Leslie Willams 2015 - Report

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The annual Leslie Williams competition was held on 10th May on the Short Siberia range at Bisley. At 6 o’clock in the morning the day was overcast and warm without a breath of wind on the range; by the time shooting commenced there was a slight breeze but fortunately this did not develop too much which made a refreshing change from the conditions of 2014. In fact conditions throughout the day were just about perfect – the sun appeared late morning and lasted throughout the day but conditions did not get so bright as to hinder the shooting nor did it become excessively hot. The high standard of the returned scores reflected this: in the morning 37 of the 63 shooters posted scores of 40 or higher and in the afternoon 29 of the 43 shooters returned scores of 80 or higher with 18 scores of 85 or more.

Very well done to Lingfield & Dormansland B team who won the Leslie Williams team competition with a total score of 136.11. Runners-up were the 32nd/61st Home Guard B team with a score of 133.5.

Lingfield & Dormansland B team also provided the Individual and Ladies winners – Simon Jefferies taking the individual title with a very impressive debut score of 47.6 and Nikki Howe taking the ladies title with a great score of 45.4. The junior trophy was won by Jack Clunie of Epsom with an impressive 38.1.

The metric competition began after lunch in increasingly sunny conditions at which point it was a pleasure to be the Range Officer and not to have to wear a shooting jacket!

Congratulations to Epsom who took the Metric Teams trophy with a superb 266; Lingfield & Dormansland A were runners-up with a total of 263. It looked as if Epsom would take the Individual trophy too with Rob Sharpe posting a score of 91 as did Sebastian Fomin of Farncombe & Godalming – Rob leading on countback – however both were pipped at the post by Paul Burgess of Lingfield & Dormansland A who posted a score of 92 as the team’s last shooter on the last detail.

Competition between the ladies was exceedingly close, Sue Mills of Lingfield & Dormansland posted a score of 83 to take the win from Paula Luke of Surbiton Postal posting a score of 82 as did Nikki Howe of Lingfield & Dormansland. However on countback Paula nudged Nikki into third place. Jack Clunie of Epsom was again the top junior with a posted score of a very impressive 85.

Results Summary

Full Results

John Cooke Individual

Metric Team

Metric Individual


My thanks go to all shooters for taking part, helping out when needed and making the day the success it was. I do hope that the event was enjoyed by all and that everybody will return again next year.

My particular thanks go to Steve Howe of Lingfield & Dormansland for running the butts all day, Nikki Ellis for checking the returned scores and updating the scoreboard so quickly, and the members of Lingfield and Dormansland who assisted in setting everything up at 6 o’clock in the morning and who stayed behind to help me clear up in the evening.

I look forward to seeing everybody (and more!) again next year.

Peter Locke

Leslie Williams Organiser