The impressive line-up of athletes competing at the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre on Saturday (6 April) also includes two further British Olympians and a former World Junior champion.
And there is a place on the British team for the European Championships in Poland in July up for grabs for the winner of both the men’s and women’s overall titles.
London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray and Beijing 2008 silver medallist Heather Fell, winner of the women’s title last year, are among the pentathletes contesting the event in Solihull on Saturday.
They will be joined by another London 2012 Olympian Mhairi Spence, who became Britain’s first senior individual modern pentathlon world champion for more than a decade in Rome in May last year.
Nick Woodbridge and Sam Weale, who both represented Great Britain at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games, are due to contest the men’s championships. They will be joined Jamie Cooke, Britain’s 2011 world junior champion, who also achieved the 2012 Olympic qualifying standard.
Joe Evans, who won bronze on his senior World Cup debut in California in February, is also contesting the main men’s title as well as the junior crown. Two other young athletes who made their World Cup debuts this year, Sam Curry and Tom Toolis, will also be in action in the men’s competition.
There will be British senior and junior titles up for grabs. The overall highest scoring man and woman will earn a place on the GB team for this summer’s European Championships.
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “The dates for this year’s championships have fitted in well with the international calendar. It’s an opportunity for our athletes to compete in the UK, and particularly for the younger ones. Competing is the best training for them.”
The championships are organised by Pentathlon GB, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon. They will see athletes complete a fence, swim, ride and combined run/shoot all in the space of one day.
The timings are as follows:
- Fencing (Tudor Grange Leisure Centre) – 08.00 start
- Swimming (Tudor Grange Leisure Centre) - 11.20 start
- Riding (Solihull Riding Club) – 12.45 start
- Combined run/shoot (Tudor Grange Leisure Centre) - 16.25 start