4 members of Tri-Force Juniors entered the East Region Biathlon Championships run by Pentathlon GB at Watford on October 17th. A biathlon is a separate run and swim and the times from each event are converted into points to determine the final positions.
A bitter wind greeted the competitors at Woodside Leisure Centre which meant that the run was always going to be tough. Sadly before the event started James Mabbs had to pull out due to an injury sustained earlier in the morning playing rugby for his school.
His sister Alannah was the first to take to the track and after a very poor run, which was slower than she had done at another biathlon 2 weeks earlier, she decided to pull out of the swim and joined her brother in helping with the day’s scoring administration.
That left Lauren Enever in the under 14 girls and Christy Durbin in the under 13 girls to fly the Tri-Force flag.
Lauren, who had never done a biathlon before, was 7th after the run and then her 8th place run meant she came 8th overall and really enjoyed the event. Her brother who watched is really keen to take part next year when he will be old enough.
Christy had a near identical event to Lauren with a 6th place on the run followed by a 7th place swim to come 7th overall.
Sadly neither of the girls scored high enough to qualify for the National Finals, however their scores are good enough to have qualified for the British Schools Final to be held at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in March 2016.
A week earlier Sophie Mabbs competed in the South West Region Biathlon Championships at Millfield School in Somerset. Sophie had an excellent 2nd place on the run, beating a girl she had never beaten before and then a 3rd place on the swim meant she came 2nd in the under 13 girls competition which automatically qualified her for the National Finals in Solihull at the end of November.
The weather in Solihull was appalling with Storm Clodagh battering Britain with 70mph winds. Sophie arrived at the venue not in the best of shape having been off all sport for 3 weeks due to on-going leg issues and after the run was only in 10th place. A 6th place on the swim moved her up to in an excellent 4th place overall.
As a result of her performances she has now been offered a place on the Pentathlon GB English Talent Programme.