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Target Sprint (Run and Shoot) Romsey

Romsey Scouts Host International Shooting Challenge

41 Scouts from Hampshire, The Netherlands and South Africa gathered in Romsey for a Target Sprint (Run and Shoot) competition on Saturday 7th May.  The international competition, hosted by Nursling and Rownhams Scouts with the support of Bitterne, Southampton Scouts Shackleton Rifle Club, challenged the young people, aged 11 plus are challenged to run 400meters, shoot 5 knockdown targets, 35mm in diameter, with PCP rifles at a distance of 8 meters, then they run 400meters again, followed by the 5 targets and run 400meters to finish. On each attempt at the 5 targets participants are given a maximum of 20 shots. A time penalty is applied for each remaining target not knocked down.

Target shooting is, as its name implies, the sport of shooting at artificial targets.  It is an international sport, featured at the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games.  An Adult Volunteer spokesperson said: “Air rifle shooting develops a strong safety culture with self-discipline.  Scouts compete as much against themselves for the satisfaction of improving their own personal performance.  The outdoor sport is fun and boosts confidence, and that’s what Scouting’s all about.”

The international competition is only one of two such events hosted in the UK and attracted participants from the Netherlands and South Africa as well as the UK.

For many, this marked their first time they had taken part in such a challenge.  A young person aged 15 from Rownhams said, “Run and Shoot is something different from what my friends at school got up to.  We were practising at our Scout Group to try and improve our fitness.  I can’t wait to earn my athletics badge.”

There was also a Tin Can pistol shooting range and Bell Target Competition available for spectators and participants waiting to compete, along with refreshments raising funds for the Scouts and a stall for shooting enthusiasts.

Scouting is a key part of today’s modern community, continually growing to offer fun, challenge and adventure to boys and girls aged 6 to 25, as well as adults too.  To find out more, visit or call 0845 300 1818.

Bell Target Shooting is amongst the oldest Pub and Club sports in the country. It started in the 1890’s after Queen Victoria was advised about the poor standard of shooting during the Boer War. Promoted by the likes of Lord Ednam and Baden Powell (Scouts founder), by 1905 there was 1600 teams in Birmingham alone and 4000 nationally. Bell Target shooting is usually an indoor sport using .177 Air Rifles shooting at an all Steel Bell Target at a distance of either 6 or 7yds.

Results – for full list, please visit

Posn Team Total for top 4 entrants
1st 21st Romsey 40:25.55
2nd 4th Bramshaw 52:36.09
3rd 4th Itchen Sea 73:06.54
4th 3rd New Forest East 93:36.04
 wRun and Shoot 2016 - medal presentations - Joost Van Oers - Netherlands wRun and Shoot 2016 -medal presentation - Roland Kool - Netherlands wRun and Shoot 2016 -Joost Van Oers - Netherlands, Sophia Elliott - Romsey wRun and Shoot 2016 -George Brand Netley Sea Scouts wRun and Shoot 2016 - Twan Steur - Netherlands, Colin McCann - Romsey, Max Scudder - New Forest East, Judith Kool Steltenpool - Netherlands wRun and Shoot 2016 - scoreboard wRun and Shoot 2016 - Romsey Scouts lead volunteer, Sam Martin
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