Never too young to be a triathlete

William de Croos with his medal after the 40-metre swim. Picture: Jon Lewis OX69339

William de Croos with his medal after the 40-metre swim. Picture: Jon Lewis OX69339 Buy this photo

First published in News

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.

Oxford Mail:

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.”

Oxford Mail:

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.

Top News

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.

Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here

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

14 minutes to drive just a mile in Oxford - where are the worst congestion hotspots on our interactive map?

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 28th May 2015

MOTORISTS travelling into Oxford took a staggering 14 minutes to complete one mile on the Botley Road last year.

Car stolen after keys taken from house in Wantage

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

2:41pm Thursday 28th May 2015

A CAR was stolen after a burglary in Wantage, police said.

Botley Road goes from this to this just by adjusting traffic lights

Oxford Mail:

8:39am Thursday 28th May 2015

DRIVERS went from despair to delight in 24 hours as the huge traffic delays experienced on Botley Road on Tuesday disappeared yesterday.

Anti-fossil fuel protesters plan protest at Didcot Power Station

Oxford Mail: Didcot Power Station

8:12am Thursday 28th May 2015

A PROTEST at Didcot Power Station at the weekend will be monitored, police said.

Touching scenes as family unveil plaque to tragic Oxford station worker Steve Cross

Oxford Mail:

8:08am Thursday 28th May 2015

FAMILY, friends and colleagues gathered at Oxford station to unveil a plaque commemorating a ticket barrier man who died earlier this year.

Parents' relief as inquiry to look into Nico Reed’s death in supported living home

Oxford Mail:

7:59am Thursday 28th May 2015

THE mother of a man who died in a supported living home has welcomed an inquiry into his death.

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:49am Mon 18 Aug 14

carli says...

What a great young man...well done.
What a great young man...well done. carli
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree