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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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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.

The 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.


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 season.

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 future. 

The 20th draw for the BBU Lottery took place on 30 Jun 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 Draws.  Click for Info


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  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.

Can it 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)
ran in Northern ireland
Matthew Rees (IT Manager)
ran in Wales

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 "JOIN US" page. Even your small membership fee will help our athletes!


Well it's here at last ... sorry for the delay ... blame a very long season. the Election or FIFA! But we know that you knew where to find all the Results on the IBU Website.

Of course it does not contain snippets and news from GBR, so please scroll down for the very latest from the BBU and a look at the summer squads and dates for next winter, or click on the topics that interest you most:

British & Army Championships (Ex Rucksack) 2016
Wessex & Army Sprints Athlete Retirements
Farewell & Thanks Summer Squads
Magic in Minsk The Finish in Finland
World & IBU Cup Results 14 - 15 AGM & Board Minutes
BBU Personal Column: Babies, Weddings and Marathons

The 2016 British National, Inter Service & Army Biathlon and Cross Country Championships (Exercise RUCKSACK) will once again be held in the world class venue of Ruhpolding, Germany.

Indeed, Ruhpolding and the Army have signed a contract that offers an extension up to 2019 in the magnificent surroundings of the Bavarian Alps. In all years the Championships will commence on the 4th Saturday in January and in 2016 Cross Country will be held first. The outline schedule is:

Sat 23 Jan 16 15/10 km Individual XC (CT)
Sun 24 Jan 16 10 / 7.5 km XC Mass Start (FT)
Tue 26 Jan 16 4 x 5 km XC Relay
Thu 28 Jan 16 20 / 15 / 12.5 km Individual Biathlon
Sat 30 Jan 16 10 / 7.5 km Biathlon Sprint
Sun 31 Jan 16 Biathlon Mass Starts
Tue 02 Feb 16 Biathlon Relay
Thu 04 Feb 16 Military Patrol Race
Further details will be published during the summer including details of entry for civilian competitors. However, please note that neither the BBU nor the AWSA is able to make any accommodation or travel bookings for non-military competitors.

The Wessex & Army Sprints, sponsored by Proton-Partners International take place this year at Castle Combe near Chippenham on Sun 13 Sep.  This is a great opportunity to get some valuable pre-season roller ski racing and to purchase kit and equipment from organiser Bob Anderson of RMA Sports (UK) Ltd.

Full details.

Three long-serving GBR athletes have announced retirement meaning their last International event was the World Championships in Finland in March. However all three will continue to race for their Regimental / Corps teams.

Lee-Steve JACKSON first competed for GBR in the European Junior Cup in 1999, the same year as he made one of his two Junior World Championships appearances. After 2 seasons on the European (now IBU) Cup circuit he first raced in the World Cup team in 2002 - 03 and has started in 126 WC races since.

Three European Championship appearances were overshadowed by 9 consecutive World Championships from 2004. In his final World Championships race in 2015 he recorded an all-time Personal Best of 38th from a field of 125 in the 20km Individual; this just beat his 42nd place at Sochi 2014.

With two Olympic Winter Games on the Honours Board (Vancouver 2010 & Sochi 2014) and many British titles to his name, we thank him for a remarkable career and contribution to the sport in the UK.

Having joined The Green Howards (now 2 Yorks) he is now a Lance Bombardier in 16 Regt RA. The Gunners will be utilising his experience over the next few years, as will the BBU as he has been appointed as Coach to the new Army's Advanced Development athletes - some of whom should be selected for the IBU Cup team next winter.
Kevin KANE is a Bombardier in 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. He made his IBU Cup debut in 2005 - 06 and joined the World Cup Team the following season.  With a total of 62 World Cup appearances and a further 45 IBU races to his name he is one of a small group of GBR international centurions.

His first of six World Championships was in Ístersund in 2007 and 2 years later he recorded his PB in the Pyeonchang World Championships finishing 60th in the Individual. Although he achieved a number of Olympic Qualifying Standards he did not make the final cut, but was a London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay runner.

Kevin is hoping to play an active part in Gunner Biathlon and Cross Country skiing during next winter and it would be no surprise if he did not add to his collection of National titles before he leaves the Army next year. We thank him for almost a decade's contribution to GBR biathlon. 
Nerys JONES has been a GBR biathlete for 6 seasons having made her international debut in February 2010. She has raced mainly on the IBU Cup circuit where she has over 50 starts to her name.

International quotas have restricted her World Cup appearances to just 14 starts, where she has been invaluable in scoring Nations Cup points - thank you to our "pocket-rocket". But, she has competed in four World Championships with a PB of 62nd in the 15km Individual in Khanty-Mansiysk 2011.

Nerys is a Corporal in the Adjutant General's Corps where she will be resuming her military career. She hopes to still compete for them and to add to her handful of National titles.

