Heel & Toe Charity.

The Triathlon was created by Joanne Shallcross from The Barn Fitness, Ponteland with the aim of giving children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and down syndrome, the opportunity to set themselves a sporting goal in the swim, bike and run event.

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Each child that took part chose a distance to swim, cycle and run and were supported by buddies from The Barn Fitness along with families and friends.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and each child completed every part of the triathlon with a huge smile on their face, proud as punch at what they had achieved.



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Ex-NUFC Goalkeeper – Steve Harper joined us on the day to award the children with medals for their fantastic achievements. Steve said “I’m privileged to be part of this event and it was inspirational to see so many young people pushing themselves to their limits and conquering their disabilities.”

Steve Harper Macy Cowell Medal

Steve Harper Lily Ketteringham Medal


The event will become an annual Triathlon in the hope more children from schools and clubs across the North East will participate. The main purpose is to engage children into disability sport and work towards reaching their goals.

We would like to thank David Lloyd Leisure, Newcastle, Jo & Woody and all volunteers from The Barn Fitness, Tracey Sample -Head Coach at Alwnick Tri Club, Jo Parsons – Physiotherapist at Heel & Toe Charity, Steve Harper – Ex-NUFC Goalkeeper and everyone who took part and supported the children on the day.

If you would like further information about the Disability Triathlon call: 0191 3868606 or email info@heelandtoe.org.uk.