2nd Bingley Biathlon – this weekend and some good news

I know some of you are entered in the 2nd Bingley Biathlon, but for those who haven’t had an update so far:
Bingley Biathlon will run from 11-5 pm in Myrtle Park/Bingley Pool.  There will be food stalls around the bandstand area.
The Hall Royd Brass Band will be playing from 2-4 pm at the Bandstand.  The weather forecast is looking good, so please come down and enjoy the atmosphere.
Some of you may have seen in the T&A that Bingley Town Council have granted us £5880 to undertake some preparatory work for the proposed Community Asset Transfer.  This is fantastic news for us and we are working very closely with the Town Council on this process.
We will be having a Friends of Bingley Pool information point in the park on Sunday, so you can come and talk to us about this.  We need all the support we can get to take this process forward.
Look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

2nd Bingley Biathlon Details


Here are some more instructions for the event.


Registrations will be taking place at the entrance to Bingley Pool. You will register for both your swim and run at the registration point. If you are competing as a team then please confirm which of you will be doing the run and swim.

You need to register before at LEAST 30 MINUTES BEFORE your first event.

You will be given a number and safety pin to take part in the run.

Instructions for the events


Change and take your belongings onto the poolside and place them out of the way. Go onto poolside 5 minutes prior to the start time for your heat. You will be allocated a lane and will start from the deep end.

You may dive into the pool if you have undertaken the ASA competitive dives award or as an adult you consider yourself to be competent to do so.

Otherwise please start in the water. You will be instructed by poolside officials when to enter the pool and when to start.

You must swim freestyle (this means you can do any stroke that you wish) but make sure you do not touch the floor between lengths.

Bingley Pool is not 25m in length and so we have adjusted the standard biathlon distances.

U10s, U11s and U12s will swim 2 lengths U13s and U14s and Masters will swim 4 lengths. All other categories will swim 8 lengths.


The run takes place in Myrtle Park and starts to the right hand side of the Bandstand. Attach your race number to the front of your clothes and report to the start point at least 5 minutes before the allocated start time. Report to the officials at the start line.

The run course will be marked clearly and uses the top of the park only. The course is 800m in length and Marshalls from Bingley Harriers will be there to guide you on the route.

For U10s, 11s and 12s – you will complete 1 lap (800m). For all other groups – you will complete 2 laps (1600m).


The times for your events will be processed to give a points total. Modern Biathlon rules set out times for the different age categories which will attract 1000 points. Times that are faster than this then attract additional points, and slower times have points deducted. Additional points are added to adjust for the age of competitors. We aim to have all results processed by 16.00.

We aim to collate and release the results at 16.30.

All competitors will receive a medal and a T-shirt (which you can collect from the Friends of Bingley Pool stand when you complete both events).

The male and female competitors with the highest points will receive a trophy.

The top team will also receive a prize.

Race Times

For race time details see here: Race Times

Scoring Tables

For scoring details see here: Scoring Tables

1st Brilliant Bingley Biathlon entries open

Entries for the 1st Brilliant Bingley Biathlon on the 10th July are now open!



You can sign up at http://www.entrycentral.com/BingleyBiathlon

You can download this flyer here.

This is joint event organised by Friends of Bingley Pool, Bingley Amateur Swimming Club and Bingley Harriers and Athletics Club with proceeds being shared equally.

If you would like to help out with the Biathlon on the day then please let us know at bingleypool@gmail.com.


Visit to Withington Baths – 31st March 2016

Visit to Withington Baths – 31st March 2016

Anna Mdee and Polly Skerratt

Hosted by Paul Smith – Love Withington

Picture2Love Withington took over the running of Withington Baths from the Greenwich Leisure (subcontractor for the local authority) in June 2015.

They have 1600 members with a minimum 6 month contracts.

Staff hired are paid the living wage.  Staff appeared very committed and enthusiastic.  We saw the Senior Swimming Instructor busy with renovations work.

Fitness classes are very popular- classes included yoga, pilates, rhumba, metafit, boxercise, circuits.

Swimming lessons and school swimming are crucial components- originally were told they would not get any school lessons but now asked to take on 8 schools.


Lessons for Bingley

Withington is slightly older than Bingley and the pool is not as big or in as good a condition. It is making a small monthly surplus (despite a new pool facility only 0.5 miles away).

Similar case used by local authority- large estimates of renovations needs to keep the pool open.

Emphasises community use and listening to what people want from the facility.  As an independent facility they have the freedom to adapt and serve the needs of the local community.