200 athletes set for British Modern Tetrathlon Champs
Nearly 200 athletes are set to compete in the 2017 British Modern Tetrathlon Championships in Solihull this weekend (22nd & 23rd April). Organised by Pentathlon GB, the Championships will see some of the best pentathletes from across the country taking part as they look to become the 2017 British Modern Tetrathlon Champions for their respective age groups.
Modern tetrathlon is an exciting multi-discipline sport and one of the sub-formats of modern pentathlon with athletes competing in swimming, fencing and laser-run (combined running and shooting). The athlete who picks up most points across the 4 disciplines is the winner.
Athletes aged 10-63 will be competing at the Championships with distances for the swim and laser-run varying between age groups. The Under 13 Girls, Under 13 Boys, Under 15 Girls, Under 15 Boys and Under 19 Girls age groups will compete on Saturday 22nd April with the remaining classes (Under 17 Girls, Under 17 Boys Under 19 Boys, Open Women, Open Men, Masters Women & Masters Men) all competing on Sunday 23rd. Winners will be crowned the 2017 British Modern Tetrathlon Champion for their respective age groups.
The Open Women and Open Men age groups promise to be fascinating affairs with strong start lists in both, including Rio Olympians Samantha Murray, Jamie Cooke and Joe Choong. The Under 19 age groups will produce interesting battles too with international Under 19 competitions organised in the modern tetrathlon format.
The championships will also double up as the second ranking competition of the year for the Under 17 Girls and Under 17 Boys. Points from the swim and laser-run disciplines this weekend will be used along with the results from the first ranking event last month to create the first 2017 Under 17 British ranking list. With athletes looking to be selected for the Under 17 European Championships in Bulgaria later in the year, it increases the emphasis on this competition.
The Championships draw top pentathletes from all over the UK with athletes based from Yorkshire to Cornwall and Kent to Scotland set to compete. Over 30 of the athletes competing have already represented Pentathlon GB internationally this year across various age groups ensuring that the competition has a high quality field.
The event will be held at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in Solihull, home of many of our competitions. Pentathlon GB’s clubs around the country will be strongly represented, with athletes from over 15 different clubs and Pentathlon GB Academies competing. There will also be athletes in all age groups who are competing in their first ever British Modern Tetrathlon Championships as they continue their progression through the sport.
Pentathlon GB’s National Competitions and Events manager Sue Hyde commented “We look forward to welcoming nearly 200 athletes to our annual British Modern Tetrathlon Championships at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in Solihull this weekend.
“The Tetrathlon Championships are one of our main events of the year so it’s great to see such a good turnout. I hope everyone whether competing or supporting enjoys their weekend and we all look forward to an exciting competition.”
We wish everyone who is competing this weekend the best of luck and look forward to seeing you there.
Saturday 22nd April
- Under 15 Girls: Fencing 09:00, Swimming 11:55, Laser-Run 13:50
- Under 13 Boys: Swimming 11:05, Laser-Run 12:30, Fencing 15:00
- Under 15 Boys: Swimming 11:10, Fencing 12:45, Laser-Run 13:20
- Under 19 Girls: Swimming 11:15, Fencing 13:00, Laser-Run 16:05
- Under 13 Girls: Swimming 11:50, Laser-Run 13:10, Fencing 15:00
Sunday 23rd April
- Under 19 Boys: Fencing 08:45, Swimming 11:30, Laser-Run 14:35
- Open Men: Fencing 08:45, Swimming 11:30, Laser-Run 13:50
- Masters Men: Swimming 10:05, Laser-Run 11:50, Fencing 14:15
- Masters Women: Swimming 10:05, Fencing 12:15, Laser-Run 15:20
- Under 17 Girls: Swimming 10:05, Laser-Run 11:50, Fencing 16:15
- Under 17 Boys: Swimming 10:20, Laser-Run 11:50, Fencing 14:15
- Open Women: Swimming 10:55, Fencing 12:15, Laser-Run 15:20