Leslie Williams 2016 - Report

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After much concern about whether the NRA changes to the range booking system might result in its cancellation, the annual Leslie Williams competition was held on 8th May on the Short Siberia range at Bisley as planned. The number of entries was up slightly from last year with 66 shooters in the morning and 50 in the afternoon.

The day arrived sunny and warm without a breath of wind on the range and this situation lasted until around the second detail by which time a slight breeze began to appear. The breeze developed through the day making conditions trickier, particularly in the afternoon, and the day remained sunny and very warm. The heat and tricky breeze possibly contributed to scores being slightly lower than last year overall: in the morning 28 of the 66 shooters posted  scores of 40 or higher and in the afternoon 26 of the 50 shooters returned scores of 80 or higher with only 4 scores of 85 or more this year as opposed to 18 in 2015.

Very well done to Lingfield & Dormansland A team who won the Leslie Williams team competition with a total score of 134.4. Runners-up were Leatherhead A team with a total score of 132.10.

The John Cooke (Individual) trophy was won by K. Murray of Leatherhead A with a score of 47.5 and the ladies competition was very closely fought with only one V bull separating the first three ladies. Tracy Elvy took the trophy on count back. It was good to see more juniors this year – 5 in total, four of those shooting in this competition for the first time. All the juniors posted good scores but the trophy went to Josh Gregory of Epsom with an excellent debut score of 41.1.

The increasing breeze in the afternoon did prove rather tricky at times for the metric competition and several of the expected front runners fell by the wayside.

Congratulations to Surbiton Postal A team who posted the winning score of 251 and to Tony Pinney of Lingfield & Dormansland E team who took the individual trophy with a posted score of 87 narrowly beating the top lady, Melanie Flowers of Surbiton A, by one point. Top Junior was again from Epsom, but this time Jack Clunie claimed the top spot with a most impressive 81.

Many thanks 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. It may be that we have to move the competition back to later in May next year if the NRA continue with their policy changes but I will try to confirm a date around October a usual.

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

Finally on behalf of all of us I would like to thank Peter Jones for the work that he did to persuade the NRA to allow the competition to go ahead as planned. Without the considerable time and effort that he expended, the competition would certainly have been cancelled this year.

I look forward to seeing everybody again next year.
Peter Locke
Leslie Williams Organiser

Results 2016

Results Summary

John Cooke Individual

Metric Team

Metric Individual