Hundreds of top class shooters from across the UK flocked to Bywell Shooting Ground over the 22-23 April for the second annual Northern Sporting Weekend.
Saturday’s High Gun William Baughan scored an amazing 96ex-100 while Sunday’s overall winner, Tim Webster, hit an impressive 95. Both High Guns went head to head in an exciting Super Shoot Off to win a Browning 725 ProSport shotgun worth £3,500.
Tim, 24, set off early from Huddersfield and started shooting the course at 9am. “I got here early so I could leave in case I didn’t shoot well.”
Tim needn’t have worried about his shooting prowess because his remained the day’s winning score and his patience was rewarded by taking part in the super final shoot which he unfortunately didn’t win, but he still collected his £250 prize money and 500 Hull Cartridges at the end of the day.
Each shooter hit an impressive 10-straight right-to-left loopers followed by on-report left-to-rights from the 120-foot tower. To further challenge the shooters the cage was moved back 10 metres. Tim shot 8ex-10 followed while Will came out on top with a perfect score.
At just 21, Hull Cartridge and Teague Choke-sponsored William Baughan from Buckinghamshire is one to watch in future events. He said: “The targets were challenging and there was something for everyone at Bywell. The pool shoots were a nice touch because it gives you the opportunity to have a bit of a mess about before the real competition starts.
“I’m constantly travelling around the UK to shoot and compete most weekends. FITASC is my favourite discipline but I don’t really care as long as I’m pulling a trigger.”
Running alongside the Sporting competition was the Six Straight Challenge, which had two semi-automatic Winchester SX4s up for grabs. Darren Clark from Widdrington won the gun on Saturday while Tom Brown from Yorkshire took Sunday’s.
Bywell owner Allan Henry is keen to see more people take up the sport and host more national competitions locally. “We welcome shooters of all standards from absolute beginners to the fully experienced international competitor. Shooting is a great sport to become involved in no matter what your age or gender. The North East has a great shooting tradition and it would be great to see it not only kept alive, but thriving at Bywell.”
The full list of the weekend’s winners can be found on Bywell’s website.