John Heagren wins Browning and Stratstone shoot-off for the second time in three years

Royal Berkshire Shooting School hosted the final of the Browning and Stratstone Ultimate Pair yesterday, and Bisley’s John Heagren came out on top from a field of talented shooters with a score of 19ex-25.

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The day started with last year’s champion, Mark Winser, shooting the tower. Due to his grand win in 2015, he was not eligible to compete in the final this year but Mark helped remind the finalists of the 25-bird sequence and hit 16 of them.

Jamie Passant then opened the competitive shooting, followed by Chris Childerhouse and Ben Davies, but it was up to Phillip Marks to put in the first big score of 17.

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Will Thatcher came close to him with 16 but Chris Dennis, Richard Bennett, Peter Dennett, Matt Pugh, Mark Stevenson and Steve Lovatt struggled.

Connor Gorsuch hit 15 but then John Heagren stepped forward, took a moment to compose himself and recreated his form from the 2014 final to hit 19 after dropping four-straight during the middle part of the sequence.

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His score wouldn’t be beaten but Dan Bishop and Ben Husthwaite tried, and Ed Solomons closed proceedings with a good score of 15.

While John’s score wasn’t the 23 required to take home the pair of Browning shotguns or a new Range Rover, Stratstone and ISB Brands put together consolation prizes of a Browning goodie bag and the loan of a Jaguar or Range Rover, accommodation at Luton Hoo and an off-road driving experience.

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In the afternoon, Phil Smith shot 43ex-50 to win the Rolex donated by David Duggan.

A full report will feature in the next issue of Clay Shooting magazine.

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