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Gruelling Guatemala Monday, 13th Oct 2014 Howard Jones

A 30 strong British team of Biathletes embarked on the demanding journey to Central America and faced the 36 deg C heat and 60%+ humidity of Guatemala's  Pacific Coast.

Fifteen countries were represented including newcomers Japan. South Africa, Egypt and hosts Guatemala had strong teams and next years World Championship Hosts Georgia were also present.

GB's team was not up to their usual numbers due to a combination of high costs and safety fears. The cost of attending was indeed high but fears over safety were allayed by the LOC who maintained excellent safe transfers and very good safe accommodation.

Competition day arrived with clear skies and no sign of the seasonal thunderstorms which plague this area at this time of year. The exceptionally hot and humid condition, as was to be seen suited the locals, South Africans and Egyptians better than they did the British athletes.

First up for GB were the Youth E Girls with Poppy Clark and Olivia Heron who both managed well to finish in 4th and 6th respectively with times of 4 mins 52 secs and 4 mins 54 secs. Egypt taking gold and RSA taking silver and bronze.

The Youth D Boys provided GB with the team's fist medal courtesy of Jack Goodman who finished third behind two Egyptians in a time of 4mins 14 secs. Aurelio Calipa and Josh Dreelan finished 4th and 5th in 4:17 and 4:33 to ensure the team gold for GB.

The Youths D Girls Race saw another GB team win courtesy of Saoirse McClure-Fisher 4th (4:22), Sophie Mabbs 7th (4:34) and Rebecca Wren 8th (4:37) in a race dominated again by RSA and Egypt.

The Youths C Girls was won by Japan with Daisy Anderson again agonisingly close to the medals in 4th place in 5 mins 39 secs and with Alannah Mabbs 7th (5:51) and Jessica Sutton 12th (6:30) took another gold team win for the GB.

The Youth B Boys race was a much closer affair with Matthew Griffiths leading into the dubiously long swim but a slight error on the final leg of the swim meant a he had to settle for a very well deserved Silver medal behind an Egyptian in a time of 9 mins 24 secs. He was closely followed by Jonathan Chatten who collected bronze in a time of 9 mins 29. Bradley Sutton who was 4th (9:35) completed another gold winning team. Sam Matthews 8th 10:14), Chris Luff 10th (10:24), Michael Sallis 11th (10:25) Elliott Lavile 12th (10:27) and Charlie Goriup 14th (10:43) completed the team.

GB were represented by India Cooper and Olivia Lowe in the Youth B Girls race and they finished in 5th (11:17) and 7th (11:50) in a race dominated by the Russians.

Greece took their only gold medal in the Youth  A Boys race in which our sole representative was Alexander Allen who finished in 8th place in 12mins 31secs. Unfortunately for all the 1500 metres run courses the local organisers forgot to completely change the course from the previous 1000 metes resulting in some quick time despite the rather long swim.

The Junior and Senior races were run together and provided the GB team with more medals. Hannah Parkinson took bronze in the Junior race in a time of 13 mins 38 secs. Rachel Jones claimed silver in the senior race in a time of 13 mins 09 secs  with Kathy Wellam bronze in 14 mins 06secs.

James Greenwell continued his improvement in the Masters A race with a fine silver in 8 mins 54 secs, Steve Luff gained (9:49) a bronze in the Master B race and Peter Collett (12:10) a silver in the Masters D Races but pride of place and two gold medals went to Barbara Holmes (10:19) Master B and Mary Collett (12:36) Master C.

So the provisional final table reads:

Country Gold Silver Bronze
RSA 10 3 2
EGY 5 3 3
GBR 2 4 5
GUA 2 1 2
RUS 1 1 -
JAP 1 - 1
GRE 1 - -
USA 1 - -
POR - 3 2
ESP - 2 -
ITA - 1 -
CRC - - 1













Youth Olympic Games Live Schedule Thursday, 21st Aug 2014 Eleanor Guest

Athletes Henry Choong and Francesca Summers will be competing in Nanjing, China tomorrow at the Youth Olympic Games.  You can watch them live at this link and the schedules (in UK time) are below!

Friday 22nd

0300-0430 Women's fencing (ranking round)
0700-0830 Men's fencing (ranking round)

Saturday 23rd
0730-0750 women's swimming
0900-0950 women's fencing ladder
1125-1145 women's CE
1200-1220 medal ceremony

Sunday 24th

0730-0750 men's swimming
0900-0950 men's fencing ladder
1125-1145 men's CE
1200-1220 medal ceremony

Tuesday 26th

0130-0330 mixed relay ranking round
0630-0650 mixed relay swim
0800-0940 mixed relay fencing ladder
1125-1145 mixed relay CE
1200-1220 medal ceremony

World Modern Pentathlon Coaches Conference 2014 Wednesday, 30th Jul 2014 Eleanor Guest

You are invited to attend the Pentathlon GB sponsored World Modern Pentathlon Coaching Conference 2014 which will be held at the Manchester Conference Centre, England from the 7th November to the 10th November 2014.

