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British Biathlon Championships

Year 5 pupil Greta Highfield is celebrating after achieving third place in the under 10 girls competition at the British Biathlon Championships which were held in Solihull at the weekend.

The biathlon involved a separately timed 800m run and a 50m swim. Each time equals a points score with the scores combined to create a grand total. Greta knocked off 6 seconds from her 800m personal best time to give herself the best possible start to the day. A fantastic swim in the afternoon, close to her personal best, saw her climb onto the podium at the event organised by Pentathlon GB.

Year 7 pupil Olivia Martin, competing in the under 12 girls event, also ran a personal best in the 800m and won the prize for the fastest swim in her age group. Olivia finished in a very respectable 16th place out of over 60 athletes.

Year 5 pupil Daniel Reeve was 23rd overall in the under 10 boys event and William Payne, who had only just recovered from injury, made the top 50 in the under 11 boys competition. Both boys are part of the junior running and swimming clubs.

Running and swimming club coordinator, Mr Lawrie, said: 'As a teacher and coach I am thrilled for Greta. To achieve a bronze medal at this national competition is a remarkable achievement. Greta knew going into this competition that her run needed a boost and she did extra sessions at lunch on top of the school running club. All pupils are looking forward to the schools biathlon next March which they have all qualified for."