Sportsman Phil called up for Team GB - at 60

December 20 2017

PHILIP Hobbs is proving age is no barrier to sporting prowess after success at the World Laser Run Championships in South Africa.

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PHILIP Hobbs is proving age is no barrier to sporting prowess after success at the World Laser Run Championships in South Africa.

Laser Run is multi-event sport which includes swimming, fencing and horse riding and is the final element of the Modern Pentathlon that you see at the Olympics.

Phil, 60, who was born and grew up in Downend, qualified after taking part in the first ever British Laser Run Championships, which were held at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex (YOSC) in August and showcased many outstanding performances across different age groups, from nine-years-old to 60 plus.

He was part of the 29-strong team representing GB that went to Cape Town in October, returning with the Team Silver medal in the Masters 60+ category. 

Phil, who now lives in Emersons Green, said: "It was a great honour to represent GB for the first time ever, proving that age is no barrier to taking part." 

After coaching Pentathlon GB Laser Run at schools and clubs for several years, Phil decided to try the new event himself and says he can thoroughly recommend the experience. He is now encouraging others give the sport a try.

"The 2018 World Laser Run Championships are in Dublin next September, with the GB Championships to select the team planned for next August, so there is plenty of time for all the family to get training," he said.

If you are interested in attending a taster event or would like to know more about Modern Pentathlon activities, including Laser Run, Biathle, Triathle, Triathlon, Tetrathlon or Pentathlon, then contact Phil by emailing prhcoaching@outlook.com 

Alternatively look at the Pentathlon GB website https://www.pentathlongb.org/events/intro which contains details of training events and competitions. 

Phil can also arrange for training/taster sessions to be carried out at YOSC or other locations such as schools and sports halls using a portable kit.

Phil, who is regional chair of Pentathlon GB South West, is keen to speak to any sponsors that may be interested in supporting the creation of YOSC as the South West regional Laser Run training venue. 

"This will enable more training activities to take place and provide us with the ability to stage local, regional, national and taster competitions," Phil said.