Surrey Modern Pentathlon Club
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Youngsters rarely get the opportunity to compete in full modern pentathlon competitions, However, there is a very active calendar of competitave events that combine some the pentathlon disciplines.

Youth events are broken into the following age groups:


Category                                     Age as at 31 December

Youth E                                      10

Youth D                                      11-12

Youth C                                      13-14

Youth B                                      15-16

Youth A                                      17-18

Junior                                        19-21

Senior                                        22+

There are a large number of well organised events around the country for these ages groups:



Modern Biathlon: run and swim
Modern triathlon: run, swim and shoot 
Modern tetrathlon: run, swim, shoot and fence
Modern pentathlon: swim, fence, ride, run/shoot


For a comprehensive list of events and entry forms to competitions all around the country, it is best to refer to the Pentathlon GB website calendar.

Below are general guidelines to each discipline, however, the rules and regulations will differ between competitions taking into account the age and number of competitors and the facilities available. It is essential that you study the entry form for each competition where all disciplines and requirements will be explained in detail.


To be eligable to compete, all competitors will need to be a member of Pentathlon GB.

[PGB Membership costs £10.00. Form available here]


Events are run to ASA (Amateur Swimming Asociation) laws.  Competitors may swim any stroke or style over the required distance, from 50m up to 200m in certain timebands. 


The fencing discipline is based on all competitors in a class fencing all others in a one hit contest. Depending on the numbers of competitors this may be increased to two hits. The weapon is the electric epeé in either size 1 or size 2. Size 2 is used by junior athletes only. The ‘electric’ epeé is electrically monitored by a system that detects ‘hits’ by the operation of a tip switch in the epeé blade.

A competitor who wins 70% of the total bouts fought gains 1000 pentathlon points. The value of each bout won or lost depends on the total number of bouts being fought. 

The riding discipline is intended to be a test of horsemanship. Competitors must complete a riding course of 350 – 450 metres comprising 12 obstacles (including a double and a treble). The height of the fences depends on the age of the competitor and local competitions may vary the number of obstacles. Competitors have to ride a horse which is unknown to them and they draw lots to discover which horse they will ride. They then have twenty minutes to ‘warm up’ during which time they may have 5 practice jumps in the warm up arena.

Points are awarded for a clear round completed within the target time. Penalty points are imposed for exceeding this time and for jumping errors. These may arise from refusals, knock downs or a fall.

The run can be completed on any type of surface and may be one or more laps. The course should be clearly marked with flags and the maximum climb of the course should be 50m.

Starts are usually mass starts although for Pentathlon competitions a handicapped start may be used. Here, the competitor in the lead after four events starts the run first and then the other athletes start their run 2nd, 3rd, 4th behind the leader depending on how many points behind they are, the points are turned into a time difference behind the current competition leader.

Combined Run/Shoot:
The Modern Pentathlon's final event is the combined run/shoot. Athletes starting positions are dictated by the leaderboard after the previous three events with the current leader starting the run first. Athletes run distances dependent on their age group, with each leg of the race preceded by a shoot where 5 targets need to be hit within 50 seconds before they can start the next run stage.

This format ensures the overall winner is the first to cross

the finishing line.

Laser pistols were introduced to Modern Pentathlon competitions

in 2012..


Training days for all/some of the disciplines and taster sessions are held at St Teresa’s and Bookham Shooting Club. Details of all upcoming sessions and competitions will be published on the SMPC calendar.

Next SMPC Development & Training Day:

-TBC -          , St Teresa's School, Effingham

A competition based training & coaching day including 

swimming - fencing - running - shooting

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You do not need to be a member of SMPC to attend, we welcome experienced athletes or beginners, between the ages of 11 and 18 years old.


All equipment for training is provided (unless otherwise stated)


The SMPC and all the engaged coaches adopt all the Safeguarding Policies of the governing body of Pentathlon GB. These can be viewed on our Downloads page.


If you would like to join the club or come along for a taster session or just for more information please email us at or complete the contact form.



SMPC takes place every Monday (during term time)

for swimming, running and fencing

at St Teresa's School, Effingham




10m Air pistol target shooting takes place once a month at Bookham Shooting Club


Horse riding lessons are available by appointment at St Teresa's School

Surrey Modern Pentathlon Club fencing training


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