Last weekend was a busy weekend for Target Sprint in the UK, with not only the last National Series Quota places being won before the National Series Final and Super League Points adding to athlete’s seasons tallies before the climax at the British Championships, all at the Welsh Championships. But also, the Air Arms Cup organised by Sedgemoor Regional Centre took place at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex.
Members of the Sedgemoor Regional Centre and other individuals from across the country were joined by athletes from Germany and Italy for the event.
Saturday saw the individual races and the first final resulted in Gold for Cornwall based Caitlin Keaney, Silver for Erin Throgmorton-Appleby and Bronze for Paige Baxter in the Youth category.
The Junior categories saw Bronze medals being awarded to both current British Record holders Jono Williams and Emily Shawyer in the Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s respectfully. All the remaining medals were taken by the athletes from Germany and Italy.
Sunday saw the Team competitions, with races of mixed Pairs and Male and Female teams of three. New British Records were set in each of these categories.
The Pairs event saw Isaac Steele and Caitlin Keaney team up and although out of the medals set a new British Record time of 8 minutes and 25 seconds.
The men’s team consisting of Jono Williams, James Baxter and Morten Van Der Schee reduced the men’s team record by over one minute. However, it was the lady’s team consisting of Victoria Bradbury, Amy Cook and Araminta Stubbs who not only set a new British Record that has stood since 2017, but also won a bronze medal.
Air Arms, the main sponsor of the event kindly provided an impressive Cup which was decided on points scored by the first five athletes in each race, including the heats. This was awarded to the athletes from Germany, who swept the board.
During the medal presentation ceremony on Sunday, the loudest cheer of the weekend went to Luke Spittles, who is currently only 12 years old and competed as a Youth, but as he was the only entrant in the category was unable to win a medal and was presented with a Certificate.
We look forward to seeing Luke, who had qualified earlier in the year at the YOSC Championships, at the National Series Final on Sunday 22nd September, along with all the other athletes who have qualified this season. And of course, welcoming all to enter the British Championships, the climax of the domestic season and Super League 2019 on Saturday 21st September, all of which will be taking place at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex and kindly hosted by the team at Sedgemoor regional centre.
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Congratulations to the team at Sedgemoor for running an excellent Air Arms Cup competition, who said it was an outstanding success and the warm weather was only outshone by the warmth of the friendships forged between the athletes, their incredibly supportive parents and coaches from all the teams.
Photography by Sedgemoor Regional Centre