The National Tetrathlon Championships were held at Bishop Burton College from the 11th – 13th August 2017.
Area 5 had 7 competitors who qualified at the Area 5 Tetrathlon competition held at Whitfield farm, Warwick for this prestigious event. Unfortunately, Keeva Stott was unable to attend.
Both Area 5 Open Boys, Russell Wingfield (Aberconwy) and Toby Johnson (East Cheshire) came in the top 10 placings! Toby was 4th with a joint Best Shoot (940) and Russell 9th. Both competitors achieved a total score in excess of 4000 points which is fantastic achievement.
The previous weekend, Toby and Russell had both represented Wales and Borders in the Regional 100 Event held at Southfield House, Nunney, Frome, Somerset.
Area 5 had a Mixed Area team of four Junior Girls taking part in the event. Annabel James (East Cheshire), Ella Booth (Cheshire Hunt North), Kiera Booth (Cheshire Hunt North) and Orla Stott (Cheshire Hunt South). This was an exceptionally large class consisting of 86 girls! The competition got underway with some very impressive shoot scores from Area 5. Orla – 900, Kiera – 800, Annabel – 960 and Ella – 980. We hoped Ella’s score would gain her the award for the Best Shoot in the Junior Girls competition but two girls, Connie Gould (Old Berkeley Hunt) and Charlotte Hicks (East Cornwall Hunt) both scored the maximum points achievable of 1000. All the Area 5 Junior Girls had a clear cross-country round on a course that was designed by Joe Weller.
This year was the fourth year of the Grassroots Tetrathlon competition. The competition is open to both branch and centre members but competitors must not have competed at Junior level tetrathlon or above at Regional or Area level competitions.
Swim: 3 minutes
Shoot: 7 metres
Ride: Show Jumping course with a slip rail and a halt box
Heights: 2ft to 2ft 6in (60-75cm)
Area 5 had two competitors gain the highly sought-after places in this competition both from Flint and Denbigh PC, Archie Lynch and Leah Lamb. Both put in fantastic performances and held their own against much older competitors in a class of 48! Archie achieved 2nd place with a shoot score of 840. He was 4th in the swim and 6th in the run. Leah came 18th with a very impressive shoot of 920 narrowly missing the award for Best Shoot which was 940. Both Archie and Leah rode clear.
Moreton Morrell College and Xcel Leisure Centre, Coventry
162 competitors took part in the Junior Regional Tetrathlon Competition earlier this month. In order to be able to take part competitors have to be invited by their Team Manager. This year the Wales and Borders team, which consists of competitors from Area 5, 10 & 18, had two teams of 5 girls and 3 individual boys. We had a great turnout from Area 5 this year with 5 out of the 10 female competitors selected being from Area 5! All of our Area 5 girls have been training hard to perform at their best during this event!
Annabel James – East Cheshire (Captain)
Ella Booth – Cheshire Hunt North
Orla Stott – Cheshire Hunt South
Seren Thorne (Captain)
Keeva Stott – Cheshire Hunt South
Kiera Booth – Cheshire Hunt North
Annabel James achieved the “Best Shoot” scoring a fantastic 980 (out of a possible 1000 points). Followed closely behind by Ella Booth who scored 960! Wales and Borders also had the “Best Shoot” in the boys section too with Alex John scoring the maximum possible score of 1000! The only competitor to do so in this competition.
There were very few clear rides on a taxing and technical course but Cheshire Hunt South competitor, Orla Stott was one of only 3 of our Wales and Borders female competitors to have a clear cross country ride achieving 1400 points.
On Saturday evening there was a buffet and a disco. Each region had to prepare a small performance. This year the theme was superheroes!
Wales and Borders performed to the theme tune of Queen’s Flash Gordon! The choreography and the costumes were successfully organised by the team captains mothers – they did a fantastic job.
We were all absolutely delighted when it was announced that we had come joint first with Scotland!
Overall in the competition the girls Red Dragon team came 5th out of 21 teams and the Green Dragons 14th.
Morgan Thompson, one of our W&B boys came 1st place in the boys competition – he was also our Flash on Saturday night – complete with blonde wig!
Well done to everyone who took part and a huge congratulations to all of those in Area 5!
Sunday 26th March
Cross Country technique training with Dee Kennedy at Kingsley (CW8 2RW). £25 each. Four in a group for an hour. Please state any preference for time. Open to all tetrathlon competitors.
Thursday 6th April
Cross Country on the field at Kelsall. £20 each. Four in a group for an hour. Instructor to be confirmed. This is dependant on enough people being available as it is still term time for some. Open to all tetrathlon competitors.
Tues 30th May
Cross Country technique training with Richard Carruthers at his yard. £17.50 each. Four in a group for an hour, 9.30 – 1.30. This is just before the Junior Tetrathlon Regionals so priority will go to juniors aiming for the regionals.