Annesley Woodhouse marksman is clay pigeon shooting champion

Annesley Woodhouse marksman Russ Hufton, (pictured), celebrates after being crowned the overall champion at the East Midlands Handicap By Distance Regional Championship in Clay Pigeon Shooting at Nottingham and District Gun Club.

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

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

Russ (50) added this title to this year’s collection including The Nottinghamshire All Round and Nottinghamshire Single Barrel.

He will be representing Nottinghamshire in the County Shooting Team in September and October in the disciplines of All-Round, English Skeet, Down The Line and Automatic Ball Trap.

In the other categories, Dave Albans of Retford posted an early score to watch of 92/272, which included a perfect round in his first layout.

His C Class squad, shooting from 17 yards, contained three of the four eventual title winners with Freddy Brown also of Retford, scoring 89/259 to take the junior title unopposed.

Davina Rowe took the ladies title with 90/255, over 30 points more than the next placed lady.

If you are interested in taking up clay shooting as a sport and representing your county why not try out clay shooting at Nottingham and District Gun Club on Friday, 16th September (5pm–8pm).

Instruction will be given by the county shooting team (including Russ) and will only cost £7.50 per person. Details can be found at www.ndgc.co.uk.