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Performance Director Bartu has “mixed feelings” on GB’s World Championships

Posted on Sunday, 5th Jul 2015 by Hannah Thompson

Following the conclusion of the Modern Pentathlon World Championships today, in which Tom Toolis and Kate French finished 13th in the Mixed Relay, Great Britain’s Performance Director Jan Bartu spoke of his mixed feelings towards the team’s performance.

Toolis and French were given a second opportunity to compete against the best pentathletes in the world, after failing to qualify for their individual finals earlier in the week.  They got their campaign off to a good start, clocking a combined time of 2.01.68 leaving them mid-table heading into the fence. They won 17 of their 38 bouts during the ranking round before winning a record 6 bouts in the bonus round, the most won by any mixed team at a World Championships to date.

Despite having a solid ride with just two fences down and a seven time faults between them, Toolis and French found themselves in 12th place due to the high calibre of riding on show. The duo went into the combined event with a 56 second handicap, with all the work left to do.

Bartu highlighted that it was clear French was still suffering from a stomach bug that had hampered her performances all week.

“It was clear Kate was not 100% physically today, and it was visible in her swimming and running which weren’t as fast as we are used to seeing. Overall, they had a reasonable day today and on the whole this was the kind of result we expected.

“From an experience perspective the Mixed Relay was extremely beneficial for both Tom and Kate, and that is exactly what we wanted for them today.”

Reflecting on the team’s World Championships as a whole, Bartu said he had “mixed feelings” towards the team’s results and that improvements would be needed ahead of the Modern Pentathlon European Championships, held at the National Training Centre at the University of Bath in August.

“We can see the potential in their ability to improve in their performances and I was extremely happy with Samantha Murray’s 5th place in the women’s final. However, there is a long way to go over the next five to six weeks before the European Championships in order to get things right.

“We will continue with the training plan we have in place and won’t be doing any major changes. We might make some small adjustments to individual athlete’s programmes to ensure we are focusing on the areas they need to improve the most.”

The athletes will now have a short break before heading to a second altitude training camp in Font Romeu at the end of the month. 


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Sunday, 5th Jul 2015 2015-07-05 Performance Director Bartu has “mixed feelings” on GB’s World Championships

Following the conclusion of the Modern Pentathlon World Championships today, in which Tom Toolis and Kate French finished 13th in the Mixed Relay, Great Britain’s Performance Director Jan Bartu spoke of his mixed feelings towards the team’s performance.

Toolis and French were given a second opportunity to compete against the best pentathletes in the world, after failing to qualify for their individual finals earlier in the week.  They got their campaign off to a good start, clocking a combined time of 2.01.68 leaving them mid-table heading into the fence. They won 17 of their 38 bouts during the ranking round before winning a record 6 bouts in the bonus round, the most won by any mixed team at a World Championships to date.

Despite having a solid ride with just two fences down and a seven time faults between them, Toolis and French found themselves in 12th place due to the high calibre of riding on show. The duo went into the combined event with a 56 second handicap, with all the work left to do.

Bartu highlighted that it was clear French was still suffering from a stomach bug that had hampered her performances all week.

“It was clear Kate was not 100% physically today, and it was visible in her swimming and running which weren’t as fast as we are used to seeing. Overall, they had a reasonable day today and on the whole this was the kind of result we expected.

“From an experience perspective the Mixed Relay was extremely beneficial for both Tom and Kate, and that is exactly what we wanted for them today.”

Reflecting on the team’s World Championships as a whole, Bartu said he had “mixed feelings” towards the team’s results and that improvements would be needed ahead of the Modern Pentathlon European Championships, held at the National Training Centre at the University of Bath in August.

“We can see the potential in their ability to improve in their performances and I was extremely happy with Samantha Murray’s 5th place in the women’s final. However, there is a long way to go over the next five to six weeks before the European Championships in order to get things right.

“We will continue with the training plan we have in place and won’t be doing any major changes. We might make some small adjustments to individual athlete’s programmes to ensure we are focusing on the areas they need to improve the most.”

The athletes will now have a short break before heading to a second altitude training camp in Font Romeu at the end of the month. 

Hannah Thompson
Saturday, 4th Jul 2015 2015-07-04 Murray fights her way back to a fifth place finish in World Championships  Samantha Murray

Great Britain’s Samantha Murray fought right to the very end in the scorching 38 degree heat during today’s women’s final of the Modern Pentathlon World Championships.

Murray had a fantastic start to the day after clocking a joint first place swim, but the fencing was all too reminiscent of yesterday’s frustrations as Murray won just 12 of her 35 bouts, leaving her 18th in the table ahead of the third event.

Murray’s riding talent shone however, as she secured a clear round in what was a tricky course, picking up just two time faults in the tight time allowed. Every point proved valuable, as she went into the combined event in 11th place, with a 65 second handicap.

Medal contention seemed a long way off with Germany’s Lena Schoneborn securing herself a 9 second advantage after winning a record breaking 30 of her 35 fencing bouts earlier in the day. But Murray showed the crowd just why she is a world class pentathlete. With her precise shooting and powerful running Murray scored the third fasted combined time and climbed her way up the rankings to secure a top five finish.

Performance Director Jan Bartu was extremely pleased with how the Olympic silver medallist managed to turn her day around.

“The second half of the day was just perfect, she rode perfectly and she had an exceptionally good combined event, even by her standards. Her fencing was way below par and she couldn’t really break into the competition; you have to be up there in the fencing to be in with a chance of a medal.

“It was a really long day for the girls in the hottest day of the week, and it was almost impossible to rehydrate properly due to the demands of the schedule.

“For Sam, this will have been extremely good for her confidence ahead of the European Championships in Bath later this summer. She came 5th after a very poor fence, so you can see that if she is in good form in August, she will be up there contending for a medal.”

Tomorrow is Britain’s final shot at a World Championship medal, with Kate French and Tom Toolis selected to compete in the Mixed Relay. French has a record of performing well in the mixed relay, securing the silver medal with GB’s Joe Evans at last year’s World Championships. It will be a second chance for both athletes who failed to qualify for their individual finals earlier this week, and an opportunity to gain some valuable competition experience against the world’s most talented pentathletes ahead of the home European Championships.   

Hannah Thompson
Friday, 3rd Jul 2015 2015-07-03 Tough World Championship final for GB men ends in disappointment  Nick Woodbridge

It wasn’t to be for Great Britain at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships, after a tough fencing round proved hard to recover from.

Jamie Cooke, Olympian Nick Woodbridge and Joe Choong all competed in the hard fought contest in Berlin today, and despite their best efforts GB’s men finished 22nd, 27th and 28th respectively.  

The hunt for a medal began in a promising fashion, with each athlete putting a typically good performance in in the swim. Cooke went into the fence in second place after securing a swim time of 1.57.86, with Choong in 6th and Woodbridge in 11th in what was an extremely tight race.

Cooke then found himself in 22nd after losing 24 of his 35 bouts in a morning where nothing seemed to go his way. Woodbridge, who had performed admirably in his qualification fencing round earlier in the week, had a similarly bad day in the office, finding himself in 28th after the first two disciplines, with Choong in 29th. All three picked up during the bonus round, with Joe Choong winning five bouts in a row, but damage was already done.

After the men were assigned their unfamiliar horses, Cooke entered the arena to secure himself 279 pentathlon points. Despite having one refusal at his second fence Choong went onto to have a good ride. Woodbridge had one gutting final fence down during a fantastic ride on a fiery horse to secure himself 282 points.

Despite their best efforts they had left themselves a mountain to climb in the final event with Woodbridge starting with a 1.02 minute handicap and Cooke and Choong starting with a 1.21 minute handicap. Cooke climbed from 26th to finish 22nd but the task proved too great.

Current World Champion Samantha Murray will look to defend her title in tomorrow’s women’s final after topping her qualification group in yesterday’s semi-final.

Hannah Thompson
Thursday, 2nd Jul 2015 2015-07-02 World Champion Murray on track to defend title  Samantha Murray at the 2015 World Championships

Olympian Samantha Murray is safely through to the Women’s Individual Final of the Modern Pentathlon World Championships after a tough qualifying competition today.

Twenty-five-year-old Murray got her qualification campaign off to a flying start, with a second place finish in the swim and a time of 2.10.26. She went on to gain valuable points in the fence, winning 18 of her 26 bouts which put her in pole position at the start of the combined event. A solid run/shoot saw her cross the line in first place and secure her automatic qualification in Saturday’s final.

Performance Director Jan Bartu said: “Samantha went very well today, she had a good swim and good fence as always and her running and shooting was up there with the best.

“If she recovers well over the next 48 hours and is in the right frame of mind on Saturday, she is definitely a contender for the title. There is still room for improvement but I have belief she is fully capable to do the job.”

