Up against the country’s best

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TOM King and Yasmin Brown travelled to Birmingham at the weekend for the The British Biathlon Championships.

Competing in Age Group C, the 12-year-olds found themselves up against opponents up to two years older than them, competing in a 100m swim and a 1,500m run.

Tom was ninth out of 49 boys in the swim, in a time of 1:01:99. he followed that up with 5:42:00 in the run, which was 42nd, slashing almost a minute-and-a-half of his previous best

He said “The swim was very tiring because I put so much into it I could hardly get out of the pool. I did think that it could be a PB, but didn’t expect it to be as much as 2.5 seconds

“Although running is really not my strength, I was really happy with the time and I gave it my all. It was the first time that I have run on a proper running track and I really enjoyed the whole experience and was determined to do my best

His team finished fifth out of 10, and individually Tom was 24th, which made the six-hour round trip worthwhile.

Yasmin was 13th in the swimming, also setting a PB in 1:05:52, and took 47 seconds off her best time on the track, finishing 39th in 6:19:79

Her team was fourth out of nine and she was 30th overall.

“It was my first experience competing in this national event. I felt nervous and excited but just wanted to enjoy it and do my best.

“Despite the fact that I was the youngest in my class, I was extremely pleased with the overall results.”