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Kate enjoys triathlon triumph

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By Fiona Reid
Kate enjoys triathlon triumph

THREE is Kate Edgar’s lucky number.

For the nine-year-old from Carrutherstown aced three elements to win the Pony Club Scottish Triathlon Winter Series.

Over the last few months she swam, ran and shot her way to victory in the mini mini girls section.

Usually the four competitions are held at various locations throughout Scotland, including an event in Annan.

But covid meant this year was a little different and it was instead run as a remote competition.

Entrants had to pistol shoot targets at home and send in pictures to be scored; run 1000m and record their times via Strava; and swim as far as they could in two minutes with the distances measured by an independent witness. Due to lockdown, Kate was unable to swim for the final triathlon of the series, but her best three scores were used instead.

The scores for each event were then added together to give an overall score for each competition, with the Lochmaben Primary pupil crowned a section winner.

And the family success didn’t stop there as her younger cousin Ailsa Young, from Dumfries, was overall third in the mini mini girls.

Meanwhile, Kate’s older brother, Jack, was fourth overall in the mini boys.

The siblings and their cousin are all members of Dumfriesshire Hunt Pony Club, which saw several more successes by its members: Tara Kane from Eastriggs was placed overall second in the mini girls; Emily Dick was fourth in the mini mini girls and her younger brother James was overall second in the intro boys.

All the youngsters are still training hard and hoping that lockdown will lift so in the summer they can compete in the tetrathlon which is comprised of running, shooting, swimming and cross country on their ponies.


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