The Midlands Championships held at the weekend was a fun family affair. The competition and welcoming atmosphere encapsulated the true essence of Target Sprint – the “Sport for All”.
Target Sprint Burntwood led by Janine Bradbury hosted a fabulous event, which produced exciting races, great performances and introduced new faces to the sport of Target Sprint.
Adam Searle was first introduced to Target Sprint when he took part in the 10km charity event “Rifle Run” earlier in the year, run by the partnership of British Shooting and ABF, the Soldiers Charity.
Experienced athlete Roger Ford took the Men’s Super League title, with newcomer Adam claiming gold in the Men’s National Series event.
Local Target Sprint Burntwood athlete Victoria Bradbury took top honours in both the Junior Women’s Super League and National Series events, securing her place at the National Series Final.
The Junior Men’s category in both the Super League and National Series saw nail-biting races where the crowd of spectators and supporters add to the energy and excitement.
James Baxter put in a superb performance to take the Junior Men’s Midlands Super League title, ahead of Arno Turner and Morten Van Der Schee.
The Junior Men’s National Series race produced the closest finish of the day, with just 0.3 seconds separating gold and silver. However, it was James who narrowly pipped George Smith to the post, securing his golden streak at the Midlands Championships.
Janine Bradbury, event coordinator said; “I’d like to make a special mention to my dear friend Julie Bennett. I was so proud to award Julie her silver medal today in the Women’s National Series. She is a true inspiration to us all.
“Julie has been taking part in a number of running events this year, helping to support her son Matt’s training and raise money for Motor Neurons Disease. Saturday marked the anniversary of the sad passing of her husband. Matt and Sarah, Julie’s children, gave her a warm welcome along with all the spectators who proudly supported her throughout the day. What an inspiration she is to us all.”
NB: British Shooting official statement.
“The Midlands Championship races were run over a short course. The results will stand. Athletes will qualify for the National Series Final and Super League Points will be awarded as per the rules. Times won’t be used for GB Ranking but will be listed and marked a * to denote times were run on a short course.”
PHOTOGRAPHY – Please visit our facebook page @TargetSprintGB for full event photography by Clare Higgins.
Enter here – National Series Final 2019 – Sunday 22nd Sept. 2019
(by invitation. Athletes need to have qualified to compete. 49.5mm Knockdown Targets).
Enter here – British Championships 2019 – Saturday 21st Sept. 2019
(open to all – 35mm Knockdown Targets. Run to current ISSF Rules.)