14th November 2019 — The Prior Park Schools’ Biathlon took place on Friday, 11 October in Bath with 450 competitors from 60 state and independent schools across the South of England registered to take part.
Prior Park College and The Paragon Junior School run this annual event in conjunction with Pentathlon GB. In recent years, and as the competition has grown, the Biathlon has taken place at the University of Bath, allowing competitors to experience its elite athlete facilities. Encouraging the competitors every step and every stroke throughout the day were members of the GB Pentathlon team: Joe Choong, Charlie Follett, Myles Pillage, Tom Toolis and Jamie Cooke.
The age categories for the competition range from U10 to U19, with the run and swim distances varying accordingly. Each competitor’s run and swim times are combined and the scores are automatically added to the national rankings list - the top performers qualify for both the British Modern Biathlon Championships (to be held in Nottingham in November) and the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships (held in March 2020).
Head of Prior Park College, Mr Ben Horan, commented “Our schools have a philosophy of ‘sport for all’ and so we are delighted to be able to bring this biathlon to Bath and provide so many students with this opportunity. I would also like to thank our fantastic volunteer helpers, sports leaders, PE staff and Kate Allenby for organising such a successful day.”