Kilted vis­i­tor shows pride in her­itage


A boy who fin­ished a com­pet­i­tive 10 kilome­tre run in a kilt and a busi­ness shirt reck­ons it was eas­ier than run­ning in shorts.

An­ton Dick­ins, of Scot­land, com­pleted the run as part of the Lake Hayes Triathlon in Queen­stown on Good Fri­day.

The 13-year-old was on hol­i­day in the re­sort with his par­ents and younger brother, and said it was the first time he had ever run 10km.

It was about show­ing pride in his her­itage, he said.

‘‘It’s my fam­ily tar­tan so I just thought, why not?’’

It was not the first time Dick­ins had com­pleted a com­pet­i­tive run­ning race in his kilt, hav­ing pre­vi­ously run 5km in an event in Perth, Western Aus­tralia.

The worst part was wear­ing the but­ton-up white busi­ness shirt, which con­stricted his move­ment a bit.

Dick­ins fin­ished the 10km in just over 55 min­utes and in fourth place.

About 130 com­peti­tors en­tered the event in ei­ther the 5km or 10km trail run, the duathlon, the ‘‘du it’’ chal­lenge or in the more com­pet­i­tive sprint or Olympic triathlons.

Ac­tive QT man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and event or­gan­iser Adrian Bai­ley said num­bers were down slightly on other years, likely due to the weather, but he was ‘‘stoked for the turnout’’ re­gard­less.

Bai­ley said the range of cat­e­gories on of­fer en­cour­aged peo­ple to give the sport a go.

‘‘I pride my­self on all our events that we’ll have some­thing for ev­ery­one. That’s what this is for. It’s up to the in­di­vid­ual how much they want to chal­lenge them­selves.’’

Sport Cen­tral race con­troller Bill God­sall said it was a great event to get peo­ple started, and he was pleased with the num­ber of

‘‘It's my fam­ily tar­tan so I just thought, why not?’’

first-timers and novices putting them­selves out there.

Queen­stown’s Brett Tin­gay was the first man home in the 18 to 39-year-old Olympic triathlon sec­tion, while Dunedin’s Alice Coombs was first in the fe­male cat­e­gory.

In the sprint triathlon, Stephen Lowe of Wanaka was the first male home in the 18 to 39-year-old age group, while an­other Wanaka res­i­dent, Ju­lia Hunt, was the first fe­male.

In the duathlon, Nigel Lines of Cromwell and Kate Jamieson of Twizel were the first male and fe­male re­spec­tively.


An­ton Dick­ins, 13, of Scot­land, ran 10km in a kilt as part of the Lake Hayes Triathlon on Good Fri­day.


Com­peti­tors wait for the start in the Lake Hayes Triathlon.

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