St Richard’s win national title

The St Richard's Catholic College team which was crowned National Schools' biathlon champions

The St Richard's Catholic College team which was crowned National Schools' biathlon champions

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A team from St Richard’s Catholic College has been crowned national schools’ biathlon champions.

The under-13 boys’ squad of Dominic Elphick, Noah Canby and Matt Wilson was victorious in the PGB National Schools’ Biathlon Final at the London Aquatics Centre.

St Richard’s totalled 7,229 points to finish well clear of runners-up Whitgift School (6,950) and third-placed Caterham School (6,933) in the team standings.

Individually, Elphick came 15th with 2,507 points, Canby was 20th with 2,464 and Wilson finished 43rd with 2,258 out of a strong field of more than 100 competitors.

Having booked their place in the national final by coming through two qualifying rounds, the team enjoyed the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Park on its first weekend of opening since the London 2012 Games.

The St Richard’s pupils gained enormous experience by completing the swimming element of the competition in the Olympic pool and the running aspect around the Olympic Park.

Team standings: 1st St Richard’s Catholic College 7,229pts, 2nd Whitgift School 6,950, 3rd Caterham School 6,933, 4th Newcastle Under Lyme School A 6,516, 5th Coopers Company & Coborn School A 6,348, 6th Robert Gordons College 6,181, 7th Hazlegrove Preparatory School 6,122, 8th William Brookes School 5,599, 9th Newcastle Under Lyme School B 5,535, 10th Coopers Company & Coborn School B 4,246.