Schools Competitions

  • Format
  • Taking Part
  • How to Enter
  • Organise a Time Trial
  • Biathlon Champs
  • Schools Champs
  • Cancellation

British Modern Biathlon Series 2013-14

 Schools Biathlon 2011

For the 2013-14 season the way we work out the age groups and the distances for both the swim and run have changed. You can see how it looks on the table below.

We've done this so that all athletes have the opportunity to qualify for both the British Modern Biathlon Championships and the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships by entering just one preliminary competition.

The British Modern Biathlon Championships will be held on 30th November/1st December 2013 at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in Solihull. Competing here is a great opportunity for school age athletes to gain valuable competition experience and an opportunity to improve run and swim times for the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships rankings list.

So that we can minimise the risk of disruption from the weather, this year we won't be holding semi-finals in January and February as we have done in previous years. Instead, we have replaced them with a 'Championships Weekend' of competition and events to be held at a major sporting venue in London on the weekend of 5th & 6th April 2014. The girl's championships will be on Saturday and the boy's championships on Sunday.

Ages (as at 31st December 2013) Year Born Swim Distance (m) Run Distance (m)
U10 2004 50 800
U11 2003 50 800
U12 2002 50 800
U13 2001 100 1600
U14 2000 100 1600
U15 1999 200 1600
U16 1998 200 1600
U17 1997 200 1600
U19 1995/96 200 1600
Teachers N/A 50 800

The Pentathlon GB Development Team will continue to co-ordinate and help organise development days and mini-biathlons at grass roots level at the shorter distances to enable athletes to submit times to the World Schools’ Biathlon Rankings list as in previous years.

The Taking Part section tells you what you need to do next to be involved in the 2013-14 season. You can also find the answers to the questions we get asked most in the FAQ section of the website.

Taking Part

 Schools Biathlon 2010

So, you’ve decided you want to get involved. What next?

Choose a Competition

For athletes that live or attend schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Pentathlon GB Regions are organising qualifying competitions for both Championships. Pentathlon GB approved competitions and time trials are being organised by clubs, schools or individuals in England and Scotland.

You’ll find a list of all competitions on the Schools' 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 (30th November & 1st December 2013) and the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships (5th & 6th April 2014).

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

Enter a Competition

There is a window of between 1st October and 20th October 2013 for athletes to qualify for the British Modern Biathlon Championships and between the 1st October and 13th December 2013 to qualify for the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships.

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 'Organise a Comp' 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 headquarters 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?

Entries and payments are all online this year so it’s a simple process for you to follow.

  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 create it using the 'Unique ID' that will have been sent to you.
  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)
  3. Some optional information can be added which will help us to put you in a heat with athletes at the same level as you. If this information is omitted or you don't know your current run and swim time you will be put into the slowest heats.
    1. Swim time (for the distance you will be swimming)
    2. Run time (for the distance you will be running)

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 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 will be automatically created for you.

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 want to enter on behalf of 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 have registered, 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’ve decided that you would like to organise your own time trial (this will need to be between 1st October and 15th 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 ability 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' then you should be able to run your own time trial!

Your next step is to speak to our Competition and Events Manager (Sue Hyde 07590 444374) who will talk you through the process and ultimately approve your time trial.

Once it has been approved we'll help you as much as we can. We will add the time trial details to our Schools’ Biathlon 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. Note that time trials with entry fees attract a charge of 3% of the total entry fees collected as an administration charge.

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 30th November and 1st December 2013. Each class will compete on one day only and this will be decided following the closing date.

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 Qualifying Competitions, Pentathlon GB approved Competitions and Time Trials held between 1st October and 20th October 2013 will be combined to create a British Ranking List.

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

Please let us know if you qualified for the British Modern Biathlon Championships but are unable to compete – this means we may be able to invite another athlete from the rankings list to take part.

Representing a Club or School

If you would like to represent your club or school as part of a team of three then you must make sure they are affiliated with us. You can do this by visiting your Regional page on our website and checking they are listed. If they are not, then they can join us by completing this form and returning it with payment to the address at the bottom of the form.

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 on 28th October and closing on 8th November 2013. 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 headquarters in Bath on 01225 386808.

Qualification for the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships

Results of all the Qualifying Competitions, Pentathlon GB approved Competitions and Time Trials held between 1st October and 15th December 2013 will be combined to create a British Ranking List.

The rankings list will be published on the website on 6th January 2014. 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 to be held on Saturday 5th April 2014 (girls) and Sunday 6th April 2014 (boys).

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 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

Please let us know if you qualified for the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships but are unable to compete – 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 3 individuals in the U10, U11, U12, U13 and U14 classes
  2. the top individual in the U15, U16, U17 and U19 classes

The remaining places for the final will be allocated from the ranking list to make up the total number of athletes in each class to:

  1. 140 athletes in the U10, U11, U12, U13 classes
  2. 120 athletes in the U14 class
  3. 80 athletes in the U15 class
  4. 60 athletes in the U16, U17 and U19 classes
  5. 10 Teachers

Teams

The three top scoring individuals from a school in a class at the British Schools' Modern Biathlon Championships will create a team. A school may have more than one team in a class if they have enough competitors.

Enter and Pay

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 to be held on Saturday 5th April 2014 (girls) and Sunday 6th April 2014 (boys).

All entries must be done online this year and the online entry and payment system will open on 8th January 2014 and close on 24th February 2014. You must formally enter and pay to compete at the Championships between these dates. You will need to use the same login details that you used to enter the preliminary competition where you obtained your run and swim times.

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 headquarters in Bath on 01225 386808.

Cancellation

If a competition has to be cancelled by Pentathlon GB for any reason, notification will be posted on the website www.pentathlongb.org 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 headquarters in Bath on 01225 386808.