Worldbeaters at biathle

NorthWest Biathle Hub - World Champs Picture

NorthWest Biathle Hub - World Champs Picture

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MEMBERS of the Fleetwood-based Biathle Hub made a splash and cut a dash as part of the North West team at the sport’s world championships in Bulgaria.

Biathle combines running and swimming, and the Fleetwood representatives shared ten medals – eight gold, one silver and one bronze.

Robert Etherington set the standard in the youth D boys’ race, taking the lead from the start as the squad won team gold.

Olivia Green, representing her country for the first time, finished 30 seconds faster than her British qualifying time in the same age group, placing ninth individual.

Fellow debutant Ben Fisher finished an impressive 18th, one minute faster than in the British qualifiers.

Mary Hodgson produced an outstanding second run, moving through the big field of 27 athletes into silver medal position. Mary was five seconds off a gold but helped GB to team gold.

Sarah Hodgson finished tenth, running 40 seconds quicker than in qualifying.

Team-mate Immy Pierce finished fifth, over a minute quicker than in qualifying and contributed to a GB team gold.

Adam Weightman impressed in the pool in the Youth A age group, claiming a personal best and a bronze medal, also helping GB to team gold.

Hannah Parkinson gave a solid performance, holding 12th position.

Danni Parkinson just missed out on bronze in the junior ladies’ section, placing fourth but also sharing in a team gold.

Paul Hodgson had a difficult race in the heat in the junior men’s event but battled to fourth place.

Barbara Holmes held on to her title as World Masters B women’s Champion with an impressive performance.

Kev Jones finished in ninth position in the senior men’s event, while Nicola Rowley won a team gold in the senior ladies’ race, finishing fourth herself.