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South West Target Sprint
Published Monday 12 June 2017 16:14 by Craig Davies
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The south-west leg of the Target Sprint National Series took place at Exeter School this weekend. 

A full spectrum of age groups participated all with a common theme of giving Target Sprint a go for the first time and loving it.

Participants run 400 metres before shooting down five targets with a rifle. They then run another 400 metres, shoot five more targets and then complete a final 400 metre run. 

Outstanding performance of the day came from Will Austin, whose background of triathlon and running helped him excel and secure overall gold. Having minimal shooting experience didnt hamper his achievements and despite facing strong competition from Thomas Bayley. Will came out on top with a time of 6mins 22secs.

Other great performances came from Myles Hunt and Flora Gray who won gold and silver respectfully in the Mixed Youth Final. As well as Tom Bate who was our top Senior athlete.

Congratulations to all the athletes who have qualified for the National Final to be held on Saturday 9th September at YOSC (Yate Outdoor Sports Complex). Those who qualified are:
Events and Commercial Co-ordinator, Gorgs Geikie, said: We had some fantastic performances at Exeter School and its really exciting to think that we now just have one more qualification round before the final. 

Id like to say a big thank you to Devon County Shooting Association and Devon Scouts for their coaching and event assistance.

Target Sprint is a new event in the area and everyone embraced it. We were grateful to so many partners for helping to spread the word, including, Exeter School, Exeter Chiefs Rugby, Active Devon, Devon Scouts and many local and regional print & online publications.

If anyone thinks they want to give it a go, there is still chance to register for the south-east qualification round.


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