MODERN PENTATHLON STRUCTURE

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General Questions

Not at all! Local clubs set their own membership parameters. Many have members younger than those eligible for the youngest official categories for Youth E (9 and 10 year olds), whilst the Masters Class is well supported at Biathle, modern biathlon and modern triathlon level!

Competition age bands are very narrow because physical development and skills learnt bear a great influence on scores, therefore there is no danger of being overwhelmed.

Yes! Many people join us from single sport backgrounds, as well as from other multi-discipline sports. It is very rare that someone joins with experience in all five disciplines. We hold many training sessions and competitions throughout the year from modern biathlon (running and swimming), biathle (continuous run-swim-run), through modern triathlon and modern tetrathlon to the full modern pentathlon, with opportunities for all ages and abilities.

Modern pentathlon gives you the opportunity to develop the skills you already have, while giving you the opportunity to try new skills and challenges within one sport!

For all MPFI competitions your age is that on the 31st December in the calendar year of the competition. Some competitions will allow U-10s to compete at the discretion of the organiser.

A full list of training events and competitions can be seen on the Events page, where you can find what you are looking for.

At training sessions you should be able to borrow equipment to allow you to participate, although some venues ask for a small contribution to cover maintenance and replacement.

Although laser shooting is now used at top level competitions, competitors new to the sport will still learn to shoot using air pistols. These weapons can be purchased for as little as £100 (please be aware of the legislation on carrying and using air weapons) up to £900 for a new one.

Some state associations have weapons that they may be able to loan to you over a period of time.

The fencing discipline is a one hit epee competition where the athletes fight all other competitors in their age group for one hit, with the maximum time for each bout being one minute.

Some Modern Pentathletes do own their own horse, however, it is not a necessity as in Modern Pentathlon competitions athletes use horses supplied by the competition organisers.

To ride in Modern Pentathlon competitions you will be required to produce a riding competency certificate, the level is dependant on your age group and the competition that you are competing in.

Pentathlon is based on a points system, with points awarded based on your score or time in each discipline. Each discipline has a target time or score which is equivalent to 1000 points, with points awarded or deducted for performances better or worse than the target standard. The winner is the athlete with the most points.

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