Guide to the Different Disciplines
Leweston offers all the disciplines that make up the modern pentathlon: swimming, fencing, riding, running and shooting.
In the full Pentathlon each discipline is competed separately, apart from running and shooting, which are held together in a challenging and exciting combined laser-run, the final discipline of the competition. Competitors gain points across each discipline, resulting in a handicapped start for the laser-run. The winner of the competition is the person who gains the most points across all five disciplines. Thanks to the handicap start in the laser-run, the winner is simply the first person to cross the finish line.
Modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport and there are World Championships and European Championships held annually.
Biathlon involves swimming and running and is a great starting point for anyone wishing to get involved in a multi-discipline sporting environment.
Biathle involves swimming and running in a continuous run/swim/run format. The event begins with a pack start and there is a transition zone between the run and swim.
Laser-run involves shooting and running with the first person to cross the line the winner. Each run is preceded by a shoot. It is a reasonably new but popular addition to the Pentathlon GB portfolio.
Triathle involves shooting, swimming and running in a continuous shoot/swim/run format. Like the Biathle it starts with a pack start and there is a transition zone between the run and swim.
Tetrathlon and Pentathlon
Tetrathlon involves swimming, fencing, running and shooting, with the running and shooting performed as a combined laser-run. The Modern Pentathlon is the same as Tetrathlon with a riding show jumping course.