It was heartbreak for Kate French, however, who finished one place outside of qualification. French put in a good performance throughout the day and went into the combined event in 5th place.  Bartu said that despite being “absolutely perfect” up until the final event, her shooting was not there and she couldn’t recover.

Former Wold Champion Mhairi Spence also lost valuable ground in the combined event, spending 30 seconds at the third shoot after which she could not catch up. Spence had shown fantastic skill through the day, placing third in the fence and going into the final event once place behind team mate Murray.

World Championships debutante Francesca Summers put in good performances in the swim and shoot, but went into the final event with a difficult handicap of 1.06 minutes, finishing qualification Group B in 18th.

Tomorrow Nick Woodbridge, Joe Choong and Jamie Cooke compete in the Men’s Individual Final before Murray returns on Saturday.

Hannah Thompson
Wednesday, 1st Jul 2015 2015-07-01 Leading sports psychiatrists to address delegates at world coach’s conference  World Coaches Conference

Modern pentathlon coaches will hear from the man who counselled Sir Chris Hoy to three gold medals in Bejing at the annual World Modern Pentathlon Coaches Conference.

This year’s theme, Rio 2016 and Beyond, will provide thought provoking and insightful content designed to stimulate discussion and reflection.

Dr Steven Peters, who has worked with numerous sports stars including footballer Steven Gerrard, Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton and five-time world Champion snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan, will be speaking to delegates about how to best manage the part of the brain that controls emotions and gut instincts.  

He will be joined by Yogi Breisner, the man who has led the British Eventing team to medals at the Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympic Games. The event will once again offer coaches a fantastic opportunity to gain a further understanding into the development of their athletes.

Registration for the conference closes on July 20, and with places filling up fast delegates are encouraged to apply for a place as soon as possible.

 

World Modern Pentathlon Coaches Conference  |  6-8 November 2015

The Manchester Conference Centre

Manchester

England

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Hannah Thompson
Wednesday, 1st Jul 2015 2015-07-01 Woodbridge, Choong and Cooke through to World Championship final  Nick Woodbridge

Double Olympian Woodbridge stormed into the Men’s Individual Final at the 2015 Modern Pentathlon World Championships today, after a series of impressive results. He will be joined by Jamie Cooke and Joe Choong in Friday’s competition.

Woodbridge, who turned 29 today, was gifted the ultimate birthday present after securing automatic qualification from Group B. A strong start to the day in the fence set the tone, after winning 21 out of 29 of his bouts Woodbridge was sitting in third place. He went on to secure a swim time of 2.01.0, leaving him second in the table with a handicap of three seconds at the start of the combined event.  Woodbridge finished in 5th place overall, securing the chance to better his 2013 silver medal and compete for the title.

Woodbridge said: “I had a good start in the fence and from there my day was always going to be more comfortable. My swim time was slightly slow for me and I am hoping to take a couple more seconds off that in the final. I had a bit of a sketchy first shoot but I only missed one shot in the remaining three targets, which meant that qualification was in the bag.

“I don’t want to put any pressure on myself for the final but I hope to gain some confidence after a difficult 18 months and secure some good Olympic qualifying points.”

Twenty-year-old Joe Choong had a fantastic come back from injury after securing a place in the final for a second year in a row. Choong had a slow start to the day, sitting in 21st after the fence. He topped the table in the swim however, with a time of 1.59.09 pushing him up to 13th ahead of the combined event. An extraordinary display of athleticism and precision saw Choong climb his way up the table to finish Group B in 9th, one place outside automatic qualification.

Jamie Cooke had a strong start to the day after winning 17 of his fencing bouts and coming second in the swim. Cooke experienced some technical difficulties in the shooting range; however it was something that appeared to affect all nations. Despite this, Cooke finished Group C in 12th securing his place in the final with 1131 pentathlon points.  

Performance Director Jan Bartu, said: “To get three of our athletes through is a very good results for us. The intention is always to get all four through, however considering the standard of the competition we are very happy.

“Today was extremely testing and all of the boys had to dig deep at some point. They all demonstrated an improved standard today. Here in Berlin there is no hiding as it is the highest standard from all athletes; the competition has offered good preparation for the European Championships in August. The final is wide open and I am looking forward to seeing how they will handle the pressure.”

World Championship debutant Tom Toolis finished Group A in 17th, just missing out on a place in the final. Bartu said: “Tom is understandably disappointed. The breaking point for him was in the fencing, which affected his overall score. “

Looking ahead to Friday’s final, the team will undergo rest and targeted rehabilitation to ensure they recover over the next 48 hours. Tomorrow is the turn of the women’s team where current World Champion Samantha Murray, Mhairi Spence, Kate French and Francesca Summers will compete for a place in the Women’s Individual Final on Saturday. 

Hannah Thompson

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Tuesday, 30th Jun 2015 2015-06-30 Murray and Prise compete in Women’s Relay at World Championships

Current World Champion Samantha Murray partnered Eilidh Prise in today’s Women’s Relay competition at the World Championships in Berlin.

The duo had a strong start to the day after finishing 5th in the swim with a combined time of 2.06.08, but struggled in the fence later on in the morning and after a hard fought session they finished 13th, putting them 12th overall.

Despite disruption during the show jumping Murray and Prise, who was competing in her first ever World Championships competition, secured 264 points after having one refusal and a number of time faults. They went into the combined event with a handicap of 1.09 minutes behind leaders Italy. The duo finished the event in 15th with China taking the Gold.

National Performance Director Jan Bartu, said: "Today provided good competition experience for Eilidh in her first ever appearance at the Senior World Championships. For Samantha today's event provided the opportunity to brush off some of the pressure before the individual competition. 

"We are now looking forward to the important individual qualification competitions and finals at the end of the week."

Tomorrow we will see Jamie Cooke, Nick Woodbridge, Tom Toolis and Joe Choong compete for places in the Men’s Individual Final, before the return of Murray along with former World Champion Mhairi Spence, Kate French and Francesca Summers in the Women’s Qualification on Thursday.

A full list of results from today’s competition can be found on the UIPM website.

Hannah Thompson
Tuesday, 30th Jun 2015 2015-06-30 Exciting new modern triathlon series hoping to draw competitors from across north England  Great North Tri Series

Pentathlon GB has launched a new competition, the Great North Tri Series, for athletes of all abilities who want to start swimming, running and shooting competitively. 

The series comprises three separate competitions run over the course of two months, where participants compete in each standalone competition to be named the top modern triathlete. The top two scores from each athlete across the three competitions is then added together to produce a series winner.

The new competition series has been designed to offer more opportunities for people to tackle the unique skill of precision shooting, alongside the athleticism of running and swimming. The series will also provide a stepping stone for those currently competing in a modern biathlon or biathle and would like to progress to the regional, and then the national Modern Triathlon Championships. 

The Great North Tri is the first competition series of its kind, offering athletes an opportunity to improve on their previous performances and break personal bests within the same series. The series is also designed to boost the confidence of young athletes who are looking to compete in multi-discipline sport. 

Rebecca Gibson, National Development Manager for Pentathlon GB, said: "I am so excited by this new event series format and I hope that lots of competitors take up the challenge. It’s a great new challenge that not only tests stamina and strength, but competitors have to accurately shoot at a target as well.

“The series offers a great opportunity for those with a passion for multi-sport to develop a new skill; all while developing friendships with like-minded people over the three events.”

The series kicks off on July 12 in Clitheroe, before moving to York on August 8 and concluding in Teesdale on September 20. Competition ages range from U11 to Masters and all competitors must have their Level 1 shooting certificate.

The deadline for entries for the first event is July 6, you can find the entry form here

Hannah Thompson
Monday, 29th Jun 2015 2015-06-29 Britain’s Myatt and Curry reach top ten at Modern Pentathlon World Championships

It was a fantastic start for Great Britain as James Myatt and Sam Curry began the Modern Pentathlon World Championships with a 6th place finish in today's Men’s Relay competition. 

This was a first ever World Championship competition for Myatt, who was crowned British Modern Pentathlon Champion only two weeks ago. The duo held their own as they fenced, swam, rode, shot and ran their way to the top ten finish against the best modern pentathletes in the world.

Eighteen countries were represented in the relay, which kicked off a week of competitions at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin for the World Championships.

Myatt and Curry started off the day winning half of their fencing bouts, before averaging a 1.54.93 swim time. The pair stayed mid-table following the ride, after having two fences down and ten time faults between them. They went into the combined run/shoot event in 11th place. With a 48 second handicap the boys had a lot of work to do but a determined effort from the pair saw them climb the table to take 6th place.

