We have completed the relay competition day. Shot, fenced, swam, rode and ran. Final places have not been confirmed yet but big thanks to my wonderful team mate Vicky. We gave it out best. Our medal hopes were dashed during the riding when I fell off at the 8th jump. Bruised and with a mouthful of sand, scrambled back into the saddle and jumped the last fence. No disqualification, but lost a lot of points due to the extra time I took. Lajos and Denise did a great job and were leading all the way until the final lap of the run, but are in for a medal.
Two more days to go. Tomorrow starts the individual competition. Due to numbers it is over two days. Tomorrow we shoot, ride and swim.
Finally we also welcome Michael Greville to the competition. He starts tomorrow in the individuals. So we end the day with a photo of our Masters British Team.
Off to eat pasta!
All checked in and ready for the first competition tomorrow of the Masters World Championships. Mixed Relay Modern Pentathlon with my teammate Vicky Russell
Reigning Champion Rain from Latvia has arrived. Others have come from as far as Oz, NZ and RSA. Two people from Panama together with athletes from North America. The technical meeting was the usual confusion of Q&A mixed with simultaneous translation into various languages. We got there in the end but it took longer than the allocated 20 minutes.
Running order for tomorrow is:
We start at 7.20am and it will go on til late.
On 18 September 2014, my personal goal of reaching the Modern Pentathlon Masters World Championships will become a reality. My goal in the competition is to achieve a top 10 position in my age group (Mens 40-49).
I am now in my second year of training for Pentathlon. This has involved balancing a challenging training schedule around work and family life. Despite a setback in the early part of this year when I was recovering from a broken collar bone and operation to fix it, I am pleased with my progress, especially in fencing and riding. For the past three months I have managed 8-12 training sessions per week across the five disciplines and general strength work.
As I prepare to set off, I would like to thank my coaches who have helped me along the way - Alistair, Caroline, James and Priscille - whose knowledge, patience, constructive criticism and support have been invaluable.
Beyond expectations (for me at least...), Caroline and I in third place. Fellow GB team mates Denise an Lajos in second. Ex-Olympians, Peter and Katalin Partics, the brother and sister team from Greece, claimed first place. A great competition - thanks all!
All five sports in just one day in a relay with modern pentathlete Caroline Nickerson.
We both scored max points in the riding and had a respectable swim, but my lack of fencing skills and experience has left us in sixth place as we prepared for the final event, the combined run & shoot relay. Thanks to some excellent shooting by Caroline and some gritty fast paced running from the two of us, we climbed up the rankings to reach the podium and claim a bronze medal. Incredible! Many thanks, CN!
Some of the athletes at the end of the run. Aged 30 to 77. That means I could still be doing this in 37 years time! What a great thing to look forward to!
My run went well and placed 6th out of 20 with another PB of 7.28 over 2km.
Overall I am 11th out of 15 in my age group for the European Masters. I am delighted with the score, especially given I have only had 4 weeks of training.
Tomorrow is the team relay event - all 5 sports in one day. Go GB!
38 bouts against several Olympians and international épéists. I have only fenced 6 times ever. I managed 11 wins.
Now it is all down to the run...
Co-founder of Oxford Capital Partners. Husband, father, triathlete and polar marathon runner. Represent Great Britain at master level in Modern Pentathlon.