ANNA CAMPBELL/Manawatu Standard SO MUCH FUN: Lachlan Nevill, 6, and brother Jack, 4, practise for the Palmy I Tr'd The Tri on Monday.
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The Nevill brothers will be two of hundreds of Palmerston North children slipping on sneakers, securing helmets and donning goggles on Monday.
The first of five legs of the Palmy I Tri'd The Tri series for four to 12-year-olds starts at Skoglund Park, organised by Manawatu Triathlon Club.
Lachlan, 6, and Jack, 4, tried their first triathlon last year after finding out about the event from a neighbour.
Lachlan's birthday is in June, but his parents realised he needed a big boy's bike as his other was too slow, so he got an early birthday present.
This year, Jack hopes to say goodbye to the trainer wheels.
Asked why other children should have a go at a triathlon, Lachlan said: It's fun and pretty easy.
Mum Penny said Lachlan started the series slowly, but improved hugely and was in the front of the pack for the second to last race.
Unlike a lot of boys his age, Winchester School pupil Lachlan swam the one length of Freyberg Community Pool, rather than walking it.
Dad Phil said his sons were quite competitive.
They knew exactly who came where.
The Nevills praised the way the triathlons were organised, the value for money and the opportunity it gave their children.
It's a great thing for kids, isn't it, Mr Nevill said.
We never had anything like this when we were young.
Mrs Nevill agreed.
We have told so many of our friends about this triathlon because it's so good, she said.
The presence of professional Palmerston North triathlete Kris Gemmell was a good motivation for the children, Mr Nevill said.
Gemmell told The Tribune he would be helping at the triathlons again this year when he was in town.
It was amazing seeing the children's faces after he had been training all day.
- Palmy I Tri'd The Tri starts on Monday, February 7, and runs for five consecutive Mondays. Seven to nine-year-olds start at 5.30pm, four to six-year-olds at 6pm and 10 to 12-year-olds at 6.30pm. $5 per child or $20 for the series.