Tuesday November 29, 2022
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Tetrathlon and Triathalon

Tetrathlon and Triathalon

Tetrathlon is a team and individual competition comprising Shooting, Swimming, Running and Riding with competition levels progressing with age. For any of you who are interested in taking part, there are detailed notes below explaining what it is all about!

Competitions take place regularly across our Area (Area 6), starting in January with Triathlon (shoot, swim run) and culminating in the Pony Club Championships. The riding element of Tetrathlon is introduced in April/May although non-riders or those not quite ready for the challenging cross-country component can continue to participate in the Triathlons that are run concurrently.

The Burghley has a friendly Tet/Tri community and new members of any age and ability are always very welcome. All you need is enthusiasm, a willingness to have-a-go and a nice parent who is prepared to give up the odd weekend to cheer you on! Training and support can be provided. 

Please contact Helen Warren – helen@hwconsulting.org.uk or 07834058520 (often out and about so texts are generally better), or you can direct message me from the Burghley Pony Club Facebook page. 

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A Quick Guide to Tetrathlon

Tet represents a fantastic opportunity for those Pony Club members who enjoy a whole range of different sports but please don’t feel that you have to be a brilliant athlete to compete: Tetrathlon is based on positive scoring.  The competitions are great social events, and all the children who take part enjoy themselves, make friends and get to know members from different Pony Clubs. The Tri/Tet Family are wonderfully encouraging – we all want everyone to be proud of their own achievements. We also enjoy lots of cake!

  • The swim is in a swimming pool: simply swim as far as you can within the time to earn points.
  • The run is typically cross country, with the time counting towards your score.
  • The shoot element uses .177 air pistols – don’t worry, your own pistol is not necessary as the pony club have pistols that you can borrow. Also, don’t panic if you have never held a pistol before, we can provide full training! The shooting phase of the competition comprises five practice shots and then two sets of five shots that count towards your score (so 10 shots in total). Under 8s throw beanbags at a large target instead but in the same format as the shooting (two sets of five throws).
  • The riding element is over a cross country course and includes opening a gate, mounted, plus a slip-rail on foot.  It is a brilliant way to start your cross country career! If you go clear and within the time, you score 1400! Additionally, although you may get penalties for refusals, falls and longer route options, as long as you don’t have more than three refusals at the same fence, you will not be eliminated!

 

The Key Facts:

Classes are arranged as follows:

Open (Boys): Shooting – target 10m distance; Swimming – distance in 4 minutes; Running – time to complete 3,000 metres (except National Triathlon Championships 2,000 metres); XC – PC 100

Open (Girls): Shooting – target 10m distance; Swimming – distance in 3 minutes; Running – time to complete 1,500 metres; XC – PC 100

Intermediate (Boys): Shooting – target 10m distance; Swimming – distance in 3 minutes; Running – time to complete 2,000 metres; XC – PC 100

Intermediate (Girls): Shooting – target 10m distance; Swimming – distance in 3 minutes; Running – time to complete 1,500 metres; XC – PC 100

Junior (aged 14 or under): Shooting – target 7m distance; Swimming – distance in 3 minutes; Running – time to complete 1,500 metres; XC – PC 90

Minimus (aged 11 or under): Shooting – target 7m distance; Swimming – distance in 2 minutes; Running – time to complete 1,000 metres; XC – PC 80

Tadpoles (aged 9 or under): Shooting – target 7m distance; Swimming – distance in 2 minutes; Running – time to complete 1,000 metres; XC – 60cm

Beanies (aged 7 or under): Bean bag throwing – min 3m throw; Swimming – distance in 2 minutes; Running – time to complete 500 metres; XC – 40cm

Age groups are based on the competitors age as of the 1st of January of the year in which they are competing. For example, someone who is 10 on the 20th of January would be eligible to compete in the Tadpole class for the year. 

 

Calendar

Competitions: 

2023

Sat 7th January – Cottesmore Tri – Uppingham School

Sun 22nd January – Area 6 Tri – Bingham Leisure Centre 

Sat 18th February – Fitzwilliam Tri – Oundle School

27th – 28th May – Cottesmore Tet

3rd – 4th June – Fitzwilliam Tet

Training:

2022 

Sunday 11th December – shoot, beanbags and run