First chance to impress as University of Bath hosts opening Pentathlon GB trials of 2018

11 January 2018

The University of Bath Sports Training Village will this weekend play host to the first Pentathlon GB ranking competitions of 2018 as Britain’s best modern pentathletes look to impress selectors ahead of this year’s international season.

London 2012 silver-medallist and former World Champion Samantha Murray headlines the entries for the women’s senior competition on Saturday and is joined in a high-quality field by fellow University of Bath graduate Jo Muir and 2015 Junior World Champion Francesca Summers.

The men’s competition will feature MJ Church ambassador Joe Choong and former World Cup Final winner Jamie Cooke, who both competed at Rio 2016, alongside Tom Toolis and Sam Curry.

In total, the men’s and women’s fields contain 20 athletes who competed internationally for Great Britain in 2017 with others harbouring the same ambitions for 2018.

The competition begins with fencing at 9.30am, followed by swimming in the London 2012 Legacy Pool at 12.20pm and the laser-run on the outdoor athletics track and shooting range at 1.30pm. It will conclude with riding at West Wiltshire Equestrian Centre at 3.50pm.

Sunday will see the country’s top U19 pentathletes compete in a tetrathlon at the Sports Training Village, featuring all of the disciplines except the riding. It will conclude with the laser-run for girls at 1.35pm and boys at 3.10pm.

The University of Bath has been the host venue of Pentathlon GB’s National Centre for the past 20 years and will stage all four of the governing body’s British Championships during 2018 as part of the build-up to the 2019 European Modern Pentathlon Championships, also taking place at the Sports Training Village.

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