Pupils from Hill House School are celebrating their best ever performance at the Yorkshire Regional Biathlon Championships, which took place on Sunday 15th October at York University.
A biathlon is a separately timed run (800m) and swim (50m). Pupils earn points for their performance based on their time with the points for each event added together to give a total at the end of the competition. The aim is to score 2000 points or more.
Year 7 pupil Olivia Martin won the Under 12 Girls competition and took the award for the fastest swim. Year 5 pupil Greta Highfield, fresh from competing for Great Britain at the World Biathle Championships, stormed home to win the Under 10 Girls competition. Fellow Year 5 pupil, Daniel Reeve, came third in his first ever biathlon and took the award for the fastest run.
The performance of the day came from Year 5 pupil William Payne who produced an outstanding swim to push himself up to 6th place in the ranking and earn a medal. All those early starts at the school swimming club on Thursday mornings are clearly paying off!
All of these pupils scored 2000 points or more, a remarkable achievement. Connie Crowther in Year 4 took the opportunity to compete in the Under 10 Girls event despite most of the competition being composed of Year 5 pupils. Connie looked very confident and showed great promise in each event and will surely be back next year to try and emulate her peers.
"I am thrilled for the pupils as they work incredibly hard in training sessions and are very committed. This competition involved very strong individuals from across Yorkshire and they have shown that they can compete with the best. Thank you to Pentathlon GB for organising the event and to all the parents for the support and encouragement," said Mr Lawrie, running and swimming club coordinator.