Modern Pentathlon comes to Bath

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Tickets have gone on sale for the Modern Pentathlon European Championships which are being held at the University of Bath from August 18-23 this year. Tickets officially went on sale last week after being launched by former World Champion Mhairi Spence, double Olympian Nick Woodbridge, Event Director Kara Luck and Pentathlon GB Chief Executive Nigel Laughton. The event will be the first senior international competition held in the UK since the London 2012 Olympics and will see over 100 athletes from across Europe travelling to Bath to compete.

Photo credit: Michael Powell

Photo credit: Michael Powell

The event will be a qualification competition for the Rio 2016 Olympics with it providing the first opportunity for pentathletes to try and achieve the qualifying standard required for the games. The University is home to Pentathlon GB with the headquarters based on campus and all of the sport’s high performance athletes using the sport facilities. The competition should bring a buzz to both the city and the university at a time when no students will be around and event director Kara Luck told bathimpact “Bath’s a fantastic city, it’s got a lot of heritage and we’re bringing sporting heritage here in what will be a great display of world class sporting action across our 5 different disciplines of Modern Pentathlon – swimming, fencing, riding and combined run and shoot – so there will be plenty for everyone to see.”

Tickets for the event start at £6 for adults and all under 18’s can attend a day for just £1. Luck continued that “the prices we’ve set are family friendly and we’re hoping to have fantastic crowds in to cheer the athletes on. There’s plenty of space so what we’d say is sign up for your tickets and get them early.”

The hope is that the event will encourage more people to take part in Modern Pentathlon and bring people to Bath, helping the city to thrive. With the road to Rio 2016 being on all athletes minds, prospective Olympians will be on show, ensuring the competition is of high quality and a great spectacle for those watching.

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Michael Powell is the former Sport Editor at bathimpact (2014/15). He covers a variety of University of Bath and TeamBath events, as well as local Bath politics.

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