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BOA announce Men's Modern Pentathlon athletes

The British Olympic Association today announced the selection of two additional members of the Modern Pentathlon Team to compete in Beijing.

The athletes are:

Mens Event
Sam Weale
Nick Woodbridge

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Steph Cook receives Honorary Degree

Dr Stephanie Cook, the former Olympic, World and European champion modern pentathlete, has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bath.

Dr Cook was presented with a Doctor of Medicine during a graduation ceremony at Bath Abbey.

It was a particularly moving moment for Dr Cook, who spent two years training at the Pentathlon GB high performance centre at the University of Bath at the height of her sporting success. Im honoured and delighted to receive this honorary degree, she said. Bath will always have a special place in my heart for everything it did for me during my career as a modern pentathlete.

I had a terrific team behind me in Bath which enabled me to achieve all that I did and it proved once again that collectively a group can achieve so much more than an individual.

Dr Cook also praised the Universitys outstanding sports facilities that helped her and so many other athletes achieve their full potential.

Dr Cook became the first woman to win modern pentathlon gold at Sydney 2000, when the womens event made its Olympic debut.

The British modern pentathlete added the European Championship crown in Bulgaria in 2001 and followed that up by winning gold at the World Championships at Millfield in Somerset. That made her one of the few athletes in any sport to have held the Olympic, World and European titles at the same time a feat all the more remarkable given that her sport features five different disciplines.

University of Bath Chancellor Lord Tugendhat presented the honorary degree to Dr Cook, following an oration by Dr Dylan Thompson, a senior lecturer at the Universitys School for Health. He praised Dr Cooks achievements in mastering five different sporting disciplines to such a high level and showing the same dedication in her new career as a doctor. Dr Cook has worked as a hospital consultant and is currently training to be a GP.

Although no longer competing as an athlete, Dr Cook hasnt lost her ties with sport she is currently a member of the Sports Advisory Group for the London 2012 Organising Committee and was a founder member of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Beijing Olympic Selection

Heather Fell and Katy Livingston will represent Team GB in the women's modern pentathlon at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the British Olympic Association (BOA) announced today (Wednesday 11th June).

The pair will both make their Olympic debuts in Beijing. Katy won the individual bronze medal at the World Championships in Budapest last month, while Heather won individual silver at the 2007 European Championships in Riga, Latvia.

Simon Clegg, Team GB 2008 Chef de Mission, said: "Modern pentathlon has been a very successful sport for Team GB in the past and Katy and Heather are both exciting prospects for Beijing this summer."

Mhairi Spence will be the team's travelling reserve for Beijing. Great Britain is waiting to learn whether British male pentathletes have qualified for Beijing.

For further information on Heather and Katy's selection for the Beijing Olympic Games, please click here.

Women take Team Relay Silver

Great Britains women modern pentathletes ended their World Championships campaign on a high note by winning their third medal a silver in the team relay competition.

Heather Fell, Katy Livingston and Mhairi Spence teamed up to finish second in the team relay in Budapest today (Monday).

It rounded off an impressive World Championships for the British women at which Katy Livingston had already won an individual bronze medal and the trio of Heather Fell, Georgina Harland and Mhairi Spence won team silver.

Bronze for Katy

Katy Livingston took Bronze at the World Championships Final in Budapest today (31st May), coming from 5th place at the start of the run. Heather Fell took fourth place. Mhairi Spence and Georgina Harland took 19th and 31st places respectively.

1. CAZE (FRA) 5616
2. MEDANY (EGY) 5596

The women's team of Heather, Mhairi and Georgina took the silver medal, behind Poland.

1. POL 16168
2. GBR 16060
3. HUN 16052

More detail to follow in the News Headlines section.

World Championships

The World Championships take place in Budapest from 29 May to 4 June.

You can follow the progress of the GB athletes on the UIPM website or on the competition website.

Job Opportunity - World Championships

Preparations for the World Championships, to be held at Crystal Palace on 13th - 18th August 2009, will commence shortly.