Although not an athlete, Federico "Fede" FONTANA has had an enormous impact on the lives of the athletes in the one season he has spent as Wax Technician for GBR.

This amiable Italian has had an offer he can not refuse, and we give him our sincere thanks for his services and wish him well for the future. As a connoisseur of Hendricks Gin and the finest olive oil and parmesan cheese, we are delighted that we shall to be sharing these with him on the circuit next winter! 

They probably did not want to retire, but, all good things come to an end and after the British Championships the BBU Selectors had to inform three familiar names that their International careers were over. So it is with regrets, but with many thanks for their efforts, that the BBU says farewell to:

Cpl John DUNNETT 1 Regt RLC (14 x IBU Cups since 2010 - 11); Cpl Dan FULLER RTR (25 x IBU Cups since 2009 - 10) and Cpl Sean "Jim" BOWEN 1 CS Bn REME (1 x IBU Cup in 2013 -14).

With the retirements (above) and a change of Army policy, the BBU only has 7 athletes officially training under the auspices of the BBU, albeit they will be training "independently".

Cpl Amanda LIGHTFOOT AGC continues to be based in Norway working under the direction of Wolfgang PICHLER.  LCpl Marcel LAPONDER 39 Engr Regt will again be in Ruhpolding with support from German WC athlete Daniel GRAF; Marcel will also be working in Kinloss with the Royal Engineers Nordic Squad.  Scott DIXON and Sam CAIRNS will train in Norway, whilst LCpl Alex GLEAVE 1 CS Bn REME is on an Army careers course until September and Calum IRVINE and Robert SIRCUS are still at University.

For the second year the Army will run the "Army Biathlon Development Squad" (ABDS), which is the successor to the old National Development Squad (NDS) in Kinloss (see below). A new variant of this is the new "Advanced" ABDS who are Army athletes who have outgrown ABDS but have not yet been selected for GBR. They will be based in Ruhpolding, coached by Lee JACKSON and under the military command of the GBR team Manager Simon ("Ginge") ALLANSON. These athletes will attend the GBR Selection races in Norway in November and will be hoping for IBU Cup selection next winter:

Pte Jordan FOLEY (20) 17 P&M Regt RLC   Gnr Vinny FOUNTAIN (23) 16 Regt RA
Tpr Alex MASSEY (22) HCR   Gnr Martin SHAW (21) 26 Regt RA
LCpl Liam WARD (22) REME / 17 P&M Regt RLC   Tpr Robert WOODS (22) RTR

Meanwhile up at 39 Engr Regt in Kinloss the ABDS, with coaches Cpl Ben WOOLLEY & Sgt Scott CASSIDY (to be joined later as Women's Coach by SSgt Adele WALKER), will be hoping to be selected for Advanced ABDS in future. Those selected after the British Champs (but not all are able to attend) are:

Pte Mark PATTERSON 1 Regt RLC   Hldr Sandy WISHART 4 SCOTS
Spr Matt CHAMBERS 39 Engr Regt   Capt Chris HUGGETT RM
Mne Aiden REDMILE RM   Gnr Dominic FOALE 14 Regt RA
Pte Robin BROCKIS 17 P&M Regt RLC   ATpr Gareth GRIFFIN 2 Regt AAC
Pte Jordan BENNETT 17 P&M Regt RLC   Gnr Ronan DOYLE 14 Regt RA
Cfn Dylan KENNY 1 CS Bn REME   Pte Sam HALLAM 6 Regt RLC
Gnr Joe O'CONNOR 26 Regt RA   Pte Adam WILLIAMS 6 Regt RLC
Lt Ruth CORK RE   Gnr Sam GRIST RA
Pte Emma DREW RLC   Pte Kayleigh OLIVER RLC
Pte Fran ODDY RLC   Gnr Jessica HIRD RA

The BBU congratulates all those selected for ABDS and especially those on Advanced ABDS.

Scott DIXON from the Cairngorm Biathlon & Nordic Ski Club was the pick of his three club mates and former classmates from Kingussie High School, at the Junior World Championships in Minsk BLR in late February.

After competing in two Youth World Champs and one previous Junior Worlds this was his last year as a Junior, and he achieved the best ever GBR results in the event. He missed just 6 targets out of 60 during the week, alas 4 of them were in the Sprint (2-2) were he finished 49th. But, he atoned the following day with 1-0-0-0 in the Pursuit to rise to 31st. His best, and the best ever GBR Junior World result was 18th in the 15 km Individual (0-1-0-0). He was 11th fastest in the first leg of the Relay - again shooting clear.

Indeed, all four athletes shot clear in the Relay to finish 17th from 18.  Calum IRVINE and Robert SIRCUS were both 14th in their legs with Sam CAIRNS 17th on the anchor leg.

In the Individual Calum was 67th (2-2-1-1); Robert 73rd (1-2-1-0) and Sam 90th (3-1-3-3).  Calum was 68th (2-1) in the Sprint; Robert 87th (4-1) and Sam 88th (4-2).

