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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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30 Sep 15
05 Oct 15 -


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.

Other biathletes who won races during the summer were Sam GRIST & Ben WOOLLEY at Huntly and Jo BROWNLOW & Marc WALKER at Wessex.

Results:   Men     Ladies
05 Oct 15 - WADA 2016

The WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) Prohibited List, Summary of Modifications and Monitoring Programme, effective 01 January 2016 has been published. More

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 Draws.  Click for Info


1st   Ticket #     32
2nd  Ticket #     20
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 .....

Following the untimely death of Arthur Harvey, his Funeral will be at 11.30am on Friday 09 October at St Andrew’s Church, Moretonhampstead, Devon and will conclude at Budleigh 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.

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 been released. Check here!

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 Ruhpolding Website. 

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 Skyscanner!


Arthur Harvey

It is with deep regret that we announce the death on Saturday 19th September of Arthur Harvey.
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 & Sonthofen Germany, and then at Budleigh Farm in his beloved Devon over the past 35 years. There is scar
cely 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
be at 11.30am on Friday 9th October at St Andrew’s Church, Moretonhampstead and will conclude at the Farm on the South Range.

Please send letters of condolence or any donations (which will be split between the Moretonhampstead Hospital League of Friends and the Royal British Legion), to Leroy Funeral Service, Alphington Road, Exeter, EX2 8HH.



Provisional timings for the World Cup events 2015 -16 have been released. Check here!

The BBU office is, as usual, already receiving requests from supporters concerning 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.

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.

Marcel 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. 

The Wessex & Army Sprints took place at Castle Combe near Chippenham on Sun 13 Sep. 

Full Results.

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.

Results:  Sprint   Pursuit

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 10th 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 BBU Office.
  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 before Christmas.
Entry forms and more info is online at

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.

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!

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. 
  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!

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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