More targets, more sprinting!

Andy McGarty looks ahead to the new season of Target Sprint, with plenty of opportunities to take part – and plenty of trophies to be won.

Last year Target Sprint saw more competitors taking part and faster times being recorded than ever before, culminating in a three-day festival at the Yate Outdoor Sports Complex (YOSC) in Bristol. Target Sprint involves running 400 metres, stopping to shoot five knockdown targets, running another 400m, shooting five more targets and then making a final 400m sprint home.

The knockdowns are either 35mm or 49.5mm in diameter, depending on the type of competition. This year looks to be even bigger and better, with the integration of the Super League to the National Series events programme as well as a new Cup. The weekend of 21-22 September will see the National Series Final and British Championships returning to the YOSC.

 

NATIONAL SERIES

The National Series is contested using the larger 49.5mm knockdown targets and allows newcomers of all ages to compete. Athletes who have qualified from the eight regional competitions, including the Schools Championships held at Bisley in Surrey, will then take part in the final in September.

British Shooting’s Gorgs Geikie and Claire West from air arms with the winners of the junior Women

 

SCHOOL TARGET SPRINT

This will be held on Tuesday 16 July at Bisley as part of the 150th Imperial Meeting. It’s open to all schools, not just those who are already attending the National Schools Meeting. Gorgs Geikie, British Shooting’s events and commercial coordinator, said; “British Shooting, CCRS and the NRA are thrilled to be working in partnership to deliver the School Target Sprint.

“This is an open event to all schools and including those schools attending the National Schools Meeting. This is a great opportunity for us to engage with schools, enabling students and teachers with a range of Target Sprint experience to participate in the sport and also gain first-hand experience of how Target Sprint might benefit and help them continue and broaden shooting sports in the future.”

Arno Turno shoots his new Air Arms TS400

 

SUPER LEAGUE

The Target Sprint Super League will be shot alongside the National Series on 35mm targets, and gives more experienced athletes the opportunity to compete in multiple domestic ISSF-standard events across the country and accumulate points across the season.

The athletes with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned Super League Champion.

 

BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS

The British Championships is a one-day competition shot on the smaller 35mm knockdown targets and will see the best in Britain compete alongside one another to be crowned British Champion. This will also be the pinnacle of the Super League, where athletes can attain double Super League points to add to their points accumulation for 2019.

Plenty of medals
were won at last year’s ISSF competition

 

AIR ARMS CUP

New to 2019 sees Sedgemoor Training, one of the many Regional Centres, organising the Air Arms Cup on 24-25 August. This competition is open to all, including overseas competitors.

There will be races for individuals and teams across the various age groups. Shooters from novice to experienced levels are welcome to enter. Athletes don’t need to have their own equipment, thanks to the continued sponsorship of Air Arms, which provides many rifles at each event.

If you want to try the specialist rifles used in Target Sprint, you can visit the Air Arms Experience at the Northern Shooting Show (11-12 May) or the Midland Game Fair (14-15 September). They won’t ask you to run the 1.2km first, though!

 

RIFLE RUN

Finally, there is a sponsored Rifle Run on Sunday 14 April in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity being held at EJ Churchills in High Wycombe.

See www.soldierscharity.org/events/rifle-run for more.

Full details of all events in 2019 can be found at www.targetsprint.com/events.

 


SAVE THE DATE

5 May

North West Championships

Sunday 5 May at East Cheshire

Harriers, hosted by North West Regional Centre

 

11 May

South West Championships

Saturday 11 May at Exeter School

 

11 May

Scout & Open Championships

(National Series)

Saturday 11 May in Southampton, hosted by 21st Romsey Hub

 

12 May

Scout & Open Championships

(Super League)

Sunday 12 May in Southampton, hosted by 21st Romsey Hub

 

25 May

Midlands Championships

Saturday 25 May, hosted by Target Sprint Burntwood

 

7 July

South East Championships

Sunday 7 July at Dorking

Athletics Club, hosted by Target Shooting School

 

16 July

Schools Championships

Tuesday 16 July at Bisley

 

24-25 August

Air Arms Cup

Weekend of 24-25 August at Yate

Outdoor Sports Complex, hosted by Sedgemoor Training

 

25 August

Welsh Championships

Sunday 25 August at Llandovery

College, hosted by Target Sprint Cymru Regional Centre

 

21 September

British Championships

Saturday 21 September at YOSC

 

22 September

National Series Final

Sunday 22 September at YOSC


 

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