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Turkish Delight for British Biathletes Saturday, 31st Oct 2015 Howard Jones

It was indeed delight for the British team at the European Biathle Championships in Kusadasi.

In cooler conditions, the event started with the Masters A Men and Ladies and there was a clean sweep in the Men’s Race with victory going to James Greenwell followed in by Mike Weed and brother Tony for the team title as well. Claire Forbes won the Ladies race with Kay Evans in silver medal position. Suzanne Clarkson was also victorious in the Masters C Ladies race.

The Youths E races followed the trend with a win for Harriet Hillman, 6th place for Kirsty Maher and 9th for Bea Stanton, the three girls taking the team Gold. Jamie Robinson won the Boys race with Angus Evans 5th, Josh Cobb 6th and Tyler Tombs 7th, the gold team medals were once again assured.

The Youth D Girls Race saw Sophie Mabbs, finish 4th, Anya Evans 5th and Rebecca Wren 6th and another gold medal team performance. Sam Cobb took a determined and well deserved win in the Youth D Boys race.

Harriet Tuson won the Bronze medal in the Youth C Girls race and with Hannah Stanton 6th, Amy Northam 7th and Issy Woodman 9th the girls took the silver team medals. Ben Winterburn won the Boys race with Joseph Robins finishing 8th.

Lilyella Harland-Fairweather took silver in the Youth B Girls Race with Jessica Sutton 5th. Kate Offord had a comfortable win in the Youths A Girls Race and Ryan Flaherty was placed 4th in the Boys race.

Another win came in the Senior Race with Rachel Jones leading home the podium trio of Nicola Rowley and Kathy Wellam and, of course the team win. Gregan Clarkson took silver in the men’s race with Gareth Allen 4th.

A total of 17 Individual medals, 9 European Champions, 5 silver and 3 bronze, 4 winning teams and a silver medal team meant another very satisfying trip for the British Biathle team.

Well dome to all.

Mixed relay success in Kusadasi Friday, 30th Oct 2015 Howard Jones

The opening events for the 2015 European Biathle Championships in Turkey were the mixed relays. Straight away there was success for the British team in the first event, the Youth E, with Harriet Hillman and Jamie Robinson winning in a close finish from Hungary and Turkey.


Not to be outdone, Anya Evans and Sam Cobb were victorious in the Youth D event in an even closer finish, again from Hungary and Turkey. Kate Offord and Ryan Flaherty finished second to Turkey in the Youth A race for silver medals and Nicola Rowley and Gregan Clarkson won the Gold medals in the senior event.


Everyone now prepares for the individual Championships on Saturday.



Batumi Proves the Toughest Biathle, World Championships Yet Thursday, 24th Sep 2015 Howard Jones

With over 500 athletes from 28 Countries, the 17th Biathle World Championships held in Batumi Georgia was to be the biggest yet.

The GBR team started the day with Sophie Izon claiming 5th place in the straight final of the Youth E Girls race. The Youth E Boys entry was such that heats and finals were required and Jamie Robinson 7th in heat 1, Christo Chilton and Jack Amor 1st and 4th in heat 2 qualified for the finals. Rocco Taylor in 14th place missed out on a finals place.

Heats were required for the Youth D Girls. Poppy Clark, Oliva Herron and Rebecca Wren, 2nd, 4th and 5th in heat 1 and Sophie Mabbs, Ciara Blount and Georgie Tombs, 5th, 6th and 7th in heat 2 all qualified for the finals.

The Youth D Boys Heats were contested by Jayden Daniels 1st and Ryan Symington 3rd in heat 1 and Charlie Hobson 3rd and Ben Nealon 4th in the second heat and all qualified for the finals. Elsa Palmer and Sarah Wilson 2nd and 3rd in the Youth C Girls Heat 1 qualified for the final as did Daisy Anderson 6th in heat 2. Emily Blount’s time for 8th place in heat 2 was just one second out of qualifying.

In the tough Youth C Heats Shea Hannam 4th in heat 1 and Robert Croager 6th in heat 2 qualified but Charlie Madden 9th in heat 1. JJ Robins 14th in heat 1 and Alex Chilton 16th in heat 2 missed out.

The second final of the day, the Youth B Girls Race, Elizabeth Tolley claimed 6th place, Lilyella Harland-Fairweather 11th, Oliva Manson 13th and Olivia Lowe 14th. The leading trio taking the bronze team medals.

