An eight-year-old boy with cerebral palsy from Doncaster, UK, has completed his first triathlon.

Bailey Matthews completed a 100-metre lake swim, 4 kilometre bike ride and a 1.3 kilometre run, and the video of him crossing the finish line is heartwarming.

He competed as part of the Castle Howard Triathlon, held north-east of York over the weekend.

He ran the last 20 metres of the race unaided, and the video shared by the BBC has received international support praising the little boys courage.

One mother, Amber Redfearn, wrote:

“Bailey you little beauty my 2 year old daughter has cerebral palsy you have no idea how much you have just filled my heart with hope and love……I know first hand how hard that must have been for you and me and Ava-Jean (my daughter) want to say a huge thank you for being such a beautiful little inspiration WELL DONE BAILEY !! Xxx”

Adam Jack wrote: “From one lad with cerebral palsy to another, well done mate.”


Bailey was cheered by hundreds of spectators and the video has been shared more than 200,000 times.

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