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Latest from 2018

Anti Doping

All athletes have the right to compete in sport knowing that they and their competitors, are clean. We, Scottish Pentathlon believe in clean “Modern Pentathlon” and work with PGB and in turn UK Anti Doping (UKAD) to ensure the integrity of or sport.

All the necessary information and rules covering anti doping for our sport can be found here:

AGM 2018

The AGM of Scottish Pentathlon Limited will be held on Thursday 11 October 2018 at 6pm in Caledonia House, South Gyle, Edinburgh. The agenda for the meeting can be viewed here: SP_AGM2018_Agenda_Oct2018(Final)

Scottish National Laser Run Championships 2018

Well done to all those who took part in the first Scottish Laser Run Championships held in Abderdeen on Saturday 25 August. Full results can be seen here:

Scot Champs laser run 25_8_18

New Data Protection Regulations

Scottish Pentathlon is committed to protecting the information we hold on individuals consistent with the new data protection regulations (GDPR) which come into effect on Friday 25 May 2018.

We aim to ensure that all information which is processed by the organisation is done so in a lawful, transparent and fair way, ensuring that any data captured is for specific and legitimate purposes. For any personal data that is captured we will ensure that this is adequate, relevant and is kept up to date.

This data is restricted to email addresses at present. The exception to this is when we might establish a squad and ask for parental permissions, contact details and medical information. At this time we will ask those selected for any squad for their permission to hold this information.

The Data Controller for membership data is the responsibility of PGB and the management of the data is covered by PGBs membership scheme (through the Sport 80 platform) and their GDPR policy.

The PGB GDPR policy can be viewed at:

Should there be any queries from athletes, parents and coaches concerning the collection and storage of data please contact the office at: admin@scottish

Development Pathway & Development Group Selection Criteria 2018

The Board of Scottish Pentathlon has identified and agreed the development pathway for aspiring young athletes for 2018.

Entering the sport through the activities and events staged locally at one of the four established Hubs in Aberdeen, the Borders, Fife and Stirling,, athletes will be able to enjoy taster events in the disciplines of Laser Pistol, Running, Fencing and Swimming.

Each of the Hubs will also arrange local events and competitions, and for those who show promise in these events, arrange coaching tailored to individual athletes needs to provide athletes with the necessary support to progress.

A series of local qualifiers will be held for athletes in each Hub to compete against each other and qualify for an end of year Scottish championships in a relevant discipline (eg: Biathle, Biathlon, Triathle, Triathlon or Tetrathlon) as demand requires.

See below for further details.

In addition, the standards for possible selection to a new Development Group have also been agreed and are set out in the document below.

SP Pathway (Development&Competition) May 2018 (Final)

SP Pathway Background Notes May 2018_Final

Scottish Development Group 2018 Citeria May 2018

Laser-Run Competition, 12 May 2018

Stirling Pentathlon is excited to host one of the Great Britain Laser Run Series at the University of Stirling. Laser Run is the exhilarating finale to the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon with athletes required to alternate between shooting a laser and running in a fast-paced and action-packed race to the finish line. Each competitor shoots down the range at a target using a laser before dashing out onto the track to complete their run. They then return to the range to tackle their next shooting series.

No previous experience is necessary—instruction and equipment will be provided.

As well as giving entrants (aged 8-80) the chance to have a go and compete in Laser Run this event is also a qualifier to compete at the National School Games Final, which will be held at Loughborough University later this summer.

For further details see the Hubs and Clubs Page and enter online at:

School Games 2018


CAN YOU RUN, YOU CAN LEARN TO SHOOT IN TIME….WE CAN TEACH YOU-you don’t have to be a brilliant runner.


