One of the biggest events in the airgun calendar is the World HFT Championships held at the Kelmarsh Country Show at Kelmarsh Hall over Easter Sunday and Monday. This classic event welcomed 360 shooters from nine different countries and was sold out soon after the entry opened, showing the popularity of this well-run event. It’s shot over two 30-target courses, set in the woodlands of the grand country house. Everybody was grateful that the weather was a little less violent this year, and competition was much closer and more exciting because of that. Air Arms has been a loyal supporter of this event and had many competitors at the competition. Over a third of competitors shot with an Air Arms rifle over the weekend. There were also some superb individual and team performances; here are just a few of the highlights from Air Arms’ shooters:
Team Air Arms finished 2nd in the Manufacturers Teams with an impressive 445 points; Vince Holland finished in 2nd place overall in the Open class with total points of 114. Mike Burgess came in 1st place in the Veteran class with total points of 107. Ewan Pantling scored 97 over the weekend, which was enough to secure him 2nd place in the Junior class. Jill Cochrane scored an impressive 103 over the weekend, which secured her 3rd place in the Ladies class
The World HFT event is run entirely by volunteers, headed by the ever-popular Pete Sparks, who asked us to pass on the appreciation of himself and his wife, Jane, and to all those who gave their time so freely to make the event an ongoing success. Pete is a modest man who thanks all the people who helped him, and in turn, we’d like to thank Pete on behalf of the sport for everything he does.
Below: Team Air Arms, with Managing Director, Claire West (front left) were all smiles after their success at the World HFT Championships at Kelmarsh.