James Myatt was over the moon after an "exhilarating" day: "Sam and I really clicked as a team, picking each other up during the fencing this morning and supporting each other throughout the day. It was absolutely amazing to compete at the Olympic Stadium and any day is especially rewarding when you finish as strong as we did. Moving past multiple teams in combined event was a good way to finish. I have competed at World Cups before but here you have even more nations, all with athletes who could potentially medal which just increases the quality of the field.

"Winning my last two competitions, the British Championships and the Polish Open, has given me huge confidence especially in the physicals, knowing that at the end of the day you can pick up places in the combined event. Race practice shouldn't be underestimated, feeling just how to pace yourself is invaluable.

"Today's 6th place has given me the belief that I can now achieve results on the world stage too and hopefully I can build on this in the future." 

The Women’s Relay will take place tomorrow before the individual competitions and Mixed Relay take place later in the week.

 
Hannah Thompson
Thursday, 25th Jun 2015 2015-06-25 Mercedes-Benz joins forces with Pentathlon GB for the European Championships 2015  Luke Tasker, Tommy Lees, Georgia Pipes and James Myatt with one of the vehicles for the European Championships

Britain’s top pentathletes have been given some extra ‘drive’ in their quest for home medals and Olympic qualification at the European Championships later this summer.

Mercedes-Benz of Bath, part of the prestigious Sytner Group, has signed up as the official vehicle supplier for the competition, which is to be held at the University of Bath’s Claverton Down campus between 18 and 23 August.

“As a sponsor of major sporting events, it is tremendous for us to be associated with such a prestige brand as Mercedes-Benz,” said Nigel Laughton, Pentathlon GB’s Chief Executive Officer. “This link will undoubtedly help to cement the European Championships as a key part of UK Sport’s National Lottery funded #EveryRoadtoRio events series, which involves more than 30 events between now and Rio, and during a great summer of sport.

“It is fantastic to see our athletes’ impressive performances receive the recognition they deserve, as well as all the work being done behind the scenes, led by Event Director Kara Luck, in bringing an international Modern Pentathlon event to Bath for the first time.”

The partnership will involve Mercedes-Benz of Bath supplying a variety of vehicles to transport competition organisers and dignitaries around the city throughout the championships. Tim Sett, Head of Business for the Retailer, was delighted with the tie-up.

“It’s a tremendous honour for Mercedes-Benz of Bath to be part of an exciting event that will bring world-class athletes to the city for such a high-profile competition,” he added. “We are absolutely thrilled to be involved in something that clearly benefits Bath, will be enjoyed by the local community and strengthens the reputation of the University of Bath as a centre of sporting excellence.”

GB’s pentathletes are currently preparing for two of the biggest competitions in the calendar: the World Championships, held in Berlin from 28 June, and the much anticipated European Championships.

Competing in Bath in front of a home crowd will be the pinnacle of the athletes’ season. Tickets are already selling fast and may be purchased via Ticketline.   

Hannah Thompson
Monday, 22nd Jun 2015 2015-06-22 Weather doesn't dampen spirits at British Modern Pentathlon Championships  James Myatt

Despite a wet start to the weekend the 2015 British Modern Pentathlon Championships proved to be a huge success, with GB's James Myatt securing first place in the Open laser competition.  

More than 140 competitors flocked to Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in Solihull in the hope of being crowned the best pentathlete in Britain.  Supporters were not disappointed as they were treated to a fantastic display of talent across all age groups. 

The weekend kicked off with an early start when the U17, Open and Masters pellet competitors took to the fencing piste just before 9am. The athletes then proceeded to the swim, before heading over to Solihull Riding club for the show jumping. The rain managed to hold out until minutes before the first outdoor event was due to take place and it wasn’t long before the athletics track began to flood. This added challenge did nothing to deter the determined athletes, who put their best foot forward during the combined event, despite the torrential weather.  

The first day came to a close with the presentation ceremony for the U17, Open and Masters pellet competitors. William Stratemeier, who came third in last year’s competition, took home the gold in the men’s Masters, with Denise Silk winning the women’s competition for the second year running. In the Open pellet competition it was Lewis Harby who took home the gold for the men and Helen Sheffield who topped the women’s table. An impressive total of 5166 pentathlon points saw Lewis Khan receive the gold in the U17 pellet competition, with Helen’s sister Laura Sheffield winning the U17 women’s competition. Daisy Foniciello, Isabella McQuaker-Kajiwara and Abby Hay from the Scottish Saltires produced great results across the board, leading to a gold medal for the Scottish Saltires.  

The crowds were joined by GB’s Jamie Cooke and Jo Muir for day two, which saw the conclusion of the U13 and U15 competitions as well as the laser competitions. It was an early start for the younger athletes who were in the pool first thing, having completed their show jumping, fencing and static shooting the previous day. It was quickly onto the combined event before a lunch time presentation ceremony. George Case repeated his impressive achievement from last year by topping the podium for the U15s, while Georgina Mitchell took home the girl's gold medal for the first time. A clear round in the ride, along with the fastest times in the swim and combined event, saw Olivia Hooper win the U13 competition, while accurate shooting and fencing saw Rudi Bruijn-Yard win gold in the boy’s competition. North Kent MPC and Pentathlon Hereford won the team plaudits in the U15 and U13 competitions, respectively.  

For the U17s, U19s and Open athletes taking part in the laser competition, the day started off in the pool, before heading over to the fencing pistes. The show jumping passed without too many thrills and spills and the rain stayed away for the afternoon’s combined event.  Kari Dougall and Richard Carr took the gold medals in the U17 competitions, with Kerenza Bryson and Bradley Sutton winning the U19 competitions. Eimear O’Neill from Ireland topped the table for the U19 girl’s but was ineligible for the gold medal. Plymouth College took home the team gold for both the boy's and girl's U19 competitions. The final medals of the day went to Jessica Varley and James Myatt who both put on a fantastic display of skill and athleticism to make it to the top of podium.  

A full list of the weekend's results can be found here

Hannah Thompson
Tuesday, 16th Jun 2015 2015-06-16 Join The Friendly Sport - Be A Part of the Pentathlon GB Volunteer Team

Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon which involves five disciplines; fencing, swimming, riding, running and shooting.  We are a passionate and enthusiastic team, committed to raising the profile of the Modern Pentathlon and with major ambitions to grow the sport at grassroots level: to help us do this we are looking to recruit Volunteer Local Coordinators and Volunteer Mentors to help us put our new volunteer strategy into action.

Volunteer Mentors

We are looking to recruit a team of Volunteer Mentors who have modern pentathlon technical knowledge and event expertise.  As volunteers progress in the sport they require someone to lend them a hand and show them the ropes. Often people do this informally and without knowing they are providing mentoring. For the sport to grow and have a long term future we need to share and spread this technical expertise and help our volunteers become the experts of the future.

You can find out more about this role at the job description here.

Volunteer Local Coordinators

We would like to recruit a team of nine Volunteer Local Coordinators to help recruit, develop, coordinate and manage volunteers at regional and grass roots level.  This new role acting as Volunteer Local Coordinator is vital for the future growth and success of the sport.

You can find out more about this role at the job description here.

Could this be you?

Benefits to volunteering in these roles:

  • The altruistic benefit of helping others through sport.
  • Great social interaction and being part of a supportive and diverse team.
  • A new experience of volunteering – helping other volunteers.
  • Developing new skills including interpersonal skills, and managing and co-ordinating people.
  • Attending a training briefing with likeminded people with expenses paid. Save the date – 25 July 2015 at a central location.
  • CV building and gaining sports development or volunteer development related experience.
  • Raised profile and an acknowledged contribution in the organisation.

 

Some or our current volunteers have said 'Pentathlon events are a breath of fresh air', 'I've made lots of new friends from all over the UK bu volunteering with Pentathlon GB' and 'I get such a diverse experience at your events'.

If you would like to know more about the Volunteer Mentor role please contact Sue Hyde, National Competitions and Events Manager sue.hyde@pentathlongb.org and for the Volunteer Local Coordinator please contact Rebecca Gibson, National Development Manager rebecca.gibson@pentathlongb.org

If you’re keen to join the team then please e-mail your CV along with a covering note telling us which role you are keen to fulfil and why to eleanor.guest@pentathlongb.org by Tuesday 30 June 2015.

Eleanor Guest
Tuesday, 16th Jun 2015 2015-06-16 This year's British Modern Pentathlon Championships set to be one of the biggest yet  British Modern Pentathlon Championships 2015

With less than five days to go until the British Modern Pentathlon Championships, final preparations are well underway.

This year’s championships is set to be one of the biggest yet, with more than 150 athletes competing and many more expected to come and support.  The two day event, held at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre with the show jumping taking place at Solihull Riding Club, will showcase Britain’s best pentathletes and tetrathletes at all age groups.

The weekend will be jam packed with both laser and pellet competitions taking place. Both venues have snack and lunch facilities, with Solihull Riding School offering the chance for athletes to purchase new kit and equipment.  Pentathlon GB’s official swimwear supplier blueseventy will be available at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, offering up to 20% off RRP as well as advice on race suits, sizing and fitting.