The U.K. School games is like the UK olympics for schools. It’s an amazing experience for any school pupil who can get selected in any of the of the 11 sports included in the games. Look at the school games website and it’ll give you a feel of what it is about
All Scottish athletes going to the school games will be joining the Scottish bus to Loughborough University where the games start on 30th August. All costs will be covered.
Scotland will be looking to send 5 boys and 5 girls from the Scottish equivalent of the English year 7 and 8 and 9 and 10. So, that’s a total of 20 school pupils!
There is a list of all the laser run events on where you can take part and get yourself on the ranking list for selection. You can do as many events as you wish including those outwith your area. Scotland has an event in Stirling on 12th May and Aberdeen on 19th May. All entries are via the PGB website.
You can learn to laser shoot in any of the 4 Scottish Pentathlon Hubs which are all on Facebook or contact Scottish Pentathlon. We have the equipment for you to use. We may even be able to come to your school with it….you could ask!

Laser Courses

Scottish Pentathlon is staging two laser courses on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February 2018 at Scottish Saltires MPC in Aberdeen and at the Stirling Hub respectively.

The courses will be run by qualified PGB tutors Ann and Cyril Marshall and further details and an application form can be found here:

Laser Shoot coaching course Scotland_Feb2018(Final)_pdf

New Borders Hub

The Scottish Pentathlon Borders Hub is a newly formed club with the aim of helping to develop athletes within the sport of Modern Pentathlon.

The Borders hub aims to help develop athletes who are interested in the sport of Modern Pentathlon within the Scottish Borders. The hub offers training days, coaching sessions and access to a community of people who can help to guide you through your development as an athlete. There are other hubs across Scotland. There are annual Scottish Pentathlon competitions which provide a gateway to a the Scottish Pentathlon Talent ID programme which allows for promising athletes to join the Scottish Pentathlon Development Squads.

For more information and updates on opportunities to engage with the new Hub see:

PGB Confirms Competition Programme for 2018

2018 promises to be another busy season with 9 National Championships and 6 National Ranking Competitions filling the Pentathlon GB calendar. Championships will take place in all 7 formats for which Pentathlon GB is the National Governing Body, including the Olympic Sport of modern pentathlon which sees athletes compete in swimming, fencing, horse-riding, running and shooting all in one day.

National Championships

The year will be highlighted by the British Open Modern Pentathlon Championships which will be hosted at our National Training Centre at The University of Bath. The Championships, to be held on the 9th & 10th of June, will be an Open event for Junior and Senior aged athletes. The best pentathletes from across Great Britain will be competing against each other including Rio 2016 quartet Kate French, Samantha Murray, Joe Choong and Jamie Cooke.

The University of Bath has a rich history when it comes to modern pentathlon with Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre being based at the university since 1998. In the following 18 years, 5 Olympic medals have returned to the university, starting with Dr Steph Cook’s gold and Kate Allenby’s bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The Championships will be open for the public to watch with spectator initiatives planned to encourage people to both watch and try a new sport. As in 2017, a laser run for all ages is scheduled to run alongside the main event.

The British Open Modern Pentathlon Championships headline a busy domestic calendar with The British Youth and Masters Pentathlon Championships being held on the 24th & 25th June. The Youth Pentathlon Championships will see many stars of the future in action with athletes aged from 11-18 competing to try and become British Champion in their respective age groups. The popular Masters age category (35+) will also compete on the same weekend.

With Pentathlon GB the governing body for events in modern biathlon, modern triathlon, modern tetrathlon, biathle, triathle and laser-run as well as modern pentathlon, there are numerous other British Championships to be held in 2018.

The first of these will be the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on the 17th & 18th March. The Schools’ Biathlon Championships will see around 1,500 athletes of school age competing in a separate swim and run competition format, an exciting introduction to multi-discipline sports. The Championships are the culmination of the 2017-2018 modern biathlon series with athletes qualifying for the event at preliminary competitions throughout the country which have been organised over the past couple of months.

Modern triathlon involves swimming followed by a laser-run (combined run and shoot) and the 2017 British Championships will be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September. The British Modern Tetrathlon Championships, which includes adding the fencing discipline to the modern triathlon, will be held on 21st & 22nd April.