The full Conference, 3 night’s hotel accommodation on full board basis will cost £220.00 per delegate.

The Conference commences with registration from 1100hrs on Friday 7th November 2014, lunch available and followed by a keynote address at 1800hrs.  A three-course dinner follows the keynote address and bar facilities will be available. The Conference will continue on the Saturday and Sunday with the option for round table discussions Monday morning, and discussion as return flights and journeys dictate.

Conference attendance is by prior registration for places.  Full details of the program, speakers and general information will be sent out to delegates expressing interest to attend. You will not be registered for the event until you have completed the application form here.

Confirmation of your conference registration will be sent to you by email once your registration has been processed.

Please do not hesitate to contact  Stuart Mason on +44 1253 859558, should you require further information. 

We look forward to seeing you in November.

British Biathletes Dominate in Portugal Monday, 21st Jul 2014 Howard Jones

In a very suny Setubal in Portugal, a team of 86 athletes showed the rest of Europe what a force the Brits are in Biathle. The Parque Urbano de Albarquel hosted the European Biathle Championships for the second consecutive year and the GBR team grabbed a total of 32 medals, 14 gold, 12 silver and 6 bronze.

The first final of the day, the Youth E girls set the benchmark for the remainder of the competition with  Eve Jones, Poppy Clark and Madelaine Cooper taking first, second and third respectively. Kieron Mutch and Alex Painter then went on to take gold and silver in the boys race.

The Youth D Races saw wins for Martine Scott and Luke van Oudtshoorn with Oliver Smart and Jack Goodman taking silver and bronze. There was also a 1 - 2 finish in the Youth C girls race courtesy of excellent perfomances from Eleanor Jones and Madelaine Deadman.

Two more wins in the Youth B races were earned by Caitlin Woskia and Bradley Sutton with Harrson Yarnold finishing a close second. The Youths A races were dominated by Italy and Portugal but not to be outdone, Matthew Crew finished in a well earned second place and in the girls race second and third went to India Mellor and Phyllida Britton.

Harry Lane ran a perfect race to take the win in the Junior mens category and Naomi Drakeford finished second in the Junior Ladies race. Rachel Jones also finished second in the Senior Ladies race.

The Masters Races are always a source of medals for Great Britain and this year it was no different with wins for Emma Fisher (A), Barbara Holmes and Steve Luff  (B) Mary Collett and John Hiil (C) and Peter Collett (D). James Greenwell and Mike Weed took silver and bronze in Masters A, Nicola Quinlan silver in the Masters B, Margaret Smith silver in Masters C and Kay Evans bronze in Masters A,

Another very successful foray into Europe for the British team who now travel to Salford for the National Championships and consider the possibilty of selection for the World Championships in Guatemala..


