One of the new additions to our School Games schedule is Laser Run, a fast-paced and action-packed event that combines running and shooting. Originating as the final element of the Modern Pentathlon, Laser Run provides a fantastic opportunity to compete in a stand-alone event, or for pentathletes to focus on their running and shooting.

Making her School Games debut for England Midlands is Lucy Hatfield from Redditch, who is still just 12 years of age. Despite being so young Lucy has plenty of experience under her belt, having won a bronze medal in the Mixed Relay at the World Biathle Championships. Hatfield has also taken home a stunning silver medal in the European Championships for Biathle, as well as gold in the team event.

One of Scotland’s rising stars is Blake Hedley, the 14 year old from Melrose contesting the U16 event. Having recently finished second at the U15 British Modern Pentathlon Championship, Blake was selected to represent Great Britain at both the Triathle European Championships and the Biathle & Triathle World Championships in October.

James Wilcock, who will compete for England North in the U14 event, is one name to look out for throughout the competition. James, who is from Barnard Castle, recently found success nationally, becoming U13 Boys British Modern Pentathlon champion, making him tough competition for his fellow School Games athletes.

Sabrina Jones, 13, will represent England South in the U14 event, the London based athlete training with Whitgift School Modern Pentathlon Academy. She has a history of success, having won gold at the U13 National Pentathlon Championships last year, whilst also exceling in fencing - at the U13 England Youth Championships she won bronze in the Girls Epee.

England South’s Louise Cattanach, 14, will be one to watch in the U16 event, the Bath Pentathlon Club star boasting plenty of experience competing in both Pentathlon as well as Laser Run. In 2017 Louise finished fifth in the U15 National Pentathlon Championships, going on to win team silver at the U15 Laser Run World Championships in Cape Town, South Africa, with the GB team.

Cattanach’s teammate James Hulme is another name to look out for in the U16 male event, having recently become national champion when he struck gold at the National Triathle Championship in June. He won’t have it all his own way though as Dylan Jones of England Midlands is likely to pose stiff competition. The 14-year-old, from Dudley, describes his sporting highlight as becoming British Biathlon champion in 2017 with his team, whilst he has also finished 14th in the 2017 British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships.

With plenty of talent on display at this year’s School Games, you don’t want to miss out! Get your tickets here – Laser Run is selling fast!