The British Biathle Championships, which have now become a core part of the Pentathlon GB calendar, will be held at Salford Quays on Sunday 22nd July. Following successful events in 2016 and 2017, the British Triathle Championships remain at Leweston School in Dorset – a Pentathlon GB Academy – and will be held on Sunday 1st July. After a promising introduction over the last 12 months, including the inaugural British Laser Run Championships, the newest addition to our portfolio of sports will see its National Championships held on 4th and 5th August.

GB athletes have performed extremely well in all three of these formats internationally in recent years, including at the 2017 Biathle and Triathle World Championships in Spain and 2017 Laser Run World Championships in South Africa. Qualifying places for both of these events will once again be up for grabs at the respective national competitions.

The final National Championships of 2017 will be the British Modern Biathlon Championships on 24th & 25th November. The Championships will form part of the 2017-18 Modern Biathlon Series and see athletes of all ages competing for the coveted title of British Champion.

National Ranking Competitions

As has been the case in recent years, the domestic calendar will start will ranking competitions for each of the four age groups that compete internationally (Under 17, Under 19, Junior, Senior). The first national ranking competition will be held on Saturday 13th January for Junior and Senior athletes at our National Training Centre, the University of Bath and West Wiltshire Equestrian Centre. This will be followed by the first Under 19 ranking competition the day after. The second weekend in February (10th & 11th) will follow the same format with Junior and Senior athletes competing on the first day of the competition and Under 19 athletes taking centre stage on the second day.

There will also be two Under 17 ranking competitions ahead of a busy international calendar. These will both be held at Cheltenham Leisure Centre and Hartpury College – a Pentathlon GB Academy – with the first on Sunday 29th April and the second on Sunday 20th May.

It promises to be another busy and exciting year and we hope to see you all at many of these competitions.

Full Calendar

13th January – National Ranking Competition 1 (Senior and Junior) – University of Bath and West Wiltshire Equestrian Centre

14th January – National Youth Ranking Competition 1 (Under 19) – University of Bath

10th February — National Ranking Competition 2 (Senior and Junior) – University of Bath and West Wiltshire Equestrian Centre

11th February – National Youth Ranking Competition 2 (Under 19) – University of Bath

17th-18th March – British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships – Crystal Palace

21st-22nd April – British Modern Tetrathlon Championships – venue tbc

29th April – National Youth Ranking Competition 3 (U17) – Cheltenham Leisure Centre and Hartpury College

20th May – National Youth Ranking Competition 4 (U17) – Cheltenham Leisure Centre and Hartpury College

9th-10th June – British Open Modern Pentathlon Championships (Senior and Junior) – University of Bath. Ride location tbc

23rd-24th June – British Youth and Masters Modern Pentathlon Championships – venue tbc

Sunday 1st July – British Triathle Championships – Leweston School

Sunday 22nd July – British Biathle Championships – Salford Quays

4th-5th August – British Laser Run Championships – venue tbc

29th-30th September – British Modern Triathlon Championships – venue tbc

24th-25th November – British Modern Biathlon Championships – venue tbc

Weekend Training Camp – Aberdeen 18 and 19 November 2017

Entry form available here: SSMPC Weekend training camp 18_19 Nov 2017_Word_

Scottish Tetrathlon Competition

Scottish Pentathlon have moved the Scottish Tetrathlon competition on 19th November!

The event will now be a weekends training in Aberdeen with a Fence/CE competition on the Sunday afternoon. This competition will be a perfect learning event for those first timers who would like to give this a go. The older, more experienced athletes will be more challenged with local fencers invited to compete in the fencing phase.
Stan Stoodley will be providing fencing coaching during the weekend. Billy Mitchell will be leading the laser shooting. Camp organiser, Trish Prise, would like to hear from you if you would like to attend. Training will begin at 10am on Saturday 18th and finish at 4.30pm on Sunday 19th November. Ironman UK have sponsored rug sacks to all who attend the weekend!
Equipment can be provided by request especially laser pistols where we have enough for all.
To book a place please email We may also be able to help you with accommodation.

