Chance of a lifetime for Bobcats at Olympic Park

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Four Burnley Bobcats swimmers got the chance of a lifetime to compete at the Olympic Park in the British Schools’ Biathlon Championships earlier this month.

Over 1600 athletes, aged nine to 1, took part in the event, organised by Pentathlon GB, swimming 100m in the inspirational setting of the Olympic pool at the London Aquatics Centre, and running a 1,600m course on the Olympic Park.

The competition was the first event to be held at the Olympic Park after recently being opened to the public.

Harry Pilkington (13), Dean Moorhouse (14), Elliot Norman (13) and Hannah Procter (13) all took part after qualifying via school and regional events.

Harry swam an excellent 100m freestyle race in a National qualifying time of 58.85, placing him fourth, before he ran the 1600m race in 5.34.98, placing him 25th, and eighth overall in the Under 14 event - an excellent achievement.

Dean swam brilliantly and produced a time of 59.86 in the 100m swim for sixth, and finished 44th in the run, with an overall placing of 19th in the 14 year age group.

Elliot Norman achieved his Regional qualifying time and being placed in sixth in the swim, and 21st in the 1,600m for ninth in his 13 year age category.

And Hannah was 15th in the swim and 14th in the run for sixth place in the 14 years category.

Harry’s younger brother Tobias, 10, a Burnley Athletics Club member, was also in action.

The Wellfield School pupil achieved personal bests for both his run and swim, coming 66th overall.

Pictured are, from left to right, Harry Pilkington, Dean Moorhouse and Elliot Norman (s).