Natalya produces best run and shoot to win tetrathlon

Natalya Irvine, pictured right
Natalya Irvine, pictured right

Natalya Irvine, a Year 7 Unity College student, recently won the open class for the Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt Tetrathlon - despite being the most junior member.

Natalya, grandaughter of Clarets legend Willie Irvine, also took part in the cross-country ride, 1,500m run, 200m swim, and 10m shoot, where she won individual medals for best run and best shoot.

Tetrathlon sees the addition of cross-country horse riding to triathlon’s running, shooting and swimming, and Natalya, whose idol is Clitheroe’s Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray, is to take up fencing to complete the five events for modern pentathlon.

She has enjoyed a winning streak this year - also winning the 150m and 1,200m, and finishing third in the javelin at Witton Park in May, and the Unity College Sports Personality of the Year won the Lancashire cross-country, again in Blackburn.

The 12-year-old, from Worsthorne, won the Burnley Schools’ qualifier last year to book her place in the final of the county championships, where she shrugged off the challenge of 88 competitors to win the 2km race.

The Blackburn Harrier’s successes include being English Schools’ fell running champion, ending the Red Rose cross-country season in third place.