Results are now out for all five of the Colmsliehill 25m Series events that took place on May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th and 4th September 2016.
In the May event, a great showing by David Owen resulted in him winning the Precision and Sport categories while David Rees won the Standard and Tim Liddon won the Rapid categories.
In June, David once again won the Precision category but Jess Liddon won the Sport category. Tim Liddon beat the rest of the field to win the Standard category and Jess Liddon came away with a double for the June event, also winning the Rapid category.
In July, Nick Pye won the Precision category for the first time in the 2016 series and also went on to win the Sport category. David Rees maintained his winning ways triumphing in the Standard category for the second time in the 2016 series.
In the penultimate event of the series in August, David Owen was once again victorious in the Precision category, Andy Ralston won the Sport category for the first in the series, Tim Liddon won the Standard category for the second time in the series and Phil Mitchell won the Rapid category for the first time in 2016.
A mild and practically windless day meant ideal weather conditions for the final event of the STS ISSF 25m Summer Series. The clement weather gave competitors the chance to set some high scores, a challenge to which Andy Ralston and David Owen duly rose. In a hard-fought Sport Pistol event, Andy Ralston managed to triumph with an excellent score of 571, pushing David Owen into second place. As the afternoon progressed, the two athletes competed side-by-side in the 25m Precision match, both determined to win. Both shot at the top of their form in the match, which ended with Andy cementing victory between them with a stunning result of 580, with David trailing by a single point at 579.
In the Standard Pistol and Rapid Fire disciplines, David Rees and Phil Mitchell competed head to head; Phil in particular putting in fine performances in both matches, especially in the demanding Rapid Fire Pistol event. In the end, as the light faded and rain started to fall, Phil put in an excellent score in the Rapid Fire match -- hard to believe he's only shot this match three times!
Earlier in the day, Bridget and her daughter Seona joined the other athletes for the 25m Precision Match, their second visit to the Summer Series this year. Newcomers to the sport, both put in fine performances. It is worth mentioning that the Summer Series is open to all shooters interested in these events, and Bridget and Seona demonstrate what can be achieved if you wish to come along and join in, as they have.
September Report by David Rees