Athletes can share their achievements on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #PentChamps15.

We will also be on the lookout for the best photos from the event. Athletes, friends and family can submit their best shots from throughout the day using the above hashtag, and we will share the best ones on our Facebook page!

Hannah Thompson
Monday, 15th Jun 2015 2015-06-15 Sign up for the next Run Shoot Deliverer's Workshop

Are you interested in delivering the new and exciting RUN SHOOT Event?

Book your place on the next Deliverers Workshop!

The RUN SHOOT competition format has been developed jointly by Pentathlon GB, England Athletics and British Shooting to enable more people to experience and regularly participate in the modern pentathlon combined event of running and shooting.  The three partner national governing bodies believe the multi-sport experience combining two very different sports will enable people to run with the twist of shooting or do a sport they already enjoy whilst trying something new.

RUN SHOOT participants will learn the discipline of air pistol shooting, be instructed in how to warm up and run effectively and then how to combine running and shooting.  A static shooting competition commences proceedings and is followed by a series of races that enable participants to compete to their fitness ability and within each race competitors start based on a handicap start from the results of the static shoot competition.  Adaptable versions including laser shooting, make it widely accessible.

The RUN SHOOT format aims to provide the following:

  • Enable participants to learn something new and have a lot of fun through a diverse activity.
  • A chance for participants new to modern pentathlon, shooting or running to experience a multi-sport competition.
  • Provide an addictive hook into regular participation in modern pentathlon, shooting or running.

Interested in providing something different?

  • We are looking for regular accredited sites to provide RUN SHOOT events.
  • We are looking to recruit an army of RUN SHOOT deliverers.
  • This is a great opportunity for clubs and coaches to provide something new to the sport and physical activity industry.

 

The next Deliverers Workshop will be held on 1st August 2015 at Roefield Leisure Centre, Clitheroe.

 

Get in touch for further information including pre-requisite information!

Contact:

Rebecca Gibson, National Development Manager, Pentathlon GB: 07720591421, Rebecca.gibson@pentathlongb.org

Liz Davidson, National Development Manager, British Shooting: 07931775214 liz.davidson@britishshooting.org.uk

 

 

Hannah Thompson
Saturday, 13th Jun 2015 2015-06-13 Disappointment for GB's pentathletes in World Cup Series Final

GB’s Tom Toolis, Jamie Cooke and Joe Evans manage to hold their own in a tough World Cup Final today, but all three missed out on a podium finish and the coveted Olympic qualification. Toolis finished the competition in 22nd, Cooke in 24th and Evans in 32nd.

Jamie Cooke, gold medallist at the first World Cup of the year, won 15 of his bouts in the fence, but was unable to improve his ranking during the fencing bonus round. He continued his fantastic swimming form, finishing in joint first place after completing the 200m freestyle in 1:56:46. Cooke then built some momentum in the horse riding, jumping a clear round on Klondaik and picking up just two time faults. This put him in 9th position at the start of the combined event with a handicap of 37 seconds but Cooke couldn’t capitalise on his impressive swimming and show jumping results and finished the final in 24th place.

Tom Toolis and Joe Evans both won 13 bouts in the fence and neither were able to win any extra points in the bonus round. Evans went on to record a fantastic time of  1:59:28, finishing 3rd and only had one fence down and five time faults after his round on Kargelen in the show jumping. Evans started the combined event in 23rd place, with a handicap of 1:07, and finished the final in 32nd.

Toolis, competing at the World Cup Final for the first time, came 12th in the swim with a time of 2:03:59 and hand one fence down and seven time faults on his horse Karelia, an 8th place finish. Toolis began the in 26th with a handicap of 1:22. Toolis produced a fine combined run-shoot to put his overall ranking up to 22nd, overtaking teammate Jamie Cooke.  

Italian Riccardo De Luca took home the gold medal and secured himself qualification for Rio 2016.

A full list of results can be found on the UIPM website

Hannah Thompson
Friday, 12th Jun 2015 2015-06-12 World Cup winner Cooke faces the prospect of Olympic qualification  Jamie Cooke takes the gold at the first World Cup of the season

GB’s Jamie Cooke, who took home the gold at the first World Cup of the season, will be competing against the world’s top pentathletes for Olympic qualification at the World Cup Final in Belarus this weekend.

With more than 25 countries being represented, and only two qualification spots up for grabs, this is set to be a fierce encounter. Cooke, however, is remaining decidedly cool in his approach to the final, claiming he has not let the prospect of Olympic qualification affect his preparations.

“I am feeling really good going into the final,” said Cooke. “The team have had a good preparation up at our two-week training camp in Font Romeu. The men’s team atmosphere has been great and allowed us all to really push ourselves.”

Only the top-ranked male and female pentathletes will receive Olympic qualification at the second modern pentathlon Olympic qualifying event, so the challenge will prove a big one for GB’s pentathletes.

Cooke said: “I am not trying to look at the World Cup Final as an ultimate target, but more as the final preparations before the World Championships and the European Championships. I am hoping to get a solid result in which I can gain some confidence and then build on going to the World Championships.”

Cooke, who has been singled out as one of the biggest competitors in this year’s final, will be joined by team mates Tom Toolis and Joe Evans. The men fly out to Minsk, Belarus today before competing tomorrow.

Hannah Thompson
Monday, 8th Jun 2015 2015-06-08 Biathle success under the hot sun

A team of 48 Biathletes braved the unusually hot 36+ degrees of Cascina to compete in the second World Tour event of the year.  Teams from Germany Austria Hungary Czech Republic Mexico Argentina as well as the hosts and our team competed under the hot sun.

The Brits came away with a total of 29 medals and the overall team trophy. Winners were Gregan Clarkson and Rachel Jones (Seniors), Estella Depierre (Youth C), Poppy Clark (Youth D), Harriet Hillman and Jamie Robinson (Youth E), James Greenwell and Claire Forbes (Master A), Mary Collett (Master C) and  Peter Collett (Master D).

Jessica Manning (youth B), Josh Dreelan and Rebecca Wren (Youth D), Kitty Marvin and Max Dangerfield (Youth E). Tony Weed (Master A), and David Manning and Margaret Smith (Master C) were silver medal winners

Bronze medal winners were Gareth Allen (Senior), Bradley Sutton (Youth A), Lilyella Harland Fairweather and Matthew McCarthy (Youth B), Rachel Hatherall (Youth C), Georgia Tombs (Youth D), Archie Macer and Hannah carter (Youth E), Jessica Allen (Youth F), Mike Weed (Master A) and Suzanne Clarkson (Master C).

 

Complete Results

Youth F

3rd Jessica Allen 3:00

4th Mille Cooper 3:02

Youth E

1st Harriet Hillman 4:40

2nd Kitty Marvin 4:47

3rd Hannah Carter 4:52

4th Holly Johnson 4:59

1st Jamie Robinson 4:38

2nd Max Dangerfield 4:48

3rd Archie Macer 4:57

4th Rocco Taylor 5:07

Youth D

1st Poppy Clark 4:15

2nd Rebecca Wren 4:18

3rd Georgia Tombs 4:19

5th Millie Porter 4:31

6th Annabel Denton 4:38

7th Charlotte Taylor 4:44

8th Vivien Taylor 4:45

9th Hetty James 4:47

10th Sophie Wilson 4:55

2nd Josh Dreelan 4:17

4th James Hulme 4:31

Youth C

1st Estella Depierre 5:02

3rd Rachel Hatherall 5:10

7th Charlie Madden 5:04

8th Archie Williams 5:06

Youth B

2nd Jessica Manning 9:45

3rd Lilyella Harland-Fairweather 9:48

5th India Cooper 10:06

6th Kimberley Balcombe 10:28

7th Jessica Sutton 10:43

3rd Matthew McCarthy 9:13

5th James McCarthy 9:23

Youth A

3rd Bradley Sutton 12:47

5th Jack Ayling 13:01

6 George Claverley 13:18

Senior

1st Rachel Jones 13:37

1st Gregan Carkson 11:54

3rd Gareth Allen 12:24

Master A

1st Claire Forbes 8:45

1st James Greenwell 8:07

2nd Tony Weed 8:37

3rd Mike Weed 8:40

Master C

1st Mary Collett 11:35

2nd Margaret Smith 14:52

3rd Suzanne Clarkson 15:37

2nd David manning 10:55

Master D

1st Peter Collett 10:23

Howard Jones
Monday, 1st Jun 2015 2015-06-01 Pentathlon GB team launches new partnership with aerospace and defence engineers Avon Valley Precision Engineering

Bristol based Avon Valley Precision Engineering (AVPE) is the latest partner to join the Pentathlon GB family, with a two year sponsorship deal.

