On Saturday 26th March and the hardy souls,and souless's of Grampian ARC headed down to the annual WAHFT.
The "Worlds" is held over two days in the grounds of Kelmarsh Hall,Northhamptonshire with 360 shooters taking part from all over.It has become the "must go to" event for hft shooter whether you're part of a national team of just after a cracking two days of shooting,good company and the adventure of tracking down a good Indian or Chinese restaurant( I can definitely recommend Han Chinese and The Cinnamon Lounge Indian. 10/10).
We got to the grounds at 7:30am to sign in.The weather was dry but very windy,just like home really apart from the dry part.
180 shooters signed in for the morning sessions with the other 180 signing in after 9:30 for the afternoon sessions.The all important safety brief was read out and it was off to the pegs to wait for the off.
The two courses,Alpha and Bravo,were both set out in separate woodlands at the top of a small hill with targets cunningly placed to cause the maximum amount of head scratching and confused faces.There were targets up trees,under wind fall,on fence lines and further out into open ground.The strong wind was playing a huge part in the scoring,especially the targets in the open getting the full effect of the 20-40mph gusts and swirls.
30 targets later and people are leaving the courses accompanied by the usual mixture of head shaking ,confusion,invisible gun aiming and conversations about how and why you missed targets xy and z.
All good stuff.
A short break for repainting and it was time for the afternoon sessions to get underway.The wind didn't help their cause much either and at the end of day one everybody seem to agree on one thing.The wind was a nightmare.
Started off with the news that Contyman Fairs,who were the organisers of the Kelmarsh Show were possibly going to cancel the event, on safety grounds,as storm "Katie" had destroyed parts of the show through the night.
An hour or so later and it was all over.Pulling the plug on the show meant that there was no event insurance for the shooting so it was announced that the winners would be decided on the scores from day one.
Grampians Grant Thomson came 2nd in the open with a cracking score of 56.
Scotlands Greg Morss got 4th on a countback with a 55.
Grampians James Hesson came 10th on a countback with 53.
Other Grampian ARC shooters scores in the open class were:
Brennan Somers 50
Stuart Webb 49
Lee McNab 46
Davie Scott 43
The recoiling class was another success for Grampian with Dale Harris,and the magic tx200,winning that class with a score of 51
Scott "just call me Stu" Robertson put in a score of 41 but won 250 other good reasons for making the trip south.
Congratulations are also in order for young Jack Hoggan,who even manager a smile,with his 2nd place in the juniors class with a very healthy score of 45.
The Hoggan family trip was made even better by the absolutely astounding feat of dad,Willie Hoggan,scooping the prize of a CZ air rifle in the raffle.
As a footnote if Grampian was there as a national team,we would have come 2nd with 210 points.
All in all it was a good day for Scotland and Grampian ARC
Sorry if anybody has been missed out.
All scores and winners can be found here https://sites.google.com/site/whfta1/results/2016-results
Hopefully we'll see you all again next year.