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Area 5 Triathlon report 29/10/17

Mold Leisure Centre, Riverside Ct, Mold CH7 1HT

The Area 5 triathlon took place on Sunday 29th October at Mold Leisure Centre. It was a fantastic day with over 100 competitors of all ages taking part. This event was particularly exciting as not only was it our first event in our “Trio of Tris” series but it was the first time our younger Pony Club members “Beanies” (under 8s) had used our brand new targets made especially for bean bag throwing. They did really very well bearing in mind the targets were larger than the majority of the Beanie competitors.

Alongside our great turnout from those in Area 5, we were really pleased to see so many faces from Pony Clubs out of the area including those from North Shropshire, Albrighton, Ludlow, Lancaster and District, Wheatland and Pendle! We are looking forward to seeing you all again at our next triathlon.

There were some brilliant results on the day – everyone performed extremely well!

Intermediate Boys

Toby Johnson (East Cheshire) had a great day winning a very strong Intermediate Boys class by over 100 points with Best Shoot and Best Swim. Best Run was achieved by Russel Wingfield from the Aberconwy Pony Club.

Intermediate Girls

Lily Johnson (East Cheshire) matched her brothers first place coming away with Best Shoot, Swim and Run in the process! Not only was Lily taking part on the day but Lily had been very busy beforehand baking some lovely cakes that she sold on the day! They really were yummy! There was also tea, coffee and hot chocolate on sale to warm everyone up provided by Lily’s mum, Judith Johnson.

Junior Boys

Rufus Taylor (Cheshire Hunt South) performed fantastically well in his first ever Junior level Area 5 triathlon winning the Junior Boys with Best Run. Best Swim was achieved by William Stone (Flint and Denbigh) and Best Shoot by Tom Allen (Albrighton).

Junior Girls

The Junior Girl class was won by one of our out of area competitors, Sasha Oldham from Lancaster and District. She also took home Best Run. Best Swim was achieved by Cheshire Hunt South’s Beatrice Taylor and Best Shoot was jointly achieved by Kaitlyn Wyn (North Shropshire) and Ella Booth (Cheshire Hunt North). Both girls shot a very impressive 940.

Mini Boys

Thomas Brown from the Ludlow Pony Club had a great day – not only did he win the class but also took home Best Shoot and Best Run. Archie Lynch (Flint and Denbigh) achieved Best Swim.

Mini Girls

Cheshire Hunt North’s Lana Booth won the Mini Girl class with Best Run. Best Shoot was achieved by Lucinda Evan’s from the Ludlow Pony Club with a fantastic 980!! Best Swim – Amy Morris (Wheatland).

Intro Boys

Harry Taylor (CHS) took home both a 1st place rosette and a medal for Best Run. Best Shoot – Haydn Gill (Sir WWW). Best Swim – John Griffiths (Ludlow).

Intro Girls

Holly Morris was one of the many members of the Ludlow Pony Club who performed very well  – not only did she win Best Swim but she also won the class! Best Shoot – Ellen Butler (CHS). Best Run – Zara Smith (EC).

Beanie Boys

North Shropshire’s Josh Bryers came in 1st place with both Best Shoot and Best Run! His fellow N.Shrops competitor Harry Timmis won the Best Swim.

Beanie Girls

Scarlett Gilruth (Sir WWW) had a brilliant day winning the Beanie Girls and taking home both Best Shoot and Best Run. Best Swim – Lleucu Newton (F&D).

Slightly Creased

Our Slightly Creased class was very well supported which was great to see! Overall Keith Billington (Waen y Llyn) took home the 1st place prize with both Best Swim and Best Run. Best shoot – Mandy Peffers (Waen y Llyn).

Well done to everyone who took part from the Area 5 Tetrathlon Committee. We shall look forward to seeing you all back at Mold Leisure Centre on Sunday 28th January 2018.





Qualifying Classes:

  1.  Open Boys (Inc Intermediates) – shoot 10m, swim 4 mins, run 2,000m
  2. Open Girls (inc Intermediates) – shoot 10m, swim 3 mins, run 1,500m
  3. Junior Boys (under 15) – shoot 7m, swim 3 mins, run 1,500m
  4. Junior Girls (under 15) – shoot 7m, swim 3 mins, run 1,500m
  5. Minimus Boys * (Under 12) – shoot (2 hands, turning targets) 7m, swim 2 mins, run 1,000m
  6. Minimus Girls * (Under 12) – shoot (2 hands, turning targets) 7m, swim 2 mins, run 1,000m

Competitors in Classes 5 and 6 must be 8 years or over on 3rd February 2018

Non-Qualifying Classes:

  1. Beanies Boys (Under 8 on 03/02/18) Beanbag throw, swim 2 mins, run 1,000m
  2. Beanies Girls (Under 8 on 03/02/18) Beanbag throw, swim 2 mins, run 1,000m
  3. Beanies Biathlon (Under 8 on 03/02/18) Beanbag throw and run 500m

* Classes 5 and 6 will be split if sufficient entries (for rosettes but NOT qualification).

Teams of 3 or 4 members with the best 3 overall scores to count.

ROSETTES: To the first 10 individuals in each class and medals to each phase winner.

Team rosettes to 6th place.

ENTRIES: £18 per competitor (£15 for 2nd and subsequent family members) and £13 for Class 9 (£11 for 2nd and subsequent family members) .

