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.