Rugeley Rifle Club, once again, hosted a very successful Target Sprint event last weekend.
The GB Ranking Races saw the last open opportunity for athletes to attain a place on the GB Ranking list 2017. This is the first step to possible GB selection for the World Champions in Suhl, Germany in June.
Notably the fastest athlete of the day was Emily Shawyer with the first sub 6-minute time of 5:56 secs. Jack Jefferys was the fastest male and gained his shooting and running experience from the Scouts. A special mention goes to Thomas Bury from Wycliffe School who has very little experience and posted a time which placed him in 5th on the Junior Male Ranking List.
The event in Rugeley, which took place on on Saturday 13th May, was open to all and consisted of GB Ranking and National Series races. The main difference between the two types of races are the target size and the next steps that are now available to the athletes having competed in them.
As Target Sprint evolves in Great Britain, our National Series races currently use the slightly larger 49.5mm diameter targets, compared to 35mm diameter. This is to ensure the event is welcoming to all, no matter what level of shooting experience they have.
The afternoon saw the National Series races where athletes qualified for the National Final to be held at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex on Saturday 9th September.
It was great to see the spectators making lots of noise and supporting all the athletes racing. This was no different for the Conaghan family supporting mum, Alison, who won Senior Women’s Gold. Alison is no stranger winning medals as a six-time Olympian who retired from her sport of Archery after London 2012.