Sports mad lad races into action with own triathlon after relative falls ill

This Is Wiltshire: Kian Healy with parents Lucy and Odran Kian Healy with parents Lucy and Odran

Fundraising was as easy as one, two, three for sports-mad seven-year-old Kian Healy, after he collected almost £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by doing a sponsored triathlon.

The Neston Primary School pupil set himself the challenge of swimming 100m, cycling 3.5 miles and then running a mile after a close family member was diagnosed with cancer last year.

Kian smashed his initial £80 target, raising more than £1,900 thanks to donations from friends and relatives, and money is still coming in.

His mother, Lucy Healy, said: “Kian took the news of the diagnosis quite badly, as he is the oldest and understood what was going on.

“He came up with the idea himself, so we are extremely proud he wanted to do it. Two of his uncles have done an Iron Man challenge, so I think that’s where he came up with the concept.”

Kian’s triathlon started at the First Steps gym on the Leafield industrial estate, Corsham last Sunday, where he swam 100 metres.

He then got on his bike to head through Corsham, back to his home in Leafy Lane, along a route which ended up being over four miles long. Finally, he ran 1.2 miles around his estate, as family members cheered him on.

Kian said: “I was nervous when I started, but when I did the swim I felt I could actually do it. I was proud when I finished my run. I didn’t have any idea I would raise that much.”

Mrs Healy said: “He completed it all in an hour and a half, so he stepped up his game a little bit.

“He’s always been really sporty, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he tries something like this again when he’s older.”

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