Cheltenham College hosted the first ‘Target Sprint’ event (a mixture of running and shooting) of the season in association with British Shooting. Pupils aged 13-17 competed against other schools in the area while undertaking two skills master classes from GB Shooting’s very own coaches and athletes, with the competition finalists going on to compete in the national finals at the Millennium Stadium.
Head of Shooting at Cheltenham College, Mr Jon Cload said, “The event was a resounding success for all the pupils that participated. We were very lucky that so many GB Shooting coaches and athletes were available to impart their knowledge and experience, and this was evident in the rate of progress that was seen in the standard of shooting throughout the day. For College pupils, it was a unique opportunity to gain exposure to a new event, and an incredible experience to be able to receive Olympic standard coaching. I am delighted that six pupils have been selected for the National finals at the Millennium Stadium in July!”
In the Under 18 category the results were; first place - Cheltenham College pupil, Boris Pustoshinskiy (4th, Xt), second place – Dean Close pupil, Hugh Phillips, third place - Cheltenham College pupil, Alister Pearce (4th, Xt), fourth place - Cheltenham College pupil, Luke Knudsen (L6, NH). In the Under 15 category the results were; first place - Marlborough College pupil, Marcus Wimbush, second place – Cheltenham College pupil, Rob Caesar (4th, S), third place - Marlborough College pupil, Jason Kellinger, fourth place - Cheltenham College pupil, Tommy Haddock (3rd, H).
Target Sprint is a relatively new shooting discipline, with the official rules released by the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) in 2013. It combines mid-distance running and rifle shooting, so participants need to have precision as well as high levels of fitness. In the competition at Cheltenham College, pupils had to run three 400m distances, stopping in between each at a 10-metre rifle range to knock down targets. The first one to cross the finish line won!