For the second year in a row the South West Regional Championship for Target Sprint took place on the playing fields at Exeter School, on July 7th 2018.
Target Sprint combines the athleticism of running with precision of air rifle shooting. Often compared to Biathlon without the skis although the athletes don’t run with their rifles. Each competitor runs 400m followed by the challenge of hitting 5 knock down targets. This is repeated and then followed by a last 400m dash to the finish line, where the past the post wins. It is a true test of athletic stamina, breathing control and accuracy.
This qualifier was one of seven National Series events leading to the National Final in October at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex. Saturday’s event saw a full spectrum of people participating, many for the first time and it was great to see many returning to take part for a second year.
It was a very hot day and there were some hot performances to match. The fastest time of the day came from Arno Turner, who is part of the GB team, to win Junior Men in 05:27. Youth Men title went to Jonno Williams winning in 06:04, closely followed by Tom Gray (a student from Exeter School) and Isaac Ketterer. Tom’s time of 06:27 was two minutes faster than his time last year!
Flora Gray, from Exeter School, took Silver in the Junior Women for a second year in a row, with Araminta Stubbs winning with an impressive time of 06:18. Youth Women was won by Erin Throgmorton-Appleby in a time of 06:59, Caitlin Keaney second and Lily Howe in third.
The National Series Events in the UK are promoted and run by British Shooting. Former Commonwealth medal winner and Olympic Pistol shooter Gorgs Geikie is the Events & Commercial Coordinator.
Gorgs Geikie, British Shooting Events & Commercial Coordinator said: “It’s great to be back at Exeter School for the South West Championships. It’s a fantastic location to stage an event and has all the facilities and more that is needed. The school have been fantastic with their support and shared vision for Target Sprint, which helps British Shooting provide the next generation of people with a challenging and enjoyable sporting experience”.