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

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

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

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

SE Region Annual Pentathlon CANCELLED Tuesday, 2nd Jun 2015 Lawrence Moss

It is with great regret that the SE Region has to announce the cancellation of the SE Region annual Pentathlon (scheduled for 27/28 June 2015).    This is because it has insurmountable difficulties with venue availability although suitable bookings were in place.    This is unfortunately completely outside the control of the SE Region.   We offer our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused.     The SE Region is now looking to re-scheduling this competition to an alternative date.

Jan Bartu in "philosophical" mood after Rome World Cup final performances Saturday, 11th Apr 2015 Caroline Searle

Performance Director Jan Bartu said he was in “philosophical” mood after two incident-packed finals for Pentathlon GB’s athletes at World Cup 3 in Rome.

He was pleased to see Tom Toolis finish 17th in his first senior men’s final on Saturday, which made him the top-placed Brit ahead of Nick Woodbridge in 20th, Joe Evans in 26th and Joe Choong in 27th.

But Bartu added that a possible problem with the laser scoring system in the combined run/shoot had contributed to Freyja Prentice missing out on a top-ten finish in the women’s final on Friday.

She finished 17th, while Kate French – who was eliminated in the ride after four refusals – was 33rd.

“We were expecting to be a bit more towards the top but I take a philosophical view about these things,” said Bartu.

“The girls had some really bad luck and sometimes that happens. Kate had a dismal ride but she is usually one of the top riders in the competition, so that was unusual to see.

“Freyja was having a good day and was well placed going into the combined event but she timed out on the fourth shoot, which was most likely due to a failure with the laser scoring system, and that ruined her day.

“As for the men, it was very good to see all four of them reach the final but it was an uphill struggle for them after the fencing, we expected better results from that.

“They fought back with some good swimming and riding performances, and for Tom Toolis to finish 17th in his first senior final was a very respectable result – congratulations to him on that.”

The British men got off a slow start in Saturday’s final, with Woodbridge 21st after winning 17 of his fencing bouts, Choong 28th after 15 wins, Toolis 29th after 13 wins and Evans 33rd after 12 wins.

However, Evans was quickest in the pool and one of only two athletes to go under two minutes as he touched the wall in 1:59.27.

Woodbridge produced the third quickest time of 2:00.12 to move up to tenth overall, while Toolis and Choong clocked 2:04.02 and 2:04.98 respectively.

Toolis continued his climb up the rankings with a perfect ride, becoming one of only two athletes to record a maximum 300-point haul.

Choong picked up 293 points, while Woodbridge and Evans both added 286 to their total.

That moved Woodbridge up to ninth going into the combined run/shoot, 40 seconds behind leader Jiahao Han of China and one place ahead of Ukraine’s Pavlo Tymoshchenko who surged through the field to claim an impressive victory.

Robert Kasza was runner-up, while fellow Hungarian Adam Marosi just failed to catch third-placed Pierpaolo Petroni of Italy on the line.

The next World Cup will take place in Kecskemét, Hungary from April 30 to May 4.

The Rome World Cup is the latest major competition in a big year for Pentathlon GB, which includes the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification period.

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.

Tickets are now on sale for the event – visit www.pentathlongb.org/euros2015 for more information.

Final frustration for Freyja Prentice and Kate French at Rome World Cup Friday, 10th Apr 2015 Caroline Searle

It proved to be a frustrating day in Rome for Pentathlon GB duo Freyja Prentice and Kate French during an incident-packed women’s final at World Cup 3.

Prentice finished 17th overall after a technical problem with her final shoot and French was 33rd after a frustrating afternoon which saw her eliminated in the ride after four refusals.

Victory went to London 2012 champion Laura Asadauskaite in remarkable fashion – the Lithuanian had been 20th going into the combined run/shoot, 59 seconds adrift of leader Sarolta Kovacs on Hungary, but surged through the field to claim the most unlikely of wins.

Prentice and French, who had both won bronze medals at the two previous World Cups this year, were looking to maintain Pentathlon GB’s impressive run of podium finishes at women’s finals.

They were 20th and 30th respectively after the opening fencing discipline, Prentice winning 18 bouts and French 14, and were unable to make up ground in the swimming pool, clocking 2:25.47 and 2:20.09.

Prentice got right back into contention for a top-ten finish when she produced a perfect ride on Eskimo to gain a maximum haul of 300 points.

But French did not fare as well on her horse, Corrading, and picked up no points after four refusals led to elimination.

That meant she started the run/shoot five minutes behind leader Kovacs, while Prentice was 45 seconds adrift.

She was performing well but lost valuable ground after the laser scoring system timed out on the final shoot and eventually finished 17th after clocking 13:14.50. French completed the run/shoot in 13:09.36.

Pentathlon GB’s men will be hoping for better fortunes in Saturday’s final, with Joe Evans, Joe Choong, Tom Toolis and Nick Woodbridge all in action.

 

Pentathlon GB's fantastic four book men's final places at Rome World Cup Thursday, 9th Apr 2015 Caroline Searle

All four Pentathlon GB men have made it through to Saturday’s final at World Cup 3 in Rome after impressive performances in Thursday’s qualification round.

Joe Evans and Tom Toolis finished second and third respectively in Group A, while Joe Choong also placed in the top three in Group B.

Double Olympian Nick Woodbridge, making his first World Cup appearance for two years after a hip injury, narrowly missed out on one of the eight automatic qualification places in Group B but his total of 1,198 was more than good enough to put him through on points.

Evans made a solid start to the day, winning 20 of his fencing bouts for 229 points before producing the fastest swim in his group – 1:59.73.

