Next Lottery Draw is 30 December 15 -
05 Oct 15
SIRCUS ROLLS TO THE SUMMIT
Congratulations to Robert SIRCUS of Cairngorm BNSC who has
become the GB Roller Ski Series Senior Champion for 2015.
Although still a Junior, he won three of the nine race
series; at Glenmore and the two hill climbs at
Clashindarroch and Cairngorm.
who won races during the summer were Sam GRIST & Ben WOOLLEY
at Huntly and Jo BROWNLOW & Marc WALKER at Wessex.
- WADA 2016
The WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) Prohibited List,
Summary of Modifications and Monitoring Programme, effective
01 January 2016 has been published.
03 Oct 15
- BBU LOTTERY SEPTEMBER DRAW
The 21st draw for the
BBU Lottery took place on 30
Sep 15 but, we need to sell many more tickets
before YOU become a millionaire! So, please support the BBU and buy
Lottery tickets for the next quarterly, and all future, Lottery
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1st Ticket # 32
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3rd Ticket # 112
4th Ticket # 118
5th Ticket # 67
The next Draw is on 30 December 2015 - Buy Now!
And ..... Good luck to our Lottery Manager, Nicola WALKER
who will be competing in the Ironman Marathon in Hawaii next
Saturday 10 Oct .....
30 Sep 15
ARTHUR HARVEY FUNERAL DETAILS
Following the untimely death of
Arthur Harvey, his
at 11.30am on Friday
October at St Andrew’s Church, Moretonhampstead,
Farm on the South Range.
It would be a great help towards the familiy's planning
of what is expected to be a "large turn out" if you can
Email the BBU
of your likely attendance, before Tue 06 Oct. Thank you.
29 Sep 15
- BRITISH & ARMY CHAMPIONSHPS PROGRAMME
Detailed timings and the full programme for Ex RUCKSACK
(The British National, Inter Service & Army Biathlon & Cross
Country Championships) in Ruhpolding 20 Jan - 04 Feb 16 have
The AWSA / Army organises all
accommodation and entries for British military athletes, but
not for any civilian athletes! Entry
forms for civilian competitors will be published here
towards the end of October.
We are happy to advise civilian
athletes and all supporters about the facilities etc in
Ruhpolding. However we are unable to book any accommodation
for civilians and advise you go to the
More airlines than ever are
flying to Munich (1hr 50 mins by road; 2hrs 30 mins by
rail); Innsbruck (2 hrs by road) & Salzburg (40 mins by
road; 1 hr 30 mins by rail). So, book direct or look at
It is with deep regret that we announce
the death on Saturday 19th September of Arthur
Arthur, a retired Major in the
Royal Artillery, was an international shot and, at
the age of 81, still a wonderful and inspirational
shooting coach. Many,
many Army and British National biathletes owe a
great debt to him.
He trained scores of
Regimental Shooting Coaches in Sennelager &
and then at Budleigh Farm in his beloved Devon over
the past 35 years. There is scarcely
a GBR International biathlete over that time who was
not coached or influenced at some stage by Arthur.
He also ran the UK Biathlon Weapons Pool and
the ranges for many years when the Army & British
Biathlon Championships (Ex Rucksack) were in
Zwiesel, and also at the UKLF Championships (Ex
Spartan Hike) in France. More recently he helped out
at Ex Rucksack in Ruhpolding / Obertilliach.
The Funeral will
11.30am on Friday 9th October at St Andrew’s Church,
Moretonhampstead and will conclude at the Farm on
the South Range.
letters of condolence or any donations (which will
be split between the Moretonhampstead Hospital
League of Friends and the Royal British Legion),
Leroy Funeral Service, Alphington Road, Exeter, EX2
29 Sep 15
- WORLD CUP 2015 -16, PROGRAMME & TICKETING ETC
timings for the World Cup events 2015 -16 have
The BBU office is, as usual, already receiving requests from
supporters concerning tickets, travel and
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.
29 Sep 15
- ATHLETE NEWS
Current GBR men's #1 Scott DIXON (Cairngorm BNSC)has
suffered an injury training in France, and will be out of
action for the next 2 weeks.
Coach Alexis Bouef
said "It is not a drama; we will adjust his training
schedule and luckily this happened two months before the
start of the season, and not two weeks before!"
Fresh from a great Biathlon Summer World Championships,
Amanda LIGHTFOOT has been training in Ruhpolding with the
Swedish team and is now back in Norway.
LAPONDER continues to train in Ruhpolding and had a stiff
work out in the recent German National Summer Champs.
Alex MASSEY, who has been close to GBR selection for a
couple of years has retired to concentrate on his Army
career. He had been in Ruhpolding with the Army Advanced
Development Squad, who really are now the "Jackson Five".
Congratulations to Former Olympian and GBR Coach Jason
SKLENAR, his wife Charlie and their two young daughters on
the arrival of another woman in the house! Jessica Sophia
Sklenar was born on 02 Sep, and all are doing well.
29 Sep 15
- RESULTS ... WESSEX &
& Army Sprints took place at Castle Combe near
Chippenham on Sun 13 Sep.
07 Sep 15
- SENSATIONAL SUMMER WORLDS FOR LIGHTFOOT
Cheile Grădiște in Romania
was the recent home for the Summer Biathlon World
Championships, and it was almost a "home from home" for
GBR's Amanda LIGHTFOOT who recorded the best ever GBR Summer
(or Winter) World Championship results.
In the Sprint
she finished 8th, shooting 0-1 (0-0 would have given her a
bronze medal!) and went one better in the Pursuit (1-1-2-1)
to finish 7th.
