FAQ

I have never done a biathlon before. Am I going to be the only beginner?

Definitely not! This competition is open to ALL school children, home taught or attending schools in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland and therefore lots of the children who enter will never have done a biathlon before. Pentathlon GB firmly believes the Modern Biathlon Series offers young people of all abilities a fantastic opportunity to participate in multi-sport in an enjoyable, safe and competitive environment. If you aren't able to compete at the distances required for the Schools' Championships, you can still compete at shorter distances at a local level and submit times to the World Schools' Biathlon Rankings List. Ask us for more details - competitions@pentathlongb.org.

What are the age groups and distances?

Age (as at 31st December 2016)
Year Born
Swim Distance (m)
Run Distance (m)
U10
2007
50
800
U11
2006
50
800
U12
2005
50
800
U13
2004
100
1600
U14
2003
100
1600
U15
2002
200
1600
U16
2001
200
1600
U17
2000
200
1600
U19
1998/99
200
1600
Teachers (Schools' Championships only)
N/A
50
800
Open (Biathlon Championships only)
1982-1997
200
1600
Masters (Biathlon Championships only)
<1981
100
1600

There is not a Pentathlon GB approved competition or time trial in my area, can you help my school to organise one?

Of course! Providing there is a need for a competition in your area and the facilities provided by your proposed venue are approved, the Pentathlon GB Development Team will help your school organise a 'time trial'. Please get in touch with the relevant Pentathlon Development Officer in your area and they will be able to advise you.

For South/South West, please contact Rachel Wreyford.

For South East/East, please contact John Stevens.

For North, Yorkshire and East Midlands, please contact Mark Shipley.

For North West/West Midlands, please contact Kyle Aldridge.

Scottish athletes should visit Scottish Pentathlon for local information.

Is the run/swim continuous?

No, we allow a break of about an hour between disciplines.

Do the run and swim times have to be done on the same day?

Yes. The run and swim times must be achieved via one of the Pentathlon GB Regional competitions or Pentathlon GB approved competitions/Time Trials or by qualifying for and competing in the British Modern Biathlon Championships. If an athlete has competed in more than one competition, the best combined score will be included on the rankings list. If an athlete scores the same points over two or more competitions, the score with the best swim time will be used.

Are athletes able to record their swim times in any size pool?

No. All swim times MUST be achieved in either 25m or 50m pools. These will be converted by Pentathlon GB to that of the length of the pool at the venue for each of the Championships. Times recorded in different length pools will not be accepted.

Do all run and swim times have to be from a Regional qualifying competition or approved Pentathlon GB competition or time trial?

Yes. Times obtained from any competitions which are not organised by the Pentathlon GB Regions or have not been approved by Pentathlon GB will not be accepted. You can find out where there is a time trial or competition near you by visiting the calendar. If you can't find one near you, get in touch with the regional representative in your area and they will be able to advise you.

For South/South West, please contact Rachel Wreyford.

For South East/East, please contact John Stevens.

For North, Yorkshire and East Midlands, please contact Mark Shipley.

For North West/West Midlands, please contact Kyle Aldridge.

Scottish athletes should visit Scottish Pentathlon for local information.


What is the difference between a Regional qualifying competition and a Pentathlon GB approved competition or time trial?

Competitions organised by the Pentathlon GB Regions and County Championships have automatic qualifying places for the British Modern Biathlon Championships. Only competitions organised by the Pentathlon GB Regions have automatic qualification places for the British Schools' Biathlon Championships. Competitors entering any other Pentathlon GB approved competitions organised by third parties qualify by merit via their standing on the rankings list (there are no automatic qualifying places).

My school are not participating. What can I do?

Anybody (you, your parents, club, school etc.) can enter you online into one of the Regional Qualifying competitions or Pentathlon GB approved competitions/Time Trials so that you can obtain run and swim times which will then automatically be submitted for the rankings lists for both the British Modern Biathlon Championships and the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships. Go to the calendar page of the website to find a competition near you - these will be added as they are organised so keep checking.

Will the run and swim be seeded?

At the preliminary competitions, heats will be set alphabetically by school and then surname. At the British Championships, the results from the preliminary competitions will be used to set run and swim heats.