1500 youngsters ready for 2017 Schools Biathlon Champs
Nearly 1500 school age children are set for the 2017 British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships at Crystal Palace next weekend (25th & 26th March), the final event of the 2016-2017 British Modern Biathlon Series.
Organised by Pentathlon GB, the Championships will see the best students from across the country competing for their schools. Everyone taking part at the event will have qualified at one of the 20 preliminary competitions last autumn meaning they have already done extremely well to even make it to Crystal Palace. The 2016-17 modern biathlon series has proved hugely popular again this year with over 6,500 entries being made across all of our competitions.
Modern biathlon is an exciting introduction to multi-discipline sport events with athletes completing a separate swim and run. It also contains two of the five modern pentathlon disciplines meaning it is a perfect entry point to the thrilling Olympic sport.
Children aged 9-19 will be competing at the Championships with distances varying between age groups. The 3 youngest age groups - Under 10, Under 11 and Under 12 – will all swim 50m and run 800m with the U13 and U14 classes swimming 100m and running 1600m. The four oldest age groups – U15, U16, U17 and U19 – will complete 200m swims and 1600m runs.
The girls’ classes will all compete on Saturday 25th March with the boys’ competing on Sunday 26th. Winners will be crowned the 2017 British Schools Modern Biathlon Champion for their respective age groups.
The sport has been popular since its inception with the majority of Pentathlon GB’s current international stars, including all 4 Rio Olympians - Samantha Murray, Kate French, Jamie Cooke and Joe Choong – having competed in modern biathlons at the beginning of their modern pentathlon journeys.
Many of our current international youth athletes, including some of the team from the recent GB Youth International will be competing at Crystal Palace, ensuring that the competition has a high quality field.
The historic Crystal Palace venue will once again provide a fitting backdrop for the Championships with many international events, including the 2009 Modern Pentathlon World Championships and 2011 Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final, being held at the London location.
Pentathlon GB’s National Competitions and Events manager Sue Hyde commented “We look forward to welcoming nearly 1500 young athletes to our annual British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships at Crystal Palace next weekend. The event continues to be the most popular in the Pentathlon GB calendar and it’s fantastic to see that so many schools will be represented by their children.
“Although it is a final and everybody wants to do well, we encourage a friendly atmosphere where everybody supports each other, ensuring that everyone in attendance enjoys a special day. Whether you finish 1st or 51st, it doesn’t matter, as everyone has already done extremely well to qualify for the final and the most important thing is to see young children enjoying themselves and being active.”
In addition to the competition itself, there will be lots for athletes, parents and teachers to get involved with throughout the weekend. Trade stands will include DE Photo who will be taking professional photographs of everyone taking part. These photos will be available to purchase on the day. Additionally, Fine Designs will be selling competition hoodies and t-shirts, and you can find out all about our partners blueseventy and the discount code available to Pentathlon GB members.
There will also be laser shooting & fencing taster sessions led by expert coaches which will provide a great opportunity for people to try more of the modern pentathlon disciplines.
We wish everyone who is competing at Crystal Palace the best of luck and look forward to seeing you there.
For more details on our modern biathlon series, please visit the designated section of our website. The 2017-18 season will begin in September with entries for the events opening in the summer.