28 pupils represented the Whitgift Modern Pentathlon Academy at this weekend's British Biathlon Championships, at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Solihull. With over 4,000 athletes entering preliminary rounds to qualify for the British final, it was fantastic to have so many achieve the qualifying standard.
The U12s and U13s kicked off the competition on Saturday with the 800m run. There was an impressive number of personal bests amongst the U12 boys’ team; Conrad Norman posted the second fastest time in his age group, with 2:26.47, whilst Joe McKenzie was close behind in 4th place, with 2:30.73. In the pool, Rudy Kool led the way for Whitgift posting a 32.80, closely followed by Joseph Mumford, Liam Beveridge and Josh Astbury. After a top effort from the whole squad, not only were the A team rewarded with the team title, but the Whitgift B and C teams also joined them on the podium for a Whitgift takeover.
The U13 team battled hard in the cold conditions to post some best-ever performances. The team were led home by Alex Lewis and Martin van Domselaar, both crossing the line in 5.40 for their 1600m race. In the pool, the team were evenly matched, with Sebastian Sparshott, Nico Lane and Martin van Domselaar posting 1.10. The two Whitgift teams finished 4th and 6th in a very tough field. In the U12 girls’ event, Gabrielle Holland was the Academy’s sole representative, putting in an excellent performance across the disciplines to finish 5th individually, in a field of 35 competitors in her age group.
On day two of the championships, 11 more pupils represented Whitgift in U14, U15, U16 & U17 age groups. Whitgift's U14 boys, Christopher Finch and Peter Aznar Klein, both improved on their performances in the preliminary round to finish 18th and 30th, respectively. The U15 boys won the team title convincingly, with solid performances and personal bests in the run and swim events. Rowan Fuss was Whitgift's highest-placed contestant, in 9th place. George Simpson was Whitgift's sole qualifier in the U16 boys’ competition. He delivered a strong performance to finish inside the top 10. The U17 boys finished high up the placings, with Dario Kan picking up individual bronze, Jai Patel in 6th, and Lucas Jones in 7th; their team taking the national title. Sophia Lorke, the Academy’s sole representative in the U14 girl's event, made improvements in both swim and run, to finish 21st.
Team podium finishes were as follows:
U12 Team Gold - Conrad Norman, Liam Beveridge, Joseph Russian
U15 Team Gold - Rowan Fuss, Theo Cheshire, Jules Rognon
U17 Team Gold - Dario Kan, Jai Patel, Lucas Jones
U12 Team Silver - Joe Mumford, Joe McKenzie, Charlie Cotgrove
U12 Team Bronze - Josh Astbury, Rudy Kool, Dylan Combes
U17 Bronze - Dario Kan
U19 Bronze - Matt McCarthy
See link below for full results