Thursday October 1, 2020
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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, starting in January with Triathlon (shoot, swim run) and culminating in the Pony Club Championships in August. 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 very active, 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! Full training and support is provided to all. Please contact Sarah Hind – sarah_hind@icloud.com or 07795231432 (mobile signal not always good so texts are useful)

Upcoming Dates for your Diaries:

4th April Triathlon Barlow Click here for schedule
10th April Triathlon Cottesmore Click here for schedule
3 May Triathlon Belvoir/S. Notts Schedule TBC
24/25 May Tetrathlon Cottesmore Schedule TBC

Click here for Tet/Tri Reports

Click here for Information about Competition Badges

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. Competitors have 5 practice shots and then 5 further shots at two separate targets, 10 shots in total. Under 8s throw beanbags instead.
  • The riding element is over a cross country course, and includes opening a gate mounted, and a slip-rail on foot.  It is a brilliant way to get started competing cross country. If you go clear and within the time, you score 1400! And 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