National Biathlon trials at Salt Ayre

COLT Juniors with their NW Biathlon medals.
COLT Juniors with their NW Biathlon medals.

CITY of Lancaster Triathlon (COLT) Club’s Youth Development Squad competed last Sunday in the North West Biathlon and Open Triathlon Championships which were held at Salt Ayre.

The event incorporated trials for the Biathlon National Championships which are to be held at the Wyndley Leisure Centre, Birmingham in May. The biathlon consists of a run and a swim; the triathlon also includes shooting.

The club’s youngest athletes ran 500m on the track and followed this with a 50m swim. Amy Monkhouse won the bronze award; Emma Whitaker won the fastest run and best shoot medals for this age group and was placed fourth in the biathlon and won the triathlon. She was joined by Grace Nolan-Barnes (seventh) to form the gold medal winning team. Lucy Tidswell was placed eighth. All four girls have qualified for the National Championships.

In the corresponding boys’ event there was a silver medal for Shea Hannam and fourth position for Liam Burns. Both boys go through to the National Championships.

For the U13 teams the run distance stepped up to 1000m.

The U13 Girls’ team, consisting of Olivia Clinton (eighth), Allana Jones (10th) and Molly Newton-O’Brien (12th) were placed second team overall. There was also a silver medal for the boys’ team consisting of Ethan Robertson (fifth), Remi McVey (eighth) and Kit Nolan-Barnes (10th). Both teams progress to the National Championships.

In the U15 events the athletes ran 1500m and swam 100m.

The U15 Girls’ team were no less impressive with Mary Hodgson taking the bronze medal; Georgia Hannam (fourth) and Elizabeth Goodfellow (eighth) and the girls booked their place at the Nationals with the silver medal.

Charlotte Whitaker was placed 10th in the biathlon and took the bronze medal in the triathlon. In the boys’ event Jordan Titley (ninth); Elliot Robertson (10th) and Sam Monkhouse (16th) also took the silver medal and a place in the National Championships.

The distance stepped up for the U17 teams with the athletes swimming 200m. In the girls’ event Paige Clinton was placed fifth and goes through to the National Championships.

In the U20 Women’s competition Robin Goodfellow was placed third and Sophie Lucas sixth in the biathlon and so both qualify for the national event. Sophie was fourth in the triathlon event.

The best result of the day, however, was in the Junior Women where Rebecca Lucas won best swim, best run and best shoot in her age group on her way to winning the biathlon and triathlon and booking her place at the National Championships.

As well as the Youth Development Squad’s sponsors, Technology Farm, COLT would like to thank Lancaster and Morecambe AC, Dallam Running Club, Lancaster City Amateur Swimming and Water Polo Club and Carnforth Otters Swimming Club who have helped prepare the athletes for this event. Junior athletes who are interested in competing in multi-discipline events can find out more about COLT at