Scottish Success at British Shooting's Shotgun Series

 Allan (centre) winning gold

Allan (centre) winning gold

Another fun-filled weekend of Olympic Trap done and dusted. The third and final round of British Shooting’s Shotgun Series 2018 has been completed. The race to the final has been run.... or wheeled or limped, or whatever ... who will make it?!

 Sharon (left) came away with a silver medal

Sharon (left) came away with a silver medal

This weekend‘s event was held at Nuthampstead Shooting Ground, a cool 1,100-mile round trip, where we were afforded weather that would not have been out of place had we been in the Mediterranean. The Welcome at the ground was again second to none and the competition ran very smoothly; a testament to the effort put in by Ed, Nicky, and their team considering the amount of work undertaken with the new layouts, thank you.

I “enjoyed” a bumpy start to the first round, forecasting a significantly lower than hoped for score this weekend. I managed to stop the rot and finished with a 102/125 securing Para Gold. I’m thrilled to have achieved this after such a poor start to the competition. Congratulations to William MacLennan with silver and to Keith White with bronze which is well earned after all of the hard work and training.

A successful haul of bling for the Scots contingent with silver for Sharon Niven in Senior Ladies, and silver for Ewen Ross in Junior Men. Well done guys.

Ewen (left) also picked up a silver in the junior category

It proved to be a tricky weekend with scores reflecting this for the majority of the field. In hindsight I feel I made this harder for myself than it should have been. Lesson learned for me is to not overthink what’s happening and to follow the age-old mantra of Drew Christie: “See the doo, shoot the doo!”, sound advice for any clay discipline

Great to catch up with old friends, and especially to make some new ones.

Report by Allan Ritchie