Adam is national champ

Wednesday 5th September 2007 10:00 pm

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ADAM Sandercock, 15, of the Lamerton Hunt Branch of the Pony Club, is the new Intermediate National Tetrathlon Champion ? he competed at the Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships, held at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire. Unusually in Tetrathlon, Adam led from the start, with a near perfect shoot of 980 out of a possible 1,000 ? the only competitor in his class to shoot so well. He followed this with a very impressive personal best swim, scoring 1176 ? missing out on best swim by only six points. On the second day, the running and cross country phases took place in atrocious weather, with visibility down to less than fifty feet at times. His run was his weakest discipline, but he still achieved a score of 775; however, Adam and his horse ?Worcester? were unfazed by the driving rain on the cross country, and after a steady but sure ride lost only 10 time and no jumping penalties. Overall, Adam finished on 4321 points, pushing him 41 points ahead of the closest competition from the North Shropshire. ?Adam went really well throughout,? said Lamerton tetrathlon manager Emma Down. ?This is his last year in intermediates - he moves up to seniors next year, which is a completely different level.? Squad-mate Rebecca Potter, in the senior girls? competition, was also representing Lamerton. Unfortunately, she had two falls cross country, but despite being bruised managed to complete the run the next day, to general acclamation. Another local girl, Sarah Palmer from Tavistock, was also at the competition. Sarah, 15, was representing the Spooners and West Dartmoor Branch in the Intermediate Girls? class. Sarah had respectable results on shooting and swimming, but scored an impressive 920 on the running, and 1,370 riding ? despite the cross country having been replaced by a show jumping course due to deteriorating ground conditions. Sarah finished fifth overall, being the highest placed South West competitor in the class. Another competitor from the Lamerton has also achieved success at National level this summer ? Lizzie Luxton on ?Lotus Elan? came 6th at the National Eventing Championships at Shelford Park, Nottingham. Despite a dressage test in the middle of a hotly contested section, Lizzie managed a double clear in show jumping and cross country phases, pulling her ahead of many competitors with better dressage scores ? but who were unable to match Lizzie in the jumping. Lizzie finished on her dressage score of 38.7. l Pictured Adam Sandercock of Lamerton and Sarah Palmer of Spooners and West Dartmoor.

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