CHEERED on by his family and friends brave four-year-old William de Croos yesterday proved you’re never too young to be a sporting superstar when he completed a two-day triathlon challenge.
The youngster raised more than £1,000 for the Special Care Baby Unit, at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, which saved his life when he was born with blood condition hypoglycemia.
Born two weeks premature, William was placed in an incubator for two weeks and needed round-the-clock care.
On Saturday, William swam 40 metres at The Park Club in Milton, near Didcot, and then cycled a mile in the grounds of Blenheim Palace.
After a good night’s rest he ran 800 metres at the Sir Roger Bannister Running Track in Iffley Road, Oxford.
William de Croos on the run.
The mini-triathalon was organised by mum Rebecca, whose other son Henry, three, joined his brother for part of his run yesterday.
The 34-year-old, from Didcot, said: “It has been better than I could have expected, the swim on Saturday was great.
“William’s swimming teacher gave his time for free and everyone has been really supportive.
“We wanted to do something to say thank you to the ward which helped William when he was born.”
After completing his run yesterday William said: “It was really, really fun. The running was my favourite.
“I think I’m going to do more cycling and swimming from now on, and maybe another long run.”
William de Croos after completing the cycle section.
He was also raising funds for armed forces mental health charity Combat Stress, inspired by his aunt Staff Sergeant Heidi Sutton, who has just returned from a tour of Afghanistan with the Army.
William, who is set to start at Ladygrove Park Primary School in September, swam without armbands or floats and cycled with stabilisers on Saturday.
- To sponsor him, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/tribaby. You can also Follow William’s progress on Twitter at @the_tri_baby.
Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
Our top stories
6:30am Saturday 25th October 2014
FLOOD-HIT residents will not have to pay two sets of council tax after water bosses pledged to foot extra costs.
'Major hope' that Caterham factory in Leafield could re-open despite F1 team also going into administration
1:34pm Friday 24th October 2014
ADMINISTRATORS have been handed full management responsibility for the Caterham Formula One team in a bid to find a new buyer.
11:40am Friday 24th October 2014
HUNDREDS of people have gathered outside St Mary Magdalene's church in Woodstock to pay their respects to the 11th Duke of Marlborough.
1:01pm Friday 24th October 2014
AN ELDERLY woman was taken to hospital after two cars crashed on the A4074.
9:30am Friday 24th October 2014
James Roberts is in no mood to rest on his laurels as the young Oxford United striker looks to feature in a fourth successive game when they visit Carlisle United tomorrow.