The new relationship will bring together the two worlds of engineering and sport in order to harbour a shared approach to quality and attention to detail in both management and planning.

Mark Summers, Managing Director of AVPE, said: “We are delighted to be working with some of the world’s best Pentathletes during such an exciting time for the sport. We find it fascinating how these athletes manage their time in order to train at such a high level for five different disciplines. We are looking forward to visiting the National Training Centre at the University of Bath to explore the world class training facilities and hear from the athletes themselves.”

AVPE’s support has come at a crucial time for GB’s Pentathletes. With the World Championships drawing closer and the European Championships, to be held at the University of Bath’s Claverton Down campus, in less than three months, the athletes are training hard for these critical events in the run up to the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.

Nigel Laughton, Pentathlon GB Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted AVPE have agreed to support Pentathlon GB as one of our partners. This collaboration will provide the sport with a huge boost in the run up to next year’s Olympics.

“Our podium and podium potential athletes have a tough year ahead of them in their preparations for Olympic selection. With the European Championships being held at home in August (18 – 23 August 2015), AVPE’s support has come at just the right time.”

AVPE have more than 20 years’ experience operating in the aerospace and defence sectors. The company is committed to investing in both people and best practice and it is this philosophy it hopes to bring to the development of pentathletes across the UK.

For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office on 01225 386808 or hannah.thompson@pentathlongb.org.

Hannah Thompson

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Sunday, 31st May 2015 2015-05-31 Tasker and Pipes reach the top ten in the Junior European Championships Mixed Relay

Luke Tasker and Georgia Pipes took part in today’s Mixed Relay at the Junior European Championships. Despite a fantastic result in the swim, where they placed second, Tasker and Pipes couldn’t quite make the podium. The result topped off a week of mixed emotions for the squad, who struggled to claim a medal after Joanna Muir and Francesca Summers’ silver in the Women’s Relay.

Istvan Nemeth, Women’s Team Head Coach, said: “Joanna and Frankie’s relay silver was the result of their perseverance during the day, after a mediocre start in the fencing.

“Our Women’s Team is quite young; Frankie, Eilidh and Georgia are first year Juniors and they have really only just started to become Pentathletes. All four of them qualified to the final with relative ease, but during the final our opponents' vigour left us playing the supporting part.

“It was a very good and an important experience for the girls. In August at the Junior World Championships we will see what lessons we have learned from Sofia.

“Our three boys (Tommy Lees, Luke Tasker and Harry Sykes), just like the girls, have learned that there is plenty of room for improvement.”

 

Hannah Thompson
Saturday, 30th May 2015 2015-05-30 Disappointment for GB's men in the Junior European Championships final

Tommy Lees, Luke Tasker and Harry Sykes made a promising start in the Junior European Championships earlier this week, when Lees and Tasker placed fourth in the Men's Relay and followed up their success by qualifying for the Men's Individual Final.

But t wasn't meant to be, as both Lees and Tasker missed out on a medal in a tough final in Bulgaria today.

The boys performed well in qualification, with Luke Tasker coming 1st in the swim and Harry Sykes delivering a solid performance at his first ever major championships. Tommy Lees' consistent results in each of the disciplines saw him qualify from Group B in an impressive 8th place.

Both Tasker and Lees had a tricky start to today's final, with Tasker scoring 10 victories in the fence and Lees trailing behind with 9. The boys then went on to compete in the swim, managing to emulate the consistently good results of all GB's athletes during the championships. Tasker just edged Lees finishing 5th, while Lees came in 8th.

It was on to the show jumping and both Tasker and Lees backed up their strong performances in the swim by jumping clear. Lees completed the course with the third fastest time, while Tasker came 8th. Overall this put them at 30th and 28th in the table respectively. It was always going to be a hard challenge in the combined event but Lees fought back to climb his way up the final table. After completing the run/shoot in 12:05 Lees pushed his overall ranking up to 26th. Tasker crossed the line 20 seconds later which saw him drop on place to 29th.

It was Poland's Sebastian Stasiak who took home the gold after a great start to the competition where he secured 24 victories in the fence.

It will be onwards and upwards for GB's men as they turn their attention to preparations for the Junior World Championships which will be held in Mexico at the beginning of August.

A full list of results can be found on the ECMP website.   

Hannah Thompson
Friday, 29th May 2015 2015-05-29 It's a 6th place for Jo Muir as the girls battle it out in a tough final  Joanna Muir places 6th

After a dream start to the Junior European Championships, the GB Women were unable to match their silver medal triumph in today's individual final competition.

All four women found success in the qualification round, with Francesca Summers topping Group A and Georgia Pipes qualifying for her first ever major final. Eilidh Prise and Joanna Muir matched their success in Group B, with Prise qualifying in 2nd place and Muir qualifying in 6th.

After the first discipline of today’s final Summers secured 9th place following a successful 21 bouts. Muir finished the fence in 23rd, Prise in 26th and Pipes in 27th. Muir then started her climb back up the table with an impressive 4th place finish in the swim, while Summers dropped to 16th.  Debutant Georgia Pipes also had a successful swim which placed her 22nd overall, one place ahead of team-mate Prise.

All four went on to have a fantastic round in the show jumping, with Muir, Pipes and Prise all going clear. The team went into the combined event in a good position; Muir in 14th with 792 points, Pipes in 17th, Prise in 18th and Summers trailing in 32nd.

Muir showed her grit and determination to cross the line 9th in the run/shoot, bringing her up to 6th overall. Prise crossed the line paces behind Muir, finishing the competition in a respectable 12th. Pipes and Summers finished to take 30th and 31st place in the final table. 

A full list of results is available on the ECMP website.

It's the turn of the men tomorrow and GB's Luke Tasker and Tommy Lees will be hoping to bring home individual medals.

You can following the action as it happens via the Pentathlon GB Twitter feed or live on the Pentathlon BG website

Hannah Thompson
Thursday, 28th May 2015 2015-05-28 Reigning World Champion Murray looking to retain title as GB squad for 2015 World Championships is announced

With five weeks until the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Berlin, kicking off from 28 June, the GB squad has been announced.

Current World Champion and Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray will be joined by Kate French, Freyja Prentice and Francesca Summers, who makes her debut at the Senior World Championships. The women have enjoyed a successful start to the season, with Murray topping the table at the First World Cup and French placing third.

Thomas Toolis, James Cooke, Joseph Choong and Joseph Evans have been selected for the men’s team. Toolis, Cooke and Evans will also be heading to the World Cup Final, held in Minsk between 11 and 14 June.

Marian Gheorghe, Men’s Team Head Coach, said: “We have had good results up until now, particularly in the fencing and combined events, but we are only in the middle of the season and we have to continue to get good results.

“For the men’s team, I would like all four of them to qualify for the final and I think it would be the first time in history for that to happen. From there, anything can happen, but the first step is to qualify for the final. I would like each of them to have an opportunity to prove that the British men’s team are a force to be reckoned with, not just the women.”

Both squads will now head to Font Romeu in France for an intensive training camp at altitude in preparation for the competition.

The 2015 World Championships will be broadcast live on the UIPM YouTube channel. The championships begin on Sunday 28 June, with the Men’s final on Friday 3 July and the Women’s final on Saturday 4 July.

Pentathlon GB has also announced a strong squad for the Junior European Championships, held in Sofia, Bulgaria between 25 and 31 May. Joanna Muir will be looking to improve on last year’s 14th position with added confidence after her triumphant performance at the Swiss Women’s International competition earlier this year.

Joining her on the women’s team will be Francesca Summers, Eilidh Prise and Georgia Pipes, who makes her debut at a major championship competition.

The men’s team has been named as Luke Tasker, Tommy Lees and Harry Sykes, who will also be competing in a major competition for the first time.

Eleanor Guest
Tuesday, 26th May 2015 2015-05-26 Follow Junior European Results

http://www.pentathloneu.org/index.php?p=results

You can follow the Junior European Championship (Bulgaria) by clicking the link above

 

Stuart Mason
Wednesday, 20th May 2015 2015-05-20 Millfield School Modern Pentathlon Coach Vacancy

Millfield School is looking to recruit a Recoverable Modern Pentathlon Coach. The candidate must have minimum level NSRA club instructor qualification or equivalent (experience coaching the modern pentathlon combined event is highly desirable).  If you are interested, an application form and further details are available from the Millfield School website here.

Closing date: 21st May 2015

Eleanor Guest
Wednesday, 6th May 2015 2015-05-06 Non-Executive Director Recruitment

Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon which involves five disciplines; fencing, swimming, riding, running and shooting.  We are highly successful in winning Olympic and World Championship medals, including at London 2012 and the World Championships 2014.  We have been successful in securing and maintaining funding to support our participation and world class aspirations for the 2013-17 funding cycle and are now looking to achieve major ambitions by growing our sport and continuing its sustained success internationally. 

