News Thanet Athlete, Ben Pond wins British Schools Biathlon Championships Thanet Athlete, Ben Pond wins British Schools Biathlon Championships


Report by Ian Lockyer
2014-04-27 10:22:40

Thanet Athlete, Ben Pond wins British Schools Biathlon Championships

Everyone at Thanet Roadrunners AC are especially proud of the progress of its junior section.  Special mention should go to Ben Pond who continues to excel on a national basis in his chosen sport of Modern Pentathlon.  Evidence of this is shown by his performance earlier in April when he took part in the final of the British Schools Biathlon Championships.

The event held on Sunday 6th April at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and was run by Pentathlon GB and comprised a run and swim...two of the 5 events from the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon.  Ben competed in the under 19 age group against 26 athletes representing schools from all over the country… in total almost 800 boys and girls competed in the various age groups over the weekend.

The Swim

The 200m swim took place in the 50 metre Olympic pool. Ben was the only swimmer to go under 2 minutes, finishing in a creditable 1.58. The competition is based on points for times achieved in both disciplines so this gave Ben a good advantage going into the run.

The Run

The 1600 metre run was not held on the track but on a course looping around a tarmac area adjacent to the Olympic pool with some tight corners to negotiate. This is not the surface that Ben is used to running on and with parts of the surface wet from earlier rain it proved to be a bit more of a challenge than on track. Ben finished 7th in the run but the overall points were enough to secure him first place by a clear margin. This was the first time Ben had won the British Schools Biathlon title, although he has achieved podium finishes as part of Chatham House teams in the past.

Liz Pond, his mother said, ‘When Ben first started doing Biathlons he struggled with the running.  He was a swimmer and it was a member of Thanet roadrunners that suggested he learn to run properly.  Over the last 2 years he has taken up fencing, riding and shooting which make up the 5 disciplines of the Modern Pentathlon. He competed in his first international for Great Britain in March and is going to Barcelona with the GB youth team to compete in another competition next week in the hope of qualifying for the Youth European Championships in July. Ben has been offered a place at Bath University and will be training with the senior GB Modern Pentathlon team from September.'

Ian Lockyer of Thanet Roadrunners AC said, ’Well done Ben…it’s great that someone from Thanet can achieve so much on a National scale.  You have put an amazing amount of hard work to get to where you are today.  Everyone at the club wishes you all the best in the future and look forward to monitoring your progress over the next few years.


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