He then completed the combined run/shoot in 11:10.69 to record 1,200 points overall, matching the total of group winner Simon Casse of France.

Just one point behind Casse and Evans was Toolis, who won 21 of his fencing bouts before clocking 2:04.93 in the pool and 11:03.01 in the run/shoot.

Pentathlon GB team-mate Choong scored 1,207 points for third place in Group B. He started the day by winning 17 fencing bouts before recording the fourth-fastest times in both the swim and run/shoot – 2:01.94 and 10:43.42 respectively.

Woodbridge was well placed for automatic qualification after winning 19 of his fencing bouts and clocking 1:59.98 in the swimming, the second quickest time in Group B.

He was unsurprisingly a little rusty in the run/shoot and lost ground with a time of 11:12.17, which put him tenth overall in the group. However, he had comfortably done enough to progress through points qualification.

That means that Pentathlon GB will have six representatives in the finals in Rome, with Freyja Prentice and Kate French having progressed through the women’s qualifiers on Wednesday. Their final takes place on Friday.

 

Freyja Prentice and Kate French march on in Rome Thursday, 9th Apr 2015 Caroline Searle

Pentathlon GB duo Freyja Prentice and Kate French are safely through to the women’s individual final at World Cup 3 in Rome, Italy.

Prentice – who won a bronze medal at the last World Cup in Cairo, Egypt in March – topped Group B in the qualifying stages on Wednesday with 1,080 points, ranking her ninth overall.

And French – a third-placed finisher at World Cup 1 in Sarasota, US in February – scored 1,076 points to rank eighth in Group B and 16th overall.

Prentice made a solid start, winning 19 of her fencing bouts for 236 points. French’s 17 wins earned her 222 points.

They then clocked times of 2:27.10 and 2:22.59 respectively in the 200m swim before finishing strongly in the combined run/shoot.

Prentice’s time of 11:55.61 was the fourth fastest of the day in Group B and worth 585 points, while French was fifth fastest in 11:59.23.

Joanna Muir missed out on a place in Friday’s final after placing 15th in a strong Group A.

She won 11 of her fencing bouts and recorded a good time of 2:16.55 in the pool but was not able to make up the necessary ground in the run/shoot, where she clocked 12:22.26.

World Champion Samantha Murray was due to compete in Rome but Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu explained she had been withdrawn to prepare for the next World Cup in Budapest, Hungary.

Pentathlon GB’s men are in qualification action on Thursday, with Nick Woodbridge – making his first World Cup appearance in two years – in action alongside Joe Evans, Tom Toolis and Joe Choong.

The Rome World Cup is the latest major competition in a big year for Pentathlon GB, which includes the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification period.

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.

Tickets are now on sale for the event – visit www.pentathlongb.org/euros2015 for more information.

Pentathlon GB Selected Athletes

World Cup 3, Italy

Women:

Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Kent – lives: Bath

Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire – lives: Bath

Joanna Muir – 30.08.1994, Castle Douglas, Dumfries – lives: Bath

Men:

Joseph Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington – lives: Bath

Joe Evans – 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives: Bath

Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north-east London – lives: Bath

Nick Woodbridge - 01.07.96, Telford – lives: Bath

For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or press@matchtight.co.uk

Olympian Woodbridge receives season's first World Cup call-up Wednesday, 1st Apr 2015 Caroline Searle

Double Olympian Nick Woodbridge will make his first World Cup appearance for two years after being named in the Pentathlon GB squad for this season’s third World Cup in Rome from 8-13 April.

Reigning World Champion Samantha Murray – who struck gold at the opening World Cup in Sarasota, US – also returns to a women’s team which features Kate French and Frejya Prentice, who have both won bronze medals this season.

Woodbridge – who competed at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games – has struggled with hip problems during the past couple of years and last appeared at a World Cup in Chengdu, China, in April 2013.

However, he is working his way back to full fitness and made his first competitive appearance of 2015 at the Budapest Cup in Hungary earlier this month.

Woodbridge is joined in the Pentathlon GB men’s team for Rome by Tom Toolis, Joe Choong and Joe Evans, who is making his third World Cup appearance of the season.

That record is matched in the women’s team by Prentice, who finished a fine third at the Cairo World Cup earlier this month.

Making their second World Cup appearances will be Murray and French, both of whom were on the podium in Sarasota, and Joanna Muir, who was victorious at the Swiss Women's International last week.

Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu believes his team will face their strongest competition of the year so far in Rome.

“I expect that this World Cup will be the best attended of the season up to this point,” he said. “There will be plenty of teams from Asia taking part, which wasn’t the case in Cairo.

“I would not like to predict anything in terms of performance but I would like to see all of our team feature in the final stages.

“Nick Woodbridge is returning to the World Cup stage and it will be good to see what he is capable of doing at this stage of his comeback.

“Samantha, Kate and Freyja have all done really well this season and there will be expectation on their side but every single competition is different.”

The Rome World Cup is the latest major competition in a big year for Pentathlon GB, which includes the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification period.

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.

Tickets are now on sale for the event – visit www.pentathlongb.org/euros2015 for more information.

Pentathlon GB Selected Athletes

World Cup 3, Italy

Women:

Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Kent – lives: Bath

Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – lives: Bath

Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire – lives: Bath

Joanna Muir – 30.08.1994, Castle Douglas, Dumfries – lives: Bath

Men:

Joseph Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington – lives: Bath

Joe Evans – 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives: Bath

Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north-east London – lives: Bath

Nick Woodbridge - 01.07.96, Telford – lives: Bath

For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or press@matchtight.co.uk