Back to heats for the Youth B Boys and with 20 in each heat, qualifying was not going to be easy. The first heat saw Matthew McCarthy’s 7th place through to the final but Charlie Goriup’s 11th place was not enough. Heat 2 saw both Michael Sallis and James McCarthy 6th and 7th through to the final.

The British team’s first individual medal of the day was won by Georgia Hannam with a tremendous performance to finish second on the Youth A Girls race behind Russia’s Irina Sukhainskaia. Georgina Kemp finished in 11th place. Matthew Griffiths just missed out on a medal in 4th place in the Youths A Boys race and with Elliott Laville 11th and Ryan Flaherty 20th took the Bronze team medals.

In the Junior Races, Georgina Howard-Weston was 5th and Adam Weightman finished 8th. Rachel Jones and Gregan Clarkson just missed out on medals with 4th places the Senior races. Kathy Wellam was 6th and Gareth Allen 9th.

Peter Collett collected Great Britain’s second individual medal with a third place in the Masters D Race. James Greenwell equalled that with another bronze in the Masters A Race ably supported by Tony Weed 5th and John Tighe 7th for the Team silver medals. Kypros Harrison finished in 8th. Another set of Silver team medals went to Mark Palmer 5th, Steve Luff 6th and Richards Wallace 7th in the Master B Race. The Masters C Ladies took individual and team gold with a win from Mary Collett, Margaret Smith 4th and Suzanne Clarkson 5th. More Gold in the Masters A Ladies Race with a win from Claire Forbes and a silver for Mary Blount.

The finals of the earlier heats produced a tremendous finish in the Youth E race with Christo Chilton overhauling South Africa’s Shaw Taylor on the line to take the win and with Jack Amor 6th and Jamie Robinson 8th took the silver team medals.

More individual medals in the Youth D Final with Charlie Hobson 2nd and Ryan Symington third. Jayden Daniels was 4th and Ben Nealon 5th, the first three taking Team Gold. With a full complement of six girls in the Youth D Final there were high hopes for a team medals and with Poppy Clark 6th, Ciara Blount 8th and Sophie Mabbs 9th, team silver was assured. There was also good packing from Georgia Tombs 10th, Rebecca Wren 11th and Olivia Herron 12th

More success followed in the Youth C Girls Final with a tremendous win for Sarah Wilson, closely followed in by Elsa Palmer in second. Daisy Anderson who had an unfortunate trip during the race finished a creditable 13th and helped the team to the Gold medals. Shea Hannam and Robert Croager gained 6th and 11th places in the Youth C Boys Final.

The last race of a hectic and very full day was the Youth B Boys final with Matthew and James McCarthy and Michael Sallis finishing in 13th, 14th and 15th places for team bronze.

So the 17th Biathle World Championships were over and the teams look to regroup in Florida on 2nd September 2016 for the 18th event. Well done to the whole GB team who, as usual performed at the highest standard against some of the strongest competition in Biathle yet.

British Biathlete World Beaters in Portugal Saturday, 18th Jul 2015 Howard Jones

The third Biathle World Tour of the year took place under the hot Portuguese sun in Setubal’s Parc Urbano de Albarquel.

GB’s dominance of the World Tour continued with a clean sweep of medals in the first Youth E race courtesy of Freya Gregory, Macey Barrett and Hannah Carter, The Boys race provided GB with a silver medal for Jack Amor.

The youths D races provided more GB success another clean sweep of medals for Abie White, Georgia Tombs and Rebecca Wren. The same dominant performance in the boys’ race with medals for Oliver Smart, Daniel Galloway and Finn Pardy. 

Connie Mounsey secured a fine silver in the Youths C Girls race with George Case and Edward Smart 2nd and 3rd in the largest field of the day, the Youth C Boys race. Alexandra Withey and Stephanie Cummins took gold and silver in the Youth B Girls race and Charlie Cooper took the bronze medal in the Boys B race.

Kate Offord took an emphatic win in the Youths A Girls Race from Georgina Kemp in second place. Natalie Green took second place and a silver medal in the Junior Ladies Race and silver medal.

Rachel Jones won the Senior Ladies race and Gareth Allen was third in the very strong senior men’s race.

Great Britain are usually very strong in the Masters’ races and there were wins for Claire Forbes (Master A) and Margaret Smith (Master C) and silver medal for James Greenwell (Master A).

