Over 250 athletes in the U9 to U19 age groups joined us at the School for the Whitgift Biathlon qualifier last weekend. This Pentathlon GB approved competition serves as a qualifier for two of the national finals; The British Biathlon to be held at John Charles Sports Centre in November and The British Schools’ Biathlon held at Crystal Palace Sports Centre in March.
The biathlon comprises of a competitive swim and run over various distances depending on age group. Times achieved for swim and run are converted into points to decide the overall individual and team medals. Biathlon is the first entry point for the Modern Pentathlon competition as the physical events underpin three further technical disciplines; shooting, fencing and horse riding. Modern Pentathlon has a strong tradition at Whitgift and a large proportion of boys have progressed to international standard, most notably Old Whitgiftian Joseph Choong who competed for Team GB in Rio 2016.
There were 27 boys representing Whitgift in the U12, U13 and U14 age groups, with seven of these competing in their first ever biathlon. There were an impressive number of personal best performances both in the run and swim events. Individual medals were presented to U12 Jack Murray (silver), U13 Liam Beveridge (silver), U13 Philip Joos (bronze) and U14 Felix Thurlow (bronze). Team results were equally promising with U12 and U14 teams clinching the win and the U13 team taking the silver medal. Well done to the whole squad for their contribution and thanks to our team captains Jack Murray (U12), Conrad Norman (U13) and Martin van Domselaar (U14).
This was the largest scale biathlon ever hosted at the School and we owe a huge thank you to our volunteer workforce for supporting us throughout the day.