We require a reliable and conscientious person to act as Assistant to the Championships Director.

The following documents can be downloaded:

Job Description
Application Form

Team GB Beijing 2008 website launched

The BOA have launched their Team GB Beijing 2008 website. The site contains information on every Olympic sport and Team GB athlete as well as links and contact details for all the National Governing Bodies.

A flyer giving more details can be downloaded here.

Job Opportunity

We require a reliable and conscientious person to assist in managing the office of Pentathlon GB including administering the membership, competitions, being the first point of call for members and non members, input and retrieve data from our membership and competition database and to provide general administrative support in our small office at the University of Bath.

A copy of the full advert can be downloaded here.

Notice of 2008 AGM

This years AGM will be held at University of Bath, Claverton Road, Bath, BA2 7AY on Saturday, 25 October 2008 at 16.00.

The Agenda and directions can be downloaded here.

GHS Schools Biathlon Success

Tara Oxley must have known that last Saturday (26th April) was going to be the best weather so far this year, when she chose the date for the first Guildford High School biathlon. Six schools competed in the biathlon, with sixty nine girls from years 5-8 competing. Schools attending were Guildford High, Tormead, Daneshill, Sir William Perkins, Holy Trinity and Rowan.

The run was held in the sun on the track just outside the fantastic new GHS sports centre, parents and teachers alike enjoying the sun, and the brilliant running. Fastest times of the day came in the year 8 age group with Jessica Filby and Poppy Disley-May both from Daneshill, clocking the same time of 3.33, in a very competitive finish.

The year 7 run was won by Lauren Sampson, (GHS) Year 6 Faye Rodgers (Holy Trinity) and Year 5 Sophie Rumble (Daneshill).

Best swim of the day was from year 7, Emma Adams (GHS), closely followed by Izzy Owen, year 8 (Tormead), Tilly Houston, year 6 (Holy Trinity) and Rose Griffiths, year 5 also from Holy Trinity.

The team event was also hotly contested, with Daneshill winning Year 5 and Year 8, Holy Trinity winning Year 6, with the host school Guildford High winning the Year 7 event.

This was the first event of its kind to be held at Guildford High, inspired by Tara Oxley and looks to become an annual fixture.

Also held alongside the competition was a taster fencing session which many of the girls took the opportunity to do, thanks to Steven Davey.

A shoot taster session will be held at the school on June 22nd. Contact Gill Measures.

Parents provided a wonderful lunch and tea, and most took the opportunity to picnic in the unexpected sunshine.

The event was run smoothly and ahead of time, due to Taras magnificent team of helpers, which included staff and pupils.

Well done to all!

Individual Results as follows;

Year 5
1st Rose Griffiths Holy Trinity
2nd Victoria Hargreaves Guildford High
3rd Sophie Rumble Daneshill
Year 6
1st Faye Rogers Holy Trinity
2nd Alice Booth Tormead
3rd Freya Savage Guildford High
Year 7
1st Lauren Sampson Guildford High
2nd Emma Adams Guildford High
3rd Katherine Davies Daneshill
Year 8
1st Jessica Filby Daneshill
2nd Poppy Disley-May Daneshill
3rd Elinor Morgan Daneshill

World Cup Success!

The 3rd World Cup at Millfield has by common consent been a great success: pride of place must go to Heather Fells Gold in the Womens event; Sam Weales storming run to earn Bronze in the mens event; Georgie Harlands 7th and Nick Woodbridges 8th places. The overall performance of all our athletes has been very creditable. The full results are on the competition website.

Congratulations are also very much in order for the organisation of the event which many athletes and delegations said was among the best organised that they had ever attended.

The help we have received from our dedicated volunteers, from UK Sport and from Marks & Spencer receives our grateful acknowledgment.

Come to see The World Cup
27-30 March 2008

Millfield School, Street Somerset is the site of the 3rd World Cup in 2008 between 27-30 March. All five disciplines of the Modern Pentathlon will be on a single campus within walking distance. The timetable of events and further details are on the competition website which will be updated as we get nearer the time. Please come and watch what promises to be an exciting event.

