Athletes compete in a 50, 100 or 200m freestyle swim depending on age group.
Athletes fence every other competitor using electric epees.
Athletes must get 5 green lights by hitting the valid zone of the target.
Athletes run between 800m and 3,200m depending on their age.
Bath Pentathlon Club was set up in May 2015 by Dave and Paula Hughes and myself after we were chatting at an event our children were competing in. We couldn’t believe the British Pentathlon Team trained in Bath but we didn’t have a local club for our children to train at, so we decided to do something about it. The club was originally based at Monkton Prep School, but in September 2018 we moved to Bath University.
At the University we have access to fantastic facilities including the outdoor 400m running track, with adjacent shooting range, the Pentathlon Hall with its fencing Salle and indoor shooting range. Sports halls and occasionally the 50m swimming pool.
The club caters for all abilities from absolute beginners to National and World Champions. Those who just enjoy being physically active, training or learning new skills to those who want to compete at the highest level.
We have amazing coaches with a wealth of experience to support and train the athletes. We are also able to provide fencing kit and Laser shooting equipment for members to use.
Additionally we are delighted to have the 2018 World Pentathlon Champion Jamie Cooke as our ambassador who regularly attends club nights and helps with the sessions.
Bath Pentathlon Club like most sports clubs is run by volunteers whose children are also club members. Our aim is provide a safe, enjoyable club with the highest level of coaches and facilities for members to enjoy.
I have two girls who both competed at Pentathlon events for a number of years, both of them representing Great Britain as part of the Triathle team which was a fantastic experience for the whole family. I played whatever sport was on the telly when i was younger from Football and Rugby to Tennis and Golf. In more recent years i have run the London and Bristol to Bath Marathons and completed two Ironman Triathlons. I have also ventured into Triathle and Laser run and am looking forward to entering some more Pentathlon events this year as i’m moving up an age group and the distances get shorter
Andy GusseyClub Chairman
Having grown up with my family heavily involved in my local swimming club in Liverpool, I have always had a love for the sport and have tons of memories learning to swim, train and compete for my club.
Sport has always played a huge part in my life, so when my Primary School asked me to take part in a Duathlon, I jumped at the opportunity and ended up winning the event. It was from then that I decided to start competing in Biathlons, which subsequently lead to Triathlons, Tetrathlons and finally Pentathlons. From June 2008 - June 2013 I was a GB athlete on the World Class Talent Programme.
I always knew that after retiring from sport I still wanted to be involved and help give children the same opportunities that I was given, making my decision to become a PE Teacher an easy one. I currently work at Paragon Junior School, as well as teaching swimming during weekdays and now being given the opportunity to help young and inspiring pentathletes is really exciting and I look forward to further developing the athletes ability as well as my own coaching ability.
I have been involved with fencing most of my life, starting at King Alfreds school in Burnham on sea when I was 12. I qualified as a Level 3 coach in 2003 under the Hungarian Maestro George Fellatar, so now I have over 15 years coaching experience. I coach all 3 weapons but Epee is my passion it's what I compete with and believe it to be the truest and purest of the three.
I coach at Sidcot school, Wycliffe college, Churchill fencing club and work with North Somerset council by introducing fencing at primary schools.
My son Luke is currently number 1 in the cadet rankings and has fenced for GBR including the world championships.
I used to teach Photography at Weston college, have been a taxi driver and travelled the world when I was younger, though I still love travelling and will when ever I can but not for long durations!
Favourite food got to be 'Steak and Chips'.
Phil has been providing pistol coaching at Bath Pentathlon Club since January 2016 and also regularly coaches at other schools, clubs and academies across the South West each week. He enjoys coaching athletes of all ages develop their skills in the Laser Run discipline, and helped some achieve podium finishes at all levels up to World Champions. These activities require him to hold current enhanced DBS, Safeguarding & First Aid certificates.
He is also recognised as the PentathlonGB Triathle Shooting coach, supporting the team at European and World Championships.
In addition Phil supports PentathlonGB National and South West Region Competitions as a volunteer, and is the Chair of PentathlonGB South West and the Regional Events Coordinator.
More recently he has taken up Laser Run himself and represented PentathlonGB at UIPM World Championships.
His qualifications include PentathlonGB Laser Pistol Coach, UIPM Laser Run Level 2 Judge, NSRA County Pistol & Air Rifle Coach, England Athletics LIRF Coach
We are extremely lucky to have current World Modern Pentathlon Champion Jamie Cooke as an ambassador for the club. Jamie often joins the coaching team on club nights.