Four of the Modern Pentathlon Club Ladies’ squad went to compete at the West Midlands Pentathlon Competition.
Just four days after Christmas, the three athletes competing in the ride turned up ready to jump a 1m course on an unknown horse. First up, women’s captain Anna Gibbons, unseated on the fourth jump, back on and finished within the time – moving on! Former equestrian team captain, Susannah Boddie, showed us how it was done and raised the bar (/pole) finishing comfortably within the time. Amy Radford completed a superb, clear round but unfortunately was eliminated in the warm up arena.
On to day two of the competition and the team were joined by Eleanor Sealy. The day started with a 5:30 alarm, to arrive in time for a very early swim. Boddie managed a PB, just a fraction of a second over the elusive sub-3 minutes 200m. Radford and Sealy also had good swims, both nearing their PBs. Gibbons came in four seconds above the optimum time.
It was now on to the fencing, each athlete had to fence one hit against the other 23 athletes in the pool. The standout performances came from Gibbons and Boddie winning 74% and 65% of their hits respectively.
After a lot of waiting around, the final event, that combines a 3.2km run interspersed with 4 shoots, was upon us. The brutal running course up a vertical hill and then back down again – not quite the same as eight laps of Wilberforce Athletics track! Nevertheless, impressive shooting from all the athletes, saw good overall times. Gibbons managed to finish in 15.41, closely chased by Boddie and Radford.
Overall, Anna, Susannah, Amy took first, second and third in the Open Women’s Pentathlon category, whereas Eleanor came second in the tetrathlon competition. Well done to all, the first of many exciting competitions this term.