TWENTY-TWO members of Leweston Pentathlon Academy took part in the National Tetrathlon Championships at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in Solihull.

The tetrathlon is comprised of fencing, swimming and a combined laser shoot and run, with the modern pentathlon event formed with the addition of riding.

Leweston claimed two golds at the event – the best return in their history – courtesy of Darcy Dryden and George Case, competing in the respective under-13 girls and under-17 boys categories.

A club spokesman told Echosport: “This was the best result to date for the club at the national championships.

“Leweston has more athletes on the English talent programme than any other club. George Case and Annabel Denton have also been selected for the Great Britain under-17 team for the European Championships.

“The athletes have to work hard for this type of event doing four different sports with different training, which they receive from our Academy through head coach Mick Flaherty and other top coaches.”

Elsewhere, Jessica Stevens finished seventh behind winner Darcy Dryden in the under-13 girls event, while Ryan Openshaw improved four places on 2016 to finish fourth in the under-13 boys.

Leweston’s under-15 girls had eight athletes, with Annabel Denton and Elektra Covell clinching silver and bronze. Issy Colwell (seventh), Mimi Lecompte (ninth), Lily Amor (11th), Sarah Carr (13th), Vivien Taylor (15th), Chloe Bright (17th) performed strongly to help Leweston to team gold and silver.

There was also a silver medal for Sam Cobb in the under-15 boys event, with Liam Openshaw taking fifth before stepping up to under-17 level and claiming a respectable thirteenth place.

George Case took gold with an excellent performance throughout the day, while Charlie Madden’s 19th place helped the school to team bronze.

The field for the under-17 girls classification was strong but Leweston took team bronze thanks to Estella Depierre (ninth), Amy Northam (16th) and Coco Smythe (21st).

In the under-19 category Libby Tolley finished seventh, while in the senior event Paris Allen took sixth and Lara Prior-Palmer clinched fourteenth.