The team was funded by the BBU Lottery through the sterling efforts of Nicola WALKER most ably managed by former World Cup athlete Si BURKE. Calum and Robert are still undergraduates at Edinburgh University with Robert and Sam being Juniors again next year, and already looking forward to the next Junior Worlds in Cheile Gradistei ROU. Mind you, they will have to go some to beat the efforts of Scott DIXON who, just a fortnight after Minsk, became the first ever GBR athlete to compete in both the Junior Worlds and the World Championships in the same season!

Results:  15 km Indiv   10 km Sprint      12.5 km Pursuit     4 x 7.5 km Relay

The IBU Biathlon World Championships were held in March in Kontiolahti, 400 km north east of Finland's capital city Helsinki. The first few days saw fairly unseasonal damp and misty weather with wet snow, but the final few days ushered in bright, crispy sunny days and cold nights. Fortunately it was nothing like as as cold as the -30C recorded the last time the Worlds were held there in 1999.  H

The Championships marked the retirtement of Lee-Steve JACKSON, Kevin KANE and Nerys JONES from GBR international competition, and the emergence on the World senior stage of Scott DIXON who, with Jacko's retirenment is now the GBR #1.  

Whilst Kevin & Nerys would have wished for better results on their finale Scott DIXON exceeded all expectations by recording two Olympic Qualifiers (only it was not a qualifying season!) and PBs in the Individual (78th with 1-1-0-0) and Sprint (81st with 0-1). These 3 misses were his only ones all week as he shot clear in the Reklay and Mixed Relay to continue his excellent run of shooting from the Junior Worlds. In the Sprint he was only 4 seconds behind Lee-Steve JACKSON (79th with 1-2).

Jacko also missed no targets in the two relays and went out in a blaze of glory in the 20 km Individual where his 39th place (0-1-0-1) was an all-time Personal Best, and you cannot retiure on a better note than that.

Marcel LAPONDER was unable to repeat his early-season form in Kontiolahti, but Amanda LIGHTFOOT saved her best for the end with a 48th place (2-2) in the Sprint, and she held on to that spot in the Pursuit. Over the years, it is clear that Amanda quite likes the World Championships!

Click for Full Results for all Races

The World Cup Men's Team finished the season in 24th place in the WC Nations Cup (down one place from 2013 - 14). This gives us the same quota of 2 start places for next season as this. Under the new IBU Qualifying Points (which replaces percentages from the start of next season) we have the following men WC qualified: Scott DIXON, Marcel LAPONDER, Alex GLEAVE plus the retired Lee JACKSON & Kevin KANE.

The Women finished 26th (up from 30th) but still we will only have a quota of one start place, however there is only one woman currently WC qualified: Amanda LIGHTFOOT.

Click for final WC Nations Cup:  
(Men)     (Women)     All World Cup results 2014 - 15

In the IBU Cup both our Men & Women predictably dropped 10 places each in the IBU Cup Nations Cup. The Men finished 27th and the Women 28th, but there were many extenuating reasons for this. Both Men & Women have a start quota of 3 for next season.

Click for final IBU Cup Nations Cup:   (Men)     (Women)     All IBU Cup results 2014 - 15

The Minutes of the 2015 AGM, when amongst other items, the revised Articles of Association (AoA) were unanimously approved have been published. Click to read.

The Minutes of the 87th Board Meeting of the BBU are also available; read here.

Congratulations to Lee-Steve JACKSON and his partner Katja on the birth of their second son, Noah, on 19th January. Jacko was at the World Cup in Ruhpolding when he heard that Noah was imminent and raced back to Italy only to miss the bou crossing the finiash line by an hour!

Not to be outdone, our IT Manager & Brit Champs results guru, Matthew REES became a first-time father when his wife Lowrie gave birth to Eleanor Rose on 3rd March. Matthew should have been in Ruhpolding at the RLC Champs that week; good job he went home early!

Two of our former athletes got married this Spring; congratulations! 

Torino 2006 Olympian Emma FOWLER (right) became Mrs Darren "Daz" BLACKETT in her home town of Cannington, Somerset, on 11th April.  Emma is currently a Sergeant Instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst with Daz a WO2 in the Small Arms School Corps.

Ex World Cup athlete Pete BEYER and Amanda tied to knot in sunny Cyprus on 7th May, where Jacko & Ginge made sure he was on his best behavior - or was it the other way round?

She may have retired from international biathlon, but Nerys JONES was the 54th UK female; the 2nd Welsh woman and the 1531st competitor overall in the 2012 London Marathon. Her time was 2:58:03. But, she is still the Welsh #1 female biathlete!

Finally, many congratulations to Team Manager Simon "Ginge" ALLANSON on his very recent promotion to Sergeant. Good things come to those whom deserve it!

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.

We emphasise the fact that "ignorance is not an excuse".



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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