The Target Sprint National Final 2017 took place in Yate on Saturday and was a huge success.
The eagerly anticipated event saw the best of the best from around the country qualify and come together to fight it out for the title of Target Sprint National Champion at YOSC (Yate Outdoor Sports Complex) near Bristol.
The venue was perfect, the sun was shining and the athletes were in fine form.
Target Sprint was introduced to the UK nationally last year, is an exciting new way of getting involved in target shooting and has grown from strength to strength with over 70 Athletes from across the country who qualified and competed in the final this time around.
Participants run 400 metres before shooting down five targets with an air rifle. They then run another 400 metres, shoot five more targets and then complete a final 400 metre run.
The event is great for those who love shooting but want to keep active, but equally good for those who love running but fancy mixing it up a little bit.
Junior Women National Champion, Katie Robbins, recorded the fastest female time of the day, with an impressive 5mins 24secs. Katie, a member of Sedgemoor Training has an athletics background, coached by Mark Lodge and is based at Yate Outdoor Training Complex. Having only started shooting and being involved with Target Sprint for 4 months, becoming National Champion was a tremendous feat.
The Junior Menís National title went to Tom Bury from Wycliffe College. Tomís phenomenal time of 4mins 47secs was the fastest male athlete at the championships. Tom narrowly missed out earlier in the year for selection into the GB Team and has his sights set on the future.
George Smith took the Youth Menís National Champion title for 2017. Another athlete who whose hard work and dedication to training has paid off, after he was introduced to Target Sprint at the Midland Game Fair, where he and his father Ian Smith visited the Air Arms Experience.
The Youth Women's National title went to Emily Shawyer from Wales, who narrowly took the gold medal from Victoria Bradbury. Both ladies, and great friends, excelled on the international scene at the World Championships earlier in the year, with Victoria returning from Germany as the highest placed GB female athlete and Emily as British Record holder with her time from the Heat.
Ruth Jones and Liam Edwards were crowned National Champions in the Senior Women and Menís event respectfully. Both whom are growing in Target Sprint experience.
The event, which was supported by Target Sprint partner, Air Arms and weíd like to say a huge thanks to them. As well as thank you to Yate Outdoor Sports Complex, Sedgemoor Training and Lodge Sports.
British Shooting would like to thank all the participants who travelled to Yate to take part.
You have truly made the second year of the event a successful one, and we canít wait to see you all back competing next year.