We are also running a test event to help evaluate the possibility of a combined run/shoot event. We look forward to your reaction, whether as a spectator or competitor. In addition, local athletes will be competing in the Schools Biathlon competition. So there will be plenty to watch.

This is the first year in which we have been helped by Marks & Spencer, which has its origin in the FTSE 100 BOA initiative. We are grateful for their support.

Extension of the Under 19 membership rate

The Board keeps membership categories and rates under regular review. It has decided to extend the benefit of the present Under 19 rate to students under 26 in full time education. This means that from 10 January they will be able to become members for 7.00 a year (6 by direct debit). The revised category is:

For competitors under 19 * (plus students under 26 * and in full-time education, not part-time or day-release students) at all levels of Modern Pentathlon, Tetrathlon, Triathlon, Biathlon, and Biathle competitions. Nonvoting. PPS newsletter sent out via email only.

The full text of the revised rules can be viewed here.

Kate Allenby MBE
Services to Modern Pentathlon

New Years Honours 2008

The Modern Pentathlon Association of Great Britain congratulates Kate Allenby on being awarded the MBE in the New Years Honours.

On receiving the Award Kate said: "I am really thrilled to be recognised individually and for the sport of Modern Pentathlon and I look forward to continuing to be involved in the future during a very exciting time for British sport."

As an athlete, Kate has progressed through the junior competition structure winning individual medals in 1995-6 before progressing on to the senior ranks where she has won medals at all levels including: Olympic Bronze Medal in 2000, 2 individual Senior World Championship medals, 4 Team Gold Medals and numerous European individual and team championships a very envious record indeed.

As a role model for the sport and ladies involved in sport, Kate has presented herself in a very professional manner and is an ambassador for the sport (and Ladies).

Although now retired from competitive Modern Pentathlon she still demonstrates tremendous passion and enthusiasm for the sport and is an active member of the International Federation (UIPM) Athletes committee and as Director of Modern Pentathlon at Whitgift School.

All of us at the MPAGB congratulate Kate and her family on this achievement.

Happy New Year!

The MPAGB has had had a successful 2007 with many positive achievements. We are confident that 2008 will see further progress in the development of our sport.

We will be hosting a World Cup event at Millfield School, Street, Somerset between 27th and 30th March with the support of our BOA FTSE 100 partner, Marks & Spencer. We would like as many supporters to attend as possible.

We will be announcing a change to our logo early in the New Year. We are looking for further increases in our membership already at an all time high and 10% above the 2006 totals - in the course of the year.

We look forward to the Olympics in August with optimism and best wishes for our athletes. And we wish you - athletes, supporters, volunteers and friends - a prosperous and enjoyable year.....enjoy your pentathlon.

Kevin Griffiths - A message of thanks

On behalf of Kevin, myself and all of Kevins family I would like to thank the membership for recognising Kevins achievements over the years, he would have been very, very proud and pleased to have his contribution to his sport acknowledged as it was a huge part of his life. I would also like to thank everyone for their expressions of sympathy, cards and letters of condolence and for taking the time to attend the service to celebrate Kevins life and for the donations received in his memory for The Duchess of Kent House. Contributions to date are in excess of 2000, thank you to everyone who contributed, you cannot imagine how much Kevin and the family were supported during this difficult time, hopefully others will continue to benefit in the future.

Many, many thanks


Award for Heather

European medallist Heather Fell has received a sports award given from one of her local newspapers.

Heather was named winner of the Amateur Sports Personality award at the Plymouth Herald's 2007 Sports Personalities awards ceremony.

The 24-year-old capped a terrific year by winning the silver medal at the European Championships in Latvia - a performance that achieved the qualification standard for the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Heather, who lives near Tavistock in Devon, also won her first World Cup medal in 2007 - a bronze in Moscow - and teamed-up with Georgina Harland and Katy Livingston to win the team relay gold at the European Championships.