Vacancies

We are looking to recruit Non-Executive Directors to the Board. There are two current vacancies with a further two posts becoming vacant after Rio 2016.

In particular we are looking for Independent Directors with specific skills and experience in one or more of the following areas: accountancy, legal, HR, commercial, marketing, social media and communications and sports development.

These are voluntary positions, with travel expenses paid.  

The Board

The Board consists of ten Non-Executive Directors plus the Chief Executive Officer and the National Performance Director.  They meet six times a year, usually in London, and attend at least one of the five national domestic competitions held each year.

The Role

The role will require a time commitment of 10 - 15 days per year. The following accountabilities reflect the role:

  • Constructively formulate Pentathlon GB’s strategic aims, ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for us to meet our objectives.
  • Provide leadership within a framework of effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed.
  • Set our values and standards and ensure that our obligations to our members and others (including funders) are understood and met.
  • Scrutinise the performance of the Senior Management Team in meeting agreed goals and objectives and monitor management reporting.
  • Satisfy yourself as to the integrity of the company’s financial information and reports provided to the Board; and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and appropriate.
  • Constantly establish and maintain confidence in the conduct and performance of the company and, through it, the national governing body.

 

Person Specification

Our ideal candidates will have:

  • Success and seniority in a professional career with experience of a high level of accountability.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively within the Board and knowledge of how a Board should operate.
  • The highest standards of corporate governance, integrity  and management.
  • The ability to listen sensitively to the views of others, inside and outside the Board, displaying good judgement and decisiveness in pressured circumstances and the skills and experience to influence decision making.
  • A proven ability to operate and plan at a strategic level.

 

Pentathlon GB is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief. We recruit openly and without discrimination.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply by email to the Company Secretary Ellie Guest eleanor.guest@pentathlongb.org in confidence with a CV, a supporting reference (or at least the identity of a referee who we may approach) and any other relevant information.

Closing Date

28 May 15

Interviews

19 June in London, or on an alternative date in agreement with the interview panel.

Eleanor Guest
Wednesday, 6th May 2015 2015-05-06 IQ Laser Upgrade

For attention of all coaches and athletes that have an IQ Laser Barrel and or Target (that is not set at 50 seconds)

In order to ensure your IQ equipment (laser container and target) is fully up to date with the latest upgrade from the manufacturer, thus ensuring it will function correctly with other target systems at competitions, it is necessary for you to read the following carefully:

Pentathlon GB has agreed with the company (IQ) that all IQ laser containers and targets will be upgraded at the Modern Pentathlon National Training Centre Bath and this will take place on 13th May 2015. The logistics to facilitate this are complicated and the following instructions would have to be followed in full, the upgrade is not mandatory but is highly recommended:

LASER CONTAINER (BARREL)

1. Your laser container would need to be at the Modern Pentathlon National Training Centre, Bath University NO LATER than 12th MAY 2015.
2. They can be delivered by hand to Frici Foldes at the Modern Pentathlon Training Centre, Bath University or:
3. They are to be securely packaged and posted special delivery with a deadline delivery date of no later than 12th MAY 2015, addressed to
Mr Frici Foldes, Modern Pentathlon, 22/23 Eastwood, Bath University, Bath BA2 7AY
4. Each item is to be CLEARLY labelled with name of athlete – sticky label is best option
5. A return jiffy bag with correct postage and return address on it is to be included
6. PGB has negotiated a reduced fee due to volume for the upgrade of  £50.00 for personally owned equipment – the payment is to be made by enclosing a cheque made payable to PENTATHLON GB in with your laser and PGB will be invoiced by IQ for payment in full.

Note: anyone that has a PGB Pathway Programme Laser on loan should comply with the above instruction and clearly annotate that the laser barrel is on loan from........ (name) do not send a cheque

TARGET

If your IQ Laser Target has not been upgraded to 50 seconds and still set on 70 seconds then you have the opportunity to have this carried out at the same time. The process/logistics are exactly the same as above and there will be a cost of £37.00

There is a thought that if your target is only used at home for training purposes then this upgrade may not be necessary, but that would be your personal decision.

This upgrade session is a one off opportunity organised by PGB with IQ to come over to the UK and carry out the upgrades, thereafter you would have to send the equipment to IQ in Germany to get the upgrade carried out.

Stuart Mason
Wednesday, 6th May 2015 2015-05-06 NYRC#5 - National Pentathlon Championship

Athletes please note that NYRC#5 applies to Youth A athletes only (and Youth B athletes that intend competing up an age group in the Youth A Ranking Competition). The Youth B Ranking series for 2015 concluded at NYRC#4.

When completing the entry form for the National Pentathlon Championships read it carefully and note the laser and pellet sections as this will determine what part of the championships you are competing in.

Stuart Mason
Sunday, 3rd May 2015 2015-05-03 Toolis top Brit in men’s final at World Cup 4 in Kecskemét, Hungary.

Pentathlon GB

For immediate use: Sunday 3 May, 2015

 

Toolis top Brit in men’s final at World Cup 4 in Kecskemét, Hungary.

 

Tom Toolis was the highest-placed Brit in the men’s final today finishing 13th overall, his best ever result in a World Cup.

 

Toolis performed strongly in the fencing to record 19 wins that moved him from 18th up to 11th place, a position that he held after a fine ride that scored him 294 points. He finished the run/shoot in 11:26.08, which scored him 1450 points overall.

 

Jamie Cooke, a World Cup winner earlier in the season, finished 27th overall with 1409 points, with team mate Sam Curry coming home in 35th place with 1367 points.

 

Cooke started the day superbly recording the fastest time in the swim of 1:56.82, but dropped down to 25th place after winning only 12 of his fencing bouts. 

 

Curry also dropped places after the fencing to 34th, and neither could better their positions after Cooke finished 19th and Curry 28th in the run/shoot. 

 

“It was definitely an interesting weekend,” said Jan Bartu, the GB Performance Director.  “It was a tough competition for the athletes, as all of the nations are now gearing up for the big competitions ahead.”

 

Bartu was pleased with Tom Toolis’s performance. “This is Tom’s second consecutive solid performance at this level and he has made the most significant improvement so far this season.”

 

In the women’s final yesterday, Kate French produced a strong run/shoot to finish as the highest-placed Brit in 13th, three places ahead of teenager Francesca Summers.

 

Reigning World Champion Samantha had to settle for 29th place after being eliminated in the ride, and Mhairi Spence eventually finished 24th overall in her first World Cup for 12 months.

 

Murray had made an excellent start to Saturday’s competition by recording comfortably the fastest time in the swim of 2:08.73, but saw her chances disappear in the ride as she was eliminated on Zermatt, meaning she picked up no points and went into the final run/shoot ranked 31st.

 

Spence was fourth going into the combined event but, in her first World Cup for 12 months, struggled for pace and eventually finished 24th overall.

 

 “It was a good experience for all of the athletes,” said Bartu, “but we are looking forward to the big championships now.”

 

 The World Cup Final will take place in Minsk, Belarus from June 11-14.

 

A key event on the road to Rio will be the Modern Pentathlon European Championships, taking place at the University of Bath from August 18-23.

Caroline Searle
Sunday, 3rd May 2015 2015-05-03 Kecskemet Calling

Intensity of the men’s semi-finals has been extraordinary so far this World Cup Season. No mistake or moment slump in performance goes unpunished in the terms of achieving places in the Finals. Athletes know too well that every victory in the fencing, second in the swimming or missed shot in the combined event may be difference between make it or break it. Then there is a compensation factor each athlete needs to have in the armoury. Nowadays it seems to be exceptionally strong running. We have some excellent runners in the competition good enough to tackle 8:40min in 3000m athletic track race, standard of performance unthinkable 10 years ago. Lactate tolerance, lower leg strength, core strength, maximum oxygen consumption, running economy and transitions from running to shooting phase and return to running have been improving over the past 3 to 4 years dramatically. Watch this space, characteristics of the future athlete in Modern Pentathlon are emerging. 

For the finalists the day is long and demanding. Fencing Bonus Round, introduced by the Union in preparations for the 2016 Rio Games, in addition of the pool unique, has been tested in the 2015 World Cup Series. We are still learning how potential gain of 1 to 5 seconds in the Bonus Round would affect the overall Pentathlon results. Bonus Round adds, at this testing stage, about one and half hours to the competition schedule when conducted in One Day Format. There is some outstanding work to be done on the point tables to ensure fairness to all athletes irrelevant to their placing after pool unique and investigate an option to seed the athletes for the Bonus Round after two disciplines.

