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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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   31 Jan 15 - AGM - CHANGE OF TIME

Due to an unprecented, but very welcome increase in entries, the strart time of the 2015 AGM in the RLC Bar, Ruhpolding has been pushed back 30 minutes and the AGM will now commence at 17:00 CET, tomorrow Sun 01 Feb 15.  

 
    31 Jan 15 - BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS - RESULTS

All Cross Country Racing in Ruhpolding has finished and we are now well into Biathlon! All results are on the British Championships page.

We shall upload results from World Cup 4, 5, 6 plus IBU Cup 4 & 5 shortly! Of course they are always available on the IBU web page! 

 
30 Dec 14 - AGM 2015 - ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!

The 18th Annual General Meeting of the BBU will be held in Ruhpolding on Sunday 1st February 2015.

The following documents should be read by all Members - especially by those intending to vote by Proxy:

1.  Agenda

2.  Proposed new Articles of Association (AoA)

3.  Minutes of the 17th AGM (26 Jan 14)

 4.  Chairman's Annual Report

5.  Accounts - year ending 30 Apr 14 & Management Information

6.  Admission & Voting Card / Proxy Form

We remind all readers of this website and Members of the BBU, that in order to attend the AGM or utilise a proxy vote you must be a paid up member by 16:30 CET or 15:30 GMT on Fri 30 Jan 15. (Athletes in Ruhpolding competing at the British Championships are automatically Members). For further information please Email the Company Secretary.

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

 
30 Dec 14 - BBU OFFICE CLOSURE

The BBU UK Office will be "on the circuit" from 01 Jan 15 to 12 Mar 15.  We shall always be on Email and in extremis 07834 499830, however from 01 - 20 Jan there will be no web updates. A landline number will be published on 20 Jan.

 Live results and news of the WC 4 & 5 in Oberhof & Ruhpolding plus IBU Cup 4 & % in Duszniki Zdroj & Langdorf are available on the IBU web page. Eurosport will show most WC races. 

The BBU December Lottery results will be published in the Lottery box top right of this page!

 
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".

 
30 Dec 14 - BRITISH & ARMY CHAMPIONSHIPS - CIVILIAN REGISTRATION

All Civilian and non-British Miliary athletes who intend to compete at Ex RUCKSACK (the 2015 British, Army & Inter Service Nordic Championships in Ruhpolding) are requested to complete a pre-registration form and Email to the BBU.

Click for:  Registration form:   PDF     Excel     Race Programme

30 Dec 14 - HAPPY OLD YEAR!

2014 was not bad for current IBU Cup athlete Robert SIRCUS CBNSC with an excellent interview in the biathlon magazine website "Biathlon 23".

And, congratulations to former NDS Coach and 17 P&M RLC athlete Dave LAMB on his recent promotion to Sergeant as he successfully completed his PTI course and transferred to the RAPTC at the end of 2014. 

 
30 Dec 14 - BASI NORDIC COURSES

 

BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) will be running Level 1 & 2 Nordic Courses in Rupholding from 09-12 Feb 15.

 

For more info and to book on the course contact the BASI Office :  +44 1479 861717

(We hope to publish more detail here after 20 Jan 15)

   
21 Dec 14 - HAPPY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The BBU wishes all our Supporters, Sponsors and Athletes a Very Happy Christmas and a successful New Year.

In particular the Board wish to acknowledge the work of our invaluable support and backroom staff: Simon ALLANSON, Fede FONTANA, Daniel GRAF, Terry HALL, Matthew REES and Nicola WALKER.

Our last full update of the year will be on 28 December. This will include the WADA 2015 Code and all details of the 2015 AGM, including Agenda, voting details, new Articles of Association and Accounts 2013 -14.

Lottery Results will be published on 31 Dec!
 
21 Dec 14 - PROBLEMS IN POKLUJKA - TROUBLES IN TRIMESTER ONE

Lee-Steve JACKSON was just about on track to requalify for World Cup Trimester 2 when, in the WC 3 Sprint at Poklujka SLO yesterday, he fell just 500 metres from the finish. This gave him a non-qualifying 16% as he finished 93rd (1-2). Without the fall, or with one more target he would have been OK; alas he will now have to re-qualify at the IBU Cup 4 in the new venue of Duszniki Zdroj POL on 9th Jan 15. 

This means that Alex GLEAVE and a hopefully fit Scott DIXON will join Kevin KANE and Marcel LAPONDER for the WC 4 relay at Oberhof GER on 8th Jan 15.

Amanda LIGHTFOOT was also over the 15% qualification mark, finishing the Sprint in 91st (2-2) at 17.3%, but with qualifiers at both WC 1 & 2 she is save for Trimester 2.

Amanda must be credited with some good points scoring in the Nations Cup where the women lie in 26th place. This time last year it was 30th (where we finished the season). It is conceivable that we could rise to 25th by march but most unlikely we will drop any places.

It is not such a good story for the Men. Trimester One has been troublesome for them, as the Nations Cup GBR position of 26th shows. Although this is just one place behind last season, when we finished 23rd, the chances of doing so again, and thus of clinching the new quota of 3 start places look remote as we are already more than 300 points behind LTU in 23rd. However with reasonable relay results in Trimester 2 we are looking good for 25th and probably 24th.  

RESULTS: 

Men:     Sprint     Percents    Nations Cup

Women:     Sprint    Percents    Nations Cup

 

21 Dec 14 - IBU CUP TRIMESTER ROUND UP

The IBU Cup Men's team are just about holding their own with an end of Trimester standing of 23rd (22nd last winter, at this stage and 17th at the end of the season).  The competition looks tough this year and it will require an even greater effort after Christmas to move into the top 20, but with Jacko and an inspirational Robert SIRCUS starting in IBU Cup 4, there is hope!

The women are currently 26th (18th last year), but with only woman (Nerys JONES) in the team this season, this is perhaps not surprising. Let's hope there is some real talent at the British Championships ion Ruhpolding next month! 

Results of this weekend's final IBU Cup Trimester 1 races in Obertilliach AUT are:

Men:     Sprint (2)    Percents     Nations Cup

Women:     Sprint (2)   Percents   Nations Cup 

 
17 Dec 14 - SIRCUS STARS IN DÉBUT 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 Martell not been cancelled last week due to lack of snow in Italy.

RESULTS:

Men:    Indiv   Percents   Sprint (1)   Percents    

Women:     Indiv   Percents   Sprint (1)   Percents     

 
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 Beitost°len. 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 

 
   
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 Ístersund 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 Ístersund 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 - ÍSTERSUND 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 Ístersund 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 Beitost°len (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 Ístersund, 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 Beitost°len 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 Ístersund 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 Beitost°len 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
 
 
       

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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