Athletics: Medal joy for Valley athletes

(l-r) Hannah Procter, Emily Morgan, Emma Whitaker with their bronze medals

(l-r) Hannah Procter, Emily Morgan, Emma Whitaker with their bronze medals

First published in Sport

YOUNG members of Ribble Valley Modern Pentathlon Club took part in the National Modern Triathlon Championships at the Tudor Grange sports complex in Solihull.

A girls under 15s team took part in the event which included a static 10 shot air pistol shoot, a swim and then a combined run and shoot It was Emma who made the best start with a shoot of 78 points to put her in seventh position. Hannah recorded 69 for 16th position and Emily 63 for 22nd – both girls being disappointed as they knew they could shoot better.

The competition then moved into the pool where Hannah stormed to victory to record the fastest swim of the day in 1:04.6 for a medal.

Emily and Emma both had solid swims to leave the team in fifth position going into the combined event where the competitors have a staggered start depending on the number of points gained in the shoot and swim.

Emily competed in the first heat and recorded a new PB time for 16th position.

She then cheered on her team-mates as they battled for positions in the second heat.

Hannah started in ninth with Emma in 12th and they both chased down competitors on the first lap to improve their positions.

Emma was having a fantastic event and overtook Hannah at the start of the second lap after the shoot but Hannah was determined to grab a trophy and ran down Emma to grab sixth place and a trophy.

Emma’s fantastic run and shoot was fastest of the day for a medal and moved her up to 7th overall. The team then had to wait for the points to be calculated but it was worth it as they moved up two places to gain 3rd place overall for a set of team medals.

Misty Taylor competed in her first national competition in the U13 girls. She recorded a new PB overall to finish in 32nd place and enjoyed the experience.

Oliver Murray competed in the U17 boys and shoot 81 for fourth. His 200m swim time of 2:14.45 was good enough for 10th position and an excellent run saw him out sprinted for third place as he took fourth and a trophy.

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