youngsters compete at National Biathle Championships
Burnham-On-Sea girls have been competing in the National Biathle
Championships in Manchester this week.
Tolley (11) and Elizabeth Tolley (12) took part in their respective
age group categories.
Biathle is a continuous event of a run, then an open water swim
followed by another run.
vary according to the age category of competitors, with both girls
running 500 meters at the beginning and end of the race with a
swim distance of either 50 or 100 meters.
competition served not only as the National Championships but
also as the qualifying selection event for the Great Britain team
to participate in the World Biathle Championships in Cyprus later
girls have already represented Great Britain in the sport this
year, competing at the European Championships in Portugal in July.
girls, pictured at the event, performed well in their respective
races with Catherine finishing 15th overall and Elizabeth finishing
was the third GB athlete across the line in her age category,
with her performance contributing to her winning a team silver
at the medal ceremony with her two other GB team team mates are
the gold medalists (Portugal) and the Bronze medal winners (Russia).
was fierce at the National Championships was fierce with only
six places available for each age category in the GB team.
a member of the Burnham Swim and Sports Triathlon Academy, in
just her first season racing, fought hard to secure 11th place
in the under 12 age group.
the race she said: "That was hard, but brilliant. Some of
the girls are a lot older than me and it is quite rough in the
swim with everyone trying to get ahead. I can't wait until next
also a member of the Burnham Swim and Sport Triathlon Academy,
at 12 racing in the under 14 category, also found it tough but
delivered a season's best time, a performance that saw her finish
in sixth place overall in the National Championships, securing
one of the prestigious places with the GB team for the 2013 World
said: "I was quite nervous for this race. To come 6th in
my age group is brilliant for me. I enjoyed the race in the European
finals in Portugal and getting a silver medal but I've now qualified
for the World Champs which makes me feel even better. I couldn't
believe it when they told me. I was pretty excited I can tell
Biathle World Championships will be held in Limassol in Cyprus
over the weekend of 5th and 6th October.