Bitterly cold wind, sleet and even a spot of snow greeted the shooters on the morning of 10 March at Orston Shooting Ground, reports Jasper Fellows.
Conditions did little to put off the country’s top Compak shooters, though, with Steve Clark posting a fantastic 96 ex-100 during the first round of shooting.
The early afternoon provided the best weather, as well as some of the top scores. James Bradley-Day found himself comfortably at the top of the Junior table with 94 while his friend and occasional rival Richard Faulds joined Steve Clark on 96.
The scores by the end of the day stood testament to the quality of the competition, with draws in nearly every category. As the Orston staff started to arrange shoot-offs it soon transpired that many of the top shots had already left, leaving just David Kempley and Martin Doughty to shoot it off for Senior gold.
The first round saw each man match the other shot for shot. A sudden death round ended almost before it began, as Martin failed to match David on the first target.
A tough day of shooting in all conditions left James Bradley-Day as Junior Champion, Becky McKenzie as Ladies Champion and Richard Faulds as Compak English Open Champion and High Gun by default, with Steve Clark having already left the ground.