In Memoriam – Rod Gifford

Rod had always been around the county scene since the early 80’s, excelling in ESK and DTL.

He was so proud to qualify in 1989 to shoot for England and represent his country. In those days, we had some of the best shooters in the country in our teams and some very stiff competition.  

Rod also competed in all disciplines {15} to an extremely high standard. It was when he became a veteran, his medal tally really took off, winning our Supreme Championship 6 times from 2000 to 2007. 

Winning consecutively 4 years in a row was a huge accomplishment given the high all-round standards of the day.  

Rod served on the Cambridgeshire CPSA committee for a number of years, with his best friend and wife Lesley at his side who also played a major role in generating funds by running the raffles.

Over the last few years, although his health restricted the amount he could do, Rod always made an effort to help out and as a county shooter we have lost a great supporter to our sport. 

But to his family the loss is so much greater.

Rod will be remembered by so many as a friend, a man who gave so much help, encouragement, a top shot, and a true gentleman. Our sincere condolences to his family

2020 Supreme Champion Result

With the last championship of the year having been shot just before lockdown kicks in, we now have the results of the Cambridgeshire Supreme Championship. This competition takes shooters’ best 6 scores from the 9 domestic discplines to determine the winner.

Phil Barnard, Supreme Champion 2020
Phil Barnard, Supreme Champion

Phil Barnard has once again won the overall title scoring 540 points, 26 points clear of the Veteran champion Gary Thatcher. The Barnard haul of titles continued with Corbie Barnard taking the Senior title. Ethan Lord took the Colt title. Sadly no ladies or juniors shot a qualifying 6 competitions.

The Veterans competition was particularly close, being determined in the final, all-round, competition. Gary Thatcher’s 514 was closely followed by Richard Croft on 513 and Tim Jones on 512.

The full results table can be seen here.

Cambs All Round Championship 2020

Well that’s the last of the Cambridgeshire county shoots done for this year. We had a reasonable turn out even after the new lockdown rules that were just announced, and we were lucky to get all the shoots done this year. Thanks to Eriswell Lodge for putting this on for us. The day was a bit overcast and the wind played its part in the scores, and we even had a small amount of rain too.

ChampionPeter Simpson85
SeniorR Morris84
VeteranR Croft79
LadiesA Smith55
ColtE Lord70
Peter Simpson, All Round Champion 2020

And our thanks to all the shooters that have supported the county by attending the shoots all year thank you all.

Cambs Olympic Skeet 2020

ChampionHenry Sperring39
VeteransTim Jones28
SeniorAshley Smith24
LadiesAmelia Smith24
Scores ex 50
Henry Sperring holding his champion's badge
Henry Sperring

Congratulations to Henry Sperring; still a Junior and overall Champion, as well as being on the Team GB Talent Pathway. Well shot, great to watch you shoot it. Thanks to the Priory for another great shoot.

Cambridgeshire 2020 Double Rise

At Priory Shooting Ground on Sunday 18th October for the Double Rise there was a little light wind and the light was a bit dull but the rain stayed away but it still made the clays tricky to see. Great targets overall, but the weather conditions made it hard for most people. Thanks go to Priory again for a well run competition.

Cambridgeshire Double Rise

Double Rise Winner R Morris sporting his best moody look
R Morris, Champion
ChampionR Morris 47
SeniorsCAJ Morris46
VeteransS Eley44
LadiesH Whiten32
ColtsE Lord36
Double Rise Scores ex 60 targets

Thanks to all who turned up.


A flurry of emails from the committee has allowed us to update a variety of the Championship reports on the website.  Some have write-ups added, some have new photos.

We hope you have liked the 2017 redesign of the website – we’ve been getting over 500 visits a week on average, so you’re obviously liking something!

Merry Xmas & Happy New Year

Sarah & David Christensen – the Cambs CPSA website team.

Cambridgeshire ZZ Championship 2017

Report from Tim Jones:

Well that’s all the Cambs shoots done for another year and the time seems to have gone so quickly we have had lots of good shooting from all the people who have been involved in the counties shoots. The last one as always was the ZZ Helice, held at Rugby Sun 26th November.  A cold day with a light breeze from the rear which just could make a difference to the targets if you left them a bit late.  But a strong turnout from Cambs, taking the first 3 placings.  Sat at the top for the day was K Flitton taking top spot again by one target from T Jones to take the vets and M Conway just 2 targets behind and takes the Ladies.  With thanks to John and his team for a good day always a pleasure to go.

Cambridgeshire results below, full results here.

Name CPSA No. Hits Category
Flitton K 99095 20 SNR
Jones T 29151 19 VET
Conway M 1000 18 LDS
Oakey A 124202 17 VET
Pettitt DV 2009 13 VET
York AW 117142 12 VET
Randall TR 71003 11 SVT

Cambridgeshire STR Championship 2017

Cambridgeshire Sportrap 28th/29th October – Cambridge GC

This was tough but fair, the wind made it tough but it was windy for all taking part but, as usual you can’t stop the cream from rising to the top and that it did with two of the country’s top men Mark Bowes and Harry Seal finishing on 87.  Only one person bettered that but he was a Suffolk shooter, Richard Bunning (89).  Vets won by Michael Fryer (79), Juniors Taylor Hedgecock (84) and Ladies Holly Duggan (73), and Colts Kieran Carter (71).  Well shot to you all.

Details of who actually won to follow once provided by the committee!

Cambridgeshire results shown below.  Full results including non-county shooters here.

Name CPSA No. Hits Class Category
Bowes M 109720 87 A SNR
Seal H 107556 87 AA SNR
Hedgecock T 116977 84 A JNR
Allen R 120278 80 A SNR
Fryer MP 39268 79 A VET
Stronge AJ 89952 78 A VET
Jones T 29151 77 A VET
Grant S 80383 77 AAA VET
Bedford M 99093 75 A SNR
Lambert S 88770 75 A VET
Bladen JL 73741 74 A SNR
Valentine GW 91250 74 AAA SNR
Duggan H 132444 73 C LDY
Nunn C 123558 72 C SNR
Leonard T 88361 72 A VET
Harding J 72207 71 AA SNR
Carter K 134539 71 C CLT
Simpson PA 23089 71 B VET
Webster G 56662 70 A VET
Garrod P 48264 70 A VET
Tyte AP 118844 69 B SNR
Morris R 111934 67 B SNR
Malyon SJ 100021 67 B SNR
Barnard PJ 34389 66 AA SNR
Barnard C 120378 66 C SNR
Bailey J 133354 63 SNR
Morris CAJ 103791 63 B SNR
Grant JR 90057 62 B VET
Hedgecock A 132337 60 C LDC
Moore P 97684 59 C VET
Wong WK 74081 59 C SNR
Wan JWW 73955 57 C VET
Gordon ER 49332 56 B VET
Randall TR 71003 53 B VET
Challis F 134838 51 VET
Adams M 126882 51 SNR
Whitworth M 134623 44 VET
Pereira J 128244 43 SNR
Conway M 1000 39 C LDV
Cook E 128251 29 C LDY