Martin and Harry lead the tetra pack

Martin Smith, on Jake, and Harry Crombie on Badger at the Junior UK Regionals.
Martin Smith, on Jake, and Harry Crombie on Badger at the Junior UK Regionals.

TWO BORDERS boys are setting the heather alight on the UK Tetrathlon (riding, running, shooting, swimming) circuit.

Last weekend Martin Smith, 14, took part in the Scottish Tetrathlon Championships at Moffat and Annan.

The third-year Earlston High School pupil was competing in the junior boys’ section where competitors have to ride a 90cm fence cross-country course, run 1,500m, shoot 10 shots from a 7m distance on turning targets and swim as far as they can in three minutes.

Martin competed well in all four phases and was well rewarded for his efforts, taking the Scottish Junior Boys Tetrathlon Champion Trophy.

Harry Crombie, 15, of Kelso was competing alongside Martin – he topped the weekend off with a fantastic swimming phase and finished second Scottish boy.

In June, the duo teamed up as part of the Scottish junior boys’ tetrathlon team at the Junior UK Regional Championships at Milton Keynes.

There were around 130 competitors and the Scottish team consisted of five boys, all 15 and under – two from the Borders, two from Ayrshire and one from Aberdeenshire. There were teams representing all the different areas of Britain and the boys had a fantastic weekend, leading from the very first phase (shooting).

Next came the swimming phase and again the boys performed well. Harry was second overall, with one of his other team members, Michael Craig of Eglinton, taking first overall and Martin achieving a personal best.

The weather conditions were atrocious for the riding phase which proved to be very challenging with only nine clear rounds in total, three of which were from the Scottish team - Martin, Chris Leichti of Eglinton and Chris Burnett of Bennachie.

The running was very heavy going in the driving rain, but the boys all put in very good times and took the top spots yet again. The Scots came first overall, with the boys finishing in 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th and 7th overall in the individual places.

Martin’s family wish to thank everyone involved in the boys’ training – Callum Crawford (shooting and running), Allison Affleck of Duns Swimming Club, Joyce Waddell and a special thanks to Claire Hislop for letting Martin ride her horse Jake Lovell at both events.

On July 21 and 22, Martin will compete for Scotland at the Area Championships over courses at Strathallan and Gleneagles.