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The British Biathlon Union (BBU) is the UK National Governing Body (NGB) for the Olympic winter sport of Biathlon. The BBU was incorporated on 23 October 1996 and selects the GBR teams at all levels.

This site is updated frequently during the winter season, and periodically from April - November!

 

 
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17 Dec 14 - SIRCUS DÉBUTS AS NERYS OPENS UP IN OBERTILLIACH

After a run of average results Nerys JONES bounced right back to her best form in the first of two Sprints this week at IBU Cup 3 in Obertilliach AUT. Her 7.9% was a PB, as she shot 1-0 to finish 47th from a field of 96.

In the Men's event there was an even larger field of 133 with Robert SIRCUS, on his IBU Cup début, finishing 112th. He shot 2-1 and recorded a very respectable 17.6%.  The rest of the team seemed to be suffering after Marcel LAPONDER and Kevin KANE both re-qualified for World Cup Trimester 3 in Tuesday's 20 km Individual.

Robert is the third member of Cairngorm BNSC to compete for GBR, following Scott DIXON & Calum IRVINE. There would probably have been a fourth in Sam CAIRNS, had IBU Cup 2 scheduled for Matell not been cancelled last week due to lack of snow in Italy.

RESULTS:

Men:    Indiv   Percents   Sprint   Percents   Nations Cup

Women:     Indiv   Percents   Sprint   Percents    Nations Cup 

 
13 Dec 14 - QUOTA QUALIFICATION QUERIES

A rather negative comment was made during the Eurosport Commentary of the Men's Relay today, when discussing the emergence of some Junior (under 21) athletes in other teams:

"The British team is guilty of not bringing new names into the Team".

We can assure all you that we would love to bring new talent into the WC (and IBU Cup) team.

Unfortunately we have neither sufficient talent nor sufficient qualified athletes to do this! GBR has a start quota of only 1 woman for WC, but only 2 qualified athletes (Amanda LIGHTFOOT and Nerys JONES). Nerys, as the No 2 will spend most of the season at IBU Cup as a singleton, because at the National selection races in November no other GBR women were deemed good enough for selection for the IBU Cup team.

We currently have only 5 men World Cup qualified; Germany has 16 .... Norway 18. The GBR start quota is just 2 athletes, and in a relay all four must be qualified individually. One of our 5 (Scott DIXON) has been injured and will not race until Norway Cup in January, but he has already competed on World Cups for the past 2 seasons! His goal for this season is to better the best ever GBR Junior World Champs result (recorded by himself last year!). This leaves us with just 4 WC qualified athletes.

One of these (Alex GLEAVE) only qualified for WC last week, so congratulations on making his WC debut today. To maintain a WC qualification an athlete must record at least one Under 15% in the Trimester they start the WC, or go back to IBU Cup and re-qualify there with an Under 15%. Sadly, none of our athletes who started WC Individual or Sprint this Trimester have achieved the Under 15%, although Lee-Steve JACKSON was very close yesterday with 15.2%. He will be our sole male athlete at WC 3 in Pokljuka SLO next week, as we all feel he can achieve an Under 15% there. (But if he does not, he can not race at WC 4 in Oberhof in the New Year!).

The other two athletes who need to re-qualify are Kevin KANE and Marcel LAPONDER, and hopefully they will do this next week at IBU Cup 3 in Obertilliach AUT. Alex GLEAVE will also race there but keeps his WC qualification regardless, as he only competed in the Relay at WC 2. To stay qualified for IBU Cup an athlete must record at least one Under 30% (Indiv or Sprint) in the Trimester he starts IBU Cup. If he / she does not do this they must wait a full trimester before we can enter them in IBU Cup again. This is the reason why Jim BOWEN and John DUNNETT are not competing in IBU Cup this Trimester, as they did not have an Under 30% in Trimester 3 last season.

Kevin, Alex and Dan FULLER qualified for Trimester 2 with Under 30% at IBU 1 in Beitostølen. Obviously we are hoping that Kevin (and Marcel) will re-gain their WC qualification with an Under 15%, and it would be wonderful if Dan could join them (and Alex) by doing the same. Competing for the first time at IBU Cup next week will be Robert SIRCUS. It would be very unusual for a debutant to go Under 15%, but we are confident, after his form at Selection, that he will achieve Under 30% and be available for Trimester 2  - University and Junior World Champs duties allowing!