Stirling Hub – Autumn Programme

Full details of upcoming activities at the Stirling Hub can be viewed in the attached flier.

Stirling Hub_Oct – Dec Session Flier 2017

Stirling Hub – Pentathlon Camp and Events

Pentathlon Camp 9 – 13 October and Laser Run Event – see attached flier.

1718107_A2 Pentathlon poster_2509 Final

Scottish Pentathlon Limited – Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Scottish Pentathlon Limited will be held at 6pm on Thursday 12 October 2017 in Caledonia House, South Gyle, Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ.

The meeting is open to members of Scottish Pentathlon and an agenda for the meeting is attached here: SP_AGM2017_Agenda_Oct2017(Final

Murdo Macdonald
Scottish Pentathlon Limited.

Stirling Hub Programme and AGM
An update on the exciting programme of events and training opportunities at the Stirling Hub coming up during the Autumn can be found by accessing the new page or see thread below.

The AGM of Scottish Pentathlon Limited will be held on Thursday 12 October 2017 at 6pm in Caledonia House, South Gyle Edinburgh. A full agenda and associated papers will be issued in due course inline with the terms outlined in the M&As.

Stirling Hub – Programme Update
On behalf of the new Stirling Hub and co-ordinator Billy Mitchell, Scottish Pentathlon is pleased to be able to announce the outline programme for the newly established Stirling Hub for Modern Pentathlon

These activities will run from September to December and have been made possible through the support of Scottish Pentathlon and the University of Stirling.There is further information below on weekly training sessions, a training camp, competitions and a calendar of events, to help with your planning.

For further information please contact Billy at:

1 Weekly training sessions

There will be 10 multisport training days (8am – 2pm), with the option of focus on Modern Pentathlon or Triathlon (Swim Bike Run). From 8 – 10am Pentathletes will have fencing and laser sessions, while Triathletes will train in the spin studio and conditioning suite. All athletes then come together for swimming (sessions 3 – 10) and running, on the University track. The first two sessions will have no swimming, in order to have longer sessions of fencing and laser. Triathletes will cover extra running, testing and introduction to weight training in these two weeks. Coaching in Running, Swimming, Conditioning and Laser will be led by myself and Fencing will be led by local coach, Robert Blackburne. We will have specialist guest coaches join us as required. Laser and fencing equipment will be provided. More details will be posted on the Stirling Pentathlon Facebook page. soon. Cost will be £25 for a single session (day) booking, or £100 for 5 sessions. If you attend all 10 training days, you will have free entry to the Modern Triathlon on 17 December. Athletes will have the option to access bespoke training programmes to help them meet their goals – fun, fitness, participation and performance.

2 Pentathlon Camp

A five day non-residential camp, with sessions in Fencing, Laser, Running, Swimming and Conditioning. I’m happy to discuss accommodation options with parents or individuals. More details will soon be posted on the University website and on the Stirling Pentathlon Facebook page.

3 Competition Programme

To give all the training a purpose, Laser run, Modern Biathlon and Modern Triathlon competitions will be held at the University of Stirling on the dates given below. The events will be tailored to suit total beginners, but experienced athletes are welcome – to show the newcomers how it’s done properly 😊 Further details will be announced shortly, including how to enter, on the Stirling Pentathlon Facebook page.

4 Weekly laser taster sessions

These will be held in the Swimming pool meeting room 6.30 – 8.00 on each Wednesday in September, (before Stirling Tri Club Swimming) and will be free of charge. Due to the size of the room, we can only take 10 athletes each week (adults and children aged 8+), first come, first served.