The 2003 World Junior Champion beat off competition from weightlifter Helen Jewell, diver Tonia Couch, fencer Corinna Lawrence, disability tennis player David Wetherill and duathlete Kairn Stone to win the Herald's award, which was sponsored by Plymouth Argyle Football Club.

Kevin Griffiths 1966 2007

The MPAGB are sad to inform the membership of the tragic death of Kevin Griffiths who died on Wednesday, 21 November 2007 following a brain tumour.

Kevin was an immensely talented athlete who competed with distinction in the 1980s including the World Junior Championships.

MPAGB Chief Executive, Peter Hart said: "On behalf of the MPAGB, I would like to extend our utmost sympathy to his wife, Lynne and Kevins family,

Those that knew him are devastated by the news. He was still a young man who was well liked by everyone he met. The enormous loss felt by us at the MPAGB is only a tiny fraction of what they must be feeling now."

All are welcome to celebrate his life at East Hampstead Crematorium, South Road, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 3DW. At 2.15pm on Wednesday 5 December 2007.

Donations should be made to: Duchess of Kent House Trust, FREEPOST (SCE9218), Reading, RG30 2ZY.

Minister for Sport visits Bath

Minister for Sport, Gerry Sutcliffe, visited GB Modern Pentathlon's high performance center during a tour of the University of Bath's Sports Training Village.

Mr Sutcliffe was making his first visit to the University of Bath since his appointment as Minister for Sport in June.

He is pictured chatting to Jan Bartu, Great Britains Performance Director, in the fencing salle at the Sports Training Village.

Pictured are (left to right) Gerry Sutcliffe (Minister for Sport), Ged Roddy (Director of Sport at the University of Bath) and Jan Bartu (GB Performance Director). (Picture by Phil Searle)

Steph Cook

Congratulations to Stephanie (Cook) and Dan Carroll on the birth of their son Oliver Edward Trenholm Carroll weighing in at 6lb 3oz.

All of us at the MPAGB wish them well.

Hugo Fleming

In winning the YDB in Monaco, Hugo Fleming completed a clean sweep of the World Championships, European Championships, British Championships, World Tour series and GB tour series.

This was recognised this week by Hugo becoming the Allianz Insurance Young Sports Personality of the Year for his achievements in Modern Pentathlon/Biathle.

Firearms Legislation - Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006

We draw your attention to the new firearms legislation which came into effect on 1 October 2007.

These are important changes which have an immediate impact on some of our members in particular, those members over the age of 17 but under the age of 18.

With effect from 1 October 2007, the age limit for possessing without adult supervision, hiring or purchasing an air weapon has risen from 17 to 18.

We are seeking further clarification from the Home Office on the issue of lending / hiring air pistols to members as the legislation and guidance in this area is not clear.

The full Act can be downloaded here. We are concerned with Sections 32- 34 especially Section 33. The guidance notes on this Section may be viewed here. Paragraph 224 of the guidance notes refers.

Please communicate this change to your members and also place the information attached in a prominent place at your Regional Qualifying Competitions.

Monaco Table Toppers

The British Biathle Team of 100 athletes came home from the Principality of Monaco with a record NINE World Champions.

View the picture gallery here and here and the results here.

Read the full story here.

British pair finish in top 10 at Junior World Champs

Two British modern pentathletes finished in the top 10 at the Junior World Championships in Portugal.

Read the full story here.

Biathle World Championships 2007

Sunday 30th September sees the 9th Biathle World Championships take place on Larvotto Beach in Monaco.

A British Team of 101 athletes were selected from the National Championships at Salford on 5th August. The team comprises a number of reigning World Champions and medallists. The main competition for our team will come from the very strong contingent of 75 from South Africa.

We wish the GBR team every success and trust they will be able to top the medal table with plenty of medals.

See the National Biathle Championships results.

Britains Spence sixth in Beijing World Cup Final

Britains Mhairi Spence finished sixth at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final in Beijing today (Sunday), with fellow Brits Katy Livingston and Georgina Harland coming 12th and 13th respectively.