The athletes we feel sorry for are Sam CAIRNS and Vinny FOUNTAIN who were both called up for IBU Cup 2, just before it was cancelled. Baring injury or illness to others, they are now unlikely to compete in IBU Cup this season, although Sam has his sights firmly set on joining Scott and Robert at the World Junior Champs in Minsk BLR in February. The 4th man - subject to proving form after an 18 month lay off whilst studying and rowing at Edinburgh University - should be Calum IRVINE, a former IBU Cup and Youth Olympics athlete.

This quota and qualification system has been explained here before and has been in operation for 4 seasons!

So, it is a total myth to say that "GBR is not bringing new names into the team". We desperately want to, but the quota odds are stacked against us; the pool of talent is limited - especially female talent, and we remain under-funded and under-staffed. 

 
13 Dec 14 - LIGHTFOOT LIVE IN AUSTRIA

At each World Cup, an athlete takes the viewer round the course on "biathlonworld tv", and this time is was the turn of GBR's Amanda LIGHTFOOT as she toured the 2,5 km circuit in Hochfilzen.

The sound track is not brilliant, but for an athlete's view of the course go to biathlon world TV or watch her on You Tube

Her photogenic memory stood her good stead during the Sprint where, although she only finished in 76th (2-1), she recorded her second Under 15% of the season; next stop Poklujka.

Results     Percents     Nations Cup   

The men were not able to match Amanda and their rather dismal start to the season continued, although Lee JACKSON (0-3) just missed a re-qualification with a 15.2% in the Sprint. 

Results   Percents

Jacko finally found his form in the Relay (0-0) handing over after the start in 16th place. Unfortunately Kevin KANE (2-0), Marcel LAPONDER (0-0) and our World Cup debutant Alex GLEAVE (0-2) could not match the pace set by Jacko and we finished 24th.

Result   Nations Cup 

 
06 Dec 14 - MUZZY MAGIC!

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08 Dec 14 - MARCEL'S ALBUM

 

We have become used to Marcel LAPONDER producing some excellent pics in recent seasons, and here he is again - showing Amanda LIGHTFOOT.

 

This is Amanda in action during the 15 km Individual at Östersund last Thursday.

 

 
08 Dec 14 - NEVER TOO YOUNG!

 

 

Four day old Emily WALKER (our tip for OWG 2038 and a Medal in 2042) is already taking it all in.

 

Seen here picking up tips from Dorothea WIERER of Italy in the Sprint at Östersund on Saturday.

 

 

 

 
06 Dec 14 - MUZZY MAGIC!

It is not often we lead on another sport - even our sister sport, but having today recorded the best ever (not just a PB), but the best ever GBR Cross Country World Cup result, we offer many, many congratulations to Andrew MUSGRAVE Huntly NSC.

"Muzzy" finished in 13th place, just 34.9 secs behind the winner in Lillehammer NOR in the 10 km FT.

 
06 Dec 14 - IBU CUP 2 CANCELLED

As warned on Thursday, the IBU Cup 2 in Martell ITA has indeed been cancelled due to lack of snow. It has not been possible to re-schedule and, as a result, the Martell Sprint will be added to the programme for IBU 3 in Obertilliach AUT, with the Pursuit added to IBU Cup 4 in Duszniki Zdroj POL after Christmas.

Sadly the change means that neither Sam CAIRNS CBNSC or Vinny FOUNTAIN 16 Regt RA are required for the Team - just 24 hours after being confirmed for IBU Cup 2. Commiserations to them both, as they will now have to wait before making their IBU Cup début.

 
06 Dec 14 - ÖSTERSUND ALL OVER

For the men it is probably just as well. It has not been our finest week, so here's hoping that the snow brought in from the Gross Glockner to Hochfilzen will lead to better results next weekend in Austria and a rise from the current 28th spot in the Nations Cup.

Men 10 km Sprint:   Results   Percents  

But, in the end, it was much better for the Women. Amanda LIGHTFOOT finished 76th (2-1) in the evening Sprint and with a 14.1% confirmed her qualification for January's Trimester 2. Moreover the GBR women have risen to 24th in the Nations Cup.

Women 7.5 km Sprint:   Results   Percents  

 
04 Dec 14 - TEAM CHANGES ....  VENUE CHANGES ...

Already just a week after the start of the new Season, we have changes to the Teams and probably to the Venues!

Scott DIXON has an injury and is unlikely to race before Christmas; fortunately taking Scott's place on WC will be newly qualified LCpl Alex GLEAVE 1 CS Bn REME. His place in the IBU Cup Team for Trimester 1 is taken by Gnr Vinny FOUNTAIN 16 Regt RA. Congratulations to him and the new "non travelling reserve", Tpr Alex MASSEY HCR.

