Modern Pentathlon offers the ultimate test of fitness, courage and skill. Comprising five traditional sports of Swimming, Fencing, Shooting, Running and Horse Riding competed over one day.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to have experience in all or any to get started.
A series of events and competitions are run by Pentathlon GB to promote the sport and encourage young athletes to get involved. A short description of each is detailed below;
Modern Biathlon (run and swim) is one of the most common ways school children enter the world of Modern Pentathlon. A series of school competitions are run country wide culminating in a national final, currently held at Crystal Palace in March of each year. More information can you obtain on the Pentathlon GB web site
Modern Triathlon adds the discipline of laser shooting. Many of the regions run competitions and a growing number of Modern Pentathlon Clubs (and schools with Pentathlon teams) are holding these competition. Once the competitors have swum they are ranked depending on their time. They then compete in a continual Run/Shoot where you shoot at five targets, run for a varying distance depending on age, return to shoot and repeat the cycle again depending on age. The maximum time and distance Under 19s and above compete over is 4 shoots with 800m in between.
British Modern Triathlon Championships are held annually.
Internationally, competitions for the Under 17 age group are organised in the Modern Triathlon format.
The next step is to add in the challenging sport of Fencing.
Many Modern Triathlon competitions held on a local and regional basis in Great Britain will have the option for athletes to compete in a Tetrathlon too. In addition most Modern Pentathlon competitions will also offer a Tetrathlon for those not wishing, or are currently unable, to compete in the riding.
The British Modern Tetrathlon Championships are held annually.
Internationally, competitions for the Under 19 age group are organised in the Modern Tetrathlon format.
3 new formats have been introduced over the last few years;
Biathle involves swimming and running in a continuous run/swim/run format. The event begins with a pack start and there is a transition zone between the run and swim. The swim is often in open water and there are many events held throughout Great Britain each year, including a British Championship.
Triathle involves shooting, swimming and running in a continuous shoot/swim/run format. The event begins with a pack start and there is a transition zone between the run and swim.
The swim may be in open water and Pentathlon GB first held a Triathle in 2016. The British Triathle Championship is now an annual fixture on the calendar.
Laser-run involves shooting and running with the first person to cross the line the winner. Each run is preceded by a shoot and the format is the latest addition to our portfolio of sports with the first laser-run in Great Britain being held in late 2016.
Ultimately you add in the discipline of show jumping to compete in the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon.
Each discipline is held separately, apart from running and shooting, which are held together in a challenging and exciting combined event.
Over the Swim, Fence and Riding competitors gain points, resulting in a handicapped start for the laser-run. The winner of the competition is therefore the first person to cross the finish line after the run/shoot.
Modern Pentathlon is the only Pentathlon GB sport to be competed at the Olympics and there are World Championships and European Championships held annually.