Children from four schools have taken part in the second Flight Centre Schools Triathlon, raising more than £250,000 for good causes.

More than 2,500 pupils aged seven to 13 ran, swam and cycled as part of the fundraising initiative, which was launched last year with two schools.

Now the travel agency hopes its triathlon will become the schools’ equivalent of the London Marathon.

The Flight Centre Schools Triathlon is supported by Restless Development, an international charity which helps young people in developing countries.

The triathlon events raised money for Restless Development and the chosen charities of the host and participating schools.

The charity plans to add many more triathlons over the next few years and aims to raise £1 million by its fifth year.

Chris Galanty, managing director of Flight Centre Europe and South Africa, said: “It’s a privilege to be the lead sponsor of an event that encourages young people to both get active and think about the needs of others.”

As well as sponsoring the triathlons, Flight Centre offered prizes for families, with parents who registered their child having the chance to win a £1,000 Flight Centre travel voucher.

The schools which took part in the Flight Centre Schools Triathlon 2017 were Royal Russell School, Croydon; Bradfield College, Berkshire; Cranleigh School, Surrey; and Marlborough College, Wiltshire.