Shooting, running, riding and swimming their way to glory

The Dalkeith and Edinburgh team at the National Tetrathlon Championships. (photo credit:  Annemarie van Heelsum)
The Dalkeith and Edinburgh team at the National Tetrathlon Championships. (photo credit: Annemarie van Heelsum)

Dalkeith’s tetrathlon team has returned from a successful weekend at the UK championships, at Bishop 
Burton College in East 
Yorkshire.

It competed in the Pony Club NFU Mutual tetrathlon national championships, in the rassroots tetrathlon.

And it finished second overall.

The girls had to shoot ten targets, run for one kilometre, swim for three minutes and ride a horse over 14 show jumps.

Natasha Thorp and Ellie Wotherspoon came second and fifth respectively in the individual grassroots competition.

Clare Blackburn from Dalkeith and District Pony Club said: “This is a really great achievement.

‘‘The standard of competition was extremely high.

‘‘To come second at this level reflects the dedication and commitment the team has shown in training in all four disciplines of tetrathlon since they started in the sport just 18 months ago.

“Going to the national championships was a great experience!

“To qualify, teams first have to compete at area level.

‘‘For us, for this the whole of Scotland, as only one Scottish team could qualify.

“Our team, which had members from Dalkeith and District Branch and Edinburgh Branch (of the Pony Club) won the Scottish area competition, beating six other Scottish teams.

At the national championships, they competed with six other teams from around the UK, coming second overall.

Revealing more about her club, Clare added: “In Dalkeith and District Pony Club we have around 12 members in our Tetrathlon squad, aged eight to 15, who meet for running and swim training every week.

‘‘ It’s a great sport and the training and competitions are a lot of fun.

‘‘The training has been supported by parents and the local community.

“Beeslack Community High School has provided fantastic support for our swimming training and overall development.

‘‘We have also had excellent running and shooting coaching from parents and friends. Natasha and Ellie also train with Midlothian Swimming Club.”

>> The Dalkeith team members were: Natasha Thorp (14), from Carlops, Jaye Clark (13), from Old Craighall and Ellie Wotherspoon (13), from Penicuik. They were joined by Jessica Hoggarth (14) of 
Edinburgh Pony Club.