07 Sep 15
- BLINK, AND YOU'VE MISSED IT
Norway's annual BLINK
Festival took place on 31 Jul and 01 Aug. Apart from many
cultural and entertainment events it is the where the
World's top cross country skiers and biathletes are invited
to a magnificent "round the houses" series of races.
Rob SIRCUS of CBNSC was eliminated after the Friday
Junior Races as was Amanda LIGHFOOT on the
Friday, but she made no mistake on the Saturday coming
in the Final.
07 Sep 15
- NO NEW SPONSOR - YET
Further to the end of our sponsorship (below),
we cannot yet announce details of a replacement. Prior to
the sad news, the BBU had already engaged the services of a
professional consultancy to develop new income and marketing
streams. However this was in anticipation of providing a
much greater source of funding for the two very important
Olympic qualifying seasons (2016 - 17 & 2017 - 18), rather
than in the short term. Whilst we are not in the precarious
position of 18 months ago, a failure to find some of the
"lost" income for this coming winter will mean changes
to some planned activities and a reduced race programme.
So, purchasing BBU Lottery
tickets by YOU is even more important as will be
ideas for short term fund raising, or value in kind support
e.g. the provision of 2 x mini buses for the teams. As
always, please send any ideas or offers of support to the
07 Sep 15
- LASER BIATHLON
Laser Biathlon is coming to
the UK with a new venture set up by "Laser Biathlon GB". The
first competitive event will be at
Cannock Chase, nr. Rugeley,
Staffordshire on Sat 26 Sep with four more events scheduled
Entry forms and more info is
Please note that this is not
traditional "roller ski summer biathlon". In these events
the competitor runs and picks up the (provided) laser rifle
on the range. Organiser Richard Cook will be demonstrating
the sport and inviting you to "have a go" at the Wessex
Sprints next Sunday (13 Sep), with expert shooting training
from ex GBR athlete and Olympic Manager Marc WALKER.
27 Jul 15
- INTERNATIONAL EVENT CALENDAR 2015 - 16
Please click on the links
above to see the draft IBU Race Calendar for the forthcoming
2015 - 2016 season.
We are always happy to advise
supporters of venue facilities etc, but regret we are unable
to make any travel, accommodation or ticketing arrangements.
Please go the relevant venue website for further details -
you will find them on Google!
27 Jul 15
- ATHLETE SUMMER SNIPPETS
Amanda LIGHTFOOT is having a
good summer, training under the direction of Wolfgang Pichler
in Norway and Ruhpolding. She will be the only GBR
competitor at the
Summer Biathlon World Championships in Cheile
Grădiștei, 200 km north east of the Romanian capital
Bucharest. She competes in the Sprint on Sat 29 Aug and,
almost certainly, in the Pursuit the following day.
Our three World Cup qualified male athletes are on
very different summer training plans. Scott DIXON is
recovering from a bout of tonsillitis and has moved from
Norway to France where he is training under retired
French WC athlete Alexis Boeuf. Marcel LAPONDER had a
short spell with his Regiment in Kinloss but is now back
training in Ruhpolding. Alex GLEAVE has been on a
military course since April and will not resume normal
biathlon training until the end of September.
Army Advanced Development Squad continue to be based in
Ruhpolding, although will spend this week on snow with
Lee JACKSON on the Dachstein Glacier (below) at Ramsau.
27 Jul 15
- THANK YOU AND FAREWELL TO ASPEN
We are sad to announce an
amicable termination of the BBU's sponsorship by Aspen
Healthcare Solutions (UK) Limited. Aspen literally came
to the rescue of the BBU, just before Sochi 2014, when
we were very close to folding at the end of that Olympic
The Board, athletes and members are all
immensely grateful for the support and friendship of
Aspen during the past 15 months, and, we hope to
announce a new sponsorship and partner in the near
27 Jul 15
- "THREE YEARS AGO? YOU MUST BE KIDDING?"
JOIN US NOW!
Was it really 3
years ago today that we witnessed the amazing
Opening Ceremony for London 2012? This heralded
a fortnight of memorable sport and, of course,
the record medal haul for Team GB.
be nearly 5 years since the BBU began our own
involvement The Games?
Yes! We were involved in the BOA Ambition
Programme for talented potential Olympic biathletes; the
BOA Volunteer Programme; the BOA Ticketshare for Under
25 year old biathlon supporters; the NGB Ticket
Programme (we had an allocation of 50 tickets for
various events for our members & supporters - at full
price!); the "Team GB House" invitations & hospitality
for NGB guests and finally the honour of having
3 athletes - all now retired (Emma FOWLER, England; Carl
GIBSON, England and Kevin KANE, Scotland) - and 2
support staff (Eddy LOWE and Matthew REES) as
Torchbearers in the Olympic Torch Relay.
Eddy Lowe (Sport Director)
Matthew Rees (IT Manager)
Yes! It was that
long ago; a lot of work; a lot of fun; a lot of great
memories. Not the least of which was the interest shown
from "non-biathletes" (as was the case during Sochi
2014); one or two of whom joined the BBU. But we
still need to greatly increase our membership base, so
if you are a "lapsed member" or even vaguely interested
in biathlon, please take a look at our
page. Even your small membership fee will help our
30 Dec 14 -
WADA Code 2015
The 2015 WADA (World Anti Doping) Code comes into effect on
01 Jan 15. For more information click
on the logo and read our
"Medical & Doping Page"
The BBU is
totally committed to the eradication of drugs and doping in sport.
It is a personal matter for all
athletes, whether they are an Olympian or a novice, to be aware of the
current banned list and the issues of
drug, doping, blood and gene
testing. Regimental & Club athletes should contact their RMO / GP in
the first instance.
emphasise the fact that
"ignorance is not an excuse".
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
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
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