ELEVEN members of the Dorset Pentathletes took part in the National Modern Triathlon Championships at Solihull.

The event is a shoot, swim and run competition with entrants earning points for each discipline depending on times.

The distances were dependant on age with the run ranging from 1,000m to 3,000m, the shoot out of 10 or 20 shots and swim from 50m to 200m with a break between each.

This is the most competitors that Dorset Pentathletes have had in this type of event and the team did the county proud in the championships, winning a team bronze medal.

In the individual competition, Dorset bagged one gold and two silver medals.

The girls’ 12-and-under saw the team take fourth place with Kara Hughes 11th, Kizzy Price 23rd and Ellie Gussey 25th.

In the boys’ event, Alex Felton finished 10th.

Harrison Yarnold claimed silver in the 14-and-under age group, with Jamie Price claiming 13th place and Hugh Ireland 16th, with the team taking bronze.

In the girls’ event, Zoe Gowers was sixth.

In the 16-and-under girls, Rebecca Bowles bagged silver with Victoria Halford 17th.

Unfortunately, Charlie Follett was injured, which cost the girls a team medal.

In the masters’ section, Nick Ireland took the club’s only gold, winning by a big points margin.

The club had a good result, as many of the athletes were taking part in their first national triathlon with a good turnout from the club Team coach Mick Flaherty said: “Once again the athletes from the local area have done a great job in their efforts at the nationals, and it is hoped to have a bigger turnout from the club at the 2013 event.

“The club is now busy looking forward to the new season ahead with lots of events to look forward to, and training has now started for the new campaign.

“The club also have regular running training at Lodmoor Park on Sundays and swimming training at Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland.”

Should you wish to get involved with the club and take part in the many types of events the club has to offer of all standards, no matter what age, then email Flaherty at flaherty121@aol.com