British Modern Biathlon Series 2017-2018

Competition Format

All competitors will do a separate run and swim, with distances determined by age group. Times for each discipline are then converted to points and the winner is the athlete with most points after both disciplines.

Age (as at 31st December 2017) Year Born Swim Distance (m) Run Distance (m)
U10 2008 50 800
U11 2007 50 800
U12 2006 50 800
U13 2005 100 1600
U14 2004 100 1600
U15 2003 200 1600
U16 2002 200 1600
U17 2001 200 1600
U19 1999/2000 200 1600
Teachers (Schools' Championships only) N/A 50 800
Open (Biathlon Championships only) 1986-1998 200 1600
Masters (Biathlon Championships only) <1987 100 1600

There are a number of preliminary competitions held all over the country during the official qualifying window which is between September and 1st December. If you did the competition last year the format will be the same.

To enter any of the preliminary competitions, you do not need to submit run and swim times or need any previous experience as heats are seeded alphabetically. If you qualify for either of the British Championships, run and swim heats are seeded in accordance with the times achieved at the preliminary competition.

The run and swim times achieved at these preliminary competitions will be put onto the rankings list for both the British Modern Biathlon Championships and the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships. As both Championships are organised with the same distances and point scoring system, athletes have the opportunity to qualify for two British Championships by entering just one preliminary competition.

The main differences between the two Championships are as follows:

  • The British Modern Biathlon Championships (25th & 26th November 2017 in Solihull) is a competition for all age groups (including athletes over the age of 19 and Masters). Athletes compete as 'independent' or for their affiliated school or club. Schools and clubs not already affiliated and who wish to have athletes represent them at the Championships should affiliate with us BEFORE entering the preliminary competition by completing and returning this form to our Head Office in Bath.

  • The British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships (17th & 18th March 2018 at Crystal Palace) is a competition for all school age athletes and their teachers. All athletes automatically represent their school. We also welcome those who are home taught.

Choose a Competition

There is a window between 17th September and 22nd October 2017 for athletes to qualify for the British Modern Biathlon Championships and between the 17th September and 27th December 2017 to qualify for the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships.

You'll find all competitions listed on the calendar. You can enter more than one competition if you wish to get more competition experience or improve your times.

Competitions organised by the Pentathlon GB Regions have automatic qualifying places for both the British Modern Biathlon Championships and the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships. County Championships have automatic qualifying places for the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships only.

Competitors entering any other Pentathlon GB approved competitions or time trials qualify by merit via their standing on the rankings list (there are no automatic qualifying places from these competitions).

Once you've chosen your competition the next step is to enter it. All entries and payment are online this year and you'll find more information on the ' How to Enter' tab.

If you have any questions, please check the FAQ section of this page. If this does not resolve your query please do not hesitate to contact our Head Office in Bath on 01225 386808.