Thursday April 22, 2021
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Tetrathlon

Tetrathlon & Triathlon

Our Tetrathlon Organiser is Tanya Brady, please contact her if you are interested in training or being on a team.  chiddingfold.tetrathlon@gmail.com 

Tetrathlon is a four-part competition, for teams and individuals, combining cross country riding (or sometimes Sow Jumping) with three unmounted phases: swimming, running and air pistol shooting.  Triathlon is a winter competition which omits the riding phase. Tetrathlon is a very sociable discipline and there are lots of opportunities to cheer on your team mates.

Age categories are Beanies (Under 8s), Tadpoles (8 – 9),  Mini (10 -11), Junior (12 -14) and Intermediate/Open (15 – 24). Age is taken as at 1st January in each year.

Full details of Tetrathlon can be found here: http://www.pcuk.org/index.php/disciplines/tetrathlon/

SHOOT (see separate page for full details of our shooting training.)
A total of ten shots at a target (7 metres away for Minis and Junior, 10 metres for Intermediate/Open) on the instructions of a range master; Tadpoles and Minis may shoot two handed. Children must be aged 8 or over to be allowed to shoot. Chiddingfold owns 2 air pistols and regular tuition is available to encourage all levels of competitor. Those under 8 can do Super-Mini triathlons where they aim a beanbag at a target rather than shooting a pistol.
Shooting training is taken by Andrea & Andy Hurley: mhpistolcoaching@gmail.com  – details are on the fixtures list but you can also contact them directly to arrange training.

RUN
A timed cross country run. Beanies run 500 metres, Tadpoles and Minis 1000 metres, Juniors and Intermediate/Open Girls 1500 metres, Intermediate Boys 2000 metres and Open boys 3000 metres.

SWIM
Points are awarded for how far competitors can swim freestyle (a combination of styles is allowed) in a certain time. For Tadpoles and Minis it is 2 minutes, Open Boys 4 minutes and all others 3 minutes. Weaker swimmers are catered for with outside lanes and swim aids often allowed to encourage younger children.

RIDE
A cross country course (60-70cm for Tadpoles, 70-80cm for Minis, Juniors 90cm, Intermediate 1m and Open 1.10m). There is usually a gate to open on horseback and a slip rail where riders dismount and lead their pony through, then re-mount to continue the course.

If you would like to have a go we’d love to see you at one of our shooting practices or rallies.

The full rule book for Tetrathlon can be downloaded from here:

Tetrathlon Rulebook