Laser run

A new and highly exciting addition to the School Games schedule for 2018 with a new form of racing not seen before at the event. This fast-paced and action-packed sport should be one not to miss.

Laser Run is the exhilarating finale to the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon with athletes required to alternate between shooting a laser pistol and running in a race to the finish line. 

This last phase of the Olympic Sport has now been adapted to form a stand-alone event suitable for all ages, levels and abilities, with no previous experience needed. Laser Run offers a fantastic entry point to multi-sports and tests multiple characteristics with the challenge of having stamina and speed for the run, along with focus and composure for the shoot.

Modern Pentathlon was added to the Olympic Games in 1912 and also includes fencing, swimming and equestrian show jumping. The shooting and running elements that were originally treated separately have since been combined and become known as Laser Run. 

Stephanie Cook won the first ever Olympic individual women's event back in 2000, one of seven Team GB medals in the sport. An annual World Championships has also been held since 1949 with Samantha Murray our most recent winner back in 2014.

Laser run at the 2018 School Games

This year's School Games will host both individual and relay events for both boys and girls. The tournament will be split based on age between pupils in school years 7-8 and 9-10.

Selection policy

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What's on

Thursday 30 August

No events

Sunday 2 September

No events


Friday 31 August 2018

Brockington Cricket Pitch
11:00-12:00 Training
12:00-14:00 Individual Event
16:00-17:00 Training

Saturday 1 September 2018

Brockington Cricket Pitch
08:30-09:30 Training
10:00-11:00 Team Event

Did you know?

  • Athletes start together with a short run into the shooting range and their allocated shooting bay.
  • Using a laser pistol, athletes shoot at their designated target as many times at it takes to register 5 successful hits. Each successful hit is represented by a green light.
  • After 5 successful hits or 50 seconds (whichever comes first), athletes can leave the range and begin their first run before returning to the same range, bay and pistol for their next shoot.
  • After their final shoot, competitors complete their last running loop before crossing the finish line.
  • The choice of the five diverse and unrelated sports that make up modern pentathlon arose out of the romantic, tough adventures of a liaison officer whose horse was brought down in enemy territory. Having defended himself with his pistol and sword, he swam across a raging river and delivered the message on foot.