Read the full story here.

Britains Woodbridge 25th in Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final

Nick Woodbridge finished 25th and Ben McLean 34th in the Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final in Beijing today (Saturday).

Read the full story here.

Lost Luggage

The recent temporary loss of some equipment has prompted some enquiries about security. Most members of the Association will be familiar with the following, but to avoid misunderstanding it is worth reiterating.

Members of British modern pentathlon teams travelling overseas follow stringent guidelines imposed by airlines which minimise any potential security risk.

The air pistols we use have their gas cylinders emptied for travel, so it is not physically possible to fire them. When a GB team travels overseas, their air pistols are packed in one locked bag. This is then escorted through Customs. Ammunition is packed separately.

Our understanding is that the bag containing the air pistols did not go missing at Heathrow, but was temporarily impounded because of a paperwork problem. The bag was locked in a secure area at the airport while this was resolved.

The fencing discipline in modern pentathlon involves epees, which do not have sharp edges, but an electronic switch at the end to register scores. These items travel in the hold of the aircraft and so are not accessible in-flight.

The Association places a high importance on safe practices and is satisfied that in this case though there was considerable inconvenience to the team, there was no undue risk.

Peter Hart, Chief Executive MPAGB
13 September 2007

Britains modern pentathletes compete in World Cup Final in Beijing

Great Britains modern pentathletes will have their last opportunity of 2007 to achieve the 2008 Olympic qualifying standard when they compete in the World Cup Final in Beijing at the weekend.

Read the full story here.

GB women strike relay gold

Katy Livingston, Mhairi Spence and Lindsey Weedon made sure Great Britain ended their Modern Pentathlon World Championships campaign on a high note by striking gold in the womens team relay event.

Read the full Press Release here.

Read the BBC story.

Harland eighth at World Championships

Britains Georgina Harland produced another brave run to secure a top-10 finish at the modern pentathlon World Championships today (Saturday).

Read the full story here.

Read the BOA's report.

GB men miss out at World Championships

Britains male modern pentathletes couldnt repeat the achievements of their women team-mates at the World Championships in Berlin, with all three missing out on qualifying for Sundays final.

Read the full story here.

Read Sporting Life's report.

All four GB women progress to World Championships final

Great Britain will have four women modern pentathletes in action in Saturdays World Championships final.

All four GB women Heather Fell, Georgina Harland, Katy Livingston and Mhairi Spence progressed to the final from the semi-finals today (Thursday).

Read the full story here.

Christophe Ruer

It is with very deep sadness that we have to inform you of the sudden death of Christophe Ruer which happened on Friday 27 July 2007 in a road accident with a truck on a wet road in France.

Christophe was only 42 years old, husband of Muriel and father of 3 young sons.

Christophe had been several times a medallist and a member of the French Team which won the World championship in 1994. He took part in the 1988, 92 and 96 Olympics and in his time was the best run/swimmer in the World. In 2006. He won the Masters World Biathle Championships in Salford by a large margin.

He was a great athlete and a true sportsman with an excellent spirit and will be sadly missed. On behalf of the MPAGB we wish to extend our most profound sympathies and condolences to Christophe's family and friends.

National Pentathlon Championships

Results for the National Championships held over the weekend of 27/28/29 July at Millfield are now available by clicking the links below.

Boys Girls
Open Men Open Women
Youth A Boys Youth A Girls
Youth B Boys Youth B Girls
Youth C Boys Youth C Girls
Youth D Boys Youth D Girls
Youth E Boys Youth E Girls

Eight selected for World Championships

An eight-strong Great Britain squad has been selected for next months Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Berlin.

View the full story.

Cannons FC Boys visit Olympics Minister at Parliament

As a result of their success in The Modern Pentathlon Association's National Biathlon Championships, Cannons FC boys were invited to meet the Olympics Minister, Tessa Jowell, at the Houses of Parliament. The Minister was a keen swimmer herself and was very interested in talking to the boys about their swimming. She also spoke to them about the possibility of competing at a higher level and if that would interest them. She was also intregued that a football team could have such talent on the field and in the water. They had a tour of the House of Lords and the House of Commons and felt very inspired after their visit to see the Minister.

