Getting Started

If you think that getting started in modern pentathlon is a bit daunting and you need to be able to do five sports, then don’t worry! Pentathlon GB organises competitions and events for just two disciplines, run and swim (modern biathlon and Biathle) through to competitions involving all of the five disciplines which make up modern pentathlon. Many of our athletes and members come from running or swimming backgrounds and others participate in a combination of the individual sports including the Pony Club triathlon (run, swim, shoot) and tetrathlon (run, swim, shoot, ride). It is very rare that an athlete comes to modern pentathlon with competence in all five sports, which is very encouraging to the new member because at every competition there will always be someone trying something for the first time!

Pentathlon GB can proudly boast of the warm welcome and helpful, friendly advice given by our existing members towards newcomers. Many of our affiliated clubs have in-house training days and keep supplies of kit for new members to borrow or share. At every opportunity, the name of the game is to have a go.

Pentathlon GB recognises the need for a fun and simple introduction to our sport and therefore we have two entry level competitions of Biathle and modern biathlon. These are based around the two core disciplines of running and swimming. These are two of the best sports for improving aerobic capacity. For those who prefer not to swim, we have the laser-run format.

With biathlon as our core entry point, we encourage athletes keen to progress in the sport by signposting them to local shooting and fencing clubs. In some areas we can arrange ‘taster’ sessions in those disciplines – just ask us about the possibilities.