Surrey shooters achieve wins at 2011 National

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Surrey shooters achieve wins and near misses at the 2011 National Small-bore Rifle Meeting

Surrey small-bore prone rifle shooters enjoyed an eventful week at the 82nd National small-bore Rifle Meeting at Bisley from 13th to 21st August, delivering success in several individual, county and national team competitions and coming close to honours in many more.


Winning results were spread throughout the week, with Surrey shooters producing team victories and individual international honours, championship finals, class promotions and competition wins:

  • The County team of six won the coveted short range speed shooting Queen Alexandra Cup
  • Bookham Rifle Club were successful in the club 50m team of 3, collecting the Spooner Challenge Trophy
  • Austin Wilshire (Croydon RC) represented England in the main team that won the Home Countries International Prone Match
  • Simon Aldhouse (Addiscombe RC) finished 5th in the British Prone Championship final for the Earl Roberts trophy
  • Tim Hammond (Bookham RC) won the X class R.E. Adlington Bowl in the first 100 yard competition of the championship aggregate
  • Bill Brown (Chobham RC) achieved 9th place in the X class championship aggregate and was selected to shoot in the Scottish team in the Home Countries International
  • Charlotte Doe (Worplesdon RC) came 7th overall and 2nd in her class in the ‘Bobs’ final for shooters from classes class B, C & D, won the class D NSRA Life and Annual members competition and was promoted to class C, having finished 5th in Class D in the weekend aggregate
  • County Rifle Captain Lina Jones (Bookham RC) made her England ladies debut as a member of the winning team in the Home Countries Women’s International Prone Match, gained a second cap for Great Britain in the Randle Women’s Match (coached by Stephanie Postlethwaite) with a forecast win against the USA, South Africa and Australia and finished 4th in the Class A championship aggregate with promotion to class X

Near Misses

The individual and team near misses were numerous, but showed that Surrey county shooters and teams are performing at or near the top of the national rankings. Notable among these were:


  • The Astor County Championship for the Colonel George Gould Pilgrim Bottle Trophy, in which a team of 6 from Bookham RC represented Surrey in a 20 x 50m / 20 x 100 yard ‘Dewar’, equalling the top score but being counted back to third on 100 yard scores.
  • The County Sextette, in which Surrey were runners up by only 1 point to Hampshire in a Dewar for the Sir Elliot Lees Shield
  • The County 50m competiton where Surrey came a close second to Hampshire in the 60 shot 50m competition for the Bob Davis Challenge Salver
  • 2nd place for Bookham RC in the Queen Alexandra team competition
  • 2nd place for Bookham RC in the 100 yard team of 3 for the City of London Corporation Cup
  • 4th place for Bookham RC in both the weekend and week aggregate teams of 3
  • 2nd place for Paul Duxbury (Bookham RC) in both the X&A class squadded and A class unsquadded A class ‘any sights’ competitions
  • 2nd place for Lina Jones in the first two competitions of the week aggregate, after being ‘counted back’ to second place on a tie.
  • 3rd place for Lina Jones in the double English match on electronic targets in the Malcolm Cooper range

In all, 15 Surrey shooters are believed to have taken part in an enjoyable 2011 championships, with many choosing to base themselves during the days in the Surrey tent, which was supplied with tea making facilities, biscuits, papers, running score boards and a 14 foot spiral wind indicator. Fortunately the tent was mainly needed as a shelter from the sun and occasional gusts of wind, with only one day of significant rain and a short downpour during the ‘Roberts’ final. However, the secret of success at Bisley 2011 had to be Chobham & District’s Colin Hughes and his Flapping Jacks halloumi and falafel wraps, notably patronised by X class and ‘Roberts’ British Prone Championship final winner, Michelle Smith.


For those who have not tried the Bisley experience and would like to, there is a weekend aggregate and veteran rifle event or for the more adventurous and committed, the week-long main aggregate and numerous unsquadded shoots, including a double English match on the electronic targets on the Malcolm Cooper range and ‘any sights’ and unrestricted ‘F’ class categories.




As we go to press the national and Scottish meeting plans for 2011 are unknown due to the potential London 2012 clashes for vital organisers’ and volunteers’ time. The NSRA expects to publish plans by October. In the meantime, for more information, speak to your club secretary, contact the county rifle captain (Lina Jones) or any willing club member with their own experiences of the national meeting.