We hosted the Cambridge & Oxford Helice Championships, a nice crisp morning sun, but turning colder and the breeze got up later making for some testing targets at times. From shoot reports for that day it would seem the wind was present over most of the country.
HIGH GUN: DONOVAN JENKIN 19/24 Great shooting Donovan.
Three shooters close behind: Ben Dingley, Phil Negus & Clive Rowe 18/24 close on their heels were
Stuart King, Marcus Iddon & Michele Conway 17/24
Considering the conditions good shooting by many, well done to you all.
Sadly only two entries for the Oxford Championship.
STUART KING: OXFORD COUNTY CHAMPION & SENIOR TITLE
KEVIN DURRANT: VETERANS CHAMPION
Sadly no ladies or junior entries.
MICHELE CONWAY: CAMBRIDGE COUNTY CHAMPION & LADIES TITLE
ANDREW OAKEY: VETERANS CHAMPION
Again low entry of 3 for these titles no senior or Junior
It is very disappionting to have such a low entries for these championships. As a club we have been very proactive in trying to promote Helice. We hold shoots all the year round (when Covid doesn't stop play!) All the shoots are listed in the shooting magazines and on our website. We have gained a lot of new Helice shooters over the past coupe of years and they are now enjoying shooting this discipline. A couple of years ago one of our regular shooters -Donovan Jenkin suggested having a referees course, those taking part to become a qualified referees, we hosted this event and was very well attended. We hold the Trap Feast every Christmas and this gives shooters that have never shot Helice a chance to shoot it (25 UT,25ABT & 10 Helice) it is always well attended. We hear comments that it is expensive to shoot, of course the targets are much more expensive for us to buy than a normal clay targets, as is the initial set up of automatic traps. However taking into account the cost of the day and amount of cartridges used (maxium 48 if you double barrel everything) is so much less than shooting other trap disaplines where shooting over 100 the costof cartridges is very considerably more. At the recent UK Championship we used our 2 automatic layouts and shot 4 targets on each layout and used the snake system to gave a smoother flow of shooters meaning less waiting time. The snake sytem is the one used at the European & World Championships. There are two shooting grounds at the moment holding Helice registred shoots our own here in the midlands and Invicta which is in Kent, this actually works well as the travelling is shared out for shooters who want to attend all the shoots and not one group having to do all the travelling all the time.
Many thanks for your continued support of our shooting ground and thank you to all the shooters that stay behind to help at the end of the shooting, this makes a massive difference particularly at the end of a busy day.