Clay pigeon ace crowned champ

Russ Hufton
Russ Hufton

ANNESLEY Woodhouse marksman Russ Hufton (pictured) celebrates after he was crowned the overall champion at a prestigious clay-pigeon shooting tournament.

Hufton (50) starred at the East Midlands Handicap By Distance Regional Championship at Nottingham and District Gun Club.

On a cloudy but warm day, 18 of the 24 entrants were from the East Midlands region. But the shooters from Nottinghamshire fared best.

Shooting with his AA class squad, which included last year’s winner, Hucknall’s Lee Clements, Hufton managed a perfect 25/75 on his third layout, finishing with an impressive score of 96/283 and securing the title.

Hufton added the title to a fine collection of prizes this year, which includes the Nottinghamshire All-Round Championship and the Nottinghamshire Single-Barrel Championship.

He will now represent Nottinghamshire in the County Shooting Team tournament in the disciplines of all-round, English skeet, down the line and automatic ball trap later this month.

In the other categories at Nottingham, Davina Rowe took the ladies’ title with 90/255 — more than 30 points more than the next placed lady.

If you are interested in taking up clay-pigeon shooting as a sport and representing your county, why not try it out at an open day at Nottingham and District Gun Club on Friday September 16 (5 pm to 8 pm)? Instruction will be given by the county shooting team (including Hufton) and will only cost £7.50 per person.