Biathletes star in London

Harvey Griffin and Hannah Procter
Harvey Griffin and Hannah Procter

Six pupils from Clitheroe Royal Grammar School made the trip to London to compete in the National Schools Biathlon finals.

The young athletes swam in the inspirational setting of the Olympic Pool at the London Aquatics Centre, and ran around a course on Olympic Park.

The finals attracted over 1,500 athletes from across the country and the students had to qualify in the top 120 positions of the ranking list via local competitions to compete.

Some of Britain’s finest pentathletes were on hand to meet and inspire the young athletes, including 2012 world champion Mhairi Spence and 2013 World Championships silver medallist Nick Woodbridge, both London 2012 Olympians, as well as Beijing 2008 Olympian Katy Livingston.

Hannah Procter , the North West Biathlon Champion for the Under 14 girls, went into the event ranked 11th, and,. competing in a 1,600m run, she improved her time by seven seconds to finish 14th.

She then moved inside to compete in a 100m swim and again set a new personal best time to finish 15th, for an overall score of 2384 points and sixth position.

Alasdair Moir competed in the Under 12 age group and ran a huge PB in the 800m and followed that up with a fantastic swim in the 50m race to move up over 100 places and finish 17th overall.

Harvey Griffin, in the Under 13s, swam a new PB in the 100m for seventh place and then improved his 1,600m run time by a considerable margin to finish sixth.

In the Under 14 age group, Joseph Kenny and Jacob Crompton were in action. In the 1,600m run, Jacob blew his heat away and Joseph improved his time by over 10 seconds. The positions were reversed in the pool, placing Joseph 20th position overall with Jacob close behind in 23rd.

And Tom Entwistle, in the Under 15 boys, swam a new PB over the longer distance of 200m and then ran 5:25 in the 1600m for an overall position of 32nd.