We heard, unofficially today that, as there is no snow in Martell, IBU Cup 2 in that venue has been cancelled. No decision yet on a relocation. Watch this space over the next 24 hours!" 

 
04 Dec 14 - AMANDA IS OUR ACE IN SWEDEN

Amanda LIGHTFOOT continued her excellent form of the Relay with a top 60 place in the 15 km Individual at WC 1 in Östersund this evening. Shooting 0-2-0-0 to finish 57th, it was her best ever WC 15 km result, although a bit behind her amazing World Champs race in 2013. The only downside was that at 15.1% she was just outside the 15% to maintain her qualification for Trimester 2, however with a Sprint on Saturday and then two more Sprints before Christmas, this should not be a problem ... we hope! 

Results   Percents   Nations Cup

It was good to get a result today, after the disappointment of Sunday's Relay and a rather odd and unimpressive result in the Men's 20 km Individual yesterday.

Results   Percents  Nations Cup

 
04 Dec 14 - EMILY WALKER - GBR OLYMPIAN 2036

Already selected for OWG 2038, as our youngest ever female Olympian is Emily WALKER. Shown here with her Mum, and Coach, Adele. Emily was born on Tuesday 2nd December and we offer her and parents Marc & Adele, every good wish for the future ...  and yes Marc was back from Norway in time for the birth!

 
30 Nov 14 - ALL IN A DAY'S WORK - THE HIGHS & LOWS OF BIATHLON

First, the great news that Alex GLEAVE had his best ever IBU Cup result this morning in the second Sprint in Beitostølen (79th place, 0-2 and 14.1%), and made his first ever WC qualifier. Kevin KANE again set the GBR pace with a 53rd place (1-0 & 8.9%).

Results     Percents     Nations Cup

Just as well that Alex qualified because Scott DIXON has not recovered from a pre-season injury and is unlikely to race before Christmas. GLEAVE will make his World Cup debut in the Relay at Hochfilzen on 13 Dec. It is more than likely that one, or even two debutants will be called up for the IBU Cup team in Martell / Obertilliach for IBU 2/3.

Meanwhile in the opening Mixed Relay of the WC season in Östersund, Amanda LIGHTFOOT had one of the best ever, if not the best ever, GBR relay starts, being in a remarkable 11th place after the second shoot. She handed over to Nerys JONES in 15th, but unfortunately Nerys had her 30th Birthday Blues and cross fired standing on the wrong lane, incurring an 8 minute penalty.  These things happen!

Other than for GBR, it was a great race with just 0.2 seconds separating the first three FRA, NOR & GER.

Results

As Boris Becker, the reigning Wimbledon Champion said when loosing in the 2nd round to a wild-card qualifier in 1987:

          "Nobody lost a war, nobody died, I lost a tennis match".....

We bet it will not happen again, so "Happy Birthday Nerys"!
 
29 Nov 14 - IBU CUP SEASON UNDERWAY - WORLD CUP TOMORROW

Kevin KANE recorded under 10%, whilst Alex GLEAVE & Dan FULLER were just over the 15% required for a World Cup qualifier in the opening IBU Cup race of the season in Beitostølen NOR. A second Sprint takes place tomorrow, Sun 30 Nov with our new IBU Cup Coach Daniel GRAF (former German WC athlete) keeping everything crossed for the elusive 15%.

Results     Percents     Nations Cup

Up north in the Swedish city of Östersund the World Cup season gets underway with a Mixed Relay (LIVE on Eurosport at 15:15 GMT / 16:15 CET). The GBR team, in Lane 23, is:

1.  Amanda LIGHTFOOT,  2.  Nerys JONES,  3.  Lee-Steve JACKSON,  4.  Marcel LAPONDER

 
21 Nov 14 - GBR TEAMS SELECTED FOR TRIMESTER 1

The GBR Selection races were held on Mon 17 & Wed 19 Nov in Beitostølen NOR. Snow conditions were nigh on perfect and there was no wind. However the course and range were very busy with the Austrians holding races at the same time, and a number of other Nations were also training for both biathlon and the famous Cross Country "Beito Sprints" which will be held this weekend.

Congratulations to Team Manager Simon ALLANSON, ABDS Coach Ben WOOLLEY and the GBR Wax Technician Fede FONTANA for all their work to ensure fair and competitive races.

Congratulations to all selected (below), and commiserations to those who were not.

Click for full Results & Selection  (note, this is a 3 page document!)

