British Shooting Target Sprint National Final conducted in Bristol, England

Over 70 athletes from across the country participated in the long awaited competition, battling for the national titles in six different categories.

The British Shooting Target Sprint National Final 2017 took place last week in Bristol, England, and it 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 the Yate Outdoor Sports Complex near Bristol. The venue was perfect, the sun was shining and the athletes were in fine form.


Target Sprint, introduced in Great Britain 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 qualifying and competing 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 5:24 mins. A member of Sedgemoor Training, Katie has an athletics background: indeed, she is coached by Mark Lodge and is based at Yate Outdoor Training Complex. Having only started shooting and being involved with Target Sprint for four months, becoming National Champion was a tremendous feat.


The Junior Men’s National title went to Tom Bury from Wycliffe College. Tom’s phenomenal time of 4:47 mins was the fastest one at the championships. Earlier in the year, Tom narrowly missed the selection into the GB Team and has his sights set on the future.


George Smith took the Youth Men’s National title for 2017. Another athlete 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. The two 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 the British record holder with her time from the heat.


Ruth Jones and Liam Edwards were crowned National Champions in the Senior Women and Men’s event respectively.


For full results head to the Target Sprint website by clicking here.

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