As the Epiphany term is underway, I would like to reflect on our achievements so far this year. Michelmas 2018 has seen the largest influx of new members in recent club history, with incredibly busy taster sessions at the start of term. With a range of prior experience, the new members have brought a vibrant colour to the club, getting heavily involved in our socials and coming up with some of the most creative outfits I’ve seen in my time at Durham, let alone DURC! Those wishing to compete have benefitted from time with the experienced shots and our coach Richard Stebbings, and have gone on to perform extremely well in the first rounds of BUCS Smallbore Short Range.
On the subject of Smallbore success, we were proud to send a team of 4 to the Cambridgeshire Shooting Association Inter-Universities Smallbore Match. CUSBC proved excellent hosts, entertaining our team with an enjoyable day of shooting and a memorable evening. The Durham Team of Kelsie Peters (capt.), Isabel Snell, Jonathan Whitaker and James Tunsley performed admirably to place 3rd, behind Cambridge’s two top teams. Isabel proved her reputation as Top Gun to lead the team with 289/300 contributing to our overall result of 1128/1200.
The BYSA hosted a Fullbore training weekend at their annual Bonfire Bonanza event to which DURC took 12 members, 7 of which were new to the discipline. The experienced shots got a chance to train and the new members enjoyed a taste of Fullbore, with many eager to shoot more in the future. This was also the unveiling of the new DURC flag, which I hope will have these same shooters competing under it in the near future. The BYSA showed us a good time in true Bisley fashion, with unforgettable scenes from our Fullbore Captain who proved that hands are not needed to enjoy Milano’s.
So on to Epiphany term: the postal league will conclude, giving the first test of the club as a whole. Judging from our predicted scores so far, there will be some proud shooters in every team that have exceeded their expectations. We must now look to Smallbore Long Range training to be fully prepared for the Appleton BUCS competition coming up soon! We are also trying our hand at Gallery Rifle this term for the first time, which will hopefully be the birth of a new direction within DURC.
I look forward to another term of fun and success with DURC!
Henry Marden, Club Captain