Valley trio shine at British Biathlon Championships

Pictured, from left, Elliot Norman, Harvey Griffin and Jack Stanley with their awards and medals
Pictured, from left, Elliot Norman, Harvey Griffin and Jack Stanley with their awards and medals

Ribble Valley trio Jack Stanley, Harvey Griffin and Elliot Norman had a fantastic weekend at the British Biathlon 2014 Championships at the Tudor Grange Sports Centre, Solihull, Birmingham.

The 13-year-olds qualified for the event at the North West Biathlon in October.

Jack, a Year 9 pupil at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and swimmer at Clitheroe Dolphins, was crowned British Biathlon Under 14 Boys’ champion, the event consisting of a 100m swim and a 1600m run.

Jack swam the 100m in a time of 1.00.20, which placed him second, in a personal best time of 5.11.85, followed by a great 1,600m run in another PB of 5.11.85, again finishing second. The combined points score of 2,567 placed Jack in first position and champion.

Jack was closely followed by his Year 8 CRGS teammate Harvey Griffin, who was awarded silver in the event.

Harvey, who is also a Clitheroe Dolphins swimmer, ran a fantastic 1,600m race, sprinting to the finish in a personal best time of 5.09.72.

Harvey was ranked eighth in the swim in a time of 1.01.98, which placed him in second with a combined total points score of 2,546.

Elliot Norman, a Year 9 pupil at Ribblesdale High School, and a member of Burnley Bobcats squad, also produced some personal bests in the competition and was ranked in seventh position in the freestyle swim in a time of 1.01.91, and in 21st in the 1,600m run in a personal best time of 5.37.31.

Elliot’s combined points score after the two events of 2,408 ranked him seventh out of the 36 competitors.

The boys represented the Ribble Valley Modern Pentathlon Team, and they were crowned Team Champions with their combined scores of 7,521 and were each awarded gold medals.

Second place was awarded to St Johns School with 7,207 points, and North Kent MPC in third position with 7,099 points.

This was an exceptional performance by all three members of the team.

Also competing at the British Biathlon Championships were Clitheroe Dolphins and CRGS pupils, Joseph Kenny (14) and Alasdair Moir (12); Burnley Bobcats swimmers Harry Pilkington (13) from St Christophers CE School and Matthew Mackay (13) from Alder Grange Community School.

Hannah Procter (13) from CRGS, who swims with Clitheroe Dolphins and Burnley Bobcats, and Charlie Coy (14) from Ribblesdale High School, a Clitheroe Dolphins swimmer, qualified for the event but, due to injury, did not compete.