The team of Khari Obeng-Patterson (Captain), Jack Beddoes and Matthew Brown dominated the team and individual events, beating the top teams in the Country. Matthew Brown not only won with the top team, but also won the overall competition for his age group and came 1st in the swim and 1st in the run. Jack Beddoes qualified 3rd overall and Khari Obeng-Patterson qualified 10th overall.

Omari Carr-Miller (12) who is Captain of the football team managed to run 19 seconds faster than he did in March for the qualifiers over the 1000m and did the 4th fastest run. Although he was youngest in year he came 12th overall. Considering most were relatively new to the event, they all performed exceptionally well. They are now looking forward to the Modern Pentathlon World Championships being held at Crystal Palace in 2 years time and the 2012 Olympics.

The event was held at The Sports Park, University of East Anglia, Norwich on the 20th May 2007. There were 16 groups of competitors ranging from 9 year olds to 35+. The 9-10 year olds swim 50m and run 1000m, the 11-14 year olds swim 100m and run 1000m, the 15-16+ swim 200m and run 2000m. The 17-22+ swim 200m and run 3000m, Masters Women swim 100m and run 1000m the Masters men run 2000m.

Overall there were 484 competitors and 41 teams from all over the country competing at the British Championships this year. It is a very competitive event and past World and Olympic Champions have competed at this event. Steph Cook took Gold and Kate Allenby took Bronze at the 2000 Olympics.

The Football Club was supported by three Organisations, Cannons Leisure, Greenwich Leisure Ltd and the London Development Agency.

With the Olympics around the corner we must capitalise on all the talents we have and concentrate on putting resources behind developing our greatest assets, our children. We must also change the way our young people think and sport is a good way of doing just that. It also helps them with life skills, discipline, determination, motivation, the will to win and the acceptance of not always winning but always striving to win.

The success of this Football Club could signal a change in attitudes in all our young people just in time for 2012.


Marks & Spencer is to partner the Modern Pentathlon Association of Great Britain (MPAGB) in its preparations for world-class events, as part of the FTSE-British Olympic Association Initiative.

Marks & Spencer's support for MPAGB's preparation for the Games will include nutritional advice, professional support in regional development, business planning, IT support and branding advice.

Britain's modern pentathletes have already had an impressive year, with Heather Fell winning the individual Silver medal at the European Championships in Latvia earlier this month. Last week Georgina Harland, the Athens 2004 Olympic bronze medallist, secured a place in September's World Cup Final in Beijing by taking bronze in the last round of the 2007 World Cup series in Rome.

Jude Bridge, Marketing Communications Director at Marks & Spencer, said: By partnering the MPAGB, we hope to help further the development of a unique sport, and to increase awareness amongst our customers and employees of the Modern Pentathlon, a complete sport where athletes need to be at the peak of mental and physical health.

Peter Hart, Chief Executive of the MPAGB added: We are delighted that such a high profile brand as Marks & Spencer has chosen to partner with Modern Pentathlon. M&S will provide MPAGB access to many areas of business expertise, from HR to marketing. This will play an important part in the development plans for our elite male and female athletes and the sport in general, ensuring that the Beijing and London Olympics will be further positive steps in the successful development of Modern Pentathlon in Britain.

See full press release.

Scholarship for young journalist

UIPM are offering a unique opportunity for a young journalist to attend the World Cup Final (also Olympic Test Event) in modern pentathlon and work in association with BOCOG to provide media coverage of this event.

See details on page 2 of the UIPM June newsletter.

Harland will lead GBs World Cup Final challenge

Olympic bronze medallist Georgina Harland secured a place in Septembers World Cup Final in Beijing by finishing third in the last round of the 2007 World Cup series in Rome.

Harlands bronze medal in Rome on Wednesday (27th June) propelled her from 16th overall to top spot in the World Cup standings. View the full story.