  Youth E Girls
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Eve Jones 04:32.8
2 Great Britain Poppy Clark 04:49.9
3 Great Britain Madeline Cooper 04:52.5
5 Great Britain Anya Snowball 05:11.4
6 Great Britain Ruby Smith 05:14.2
7 Great Britain Charlotte Taylor 05:22.8
  Youth E Boys
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Kieron Mutch 04:26.3
2 Great Britain Alex Painter 04:29.2
3 Spain Jano Arias 04:42.9
5 Great Britain Joe Ashworth 04:53.5
6 Great Britain Jake Fisher 04:57.8
11 Great Britain James Hulme 05:10.5
13 Great Britain Josh Cobb 05:26.2
  Youth D Girls
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Martine Scott 04:22.9
2 Russia Ekaterina Galukhina 04:29.3
3 Italy Valeria Ceccato 04:29.8
6 Great Britain Daisy Davies 04:36.7
7 Great Britain Ciara Blount 04:43.4
10 Great Britain Rebeca Wren 04:47.3
12 Great Britain Daisy Evans 04:50.2
13 Great Britain Isabelle Woodman 04:52.4
  Youth D Boys
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Luke Van Oudtshoorn 04:05.9
2 Great Britain Oliver Smart 04:16.2
3 Great Britain Jack Goodman 04:20.4
4 Great Britain Aurelio Calipa 04:21.3
6 Great Britain Conor Jelley 04:30.4
12 Great Britain Sampson Akerman 04:52.7
  Youth C Girls
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Eleanor Jones 05:10.0
2 Great Britain Madeline Deadman 05:15.5
3 Italy Giada Romano 05:29.4
4 Great Britain Elsa Palmer 05:34.8
6 Great Britain Kizzy price 05:44.0
7 Great Britain Elizabeth Tolley 05:46.4
8 Great Britain Connie Mousey 05:51.3
  Youth C Boys
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Portugal João Valido 04:46.2
2 Portugal José Pedro Vieira 04:52.2
3 Portugal Ricardo Batista  04:52.5
5 Great Britain Frederick Geen 05:03.4
9 Great Britain Guy Tucker 05:16.1
10 Great Britain Shea Hannam 05:17.6
18 Great Britain Jack White 05:35.5
  Youth B Girls
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Caitlan Wosika 09:36.2
2 Portugal Maria Migueis Teixeira 09:40.3
3 Great Britain Georgie Hannam 09:47.8
4 Great Britain Alexandra Withey 10:08.4
6 Great Britain Kierra Tippett 10:20.0
7 Great Britain Rosie Smith 10:25.5
9 Great Britain Olivia Lowe 10:39.4
    Youth B Boys  
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Bradley Sutton 08:38.4
2 Great Britain Harrison Yarnold 08:42.2
3 Portugal André Cruz 08:52.2
7 Great Britain Jamie Price 09:12.2
9 Great Britain Christopher Luff 09:30.3
11 Great Britain Joshua Brennan 09:52.1
12 Great Britain Tom Holmes 09:56.9
14 Great Britain Thomas Bawden 10:20.8
  Youth A Girls
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Italy Marica Romano 14:12.8
2 Great Britain India Mellor 14:20.9
3 Great Britain Phyllida Britton 14:31.1
4 Great Britain Bryony Martel 14:36.9
8 Great Britain Emily Moss 15:39.8
  Youth A Boys
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Portugal João Pereira 12:02.3
2 Great Britain Matthew Crew 12:30.6
3 Portugal Luis Lopes 12:41.3
4 Great Britain Matthew Cook 12:46.4
5 Great Britain Jamie Harper 13:14.6
6 Great Britain James Braimbridge 13:36.6
10 Great Britain Louis Evans 14:19.8
11 Great Britain Ryan Flaherty 14:22.3
  Junior Ladies
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Italy Nicole Campaner 13:56.8
2 Great Britain Naomi Drakeford 13:57.3
3 Czech Rep. Eliska Pribylova 14:23.7
5 Great Britain Ella Dobson 14:48.4
6 Great Britain Hannah Parkinson 14:53.4
11 Great Britain Emma Pearce 17:06.6
  Junior Men
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Harry Lane 12:02.9
2 Czech Rep. Ondrej Svechota 12:09.9
3 Spain Juan Ojanguren 12:23.9
6 Great Britain Jordan Mounsey 12:41.8
9 Great Britain Adam Weightman 12:54.4
  Senior Ladies
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Italy Clara Maria Cesarini 14:00.7
2 Great Britain Rachel Jones 14:11.2
3 Italy Francesca Gandolfo 15:04.7
4 Great Britain Kathy Wellam 15:21.3
  Senior Men
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Spain Sergio Llano Correa 11:39.4
2 Italy Andrea Micalizzi 11:56.1
3 Spain Jaime Garrido 11:58.6
  Master Ladies A
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Emma Fisher 09:27.1
2 Italy Elena Jaccheri 10:15.2
3 Great Britain Kay Evans 10:53.6
7 Great Britain Laura Bratt 12:43.5
  Master Men A
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Germany Andreas Harms 08:42.0
2 Great Britain James Greenwell 09:04.8
3 Great Britain Mike Weed 09:44.8
4 Great Britain Simon Tippett 10:03.1
6 Great Britain John Tighe 10:41.0
12 Great Britain Martin Dicker 13:05.1
    Master Ladies B  
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Barbara Holmes 10:16.0
2 Great Britain Nicola Quinlan 11:43.0
3 Germany Barbara Oettinger 12:28.0
4 Great Britain Sarah Robert 13:37.0
    Master Men B  
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Steven Luff 09:23.0
2 Spain Javier Camero 09:31.0
3 Germany Hans-Jorg Kuck 09:37.0
6 Great Britain Andrew Price 09:52.0
11 Great Britain Chris Spooner 11:49.0
  Master Ladies C
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Mary Collett 12:04.9
2 Great Britain Margaret Smith 13:37.6
  Master Men C
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain John Hill 10:10.1
2 Spain Jose Munoz 11:15.6
3 Spain Miguel Ortiz de Guinea 13:55.0
  Master Men D
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Peter Collett 11:09.1