Fresh off the back of a team FITASC win in Konopiště a few weeks ago, Mark Winser put together a great show at the EJ Churchill Shooting Ground in High Wycombe to become the 2013 Clay Shooting Classic champion. The week was widely regarded as the best Classic in its 21-year history, with excellent organisation from Rob Fenwick and the EJ Churchill staff, and a great course set by Ben Husthwaite.
It began as many of the major competitions do, with George Digweed heading out early on the first day of the main event and setting a big score. His 140 set a good standard of shooting that would continue for the rest of the week.
As competition leader heading into the first night, George had reason to be confident, but this was short-lived as his score was matched by Ed Solomons the following day. Just as Ed’s score was being totalled up, Mark Winser brought them both down a peg with his 144. This score would not be matched, but Mark had another full day to sit through before claiming as the Classic trophy as his own.
On the Saturday, AA-class shooter Glenn Spalding slid himself alongside George and Ed with another 140, but later this score was topped again – twice. Paul Simpson nudged ahead with 141 and Chris Childerhouse would secure overall Runner Up with a late 142.
Along with the trophy, Mark also took home a Zoli Z Extra Sport and 2,000 Eley Hawk Cartridges. Editor Wes Stanton called it, “a great gun, and a good thing the distributor Edgar Brothers had been making in-roads into the sport with the Zoli brand.” Chris won a Remington 1100, and there were also class prizes, such as a Hatsan Escort Extreme and a Huglu gun. These were dispersed among class winners that included Cheryl Hall, John Bidwell, Mick Parsons, Jack Whitehouse, Bill Tatnall, Barry Lock, Taylor Hedgecock and Jason Allaway. Wes also thanked Promatic for the company’s unstinting support over the years.
The awards listings can be found here – Awards Thurs-Sat.
A complete list of the total results can be found here Thurs-Sat Master Results.
A full report of the event can be found in the forthcoming issue of Clay Shooting magazine.