The National Series 2018 got underway at the weekend, at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex with the Regional Centre Championships run by Sedgemoor Training.
The excellent standard of competition and athlete’s performances across the board has set the bar high for the rest of the National Series events to follow.
The hot race of the day was the Junior Men, where Morten Van De Schee and Edward Dart battled to the finish line with Morten narrowly taking the gold medal in a time of 05;10mins. Athletes and spectator hearts were pounding as the race unfolded. Holding their nerve under the pressure of fast shooting and fast running, was what set the athletes apart on the podium.
The fastest female performance of the day came from talented young Isabel Moore, who took the Youth Women Gold Medallist. Her time of 5;58mins was marginally ahead of Junior Women Gold Medallist Victoria Bradbury 06;18mins.
The Regional Championships 2018 came to an exciting climax with the Senior Men’s race. Anthony Glover and Ollie Vass; GB Squad members, both posted excellent sub 5 minute times of 04;51 and 04;59 respectfully.
Upon reflection Anthony said; “Winning at the weekend was fantastic. It was hard work but well worth it.”
Anthony added; “It was “eyeballs out” during that first lap just to keep in contention! The presence of Ollie Vass on last lap meant I had to work very hard to win. He’s one I’m keeping my eyes on!”
Ian Smith, Sedgemoor Training and Event Coordinator said; “Anthony’s background is in running. It was on the 17th March 2018 he first came to a Sedgemoor Training weekend at YOSC to try shooting and target sprint. Now only 7 weeks later, he is not only producing sub 5 minute race times, but doing this when it matters in competition. He’s a real talent, you can see he’s been bitten by the ‘bug’ of Target Sprint with the commitment, dedication and enjoyment he’s getting from training and the sport.”
Anthony went on to say; “The great thing about Target Sprint for me is the challenge. Running a good 400m is hard and shooting with precision is hard. Considerable difficulty lies in the transition from a very high intensity physical effort into a discipline demanding calm concentration!
You can’t take your time either, a missed shot could equate to nearly 50m on the track – very unforgiving.
Being a runner has been a bonus for me and although I have been running longer distances recently, I do have a soft spot for middle distance track competition. Fortunately, my body seems to remember what is needed to run at that intensity and the training for middle distance is, in my opinion, exactly what competing in Target Sprint requires.”
The National Series is run over the standard distance of 3x 400m but using the larger 49.5mm targets compared to the ISSF standard 35mm. The domestic championships aims to be a welcoming, accessible competition for all. The National Series is made accessible by its improving geographical spread and equipment provision, of which the latter is thanks to our partner Air Arms.
Check out the full results below and see who was placed in the top 5 of their category and therefore qualified for the National Final 2018.
NB. If you have qualified for the National Final, the entry link is now LIVE! You must enter. NATIONAL FINAL ENTRY
The next event in the Series is the Scout and Open Championships held in Southampton by the 21st Romsey Scout and Rifle Clubs on Saturday 12th May. ENTER HERE
Stephen Batchelor, GB Selector and Event Coordinator said; “The entries are still open and we welcome anyone to come and take part. We hope to build on the success of our previous years events and that athletes competing at our event at the weekend go on to become National Champions.”