BFTA Grand Prix 3: Iceni

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  1. RobF

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    [xFLOAT=left]http://shooting-the-breeze.com/internal/2009_GP3_Iceni/_J4F7954sm.jpg[/xFLOAT]BFTA Grand Prix 2: Iceni

    The Iceni was a British tribe from 2000 years ago. The club itself is a tad younger, having just celebrated it's 25th year, but that puts it at the dawning age of field target. Having read about Iceni in the magazines 15-20 years ago, I was really keen to visit one of the original foundations of FT in the UK.

    The experience of the club showed. An army of parking marshalls, linked by radio, ushered every visitor from the gate in to right to their parking space, just by the firing line. Food, facilities, stats, sign in and the plinking range were just a few footsteps away. The whole organisation was like a well oiled machine. It was a benchmark demonstration of a field shoot, and in no small part down to the efforts of the SEFTA region members, many of whom turned up on the day just to help out.

    In stark contrast to Millride the weather was kind, but i'm sure many were glad to see that the hot exposed section at the beginning quickly took you into the shaded shelter of the woods. Targets were set at a variety of angles and distances, ensuring a challenge for everyone. Whilst the wind was gentle in most parts, precise understanding was required to make the targets fall, and even then, the fishtailing breeze could leave you baffled, as it decided between each target as to when and where to bite.

    Scores from the morning session piled the pressure on the afternoon shooters. Andy Gillott and Simon Ayes lead the field with 48's, and Mick Woodhead showed his son how to do it with a A class busting 47. It was mooted at one point whether this could be the first 50 shot GP to be cleared. However it wasn't all going so smoothly for many, there seemed to be a divide between those that scored well, and those that suffered in comparison to their scores. The afternoon's shooters started to wonder in which camp their scores would fall.

    In the afternoon, James Osborne accepted the challenge left by Andy, and stiffened under the pressure to produce the winning score of 49, target no.2 costing him the perfect clear, but Mick's 47 held strong all day for his 1st place in A. Simon Higgins took B grade with an eye watering 45 and Dave Clark took C with a very impressive 38. Steve Lanyman put in another strong performance in SFT with 36, just a point ahead of Ian Harford. A quick calculation suggests that the Air Arms team won the day, throwing the challenge back to Walther in second, with Steyr putting in a strong 3 man performance in 3rd. Mark Fisher once again left everyone his his class and the majority of everyone else behind him in the spring gun catagory. Looking at the league, he's downed the most amount of targets of anyone so far, including the AA pcp shooters. Lets hope he doesn't get any ideas about putting that spring gun down and picking up something else, other than a Walther.

    The overall title looks to be shaping up now. So far it's looking like a two way tussle between Andy Gillott and James Osborne, but with 6 GP's left to go, it's still early days.

    Grand Prix 4 in two week's time will be at Newbury, which will be the final qualification for the EFTA team for Grand Prix 5 and the Home International's at Dunfermline in Scotland.

    Scores are up on the BFTA Website, and there's a pic thread here.
     
  2. KarlC

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    Many thanks to the chaps at Iceni Ft for the great course and to the sun gods for their part, good write up as normal Rob.. keep it up..Karl + Debbie
     
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    Really good report Rob, keep up the good work.
    Personally for me I thought that was the best GP course I can remember shooting. Really well laid out and something for every grade of shooter to hit. A big well done to the course setters.
    A very big well done to James O. for a most impressive score. (was it down to his blonde shooting partner I`m wondering and him showing off?) No he`s just too good!:)
     
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    Scores are up
     
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    It was a Top Day, I really enjoyed it. The Course was great & the weather wasn't bad either:).
    Cheers to the Iceni crew for all their efforts & thanks to Hugh & Dave for their company around the Course. Congratulations to all that placed, well done to you all!
     
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    yes i would like to say thank you to all concerned it was a great day well worth getting out of my bed at 10 to 3 in the morning, the course was great there was something for everyone well done;);)
     
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    Rob

    I think you will find Air Arms 2 were third in the team points, Not steyr...Spit
     
  9. Neale M

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    You are correct Chris but not over all ;)
     
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    Looks like we all enjoyed yesterdays shoot, obviously I did!

    Andrew, you could be right. But no one likes a show off so I thought I'd best miss the one target;)

    Photos here or they can be found on the photo thread.
     
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    totally agree, cracking course with well thought out lanes and targets to suit every ability. Big thanks to all involved. Rob and James, great shots as usual,

    Cheers

    Chris
     
  12. RobF

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    Food for thought.

    Marc Fisher, with his springer, has hit more targets than anyone else so far. To add, if he was in the AA grade instead of Piston, he would be 5+ points clear of everyone.
     
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    Cheers Chris for that we at team Steyr only had 3 shooters at Iceni so cannot complain with the result.. still 3rd overall in the table ...
    karl
     
  14. CharlieM

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    Very good point Rob and in which case he should be in the running to win the overall title, it is open to all classes. His performance with that HW is bloody frightening.

    Charlie
     

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