Golden delight for Valley’s modern pentathlon stars

Gold medallists Charlotte Grogan, Hannah Procter and Emily Morgan
Gold medallists Charlotte Grogan, Hannah Procter and Emily Morgan

It was a golden day to remember for the Ribble Valley modern pentathlon at the North West Regional Biathlon competition.

They came away with two individual gold medals and a team gold at the competition held at Salt Ayre in Lancaster.

First in action were the Under 11 boys and girls who completed an 800m run and 50m swim. In the boys competition, Harry Wood, who attends St Leonards Cof E Primary School in Langho, had a strong run and swim and amassed 2,483 points overall to finish as the gold medal winner.

In the girls’ competition, Sophie Morgan, who attends Crawshawbooth Primary, finished in fourth place overall with 2,237 points and was second place in the run.

In the Girls Under 14 competition, Ribble Valley were able to enter a team of three girls in addition to the individual competition. Competing over a 1,600m run and 100m swim, the team of Hannah Procter, Charlotte Grogan and Emily Morgan amassed 6,640 points to claim the gold medal. In the individual competition, Hannah Procter, a pupil at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, swam and ran new PB times to claim the gold with 2,326 points. Charlotte finished in third place with 2,229 points and Emily eighth with 2,085.

The athletes now progress to the National finals to be held in Solihull at the end of November.

• Clitheroe Dolphin’s first ever visit to the Castle Leisure Centre in Bury turned out to be a very good one as the team dominated the gala with some splendid swimming.

The team recorded 19 first places as well as many second and third positions to romp to victory with 218 points.

All teams suffered more DQs than normal as swimmers adjust to the rule changes that came into force on the 1st October. The key one that was catching swimmers out was the new rule that hands must not be touching each other when they simultaneously touch the wall on breaststroke and butterfly turns and finish. Backstroke turns and relay handovers also caught a few swimmers out from all clubs.