The inaugural Target Sprint Schools Championship took place on 18 July at Bisley Camp, Surrey. The event was held as part of the Cadet Council for Rifle Shooting / National Rifle Association Schools meeting, where Combined Cadet Force cadets from some 50 schools take part in a variety of shooting events over 4 days.
The format of this event was slightly different from a traditional Target Sprint event in that the athletes from each school that entered ran together rather than in their individual age/gender categories, with the results for each category being worked out after all races were completed.
The weather at Bisley was very hot so the evening race schedule was much appreciated by both the athletes and staff. The fastest time of the day went to M Shutt of Charterhouse School in the Junior Mens category with a time of 7:21. Not far behind him was C Jones of Wycliffe School winning the Youth Mens category in 7:35. Wycliffe were also successful in the Youth Womens category with A Cook posting a winning time of 7:42. K Fear of Llandovery won the Junior Womens race with a time of 10.13.
Paul Langford, the Event Coordinator said: “This was a great event that has introduced Target Sprint to a lot of new participants. The challenge of combining athleticism and precision meant not one athlete left the event without a big smile on their face.
“Running one of these events can’t happen without a dedicated team in the background, and I’d like to thank the CCRS/ATC staff without whom it wouldn’t have been possible.”
Gorgs Geikie, British Shooting Events & Commercial Coordinator said: “The idyllic evening sun setting behind the impressive ranges at Bisley rounded off a fantastic first Target Sprint event as part of the Schools Meeting. The future of Target Sprint within the School Sporting calendar is very exciting and we look forward to expanding this opportunity and supporting the school community to develop Target Sprint as part of their activities.”
“Particular thanks goes to Paul for the wonderful job he did coordinating the event, Peter Turner for his and CCRS’s support and the team at the NRA, all of whom made this event an outstanding success and exciting prospect for the future.”