EPM surprises Bailey with triathlon frame

Derby-based advanced composites manufacturer and Bondholder epm:technology has presented nine-year-old Bailey Matthews with a special frame that he will use when competing in triathlons – including his own Be More Bailey challenge in Markeaton Park on Sunday 17th July.

Bailey shot to fame when he received awards for his courage and determination in the ‘Pride of Britain’ and ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015’ who will start and then compete in the race with his dad Jonathan.

The Doncaster schoolboy, who has Celebral Palsy, first captured the hearts of the nation when a video of him casting aside his walking frame to cross a triathlon race finishing line went viral.

The Jenson Button Trust offered Bailey the chance to spearhead the family challenge, at Markeaton Park on 17th July, organised by Derby-based Bondholder HUUB Events.

Bondholder epm:technology has designed and manufactured the bespoke frame for Bailey using the F1 precision technology that the company is renowned for.

Bailey visited the Derby factory last night with his dad and thought that he was coming to see the medals that the firm has produced for the event.

To his surprise, the Graham's team presented him with the sleek shiny frame and he was lost for words.

Bailey said: “This is amazing.  My current frame is home-made and very heavy but this looks great and is really light.

“The medals and the frame are really cool and I can’t wait to come back to Derby for the Be More Bailey triathlon.

Graham Mulholland continued: “Bailey is an inspiration and I am delighted that we have been able to create this high precision F1-inspired frame that will hopefully make competing in triathlons an even more enjoyable experience.”

More than 50 youngsters have signed up for the free Be More Bailey family triathlon challenge which will take place in Markeaton Park on Sunday 17th July as part of the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon.

During the JBTT lunchtime break – the Be More Bailey family challenge will start with a 50m swim in the lake then head out onto the closed roads for a 2.5km cycle before a 750m run – crossing the same finishing line as the JBTT triathletes. 

Entry for the family challenge is free to enter and available to children aged seven and over who compete alongside an adult.