BRAIDWOOD was the venue on Sunday for the Alexander Inglis & Son Ltd Macmillan Centenary Shoot, held in conjunction with the charity’s Peeblesshire branch committee.
The Macmillan people had worked tirelessly to make sure they had sponsorship and an excellent array of prizes for all classes and the fundraising raffle drawn on the day.
The format for the day was mainly based around a team event for four guns, shooting a 50-clay sporting layout over five stands, together with an exhilarating 100-bird pheasant flush. All the team members’ scores were accumulated with their flush total to give a possible 300.
In conjunction with the main event, for those not already in a team, the 50 sporting was made available as an individual event. Macmillan offered prizes in four categories – open, ladies, veterans over 60 and juniors under 18. Sadly no qualifying juniors participated.
To keep money rolling in for the cause, a further re-entry class allowed anyone who had already shot in any category, including the team shoot, to try their hand at the sporting layout again.
The team event amassed 22 entries. Shooting was designed to be fun with a competitive edge and that certainly seemed to be the case. The end result was a single clay difference between the two top squads. Team Anything, comprising Lindsay Gordon (Prestonpans) Jack Carlyle (Dalton), Kyle Smith (Dunbar) and Bobby Bruce (Broxburn) just edged ahead of the 4As, Hawick based Allison brothers, Paul, Dave and Jock, and fourth man Ali Cumming (Galashiels), by a single clay at the flush, completing the day on 266 and 265 respectively.
Team Eskdale, Bob Clark and Tony Rennie (Lauder), Edith Barnes (Crieff) and David Bertram (Earlston) picked up the third prize on 252.
Stewart Cumming (Hopetoun Estate) led the way in the open class, missing only one out of the 50 clays offered, while Audrey Boyd (Bonnybridge) took top honours in the individual ladies’ event on 42.
Rab Neil (North Berwick) won the veteran section on 43, one ahead of Ian Brown (Oxnam). Cumming went on to shoot a 50 straight, securing an outright win in the re-entry class.
The pool shoot produced a huge amount of possible sixes, resulting in a fairly lengthy shoot-off to reach the final result. John Ross (Whitburn), Stuart Dawson (Bedlington) and Jack Carlyle (Dalton) were first, second and third, sharing the spoils.
The 120-plus guns who took part and all of the staff, volunteers and helpers who made the day possible were all thanked.
Although final figures are not yet available for the event, the total raised is already in excess of £9,000.