On 16th of March 2018 three pupils from Bathampton Primary School drove up to London’s Crystal Palace. They had qualified for the Schools National Biathlon Finals. This event consisted of an 800m run and a 50m swim. Back in 2017 they had done a qualifying event, and three out of the ten Bathampton pupils, made it through, Grace Catton and George McDonald from year five and Henry Nash from year six.
In the lead up to the Finals the qualifiers trained up at the university of Bath. Their usual training plan was two, 200 metres, two 400 metres and an 800 metres on the track. They also trained in the pool doing lots of dive practice and 25m sprints, to get them ready for the big day.
Grace raced first and got a 03:12 run and a 46 second swim. She was on Saturday and had to race on the track in swirling blizzard snow. The mini beast from the east had returned. Snow built over night and was a good few centimetres deep by the morning. On Sunday the boys raced, but they had to cancel the run. The track was too snowy and icy but they both got good times on the swim Henry got a 37 second swim and came first in his heat and George got a 44 second swim and also came first.
Personally I was very nervous but as soon as I dived in to the water I was fine. 37 seconds was a PB so nerves do help you to race. Every one was disappointed that the run was cancelled but I wasn’t going to win the whole event, so I wasn’t as disappointed as some other people. Now we just have to train for next year.
Written by Henry Nash.
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