Westruther teenager selected for Scottish boys’ team

Martin Smith, 15, from Westruther, is just back from the National Tetrathlon Chmapionships at Hartpury, Gloucestershire.
Martin Smith, 15, from Westruther, is just back from the National Tetrathlon Chmapionships at Hartpury, Gloucestershire.

A WESTRUTHER teenager is currently making a name for himself in the sport of tetrathlon.

Fifteen-year-old Martin Smith has just returned from the National Tetrathlon Chmapionships at Hartpury, Gloucestershire. He was competing in the Intermediate Boys section (under 21s) - his first major competition at this level.

Martin was one of the youngest competitors and got off to a great start by acheiving a personal best in the swimming phase of the competition.

Nerves slightly got the better of him in the shooting phase and at the end of the first day he was lying 16th overall (out of an entry of over 50).

The second day was the riding phase in which Martin was riding his thoroughbred ‘Spider’. The course was very challenging, the most technical course he has ever faced. The day went well and Martin/Spider completed the course in the second fastest time of the day! At the end of the second day, Martin had moved up to 15th overall and was slightly closer to achieving his goal of a top 10 finish.

The final event on the Thursday was the running phase - probably Martin’s strongest phase. He has to run 2,000 metres and put in a fantastic run, achieving another personal best and bringing him up to a final place of seventh overall. This was a huge achievement for his first Intermediate Championship.

At the beginning of August, Martin was selected for the Scottish Boys’ Team at the Open Regional Tethrathlon Competition. There was a big entry for this with Scotland fielding a team in the competition for the first time since 2009.

Martin was by far the youngest member of the team but had a great weekend - achieving personal bests in the running and swimming. He won the shooting phase of the competition and finished just outside the top ten overall individually. The team finished fourth and a great weekend was had by all.

Martin would like to thank everyone involved in his training - Callum Crawford for his running and shooting and Alison Affleck of Duns Swimming Club for his swimming training.