Schools Competitions

  • Format
  • How to Enter
  • Organise a Time Trial
  • Biathlon Champs
  • Schools Champs
  • Key Info Summary
  • Cancellation

Season 2015-16

 Schools Biathlon 2010

Competition Format

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

Age (as at 31st December 2015) Year Born Swim Distance (m) Run Distance (m)
U10 2006 50 800
U11 2005 50 800
U12 2004 50 800
U13 2003 100 1600
U14 2002 100 1600
U15 2001 200 1600
U16 2000 200 1600
U17 1999 200 1600
U19 1997/98 200 1600
Teachers N/A 50 800

There are a number of preliminary competitions held all over the country during the official qualifying window which is between 19th September and 1st December 2015. If you did the competition last year the format will be the same.

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

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

The main differences between the two Championships are as follows:

  • The British Modern Biathlon Championships (28th & 29th November 2015 in Solihull) is a competition for all age groups (including athletes over the age of 19 and Masters). Athletes compete as ‘independent’ or for their affiliated school or club. Schools and clubs not already affiliated and who wish to have athletes represent them at the Championships should affiliate with us BEFORE entering the preliminary competition by completing and returning this form to our Head Office in Bath.
  • The British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships (19th & 20th March 2016 – Crystal Palace National Sports Centre) is a competition for all school age athletes and their teachers. All athletes automatically represent their school. We also welcome those who are home taught.

Choose a Competition

There is a window between 19th September and 21st October 2015 for athletes to qualify for the British Modern Biathlon Championships and between the 19th September and 1st December 2015 to qualify for the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships.

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

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

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

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

Want to Organise Your Own Time Trial?

If you think you’d like to organise a time trial then you can find out more information by looking at the 'Organising a Time Trial' tab and following the instructions there.

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

Online entry process for entry to the Regional Qualifying Competitions and Pentathlon GB approved competitions

Once you’ve selected the competition or time trial that you would like to enter, what do you do next?

Representing a School or Club

Schools and Clubs who wish to have athletes represent them at the British Modern Biathlon Championships should affiliate with us BEFORE entering the preliminary competition by completing this form and returning it with payment to our Head Office in Bath. Once the form has been processed, you will be able to select the school or club from the drop down list during the online entries procedure.

Enter and Pay (individual entries and existing members of Pentathlon GB)

Entries and payments are all online again this year so it’s a simple process for you to follow. We will start to take entries from 1st September 2015.

  1. First of all you need to log in to your account on the Pentathlon GB website. If you don’t already have an account but you are a member then click on the ‘Register Now’ link and follow the instructions.
  2. Have the following details ready to complete your entry:
    1. The school that you are representing
    2. The competition you would like to enter
    3. The number of entries you wish to make
    4. First Name
    5. Surname
    6. Date of Birth
    7. Gender
    8. email address (of competitor)
    9. Class
    10. Pentathlon GB affiliated club (if you are a member of one)

We have not asked for submitted run and swim times this year as the vast majority of entries into the Preliminary competitions last year did not include them. This year, we will seed heats alphabetically by school and then surname.

When you submit the information we'll check to see if you're already in our database – you'll need to make sure you’ve entered your details correctly so we can find you. If you're in our database then we'll complete the application for you and if you're not we'll create a new membership number.

If you’ve chosen to enter a Pentathlon GB Regional Qualifier or a County Championships you will have to be a fully paid up member of Pentathlon GB. Our records will automatically check this when you enter, so don’t worry if you’re not sure when your membership expires. Junior membership is £10 and Senior membership £25 and will be automatically added to your entry. There is no membership fee for teachers.

If you enter any of the other competitions, you will need to be a First Steps member. This is free of charge and your membership will be automatically created for you. Should you qualify for either of the British Championships, you will need to become a fully paid up member at the time you make your entry to either of those competitions.

The next stage of the entry is to make your payment, this is done via our secure online payment system and the cost will be automatically calculated for you according to the competition and membership fees.

Entering on Behalf of Someone Else

If you are a teacher, coach or parent and want to enter your students or children then the process is almost exactly the same. You need to login to your account using the username and password that you set up previously, or register as a guest. If you have not registered before and are doing so on behalf of an athlete (or group of athletes), please use YOUR name and email address to create an online account. This is so that anyone wishing to enter more than one athlete only has to register once.

When you register, an activation link will be sent to the email address you provide.