It was a hit and miss competition for the girls. Samantha rode exceptionally well until taking a wrong turn after the obstacle 6 hearing liberating sound of the bell as a result. Kate struggled through the fencing but fought back in the combined event finishing in respectable 13th place. Mhairi experienced a good day returning from prolonged recovery but not yet in full fitness. Francesca should be happy with the 16th place finish. She was well balanced and had some fan too. In the heat of the fencing battle she had a core and core contact with one of the athletes who ended up flat face down on the piste. Frankie did not hesitate a second, followed through hitting gently her adversary helplessly lying on the piste. It was not attempt to score but a clear reminder to her opponent: do not mess with me I bite. 

Jamie, Tom and Sam compete today in the prestigious final stage of the World Cup 4 in Kecskemet, Hungary, all the best!

Jan Bartu
Saturday, 2nd May 2015 2015-05-02 Strong run/shoot sees French finish as top Brit in women's final at World Cup 4

It was a day of ups and downs for Pentathlon GB in the women’s final of World Cup 4 in Kecskemét, Hungary.

There were good individual performances across the disciplines, with Kate French producing a strong run/shoot to finish as the highest-placed Brit in 13th, three places ahead of teenager Francesca Summers.

Mhairi Spence was fourth going into the combined event but, in her first World Cup for 12 months, struggled for pace and eventually finished 24th overall.

And reigning World Champion Samantha Murray had to settle for 29th place after being eliminated in the ride.

She had made an excellent start to Saturday’s competition by recording comfortably the fastest time in the swim of 2:08.73. Spence was 12th in 2:16.79, French 31st in 2:21.49 and Summers 33rd in 2:23.22.

Spence and Summers impressed in the fencing, winning 23 and 22 bouts respectively to climb up the rankings. Murray won 16 and French 15.

Murray was still well placed overall but saw her chances disappear in the ride as she was eliminated on Zermatt, meaning she picked up no points and went into the final run/shoot ranked 31st.

Spence and French both scored 293 points, on Jagello and Boby respectively, while Summers added 282 points to her tally on Londi.

That meant she started the final discipline in 16th, a position the 19-year-old maintained by completing the run/shoot in 13:02 to finish with 1,298 points.

French was 22nd but surged up nine places to 13th overall on 1,312 points after producing the fourth-fastest run/shoot of the day in 12:30.

Murray was 11th fastest in 12:48, meaning she climbed two places to finish 29th on 1,044 points. Spence was five places ahead on 1,266.

The men’s final is on Sunday, with Britain represented by Jamie Cooke, Sam Curry and Tom Toolis.

Caroline Searle
Friday, 1st May 2015 2015-05-01 Pentathlon GB trio progress to final of World Cup 4

The British trio of Jamie Cooke, Tom Toolis and Sam Curry have qualified for Sunday’s final of World cup 4 in Kecskmet, Hungary.  

 

Jamie Cooke, winner of the first world cup of 2015, qualified comfortably in Group A. Cooke started strongly recording 16 wins in the fencing and posted the second fastest time in the swim, which put him first going into the combined run-shoot. He finished fifth overall with 1151 points.

 

Tom Toolis, also in Group A, produced a fine combined run-shoot to climb the rankings and finish 10th overall and secure his place in the final with 1141 points.

 

In Group B Sam Curry finished in 10th place overall with 1157 points to see him through to the final. Curry performed strongly in the fencing competition to record 19 wins and in the swim, which sat him in fifth after the first two disciplines.

 

There was disappointment though for Nick Woodbridge as he finished 19th in Group C and will not progress further.

 

Yesterday in Kecskmet, all four British women qualified safely for tomorrow’s final.  Samantha Murray and Mhairi Spence were particularly impressive in Group C, with Murray taking first spot with 1,045 points and Spence – in her first World Cup for 12 months – fourth on 1,031.

 

Kate French, a bronze medallist from world cup 1 and Francesca Summers, making only her second world cup appearance, join them in the final after finishing seventh and 12th respectively in Group A. 

Caroline Searle
Friday, 1st May 2015 2015-05-01 Follow us for updates on the European Championships!!  Pentathlon European Championships

This year Pentathlon GB is honored to be host the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Bath, Somerset; it will be a week full of fun activities, exciting competition and world-class performances.  Follow our official European Championship Twitter here and like our Facebook page here for live updates, tickets, and news about the event, prize giveaways and much more!  Bring friends and family and join us in cheering onour GB athletes in their fight for European titles and Olympic qualification to Rio de Janeiro 2016.

Charlotte Addis
Friday, 1st May 2015 2015-05-01 From Kecskemet

Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath inaugurated a new Combined Event Facility located on the side of athletic track aiming to provide additional training opportunity to the top British athletes. Built has been fairly lengthy process associated with refurbishment of the Open Air Combined Event Range, resurfacing of the athletic track, installation of the 2012 Olympic Games legacy swimming pool and adjacent Sports Training Village support areas. This has been mammoth project undertaken by the UK Sport Elite Training Centre initiative, University of Bath and its Sports Development Department led by Stephen Baddeley, funding partners, Sport England and National Governing Bodies of Skeleton-Bobsleigh, Swimming, Athletics and Modern Pentathlon. We can’t be thankful enough to the National Lottery Sports Fund for continues generation of so vital support to the British sporting community and in particularly, to the Pentathlon GB programmes.

In contrast to recent undoubtedly positive developments and fruitful efforts to add upgraded training facilities to existing portfolio we are occasionally confronted with frustrating lack of appreciation and understanding on the part of the very individuals for whom the negotiations, planning, investments and constructions are undertaken. I am not the only one amongst the Performance Directors who would share concerns about programme athletes that have become accustom to take provided support and opportunities for granted. Risks of diluting the athletes’ focus on the delivery of utmost quality training programmes meanwhile waste unnecessary time and energy on discussions why and where this or that can’t be done is growing.  It is very simple the top performance can be only achieved when fundamental hours of dedicated training have been completed. Some of the training volume needs to be purposefully conducted under duress of bad weather conditions and imperfect training facilities. Exposing athletes to additional challenges stimulates their adaptability and coping skills, elementary virtues for any aspiring champion. To me the proposition of conscious continues increase of the training demands is the way forward. I sincerely believe the Rio hopefuls embrace the concept and make it work.  

Samantha and Mhairi controlled their destiny in the semi-finals from the leading positions thanks to strong fencing and swimming. It could be advantage in the finals to be able dig in to energy reserves not depleted in the qualification round. Kate and Francesca have done exactly opposite in the battle for top qualification places. They had to run flat out in the closing stages of the combined event to secure passage to the Saturday’s finals. That is now history and girls have a day to replenish, relax and have a massage treatment. It will be interesting Final of the World Cup 4 with currently the most experienced British female athlete Mhairi Spence and the youngest contender on the team Francesca Summers going head to head. I suspect it’ll be rather exciting to watch, don’t miss.   

Good luck today to the Men's Team.

 

Jan Bartu



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New Pentathlon GB Shop Online Launched!!

Posted on Friday, 6th Dec 2013 by Eleanor Guest

 Pentathlon GB Online Shop Launched

Pentathlon GB are pleased to announce the opening of the brand new online shop, and to celebrate we're offering a 15% discount off all purchases.

Simply go to our shop at www.shoppentathlongb.org and enter PGB15 at the checkout!!  Perfect for any Christmas presents you're looking for.

Happy shopping!


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Wednesday, 1st Jul 2015 2015-07-01 Leading sports psychiatrists to address delegates at world coach’s conference  World Coaches Conference

Modern pentathlon coaches will hear from the man who counselled Sir Chris Hoy to three gold medals in Bejing at the annual World Modern Pentathlon Coaches Conference.

This year’s theme, Rio 2016 and Beyond, will provide thought provoking and insightful content designed to stimulate discussion and reflection.

Dr Steven Peters, who has worked with numerous sports stars including footballer Steven Gerrard, Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton and five-time world Champion snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan, will be speaking to delegates about how to best manage the part of the brain that controls emotions and gut instincts.  

He will be joined by Yogi Breisner, the man who has led the British Eventing team to medals at the Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympic Games. The event will once again offer coaches a fantastic opportunity to gain a further understanding into the development of their athletes.

Registration for the conference closes on July 20, and with places filling up fast delegates are encouraged to apply for a place as soon as possible.