Harland secures World Cup bronze

Great Britains Georgina Harland produced another strong finish to claim the bronze medal at the last round of Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Rome. View the full story.

GB four reach Wednesdays Rome final

Great Britain will have four women in Wednesdays (27th June) final of round six of the 2007 Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Rome. View the full story.

Woodbridge and McLean must wait to learn World Cup Final fate

Neither Nick Woodbridge nor Ben McLean have reached Tuesdays final of round six of the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Rome. View the full press release.

GB Women end European Championships with gold

GBR women Georgina Harland, Heather Fell and Katy Livingston struck GOLD in the team relay at the European Championships this afternoon (12th June) in Riga, Latvia. See the press release for more details.

Fell and Livingston achieve Olympic qualification standard

Many congratulations to Heather Fell and Katy Livingston who put on outstanding performances to achieve the Olympic qualification standard in the final of the European Championships this afternoon (10th June) in Riga, Latvia. See the press release for more details.

British men miss first Olympic qualification opportunity

Sam Weale and Nick Woodbridge both missed out on their first chance to qualify for Beijing this afternoon (9th June) in the final of the European Championships. See the press release for more details.

All four British women through to European final

Georgina Harland, Mhairi Spence, Heather Fell and Katy Livingston all qualified for Sunday's Modern Pentathlon European Championships final this afternoon. See the press release for more details.

Weale & Woodbridge Qualify For European Finals

Sam Weale and Nick Woodbridge qualified for Saturday's Modern Pentathlon European Championships final this afternoon (7th June). See the press release for more details.

Woodbridge wins World Cup Bronze

Great Britains Nick Woodbridge claimed the second modern pentathlon World Cup medal of his career by winning bronze in Poland.

The 20-year-olds bronze was the first medal won by a British man on the World Cup circuit this year.

It capped a terrific weekend for Britains modern pentathletes, with Georgina Harland taking silver and Mhairi Spence bronze in round five of the womens World Cup in Hungary (see story below).

Their performances augur well for next months European Championships, which get underway on Thursday 7th June at Riga in Latvia and are the first Olympic qualification event.

Nick, who is from Shropshire and trains at the MPAGBs High Performance Centre at the University of Bath, produced the second best swim and the third best fencing performance of the final to accumulate a total of 5528 points across the five disciplines at the World Cup in Drzonkow.

He finished just 20 points behind both Libor Capalini of the Czech Republic the Athens 2004 Olympic bronze medallist - who took gold in Poland, and the USAs Dennis Bowsher, who took silver.

Nicks bronze in Poland followed up his bronze in the opening round of the 2006 World Cup in Acapulco.

Ben McLean, also in action for GB at round five of the mens World Cup, finished 22nd in the final with a total of 5332 points.

A storm demolished the riding course for the event, forcing organisers to depart from the usual order of the five disciplines, with the run held before the ride, which was then held indoors.

Harland & Spence medal at World Cup

Georgina Harland and Mhairi Spence put Great Britain on the podium at the World Cup in Szehesfehervar, Hungary, this weekend by taking silver and bronze respectively behind the host-nations Zsuzsanna Voros.

The results augur well for next months (starting June 8th) European Championships which are the first Olympic qualifier.

Olympic bronze medallist, Georgina Harland, 29, produced a storming run in 10:18.09 the fastest of the day by almost 30 seconds - but it wasnt quite enough to catch Voros in the final event in Hungary.

Spence, 22, from Inverness but now training with Harland at the sports elite training centre at the University of Bath, had qualified in first place from the semi-finals. She fenced and rode well but was fourteenth fastest in the run.

Britains other two contenders Heather Fell and Sarah Langridge were 13th and 31st respectively.

British Biathlon Championships

The results for the British Modern Biathlon Championships held at Norwich on 20th May can be accessed here.

