Surrey Prone and Benchrest Rifle Open 2012

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The 2012 Surrey small-bore prone rifle and benchrest open meeting was blessed with sunny and stable weather to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee on the weekend of 8th and 9th September 2012.

Lina Jones (Bookham RC and County Rifle Captain) won the all-comers and confined and ladies county championships with 786 from 800 in the double Dewar aggregate competitions (40 shots at 100 yards and 40 shots at 50 yards), also securing the class A 50 yards honours in the process. Jack Cooper (Surbiton Postal) won the junior aggregate for the Alec Baptie Memorial Goblet, and Miss Asuka Peace won the minors for the Poltimore Challenge Cup.

Paul Duxbury (Bookham RC) won the 40 shot 100 yards Any Sights competition with no less than 394 from possible 400 and also topped the single Dewar table (20@100 yards and 20@50 yards), while Bill Brown (Chobham RC) won the veterans after coming a close second in the main aggregate.

Tim Hammond, also Bookam RC, won the 100 yards competition on countback from Lina Jones and also the Club Treasurers and Secretaries competition and Peter Riddy (Farncombe and Godalming) won class B in the aggregate, Miss Rachael Stubbins (Borough of Wandsworth) won class C and Dave Bridgen won class D.

Peter Jones (Bookham and County Chairman) won the one-off ‘best 60 shots’ Queen’s Jubilee competition and Bookham made a clean sweep of the team competitions, with Jones and Jones winning the Club pairs and Hammond, Crispin and Jones winning the 50 yards, 100 yards and aggregate.

Also of note was the inaugual benchrest competition, shot under Surrey Association rules, with 40 shots at 25 yards and 40 shots at 50 yards. While the field was small (two), Mr Dennis Woolgar (Wandsworth) was a clear winner. It is hoped that this competition will grow and thanks go to meeting organiser Mike Mercer (32nd/61st Surrey Home Guard) for the impressively designed and built benchrest tables he supplied for the competition, as well as acting as range officer for much of the weekend.

All the results can be found here, with prizes being presented at the county dinner at Bisley on 24 November 2012; all welcome.

County Vice-President Colin Powell also put in invaluable hours of effort to make the event a success, handling bookings and squadding notices before the event and being stats officer during it. Les Wearn was on duty as scorer throughout the weekend. So thanks to Mike, Colin, Les and Steve Bradbury and team at Worplesdon & District Target Shooting Club.

All shooters and their partners, including open entrants and winners are invited to the Surrey County dinner and prize giving at the Army Target Rifle Club at Bisley on Saturday 24th November 2012. Ticket booking details are to be announced shortly.

In the meantime, please put 7th & 8th September 2013 in your diary now, as these are the dates for the County’s Centenary Prone Rifle and Benchrest open.