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Charlotte and Rebecca Compete

At World Biathlon Championships


Charlotte Rebecca Craigie and Charlotte Roach  have shown her talents are not just confined to running, but swimming too where both athletes participated in the World Biathlon Championships at the weekend.  The Championships took place in the Salford Quays in Manchester, with teams all over the world competing, with a strong contingent of South African nations present, as this is an event strongly advertised in South African schools as part of the school curriculum.

Charlotte participated in the youth A age group, where all the female athletes are aged 17 - 18 years of age.  Charlotte who is 17 thoroughly enjoyed the experience, as this was her very first world championship event.

Charlotte who is 17 came in a very good placing of 4th after a 1500 metre run, followed by a 200 metre swim and a further 1500 m run.  Both Charlotte and Rebecca found the water extremely cold but had plenty of training in cold water prior to the event.

Rebecca participated in the youth C age group, where all the female athletes are aged 13 - 14 years of age.

Rebecca who is 14 came home in a very good placing of fifth place, where she had to undertake a 500 metre run followed by a 100 metre swim and then a final 500 metre run which took place on the Salford Quays.

Charlotte and Rebecca enjoyed being part of the British Pentathlon Team and will now be back in training for cross country races and road races throughout the winter months.  This will give them some increased motivation to train hard over the winter and get a good base of aerobic training and appropriate conditioning.

The event was filmed by BBC television and featured on News North West which showed coverage on the event on a cold and windy day, yet very entertaining for the crowds.

Club President Harry Evans was very pleased with the two achievements and congratulated both Charlotte and Rebecca on their talents, where both athletes participate in other sports such as hockey and netball as well as being dedicated to their running.