British Records broken at the Easter Shooting Festival

A trip to the Isle of Man is always something to look forward to with the island’s beautiful scenery, but when there’s a shooting competition involved it’s even better! Over the Easter weekend the ELEY team brought our mobile test range to the superb facilities of the Sinclair Ranges near St. Johns to batch test ELEY tenex and ELEY edge at the Isle of Man Easter Shooting Festival.

With a big investment from the Isle of Man Shooting Committee the ranges have been greatly improved and it’s now a wonderful facility. The shoot is back on the GB nominated matches list and now uses electronic targets so should continue to grow.


The ELEY mobile test range.

In total 64 competitors shot in the Prone matches on the first day. A strong wind challenged all of the shooters but some good scores were being attained. There were excellent performances in the Prone event despite the conditions, notably from Mark Szymankiewicz and top junior Pheobe Taylor. It was great to see so many juniors shooting - 13 in total with 9 from the Dauntsey’s school, hopefully an upward trend for the future.

Saturday brought the 3 Positions matches and the wind and rain of storm Kate created some interesting shooting conditions. Despite this Jennifer McIntosh shot a very credible 579 to top qualification for the Women’s 3P. It was an awesome performance and shows why she is representing Great Britain at the Olympic Games in Rio this summer. In the final Jennifer won Gold and her sister Seonaid took Silver, along with Senior and Junior British Record Finals respectively, and Michelle Smith won Bronze.

The Men’s 3P was an exciting match with very creditable shooting under the conditions. A special mention must go to Matthew Ward for shooting a personal best to make the final and then lead during the Kneeling and Prone sections. When the Standing section began Dan Rivers demonstrated why he is current Commonwealth Games champion to take Gold in this event. Richard Chasemore won Silver, and Matthew Ward earned Bronze.

Sunday saw the second round of Prone matches and conditions were even more difficult, but the shooters maintained the high standard of scoring for an exciting final day. Jennifer McIntosh took her second Gold and Seonaid McIntosh her second Silver, and Fiona Crowdon won the Bronze medal.

The Men’s Prone final went to the wire with Nick Clark winning Bronze leaving Mark Szymankiewicz and David Binney equal on scores after 20 shots. A shoot off ensued, and David took the Gold by .02 of a point!

It was a great event; congratulations to all medal winners from the ELEY team.