World Cup - Men        
         
LBdr Lee-Steve JACKSON 16 Regt RA   LCpl Marcel LAPONDER 39 Engr Regt
Bdr Kevin KANE 3 RHA   Scott DIXON CBNSC
World Cup - Women        
         
Cpl Amanda LIGHTFOOT AGC Cpl Nerys JONES AGC
IBU Cup - Men        
         
LCpl Alex GLEAVE 2 CS Bn REME   Rob SIRCUS CBNSC
Cpl Dan FULLER RTR   Sam CAIRNS CBNSC
Selected but not qualified for Trimester 1      
       
Cpl John DUNNETT 1 LSR RLC   Cpl Jim BOWEN 1 CS Bn REME
 
16 Nov 14 - BBU "ELECTED DIRECTORS"

A vote will be held at the 18th AGM of the BBU on 01 Feb 15 to elect one or more "ELECTED DIRECTORS"

To be a Candidate, the nominee must be a “MEMBER” (of the BBU); must be born in 1999 or earlier, and must have paid his/her subscription for the year 2014 – 15 by no later than 23:59 GMT on Friday 12 December 2014. (He /she can still be a “Member” who can vote at the AGM, in person or by proxy, by joining and paying (or renewing) their subscription before the AGM, but they must be a paid-up “Member” by 23:59 GMT on Friday 12 December 2014 to be eligible to be a Candidate).

For full details on how to be a Candidate, click here

To renew your membership or to join the BBU, click:    for PDF   for Word

 
16 Nov 14 - GBR SELECTION POLICY 2014 - 15

Please click for the BBU 2014 - 15 Selection Policy.

 
15 Nov 14 - SACHENBACHER-STEHLE SURPRISE DECISION

The Court of Arbitration for Sport yesterday announced its findings in the case of Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle of Germany v. the IBU. It reduced her 2 year ban, following doping offences during the OWG in Sochi 6 months. The IBU was ordered to pay EUR 7500 towards her costs. The CSAS detailed reasons for their decisions will be promulgated later.

Click to read the CAS decision.

 
11 Nov 14 - NEW SEASON BECKONS IN BEITO

Thanks to the efforts of Team Manager Simon Allanson, news and pictures of the training camp in Beitostølen and eventually of next week's Selection Races are on the BBU Facebook Page

To whet the appetite here is a "Pic from Ginge" of our new Italian wax technician Federico Fontana, about to wax all Jacko's skis! There will be more information about "Fede" in our 20 November update, when the teams for Trimester 1 will be announced.

Fede has a fine track record as a waxman, and most recently worked for Poland. Welcome to GBR and Team GB!
  Federico
 
11 Nov 14 - BBU BOARD MEETINGS

The BBU Board recently agreed that Minutes of all Board Meetings (except for detailed reports or matters of a private or commercially sensitive nature) would now be published on the website. This follows our long-term practice of publishing the AGM Minutes.

We are pleased to publish below, the Minutes of the three Meetings already held in 2014. The Minutes of the 87th Meeting (30 Oct 14) will be available in due course.

84th Mtg - 24 Jan 14 85th Mtg - 24 Apr 14 86th Mtg - 04 Jul 14
 
05 Oct 14 - GBR SELECTION RACES - 17 & 19 NOVEMBER 2014

GBR National Selection races will be held in Beitostølen NOR on Monday 17 (Sprint) & Wednesday 19 (Mass Start) November 2014.  

We are unable to use our normal selection venue of Sjusjøen NOR this year. Beitostølen is also the venue for the “Beito Sprints” (21 – 23 Nov) and the IBU Cup 1 (28-30 Nov). The BBU can only make travel and accommodation arrangements for current National Squad athletes, although the races are open to any UK passport holder – male or female. Non Squad athletes must register, by Email, their intent to enter by Monday 27 October 2014.  

It is appreciated that some of the athletes aspiring to compete in the Junior World Champs in Feb 15 will have had very little time on snow by 17 & 19 Nov. Selection for these Championships will thus not be confirmed until after the RAC Champs in Hochfilzen AUT (8 & 9 Jan 15), but obviously competing in both the Section & RAC races will help their cause.

 
05 Oct 14 - BRITISH BIATHLON & NORDIC CHAMPIONSHIPS – RUHPOLDING 2015, "BOYS & GIRLS" and "MASTERS" RACES

 

The AWSA has been approached with a view to re-introducing races for “Boys & Girls” as well as “Masters” in 2015. (For the 2014 - 15 season,  Boys & Girls are those born in 2000 or later; Masters are those born in 1980 or earlier).  Click for detailed information. 

