THERE was multiple success for Wiltshire athletes at the European Biathle and Triathle Championships in Portugal and the National Biathle Championships in Manchester.

Competing in their respective age groups Holt's James Greenwell and Kypros Harrison and Dan Shepherd, both from Trowbridge, secured individual and team success in Setubal, while Trowbridge teenager Sarah Wilson landed individual gold in the triathle (run, swim, shoot) event and landed bronze in the biathle (run, swim, run) competition.

Meanwhile St Augustine’s Catholic College student and Team Bath Athlete James Gordon won silver at Pentathlon GB’s National Biathle Championships at Salford Quays in Manchester.

Greenwell, Harrison and Shepherd competed in their respective Biathle age groups, 19-21 age group competitor Shepherd finishing third in the Biathle to bring home his first international medal, having only finishing his A Level exams at the end of June.

In the triatle, in which competitors attempt to shoot five green lights from 10m, swim 50m and then run 600m four times over, Greenwell stormed home from last to first claiming gold.

The duo were joined by teammate James Springwell in bringing home the team silver medal.

Sixteen-year-old Wilson emerged from the final swim alongside a Russian rival, but sprinted clear in the final 100m to win her European age-group crown.

In the biathle, the Bath Pentathlon Club member kept just behind the leading pack for the first run but came out of the swim in first place before eventually settling for the bronze medal.

Sarah, who trains with Bath Pentathlon Club, said she was really pleased with how the championships had gone.

Greenwell, Harrison and Shepherd , all sponsored by proto-col, the Westbury-based, international natural beauty and nutrition business, had also competed at the prior National Biathle Championships in Salford Quays Manchester, with all three qualifying for this autumn’s World Championships in Viviero, Spain on September 23-24.

Shepherd won gold in the Junior Men age group, while in the Masters category, Greenwell also won gold with training partner Harrison rounding off the podium.

Shepherd, who leads the GB Series after victories in Cheltenham and Hartlepool earlier in the year, has been offered a Sports Scholarship at Birmingham University next year where he hopes to read Mechanical Engineering.

Greenwell had already secured the National Aquathon, Triathle, Biathle and European Triathle and is now aiming for the GB Biathle Series and a podium finish at the World Championships.

Harrison successfully defended his South West Biathle title earlier in the season and is currently leading the 2017 GB Biathle Series.

Also in Manchester, 14-year-old Gordon landed silver, having also competed for Great Britain in the Youth C Category (U15) in Setubal, where he narrowly missed a medal in fourth but helped Britain to team gold.

His second-placed finish at the National Championships means that he has again gained automatic selection for Great Britain at the World Biathle and Triathle Championships in Spain in September.