 

World Modern Pentathlon Coaches Conference  |  6-8 November 2015

The Manchester Conference Centre

Manchester

England

M1 3NJ

 

Register Now

 

Hannah Thompson

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UK Modern Pentathlon Roll of Honour

Top 6 finishers in Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup Finals

2014
Senior World Championships Samantha Murray Individual Gold
Senior World Championships French, Murray, Prentice Women's Team Silver
Senior World Championships Evans, French Mixed Team Relay Silver
Youth Olympics Francesca Summers Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Fitton, Muir, Summers Women's Team Gold
Youth World Championships Francesca Summers Individual Bronze
Youth World Championships Bryson, Prise, Summers Women's Team Gold
2013
Senior World Championships Nick Woodbridge Individual Silver
Senior World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual 5th
Senior World Championships Evans, Murray Mixed Relay 4th
Senior World Championships French, Prentice, Spence Women's Team Relay 4th
Senior World Championships Cooke, Evans, Woodbridge Men's Team Relay 5th
Senior World Championships French, Murray, Spence Women's Team Gold
World Cup Final Jamie Cooke Individual 6th
Junior World Championships Fitton, Muir, K.Prise Women's Team Relay Gold
Youth A World Championships Joe Choong Individual Silver
2012
London Olympics Samantha Murray Individual Silver
Senior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual Gold
Senior World Championships Samantha Murray Individual Bronze
Senior World Championships Fell, Murray, Spence Women's Team Gold
Senior World Championships Burke, French, Livingston Women's Team Relay Bronze
Junior World Championships Fowlie, Prise, Wain Women's Team Relay Bronze
World Cup Final Heather Fell Individual Silver
World Cup Final Nick Woodbridge Individual 5th
2011
Junior World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual Gold
Junior World Championships Freyja Prentice Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Lydia Rosling Individual 5th
Junior World Championships French, Prentice, Rosling Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Prentice, Rosling Women's Team Relay Gold
Junior World Championships French, Myatt Mixed Team Relay 4th
World Championships Burke, Prentice, Spence Team 5th
World Cup Final Nick Woodbridge Individual Bronze
World Cup Final Mhairi Spence Individual 5th


2010
Senior World Championships Fell, Murray, Prentice Women's Team Silver
Junior World Championships Burke, Murray, Prentice Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Burke, French, Prentice Women's Team Relay Gold
Junior World Championships Freyja Prentice Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Kate French Individual 4th
Junior World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual 5th


2009
Senior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Spence Women's Team Silver
Senior World Championships Weale, Woodbridge Men's Team Relay 4th
Senior World Championships Fell, Spence Women's Team Relay 4th


2008
Olympic Games Heather Fell Individual Silver
Senior World Championships Katy Livingston Individual Bronze
Senior World Championships Fell, Harland, Spence Team Silver
Senior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Spence Team Relay Silver
World Cup Final Heather Fell Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Ferguson, Grandfield, Prentice Women's Team Silver
Youth World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual Silver
Youth World Championships Cooke, Legon, Worrall Team Bronze


2007
Senior World Championships Livingston, Spence, Weedon Women's Relay Gold


2006
Senior World Championships Harland, Spence, Weedon Women's Team Relay Silver
Senior World Championships Harland, Spence, Livingston Women's Team Silver
Junior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Spence, Helyer, Gomersall S Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Spence, Helyer, Gomersall S Women's Team Relay Gold


2005
Junior World Championships Spence, Livingston, Gomersall S Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual Bronze


2004
Junior World Championships Spence, Fell, Livingston Women's Team Relay Silver
Junior World Championships Spence, Fell, Rowell Women's Team Bronze
Junior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual 5th
Olympic Games Georgina Harland Individual Bronze
Youth World Championships Nick Woodbridge Individual Gold
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual Gold
World Championships Allenby, Clark, Harland Women's Team Gold
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Silver
World Championships Georgina Harland Individual 5th


2003
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual Gold
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual 5th
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
World Championships Allenby, Harland, Lewis S Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Heather Fell Individual Gold
Junior World Championships Lindsey Weedon Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Weedon Women's Team Relay Silver
Junior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Weedon Women's Team Gold


2002
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual Gold
World Championships Georgina Harland Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Clark, Fell, Langridge Women's Team Silver


2001
World Cup Final Sian Lewis Individual Gold
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Emily Bright Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Bright, Clark, Langridge Women's Team Bronze
Junior World Championships Bright, Clark, Langridge Women's Team Relay Silver
World Championships Steph Cook Individual Gold
World Championships Georgina Harland Individual Bronze
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual 5th
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Lewis S Women's Team Gold
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Harland Women's Team Relay Gold


2000
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual 5th
Olympic Games Steph Cook Individual Gold
Olympic Games Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Bright, Clark, Langridge Women's Team Relay Bronze
Junior World Championships Emily Bright Individual 6th
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual 6th
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Harland Women's Team Silver
World Championships Cook, Kinsey, Lewis S Women's Team Relay Silver


1999
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Lewis S Women's Team Silver
World Championships Cook, Harland, Lewis G Women's Team Relay Gold
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
World Cup Final Steph Cook Individual 4th
Junior World Championships Giles Hancock Individual 6th


1998
World Championships Lewis S, Cook, Allenby Women's Team Silver
World Championships Allen, Allenby, Cook Women's Team Relay Bronze
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual Gold


1997
World Championships Allen, Allenby, Houston Women's Team Relay Bronze
Junior World Championships Georgina Harland Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Harland, Bright, Lewis G Women's Team 6th


1996
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual 6th
World Championships Allenby, Lewis G, Wilmott Women's Team Relay 6th
World Cup Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Lewis, Leach, Harland Women's Team 5th
Junior World Championships Lewis, Leach, Harland Women's Team Relay 6th


1995
World Championships Allen, Allenby, Andrews Women's Team Relay 5th
Junior World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Silver


1994
World Championships Phelps, Brookhouse, Whyte Men's Team Silver
Junior World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Allenby, Kimberley, Lewis Women's Team 6th
Junior World Championships Allenby, Kimberley, Kipling Women's Team Relay 6th


1993
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual Gold
World Championships Macfadden, Houston, Rowe Women's Team Relay 5th
Junior World Championships Allen, Kimberley, Kipling Women's Team Silver


1992
Olympic Games Phelps, Mahony, Brookhouse Men's Team 6th
World Championships Cox, Houston, Kipling Women's Team 5th
Junior World Championships Allen, Kimberley, Kipling Women's Team Relay 5th


1991
Junior World Championships Kimberley, Kipling, Nicholas Women's Team Relay 4th


1990
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 5th
World Championships Mahony, Phelps, Brookhouse Men's Team 5th
Junior World Championships Nicholas, Macfadden, Kimberley Women's TeamRelay 6th
Junior World Championships Nicholas, Macfadden, Kipling Women's Relay 6th


1989
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 5th


1988
Olympic Games Ric Phelps Individual 6th
Olympic Games Mahony, Phelps, Brookhouse Men's Team Bronze
World Championships Norman, Ball, Cox Women's Team 6th


1987
World Championships Dominic Mahony Individual 6th
World Championships Mahony, Phelps, Brookhouse Men's Team Bronze
World Championships Norman, Ball, Flaherty Women's Team 4th
Junior World Championships Whyte, Ball, Chaffey Men's Team 5th


1986
World Championships Norman, Purton, Ball Women's Team 6th
World Championships Mahony, Hart, Phelps Men's Team 6th
Junior World Championships Lawrence, Whyte, Griffiths Men's Team 4th


1985
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Dominic Mahony Individual 6th


1984
Olympic Games Ric Phelps Individual 4th
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual 4th
World Championships Norman, Sowerby, Purton Women's Team 6th


1983
World Championships Sarah Parker Individual Bronze
World Championships Teresa Purton Individual 5th
World Championships Parker, Purton, Sowerby Women's Team Gold
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 6th


1982
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual Gold
World Championships Sarah Parker Indivdual Silver
World Championships Kathy Tayler Individual Bronze
World Championships Norman, Parker, Tayler Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Ric Phelps Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Phelps, Royston, Tayler Men's Team Bronze


1981
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual Bronze
World Championships Norman, Tayler, Parker Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Phelps, Tayler, Royston Men's Team 4th


1980
Junior World Championships Ric Phelps Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Phelps, Tayler, Royston Men's Team Bronze


1978
Junior World Championships Phelps, Humpage, Brodie Men's Team 4th


1976
Olympic Games Parker, Nightingale, Fox Men's Team Gold
Olympic Games Adrian Parker Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Clarke, Tolfree, Mumford Men's Team 5th


1975
World Championships Jim Fox Individual Bronze


1974
World Championships Jim Fox Individual 6th


1973
Junior World Championships Wall, Nightingale, Mullis Men's Team 5th


1972
Olympic Games Jim Fox Individual 4th


1967
World Championships Jim Fox Individual 5th


1966
World Championships Jim Fox Individual 5th


1957
World Championships Don Cobley Individual 6th


1951
World Championships Lumsdaine, Percy, Blacker Men's Team 4th


1950
World Championships Lumsdaine, Duckworth, Marsh Men's Team 5th


1949
World Championships Lumsdaine, Duckworth, Brooke Men's Team 4th


1928
Olympic Games David Turquand-Young Individual 6th