A decision on whether any of the above races will take place in 2015 will depend on a guaranteed level of interest.  Clubs  should notify the BBU (on behalf of the AWSA) of the intended participation of any of their athletes, including Date of Birth, in either or both of Cross Country & Biathlon at “Boy” / “Girl” / “Masters” (indicating Male or Female) level by no later than Monday 20 October 2014. Individual athletes not in a Club should note the same deadline.  Please Email your interest to: info@britishbiathlon.com 

(Civilian biathloln & ski clubs were informed of this in August, but so far there have been no registrations of interest!)

 
05 Oct 14 - WORLD CUP TICKETS & ACCOMMODATION

The BBU office is, as usual, already receiving requests from supporters concerning World Cup tickets, travel and accommodation.  Unfortunately we do not receive any allocations of tickets and are simply not able to assist with the booking of any facilities. We suggest you go direct to the relevant WC website (go through Google!) where there are links to accommodation as well as on-line ticketing. It is difficult in some venues to get a bed in the resort, but they are always available in the near vicinity. Tickets (except for VIP tickets) rarely sell out, but it is always best to book everything early! 

We look forward to seeing supporters – old and new – on the World Cup circuit in the forthcoming winter.

 
05 Oct 14 - IBU CONGRESS REPORT


Anders BESSEBERG was re-elected as President of the IBU at the 11th IBU Regular Congress in St Wolfgang AUT last month. Besseberg, a former Coach of GBR has held the Presidential post since 1993.

Östersund SWE had an absolute majority in the first, and only, round of voting to select the venue for the 2019 World Championships. Results:             

     Östersund SWE: 27 votes;  Antholz ITA: 16; Nove Mesto CZE: 4; Khanty- Mansiysk RUS: 2

Other key decisions include:

  • The "percentage" qualification system will be replaced by new "IBU Points" from the end of the 2014 -15 season. IBU points will be scored on both World Cup and IBU Cup.

 

  • Start quotas for World Cup will change at the end of the 2014 -15 season with the Nation finishing in 23rd having 3 (not 2) start places – a big incentive for the GBR Men to hold on to our 23rd place this coming winter!

 

  • A “Junior” IBU Cup will be up and running from the 2015 – 16 season (probably only 4 events), based on existing National / Alpen Cups.

 

  • The 2016 Congress will be held in the Moldovan capital city, Chisinau.

 

  • The Start of Relays and Mass Start will be changed with immediate effect. No longer will athletes line up 10 abreast and double pole for the first 100m; instead they will line up just 3 abreast and skate from the very start. Trials show that this format reduces crashes, injuries and equipment damage.

Full reports including all the voting results and video clips are on the IBU Web page

 
05 Oct 14 - SEPTEMBER LOTTERY RESULTS

The draw for the BBU June Lottery took place on 30 Sep. Cheques will be dispatched shortly to the winners:

1st   Ticket #   98
2nd  Ticket # 119
3rd   Ticket #   67
4th   Ticket #   13
5th   Ticket #   51
 
05 Oct 14 - THE OLYMPICS NOBODY WANTS

With the withdrawal of Norwegian candidate Oslo from the bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games there are just two cities remaining. Beijing CHN (where the ski areas are further away from the city than Aviemore is from London) and Almaty in Kazakhstan are the last two of the original 8 candidates.

It is a sad move for sports fans in general and winter sport for fans and athletes in particular. 

More from the BBC


Sochi Bolshoy Ice Dom
 
       

13 Feb 14 - HOW TO START OUR GREAT SPORT!

From time to time we receive enquiries about "How to Start in Biathlon". Every 4 years at the time of the OWG there is an upsurge in these enquiries and this year is no exception. Two or 3 a day for the last fortnight! Wow, and thanks for your enthusiasm. Alas it is not easy to start in the UK as there is only one civilian racing club (Cairngorm BNSC in Aviemore) and one "Masters" club (Wessex BNSC) near Bath. Virtually all other biathletes in the UK are in the Army, together with a few Royal Marines.

Notwithstanding the BBU's new sponsorship deal with Aspen Healthcare Solutions (UK) Ltd we simply do not have the resources to nurture your enthusiasm. But, do not despair! Read our link "About Us & How to Start". It may not make you happy, but it explains our current situation and we are always willing to listen to suggestions. But, what we cannot do is to pour non-existent money into Development. We may be able to run a couple of Talent ID road-shows later this year; watch this space!
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