Once you have clicked on this link, you will be taken to a login screen where you type in your username and password (case sensitive). This will take you to your own personal area where you can enter the athlete(s) by following the process set out above. Keep entering until you've added them all, we'll check for the membership details and then the payment mechanism will be the same.

Login and enter your competition here


Organising a Time Trial

If you would like to organise your own time trial (this will need to be between 20th September and 1st December) have a look at the checklist below to see if you're eligible.

Do you have:

  1. Access to a 25m or 50m pool?
  2. A track or flat area of grass that you can easily use for an 800m run?
  3. The venue and enough time to accommodate at least 150 entrants?
  4. Access to a hall for registration, a quiet area for results and changing rooms?
  5. Reliable adult volunteers who can assist you?
  6. A computer literate volunteer to use our competition results software?
  7. Your own public liability insurance to run the competition?

If you can answer all of those points with a 'yes' and you are geographically situated in an area that where a competition would be of benefit, then you should be able to run your own time trial.

All competition dates need to be on the competitions calendar prior to the start of the autumn term so your next step is to speak to our Competition and Events Manager (Sue Hyde 07590 444374) before the summer break who will talk you through the process and ultimately approve your time trial – this will also involve completion of the Competition Providers Agreement which details the administration fees to run the competition.

Once it has been approved we'll help you as much as we can. We will add the time trial details to our competition calendar and you’ll receive a Competition Organiser's Pack which includes everything you’ll need to know to run a successful time trial.

We'll also provide you with our results software. We'll give you training to make sure you're happy with how it works.

All the entries for your time trial will be made online via our website and if you decide to charge an entry fee then we will handle this for you as well.

We hope that you're able to organise your own time trial and if you have any queries then please don't hesitate to give Sue a call.

Qualification for the British Modern Biathlon Championships

The British Modern Biathlon Championships will be held at held at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Blossomfield Road, Solihull on 28th & 29th November 2015. Under 10, Under 11 and Under 12 athletes will compete on Saturday. All other classes will compete on Sunday.

Competing here is a great opportunity to gain valuable competition experience and for school age athletes to improve run and swim times for the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships rankings list.

Ranking List

Results of all the preliminary competitions held between 19th September and 21st October 2015 will be combined to create a British Ranking List.

The rankings list will be published on the website on 22nd October 2015. If you are successful in qualifying, you or the person who made the entry on your behalf will receive an e-mail inviting you to formally enter for the Championships.

If you have competed in more than one preliminary competition, the best combined score will be included on the rankings list. If you have scored the same points over two or more competitions, the score with the best swim time will be used.

Scores will be adjusted to that of a 25m pool (the length of pool at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre) for the ranking list as shown below.

POOL LENGTH 200m SWIM 100m SWIM 50m SWIM
50m to 25m - 2.5 seconds - 1.1 second - 0.5 second
25m to 50m + 2.5 seconds + 1.1 second + 0.5 second

If you qualify for the British Modern Biathlon Championships but are unable to compete, please do let us know – this means we may be able to invite another athlete from the rankings list to take part.

Qualification Criteria

The following number of athletes attending the Regional Biathlon Championships organised by the Pentathlon GB Regions will automatically qualify for the British Modern Biathlon Championships:

  1. The top six scoring individuals (with competition scores of 2000 points and above) plus the three individual members of the first placed affiliated School/Club team (minimum 5000 points) in the U10, U11, U12 and U13 classes.
  2. The top three scoring individuals (with competition scores of 2000 points and above) plus the three individual members of the first placed affiliated School/Club team (minimum 5000 points) in the U14, U15, U16, U17 and U19 classes
  3. Other highly ranked individuals who have entered a competition organised before 21st October and have not qualified under the above criteria will be invited to participate. There isn’t a defined number of places for each class therefore additional invitees will be offered places on merit rather than their place on the rankings list.

Representing a School or Club

Schools and Clubs who wish to have athletes represent them at the British Modern Biathlon Championships should affiliate with us BEFORE entering the preliminary competition by completing this form and returning it with payment to our Head Office in Bath. Once the form has been processed, you will be able to select the school or club from the drop down list during the online entries procedure.

Teams

The top three scoring individuals from the same affiliated club or school in each class will create a team. This means that if the club has more than three qualifying individuals in a class, the best three scores will be taken on the day of the Championships.

