FIFTY-FIVE Dorset Pentathletes took part in the first race of the British Biathle series of 2014, held at Millfield School.

The team took five individual gold, three silver, and three bronze medals in tot- al.

The format of the event consisted of a run, a swim and another run with distances comprising of between a 500m to 1,500m first run, a 50m to 200m swim followed by the same distance run again, the distances varied with each age group.

This was the first race in the British Biathle Series, with competitors also trying to qualify for a European place.

From the event, 20 Dorset Pentathletes have been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Biathle Championships in Portugal in July.

The weather conditions were ideal for racing on the day with very little wind.


Girls’ eight-and-under: Holly White (fourth), Skye Fisher (fifth)

Boys’ eight-and-under: Oisin Murphy (fourth)

Girls’ 10-and-under: Anya Snowball (fifth), Georgia Gussey (ninth), Erin Cassingham (10th), Vivian Taylor (11th), Jasmine Caley (14th), Lily Amor (15th)

Boys’ 10-and-under: Jake Fisher (fourth), Josh Cobb (sixth), Angus Evans (eighth), Jack Amor (10th), James Carr (11th), Fin Sanderson (12th)

Girls’ 12-and-under: Daisy Davies (first), Phoebe Mills (eighth), Catherine Tolley (12th), Abbie White (13th), Jessica Hudson (16th), Anya Evens (17th), Elektra Covell (20th), Gemma Wyatt (25th)

Boys’ 12-and-under: Ryan Symington (second), Harry O’Donahue (12th), Sam Cobb (13th), Fred Fisher, (14th), Ollie Sanderson (21st)

Girls’ 14-and-under: Elizabeth Tolley (fifth), Kizzy Price (sixth), Olivia Foice (ninth), Connie Baker (16th), Lucy Anderson (19th), Jessica Sutton (20th), Portia Manson (24th), Ellie Gussey (27th), Anabel Harris (28th), Poppy Boyden (32nd)

Boys’ 14-and-under: Ben Samuel (second), Robert Croager (fourth), William Blackledge (fifth), George Case (eighth), Charlie Madden (12th)

Girls’ 16-and-under: Zoe Gowers (third), India Cooper (sixth), Olivia Manson (seventh), Daisy Liddle (12th)

Boys’ 16 & Under: Jamie Price (first)

Youth Boys’ Under-18: Ryan Flaherty (fourth)

Junior Women: Paige Mathews (first) Masters

Women Over-40s: Emma Fisher (first), Laura Bratt (second), Kay Evans (third),

Masters Men Over-50s: Andy Price (first), Mark Fisher (third)

Team coach Michael Flaherty said: “This was an excellent start to the first big race of the season.

“Once again, the team gave each other great support throughout the event.

“The team are looking in good shape for the forthcoming season and have got off to an excellent start in the British Biathle series.

“As long as the athletes keep performing like this the team will have a few British Series winners.”

For information on training or to get involved in biathle, contact Flaherty at flaher