Date Activity at Stirling University Other Activity / notes
10-Sep Pentathlon / Tri Training
17-Sep Pentathlon / Tri Training
24-Sep Pentathlon / Tri Training
01-Oct STC Tri Camp (Arran)
7&8 Oct Tetrathlon Camp (Kilgraston)
9 Oct – 13 Oct Pentathlon Camp 5 day Camp, non-residential
14-Oct Laser Run Competition
15-Oct Pentathlon / Tri Training Morning
15-Oct Biathlon Competition Afternoon
22-Oct Pentathlon / Tri Training
29-Oct Pentathlon / Tri Training
05-Nov Saltires Biathlon (Qualifier)
12-Nov Pentathlon / Tri Training
19-Nov National Tet Champs (tbc)
26-Nov Pentathlon / Tri Training British Biathlon Champs
03-Dec Pentathlon / Tri Training
10-Dec Pentathlon / Tri Training
17-Dec Modern Triathlon Competition


Formal agreements are now in place with Hubs in Aberdeen (Scottish Saltires) and in Stirling to deliver an agreed programme of events through the year, while discussions are at an advanced stage with two further Hubs to come on track in the next few months.

It is hoped that the activities within each Hub will serve to help grow and support the sport and lead to further expansion of the network of Hubs in the future.

The programme in Aberdeen for 2017 – 2018 features:

• Weekly swimming sessions (Tuesdays) coached by trained coaches
• Weekly laser and Fencing sessions (Fridays) utilising qualified fencing coaches
• Runs regular Biathlon competitions, for beginners and those familiar with the disciplines
• Stages a number of Laser / Run events
• Hosting a Biathlon qualifier (for Scottish Championships ) in November 2017
• Identification, for possible purchase, of new equipment for the Hub and possible loan to athletes for training and competition purposes

Contact Trish Prise (email:

And for Stirling, the programme, based at the University of Stirling, will feature:

• Weekly Laser, Fencing and Conditioning sessions, ideally as a single combined delivery along with swimming and running. Duration around 4 hours
• Biathle training sessions, leading to a Biathle competition
• Biathlon competitions, for beginners and those familiar with the disciplines
• Deliver a winter Laser / Run series (Combined Event)
• Host a Modern Tetrathlon Training event, as preparation for the Scottish Championships
• Host a Laser Training Course for Coaches, attracting local volunteers as new Coaches

Contact Billy Mitchell (email:


The Board of Scottish Pentathlon is pleased to advise that the Governing Body has recently achieved Foundation Level of the Equality Standard.

This followed an in depth assessment of policies and procedures across the organisation and the sport, which identified the following strengths:

 The Board and Chair are committed to the principles of equality and to ensuring that the sport is open and accessible to all
 Scottish Pentathlon has fully embraced the Equality Standard and worked diligently to meet the criteria, putting in place an up to date Equality Policy
 Equality training has been delivered to all Board and staff members as part of the SGB’s away day annual event
 The SGB are clear about their focus areas for equality and are realistic in terms of what is feasible to deliver within the budget available

Scottish Pentathlon will continue to ensure Equality is embedded across the sport and:

 Ensure that the Equality Policy is dated and annually reviewed
 Ensure that the SGB continues to communicate its commitment to equality to clubs and retain equality as an agenda item on all future Board meetings
 Consider how greater diversity at Board level can be achieved going forward
 Consider how activities can be made more accessible through the club hubs going forward



Saturday’s training day will remain at Kilgraston but the competition on Sunday will move 3 miles down the road to Strathallan School.

Registration for the competition will be in the school reception and if athletes could please arrive between 11am and 11.30am for the introduction meeting which will take place sharp at 11.30am.

Timetable will remain in line with that published.

Please note: No parking will be available in front of the main building. Parking spaces may be in short supply at the start of the day due to school swimming being in the pool until 11.30am but after that more parking spaces will become available.

Payment for the event will be at registration on the day.

Scottish Pentathlon AGM – Thursday 13 October 2016

Scottish Pentathlon will hold its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Edinburgh next month. The AGM will take place at Caledonia House, Edinburgh EH12 9DQ, starting at 6.00pm.

All Senior (16 years or older) Scottish Pentathlon Members can attend the AGM.

The agenda for the meeting can be viewed by clicking the link below;


The full Scottish Pentathlon accounts to 31 March 2016 can be viewed by clicking the link below;