Ribble Valley teenager crowned biathlon champion!

Champion Harvey Griffin (left) alongside Elliot Norman
Champion Harvey Griffin (left) alongside Elliot Norman

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil Harvey Griffin has been crowned champion at the British Biathlon Championships held at Tudor Grange Sports Centre in Solihull, Birmingham.

The championships are the largest event on the Pentathlon GB calendar, attracting more than 800 athletes who compete in a swim and run.

The final positions are decided on the total number of points achieved after both disciplines.

The 14-year-old, a year nine student in the Ribble Valley, recorded a personal best time of 2.06.76 in the 200m freestyle event which helped him in to second place.

He then ran an outstanding 1600m race in awful weather conditions, sprinting to the finish line in first place, in a time of 5.00.10 to strike gold.

Elliot Norman, 14, a year 10 pupil at Ribblesdale High School, competed alongside Harvey in the same event to win the 200m freestyle race in a time of 2.05.40.

The teenager was then placed 17th in in the run to bring him home in fifth place at the end of the event.

Harvey and Elliot were delighted to be placed in the top six in the country representing the Ribble Valley MPT team and will go on to compete at the British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships in March at Crystal Palace.

Hannah Procter, a year 10 CRGS pupil, competed in the under 16s girl’s event and was placed in 26th place.

All three top athletes compete and train regularly with one another at Burnley Bobcats swim squad alongside younger Bobcats.

Maxwell Hereward, who competed in the under 11s category, was placed 13th and Jamie Clayton in the under 12s category reached 22nd place.

Harvey and Hannah also represent Clitheroe Dolphins, their first claimed swimming club at county competitions and Arena League.