The Great Britain team of 69 Biathletes competing against a field of over 260 competitors take home a total of 24 medals, 8 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze – congratulations to them all.


Youths E Girls: 1st Freya Gregory 5:08.27, 2nd Macey Barrett 5:10.89. 3rd Hannah Carter 5:12.49, 4th Melissa Cooper 5:22.9, 7th Isla Gregory 5:48.01

Youth E Boys:  2nd Jack Amor 4:59.13, 5th James Carr 5:18.06, 6th Bert Papworth 5:22.07

Youth D Girls: 1st Abbie White 4:36.43, 2nd Georgia Tombs 4:4.14, 3rd Rebecca Wren 4:48.77, 5th Jessica Hudson 5:05.73, 6th Alexandra Palotai-Avella, 8th Annabel Denton 5:07.63, 9th Kai Snell 5:12.87, 10th Georgia Gussey 5:17.10, 11th Charlotte Taylor 5:19.33, 14th Lillyella Amor 5:30.69, 15th Tabitha Samouelle 5:31.17, 16th Elektra Covell 5:35.51

Youth D Boys: 1st Oliver Smart 4:20.54, 2nd Daniel Galloway4:26.28, 3rd Finn Pardy 4:26.78, 4th Charlie Cook 4:39.09, 5th Ajay Coombes 4:31.58, 8th  Wiliam Carr 4:44.48, 9th Josh Dreelan 4:55.44

Youth C Girls: 2nd Connie Mounsey 5:26.75, 5th Amy Northam 5:33.95, 6th Poppy Boyden 5:39.14, 7th Emily Blount 5:41.60, 10th Leontine Forbes 6:01.55

Youth C Boys: 2nd George Case 5:04.36, 3rd Edward Smart 5:11.96, 4th Ben Winterburn 5:17.40, 7th Charlie Madden 5:47.14, 10th Archie Williams 5:54.66

Youth B Girls: 1st Alexandra Withey 9:47.52, 2nd Stephanie Cummins 9:56.06, 4th Elizabeth Tolley 10:17.15, 5th Olivia Manson 10:20.34, 6th Lillyella Harland-Fairweather 10:25.28, 7th Emma Livingstone 10:32.17, 8th Jessica Sutton 10:42.30

Youth B Boys: 3rd Charlie Cooper 9:09.10, 6th Jack White 9:41.51, 9th Jack Turner 9:52.34, 10th Matthew Yates 9:54.87, 12th Charlie Samouelle 10:01.77, 15th Thomas Bawden 10:31.61

Youth A Girls: 1st Kate Offord 14:23.59, 2nd Georgina Kemp 15:07.19, 4th Georgie Lane 16:13.73

Youth A Boys: 5th Jack Ayling 12:40.65, 8th Bradley Sutton 13:01.25, 10th Harrison Yarnold 13:07.65, 12th George Claverley 113:41.40, 13th Ryan Flaherty 14:09.39

Junior Women: 2nd Natalie Green 15:17.91       Junior Men: 5th Chris Harris 14:09.96

Senior Ladies: 1st Rachel Jones 14:15.59             Senior Men: 3rd Gareth Allen 13:25.15

Master A Ladies: 1st Claire Forbes 10:22.24

Master A Men: 2nd James Greenwell 9:00.84, 4th Thomas Manson 9:49.52, 5th Tony Weed 9:53.47, 6th John Tighe 10:28.79

Master C Ladies: 1st Margaret Smith 15:41.10

Exciting new modern triathlon series hoping to draw competitors from across north England Tuesday, 30th Jun 2015 Hannah Thompson  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

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

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.

Biathle success under the hot sun Monday, 8th Jun 2015 Howard Jones

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


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

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05/12/2015 Yorkshire Region ETP Training
Venue: Bishop Burton College

Contact: Sonja Greaves , 07788641058 , sonjagreaves112@hotmail.co.uk

This event posted: 17/04/2015

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Yotkshire Biathle and Training Day
Venue: Ennerdale Leisure Centre

Contact: Suzanne Clarkson , 07840186011 , Yorkshirebiathle@hotmail.co.uk

The training will take place from 10:00 - 12:00

Biathle Competition starts at 14:00

This event posted: 23/10/2015

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GB Series Biathle, Allerthorpe
Venue: Allerthorpe lakeland Park

Contact: Suzanne Clarkson , 01482 655189 , yorkshirebiathle@hotmail.co.uk

This event posted: 13/10/2015

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