Entries close Thursday 25th January 2018

Send entries (with cheques payable to PONY CLUB AREA SEVEN to Janet Wakeham, Whitfield Farm, Ettington, Stratford upon Avon, Warks CV37 7PN. Times will be emailed to Team Managers and will be on the Area 7 web page by Wednesday 31st January.


Irish Pony Club National Tethathlon Championships, 2017

Toby Johnson, from the East Cheshire Branch of the Pony Club, travelled the long distance over to County Tipperary in Ireland to compete in the Irish Pony Club National Tetrathlon Championships. Toby, amongst other competitors from various parts of the country, formed the UK Tetrathlon Team at the event.

Toby and his family travelled via ferry from Holyhead to Dublin before driving to Clonmel racecourse where they camped for the weekend. There was a fantastic icebreaker event on the first evening consisting of a “Come Dine With Me” experience which took place in a hall that the racecourse had kindly let them use.

The Friday of the event was the day of both the shoot and the swim with the Senior competitors shooting at 10m onto a Pentathlon target and the Juniors shooting at the normal Pony Club targets. All of the UK Tetrathlon team athletes performed exceptionally well!

The riding phase was held on the Saturday. The course built for the event was excellent! It was both challenging and enjoyable and a number of the UK competitors rode clear rounds.

The Saturday evening entertainment consisted of a BBQ and disco for both competitors and their families to attend. We believe that in true Irish style – this was carried on until quite late in the evening!

The run phase took place on the Sunday around the racecourse. This was a gruelling run but there were some very fast times recorded on the automatic timing chip system on the runners shoes.

Overall all of our UK competitors did very well. Here are the results:

  • Senior Boys Teams – 2nd and 4th
  • Senior Girls Teams – 2nd and 5th
  • Junior Boys Team – 3rd
  • Junior Girls Team – 2nd

Well done Toby!

Hopefully next year a few more of our Area 5 Tetrathletes will attend.



Tetrathlon at Plas Dolben, Llangynhafal September 9 and 10th 2017

What a great time was had by all at a Tetrathlon organised by Iona Pierce (helped by husband Gareth and daughter Rhian) at their farm Plas Dolben, Llangynhafal, Denbighshire.  There was a lovely atmosphere and the weather took no notice of the awful forecast.

There were competitors from Flint and Denbigh, Gwynedd, WWW, East Cheshire and Cheshire Hunt South.

The ground was too wet to use the XC so the riding took place at near by Dyfnog, Denbigh by kind permission of Jane Gough Roberts and the riders had great fun doing the Arena Eventing course on the Saturday.

There were some notable achievements. In the Mini Girls, Leah Lamb had the best shoot of the whole competition with an amazing score of 960,  Scarlett had top swim (4 lengths 19m) in the class and Imogen ran the fastest doing 1000m in a time of 4min 20 secs.  Imogen won the class, Leah was 3rd and Scarlett was 4th.

Mini Boys was dominated by Archie Lynch with a total score of 4350, swimming no less than 6 lengths  4m.  William Stone was 2nd,   running 1000m in under 4 minutes.  Keep it up boys!

We had some FnD  first timers in the Beginner’s Class – Gemma Burgoyne, Constance Wight and Lili Evans.  The class was won by Lili who had top shoot and run.  Well done all.

There were 6 teams in the competition.  The FnD Flint Team won convincingly (William, Archie, Daisy Stone and Leah L) with a score of 12176, 2nd team was FnD Denbigh Team (Imogen K, Orla K, Scarlett O and Elsie Lynch) with a score of 11026.

Thank you to all who helped including Penny Wingfield who travelled from Aberconwy to do the scoring.

Next Tet is in Mold Oct 29th 2017



National Tetrathlon Championships (including Grassroots Tetrathlon)

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.

Open Boys

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.

Junior Girls

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.

Grassroots Competition

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.

Competition outline:

  • 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)
  • Run:1000 metres

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.

Well done all Area 5 competitors!






 Saturday and Sunday 9th and 10th September 2017


LL16 4LN
01824 790327

By permission of
Mr & Mrs GW Pierce

Access for parking NOT suitable for large vehicles (Please ring if in doubt)

All entries to be in by Monday 4th Sep 2017



Junior Regional Tetrathlon Competition 3rd and 4th June 2017

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!

Red Dragons

  • Annabel James – East Cheshire (Captain)
  • Ella Booth – Cheshire Hunt North
  • Orla Stott – Cheshire Hunt South
  • Deryn Cressey-Rogers
  • Megan Jones

Green Dragons

  • Seren Thorne (Captain)
  • Keeva Stott – Cheshire Hunt South
  • Kiera Booth – Cheshire Hunt North
  • Molly Cressey-Rogers
  • Ffion Priddle

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!


Upcoming Tetrathlon Training Dates 2017 ….

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.

To book any or all trainings, in the first instance, please email your Area 5 Tetrathlon organiser at

In all cases please send a cheque, payable to Area 5 Tetrathlon, to Judy Gleave at:

  • Hollin Green Farm
  • Hollin Green Lane
  • Newhall
  • Nantwich
  • CW5 8AZ

and please write on the back which training it is for, which rider and their riding level. Any cheques without this information are likely to get ignored! First come first served.