Q. Can anyone take part?
A. Target Sprint as an event can be enjoyed by a wide age range and physical ability. Also, complete novices through to advanced Target Sprint competitors are welcomed. Training before the event can be organised to assist competitors. Participation is at the discretion of the organisers. It will be made clear that safely is the priority and if this isn’t complied with, the organisers have the authority to disallow participation in the event itself.
Q. Is Target Sprint a set format?
A. Target Sprint can be "modified" to suit the group of people who wish to take part - bigger targets, push-shoot for disability, pairs events to level the playing field, laser if no shooting facility etc. The most usual modification would be a shorter run.
However, Target Sprint is an internationally recognised Rifle discipline (Run 400m, Shoot 5 knockdown targets, Run, Shoot, Run). This ISSF format is set and the ideal, but your event can be modified as previously stated to ensure fun participation happens.
Q. What format will the British Shooting Target Sprint Event Series have?
A. British Shooting’s Target Sprint event series will be under ISSF format and accommodate two basic age categories, Under 18 and Open for male and female. (Ages as of the 31st December). The national series of events will culminate in a National Final.
Q. Who would be the best audience to attract for my event?
A. Target Sprint can accommodate all, but some ideas would be both the shooting and running communities, uniformed groups and schools / colleges etc. As well as Triathlon, Pentathlon and Pony Club Tetrathlon groups.
Q. How many competitors can events cope with?
A. This will be determined by equipment and volunteering staff available.
Q. How many range staff do we need?
A. From a practical point of view having plenty of spare "shooting based" hands for the range and optional pre-session practice is really useful.
Q. What rifle equipment/targetry do I need to run my event? Can we borrow kit?
A. Easy to load air rifles pre-charged air rifles would be preferable for safety reasons. Sets of 5 knockdown targets are preferable for your event, but as long as the targets and format used is the same for all the competitors in their category for your event, use what equipment is available.
If you don’t have these contact British Shooting who have limited equipment that can be borrowed. Equally, your local shooting club/county shooting organisation / scout group etc. maybe able to help. For assistance in connecting to these communities, please click here to email British Shooting.
Q. Insurance Cover?
A. Target Sprint is now being included in the NSRA insurance and for British Shooting organised events, British Shooting have their own event cover.
Q. Risk assessment?
A. Don’t forget to undertake a risk assessment for your event. Here is a template that may assist you. <>
Q. How long does a Target Sprint Event take?
A. This will depend on numbers, but we would envisage 3 – 4 hours for the “race” element. Within this time frame you would expect to have several races and finals. You could also accommodate a training element before the races begin. This could be included in this time slot, or additionally beforehand.
Q. How do I promote my event?
A. Advertising your event is key to a well subscribed successful event. Some ideas to help you are:
• Contact your County Sports Partnership, who will likely aid publicity and guide you.
• Facebook/social media is a FREE powerful tool. Create an Event/Group and get friends & colleagues sharing.
• Design and print a posters to distribute (possibly at your local sports centre/school/scout group/cadet unit/running club etc.) Equally these can be contacted via social media and email.
• Linking your event in with other sporting or community activities or events and partnering with them to reach a wider/ new audience.
• Use your imagination!
• Contact British Shooting who will endeavour to assist.
Q. What opportunities are there to continue with Target Sprint/Shooting in general?
A. In the short term the British Shooting’s Target Sprint event series qualification events, lead into a National Final. The Scouts also have an event at their National Championships. But British Shooting are encouraging groups to organise their own events, and can support in this. Also, when organising your events it would be strongly advisable to link in with your local Air Rifle Club and/or groups who provide shooting in the area. These can assist in ongoing shooting support for participants at your event. Also perhaps your local running/athletics club…