Enter and Pay

All entries and payments will be online with the online system opening at 11:00 on 23/10/2015 and closing at midnight on 12/11/2015. You must formally enter and pay to compete at the Championships between these dates. The process is simple and all you need to do is login to your online account on the Pentathlon GB website and follow the instructions as before. PLEASE NOTE: THE ENTRY FEE IS DISCOUNTED TO £22 UNTIL MIDNIGHT 05/11/2015 AT WHICH TIME IT WILL INCREASE TO THE FULL COMPETITION FEE OF £25.

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

Qualification for the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships

The British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships will be held at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on 19th & 20th March 2016. Girls will compete on Saturday, Boys will compete on Sunday.

Rankings List

Results of all the preliminary competitions held between 19th September and 1st December 2015 will be combined to create a British Ranking List.

The rankings list will be published on the website on 15th December 2015. If you are successful in qualifying, you or the person who made the entry on your behalf will receive an e-mail inviting you to formally enter for the Championships.

If you competed in more than one preliminary competition, the best combined run/swim score will be included on the rankings list. If you score the same points in two or more competitions the score with the best swim time will be used for ranking purposes.

Scores will be adjusted to that of a 50m pool (the length of pool at the Championships venue) for the ranking list as shown below.

POOL LENGTH 200m SWIM 100m SWIM 50m SWIM
50m to 25m - 2.5 seconds - 1.1 second - 0.5 second
25m to 50m + 2.5 seconds + 1.1 second + 0.5 second

If you qualify for the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships but are unable to compete, please do let us know – this means we may be able to invite another athlete from the rankings list to take part.

Qualification Criteria

The following number of athletes attending the Regional Biathlon Championships organised by the Pentathlon GB Regions will automatically qualify for the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships:

  1. The top three scoring individuals (with competition scores of 2000 points and above) in the U10, U11, U12, U13 and U14 classes.
  2. The top scoring individual (with competition scores of 2000 points and above) in the U15, U16, U17 and U19 classes.

The following number of athletes attending a County Championship will automatically qualify for the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships:

  1. The top two scoring individuals (with competition scores of 2000 points and above) in the U10, U11, U12 and U13 classes.
  2. The top scoring individual (with competition scores of 2000 points and above) in the U14, U15, U16, U17 and U19 classes.

Other highly ranked individuals who have entered a competition organised before 1st December and have not qualified under the above criteria will be invited to participate. There isn’t a defined number of places for each class therefore additional invitees will be offered places on merit rather than their place on the rankings list.

Teams

Teams are not pre-defined. The top three scoring individuals from the same school in each class will create a team. This means that if the school has more than three individuals in a class, the best three scores will be taken on the day of the Championships. A school may have more than one team in a class.

Enter and Pay

All entries must be made online with the online system opening on 7th January 2016 and closing at midnight on 24th February 2016. You must formally enter and pay to compete at the Championships between these dates. The process is simple and all you need to do is login to your online account on the Pentathlon GB website and follow the instructions as before.

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

Summary of Key Information

  British Modern Biathlon Championships British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships
Age Groups U10 to U19 plus Open and Masters U10 to U19 plus Teachers
Automatic Qualification Places Yes (competitions organised by Pentathlon GB Regions only) Yes (County Championships and competitions organised by Pentathlon GB Regions only)
Who Can I Represent? Affiliated School or Club School only
Qualification Period 19 Sep – 21 Oct 2015 19 Sep – 01 Dec 2015
Ranking List Published 22 Oct 2015 15 Dec 2015
Online Entry Opens 23 Oct 2015 7 Jan 2016
Online Entry Closes Midnight 11 Nov 2015 Midnight 24 Feb 2016
Championship Date 28/29 Nov 2015 18/19 Mar 2016
Venue Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Solihull Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Cancellation

If a competition has to be cancelled by Pentathlon GB for any reason, notification will be posted on this website as soon as the decision has been made.

If a qualifying competition organised by the Pentathlon GB Regions is cancelled for whatever reason, all entered competitors will have their submitted run and swim times added to the rankings list for the British Championships.

If a competition organised by Pentathlon GB or it's regions is cancelled for reasons within our control, each athlete entered into that competition will be offered an alternative competition (where possible) and in default a full refund.

If the decision to cancel is made because of circumstances beyond the control of Pentathlon GB, e.g. adverse weather conditions or the strong possibility of adverse weather conditions, there will be no refund.

Competitors entering time trials or competitions organised by third parties should check the cancellation policy with the competition organiser.

If you are concerned about cancellation, we suggest that you consider insurance against loss in the event of cancellation.

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