Male Female
Masters Masters
Seniors Seniors Team
Juniors Team Juniors
Youth A Team Youth A
Youth B Team Youth B Team
Youth C Team Youth C Team
Youth D Team Youth D Team
Youth E Team Youth E Team

Moscow and Budapest: Congratulations

We should recognise the achievements of our top pentathletes in Moscow and Budapest. Katy Livingston and Heather Fell won their first World Cup medals when they took silver and bronze in Moscow on Sunday.

World Cup 4, Moscow, 2007. Katy Livingston - Silver, Heather Fell - Bronze

There were impressive performances by Britain's men at their World Cup in Budapest, where Sam Weale came eighth and Ben McLean ninth - the best results by British men in the one-day format of the sport. Weale and McLean both produced their best World Cup finishes in the mens event. Weale came eighth with 5492 points and McLean was ninth with 5488. They both set personal bests in the swim to finish strongly and produced solid performances in the run.

Livingston rounded off a strong performance by producing the seventh quickest run time 10 minutes 55 seconds to secure silver on a rain-soaked course. Fell's time of 11.03 seconds was the 11th fastest run. Britains third modern pentathlete to reach the final Lindsey Weedon finished 18th.

Jan Bartu, Performance Director, said: This is one of the most promising weekends for us. Its outstanding to have the mens and womens team performing so well and in these numbers in one weekend.


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Forthcoming Event Closing Dates

03-08-2008European Biathle Championships, National Biathle Championships & GB Series Race Closing Date: 07-07-2008

27-07-2008North West Open Tetrathlon, Triathlon and Biathlon, including Youth A World Selection Trial Closing Date: 14-07-2008

30-08-2008British Youth Pentathlon Championships Closing Date: 01-08-2008

10-08-2008South West Regional Training Day Closing Date: 06-08-2008

17-05-2008Northern Region Postal Shoot Closing Date: 17-08-2008

07-09-2008Ribble Valley Biathlon and Triathlon (possibly Tetrathlon ) Closing Date: 25-08-2008

20-09-2008GB Biathle Series Race Closing Date: 01-09-2008

07-09-2008South West Regional Training Day Closing Date: 03-09-2008

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Events added in last 2 weeks

06-09-2008 (Posted: 03-07-2008) Inter Region Biathle Relays

01-03-2009 (Posted: 03-07-2008) Scottish Biathlon Championships

01-03-2009 (Posted: 03-07-2008) Open Biathlon

23-11-2008 (Posted: 03-07-2008) Scottish Schools Biathlon Qualifier 2

02-11-2008 (Posted: 03-07-2008) Scottish Schools Biathlon Qualifier 1

19-07-2008 (Posted: 03-07-2008) Scottish Pentathlon Championships

17-05-2009 - This date is provisional! (Posted: 03-07-2008) British Biathlon Championships Closing Date: 24-04-2009

07-09-2008 (Posted: 02-07-2008) Ribble Valley Biathlon and Triathlon (possibly Tetrathlon ) Closing Date: 25-08-2008

25-10-2008 (Posted: 27-06-2008) Yorkshire Region Pentathlon, Tetrathlon & Triathlon Closing Date: 10-10-2008

28-09-2008 (Posted: 27-06-2008) Yorkshire Triathlon Championships Closing Date: 15-09-2008

28-07-2008 (Posted: 27-06-2008) Southern Region Youth Training Camp

03-08-2008 (Posted: 23-06-2008) Shoot /Fence training day Closing Date: 18-07-2008

14-02-2009 (Posted: 20-06-2008) Selection Competition 2009 #3 Closing Date: 23-01-2009

17-01-2009 (Posted: 20-06-2008) Selection Competition 2009 #2 Closing Date: 12-12-2008

13-12-2008 (Posted: 20-06-2008) British Senior and Junior Modern Pentathlon Championships & Selection Competition 2009 #1 Closing Date: 21-11-2008

Events updated in last 2 weeks

30-08-2008 (Updated: 02-07-2008) British Youth Pentathlon Championships Closing Date: 01-08-2008

28-06-2008 (Updated: 26-06-2008) Biathle World Tour & GB Series Race Closing Date: 09-06-2008

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