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|Turkish Delight for British Biathletes||Saturday, 31st Oct 2015||Howard Jones||
It was indeed delight for the British team at the European Biathle Championships in Kusadasi.
In cooler conditions, the event started with the Masters A Men and Ladies and there was a clean sweep in the Men’s Race with victory going to James Greenwell followed in by Mike Weed and brother Tony for the team title as well. Claire Forbes won the Ladies race with Kay Evans in silver medal position. Suzanne Clarkson was also victorious in the Masters C Ladies race.
The Youths E races followed the trend with a win for Harriet Hillman, 6th place for Kirsty Maher and 9th for Bea Stanton, the three girls taking the team Gold. Jamie Robinson won the Boys race with Angus Evans 5th, Josh Cobb 6th and Tyler Tombs 7th, the gold team medals were once again assured.
The Youth D Girls Race saw Sophie Mabbs, finish 4th, Anya Evans 5th and Rebecca Wren 6th and another gold medal team performance. Sam Cobb took a determined and well deserved win in the Youth D Boys race.
Harriet Tuson won the Bronze medal in the Youth C Girls race and with Hannah Stanton 6th, Amy Northam 7th and Issy Woodman 9th the girls took the silver team medals. Ben Winterburn won the Boys race with Joseph Robins finishing 8th.
Lilyella Harland-Fairweather took silver in the Youth B Girls Race with Jessica Sutton 5th. Kate Offord had a comfortable win in the Youths A Girls Race and Ryan Flaherty was placed 4th in the Boys race.
Another win came in the Senior Race with Rachel Jones leading home the podium trio of Nicola Rowley and Kathy Wellam and, of course the team win. Gregan Clarkson took silver in the men’s race with Gareth Allen 4th.
A total of 17 Individual medals, 9 European Champions, 5 silver and 3 bronze, 4 winning teams and a silver medal team meant another very satisfying trip for the British Biathle team.
Well dome to all.
|Mixed relay success in Kusadasi||Friday, 30th Oct 2015||Howard Jones||
The opening events for the 2015 European Biathle Championships in Turkey were the mixed relays. Straight away there was success for the British team in the first event, the Youth E, with Harriet Hillman and Jamie Robinson winning in a close finish from Hungary and Turkey.
Not to be outdone, Anya Evans and Sam Cobb were victorious in the Youth D event in an even closer finish, again from Hungary and Turkey. Kate Offord and Ryan Flaherty finished second to Turkey in the Youth A race for silver medals and Nicola Rowley and Gregan Clarkson won the Gold medals in the senior event.
Everyone now prepares for the individual Championships on Saturday.
|Batumi Proves the Toughest Biathle, World Championships Yet||Thursday, 24th Sep 2015||Howard Jones||
With over 500 athletes from 28 Countries, the 17th Biathle World Championships held in Batumi Georgia was to be the biggest yet.
The GBR team started the day with Sophie Izon claiming 5th place in the straight final of the Youth E Girls race. The Youth E Boys entry was such that heats and finals were required and Jamie Robinson 7th in heat 1, Christo Chilton and Jack Amor 1st and 4th in heat 2 qualified for the finals. Rocco Taylor in 14th place missed out on a finals place.
Heats were required for the Youth D Girls. Poppy Clark, Oliva Herron and Rebecca Wren, 2nd, 4th and 5th in heat 1 and Sophie Mabbs, Ciara Blount and Georgie Tombs, 5th, 6th and 7th in heat 2 all qualified for the finals.
The Youth D Boys Heats were contested by Jayden Daniels 1st and Ryan Symington 3rd in heat 1 and Charlie Hobson 3rd and Ben Nealon 4th in the second heat and all qualified for the finals. Elsa Palmer and Sarah Wilson 2nd and 3rd in the Youth C Girls Heat 1 qualified for the final as did Daisy Anderson 6th in heat 2. Emily Blount’s time for 8th place in heat 2 was just one second out of qualifying.
In the tough Youth C Heats Shea Hannam 4th in heat 1 and Robert Croager 6th in heat 2 qualified but Charlie Madden 9th in heat 1. JJ Robins 14th in heat 1 and Alex Chilton 16th in heat 2 missed out.
The second final of the day, the Youth B Girls Race, Elizabeth Tolley claimed 6th place, Lilyella Harland-Fairweather 11th, Oliva Manson 13th and Olivia Lowe 14th. The leading trio taking the bronze team medals.
Back to heats for the Youth B Boys and with 20 in each heat, qualifying was not going to be easy. The first heat saw Matthew McCarthy’s 7th place through to the final but Charlie Goriup’s 11th place was not enough. Heat 2 saw both Michael Sallis and James McCarthy 6th and 7th through to the final.
The British team’s first individual medal of the day was won by Georgia Hannam with a tremendous performance to finish second on the Youth A Girls race behind Russia’s Irina Sukhainskaia. Georgina Kemp finished in 11th place. Matthew Griffiths just missed out on a medal in 4th place in the Youths A Boys race and with Elliott Laville 11th and Ryan Flaherty 20th took the Bronze team medals.
In the Junior Races, Georgina Howard-Weston was 5th and Adam Weightman finished 8th. Rachel Jones and Gregan Clarkson just missed out on medals with 4th places the Senior races. Kathy Wellam was 6th and Gareth Allen 9th.
Peter Collett collected Great Britain’s second individual medal with a third place in the Masters D Race. James Greenwell equalled that with another bronze in the Masters A Race ably supported by Tony Weed 5th and John Tighe 7th for the Team silver medals. Kypros Harrison finished in 8th. Another set of Silver team medals went to Mark Palmer 5th, Steve Luff 6th and Richards Wallace 7th in the Master B Race. The Masters C Ladies took individual and team gold with a win from Mary Collett, Margaret Smith 4th and Suzanne Clarkson 5th. More Gold in the Masters A Ladies Race with a win from Claire Forbes and a silver for Mary Blount.
The finals of the earlier heats produced a tremendous finish in the Youth E race with Christo Chilton overhauling South Africa’s Shaw Taylor on the line to take the win and with Jack Amor 6th and Jamie Robinson 8th took the silver team medals.
More individual medals in the Youth D Final with Charlie Hobson 2nd and Ryan Symington third. Jayden Daniels was 4th and Ben Nealon 5th, the first three taking Team Gold. With a full complement of six girls in the Youth D Final there were high hopes for a team medals and with Poppy Clark 6th, Ciara Blount 8th and Sophie Mabbs 9th, team silver was assured. There was also good packing from Georgia Tombs 10th, Rebecca Wren 11th and Olivia Herron 12th
More success followed in the Youth C Girls Final with a tremendous win for Sarah Wilson, closely followed in by Elsa Palmer in second. Daisy Anderson who had an unfortunate trip during the race finished a creditable 13th and helped the team to the Gold medals. Shea Hannam and Robert Croager gained 6th and 11th places in the Youth C Boys Final.
The last race of a hectic and very full day was the Youth B Boys final with Matthew and James McCarthy and Michael Sallis finishing in 13th, 14th and 15th places for team bronze.
So the 17th Biathle World Championships were over and the teams look to regroup in Florida on 2nd September 2016 for the 18th event. Well done to the whole GB team who, as usual performed at the highest standard against some of the strongest competition in Biathle yet.