Rule Authority

All Rifle, Pistol and Air-Gun competitions will be shot under current ISSF rules as far as range conditions permit.

Statutory liability

All persons attending this Meeting are reminded of their statutory liability in respect of their possession and handling of firearms and ammunition. Competitors are required to make a declaration on the entry form that they are entitled to use the type and class of firearm for the competition(s) that they enter by virtue of their membership of a Home Office approved Club or other authority.  Acceptance of an entry is conditional on the declarations being signed by each competitor.  The Organising Committee reserves the right to examine this authorisation and refuse to accept an entry where this cannot be authenticated.

Eligibility for English Championship Titles

All events are ‘Open’ to all comers. Only individuals who are current Members of the ESSU are eligible to compete in the ‘English Championship’ in any event.  Membership must valid at the time of submitting an entry-form to obtain a Members discount, or for a minimum of TWO WEEKS before the first day of the Championships to be included in the 'English Champion' events.

Equipment Control

Equipment Control will apply but ISSF and GBR EC certificates will be accepted.  Equipment Control is voluntary for registered athletes who have an EC certificate, (ISSF or British Shooting) but will be available for testing if competitors are doubtful about the legality of new or altered equipment.  Non-registered competitors must attend EC to be tested and be registered, and a Control Card will be issued.
Post-competition testing will be on a random basis, and disqualification will ensue if any non-legal items are found to have been used.


Entries must be made on the official entry form but this may be copied or downloaded from this website.  Only one entry per event is allowed for each competitor for the purposes of the Open meeting or the English Championships.

Data Protection Act 1998 Notice

Data on entrants will be held on a personal computer by the ESSU for the purposes of maintaining its Register of Competitors and the publishing of results.  This data will only comprise a Name, Club, Nationality, contact telephone or e-mail address, and the scores achieved.  The Competition Organiser is the designated representative under the Act.  By entering the Championships and signing the entry form you are giving consent for the ESSU to keep and use information about you for this purpose.  The entry-forms containing your details will be retained in their original form for a period of 2 years after the Championships.  Results will be displayed on the ESSU website and maintained by electronic means indefinitely for the purposes of future reference and maintaining historical records.  The website display will be confined to a table of results showing a Name, Club, Nationality and scores achieved for each competition entered.  Individuals who do not wish their full name to be displayed on the website must indicate this in the appropriate place on the entry form.  In such cases results will display Initials and Club only.

Squadding Notices, Firing-Points and Score Printouts

All events will be squadded.  All Competitors will be sent a notice by e-mail that will state their Name, Competitor Number, Day, Time and Range for all competitions entered. The Organiser will allocate firing points randomly and these will be displayed on the notice-board at the rear of each range.  The Chief Range Officer has the authority to re-allocate firing-points as necessary.

The ‘START’ time shown on the squadding notice is when the first competition shot is to be fired.  “ATHLETES TO THE LINE” will be called 30 minutes before the ‘Start’ time when equipment may be placed on the firing point.  Aiming exercises are allowed but no guns may be loaded nor shots fired. ‘PREPARATION AND SIGHTING TIME’ will commence 15 minutes before the Start of the relay. It will be the responsibility of each competitor to arrive at their designated firing-point at their allocated time otherwise participation will be at the discretion of the Championship Committee, provided that there is a spare firing point available and a valid reason why the allotted time was not adhered to.  At the conclusion of the match series each competitor should ensure that they sign their printouts or score-cards and return them to the Range Officer or Classification Jury.

Elimination and Qualification Rounds

In 50m events, if there are more entries than range space available, elimination relays will be held to decide which shooters will progress to the Qualification Round.  The number of shooters from each elimination relay will be calculated in accordance with the number of starters in that relay, and will be prominently displayed on the notice-board.

Junior Competitions

Juniors are defined by ISSF Rules as being under the age of 21 on 31st December in the year of the competition.

Certificates for the first three places will be awarded to the first three juniors in each of the 50m rifle, Air Rifle and Air pistol events for men and women.  Trophies may only be won by members of the ESSU, and will be presented to the highest placed eligible junior in the Finals of each event.   If no Junior qualifies for the Final of an event then the qualification score will apply. 

Electronic targets

‘Match Manager’ software will be used to record scores and rank each event fired on electronic scoring targets (EST). Competitors should verify that their name is correctly displayed on their monitor once they have been called to the line. At the end of the preparation and sighting time, the ‘MATCH’ button must be pressed ONCE on the command of the Chief Range Officer.  Once this has been verified for everyone, the START command will be given.

Allocation of Prizes and Medals

English Championships -  (Only current members of the ESSU are eligible)

The Title of ‘English Champion’, the trophy and a special Gold medal will be awarded to eligible competitors in each Championship event. Medals will be awarded subject to the following:

1 to 10 Competitors                                                           “Gold” medal only.

11 to 15 Competitors                                                          “Gold” and “Silver” medals.

16 or more Competitors                                                     “Gold” “Silver” and “Bronze” medals.

Open Championships

If the first three competitors in each event of the Open Championships are also the medallists in the English Championships in the same event, commemorative certificates will be presented. If any of the first three competitors are not ESSU members, commemorative plaques will be presented subject to the total number of entries in each event using the above ratios.

Posting of Results, Challenges and Protests

In events which run throughout the Championships, scores will be displayed in paged mode on the electronic screens, and may also be viewed on the internet at the website that will be notified at the range. Final results will be posted on the Championships notice board. Each competitor may collect a print-out of his/her results from the Classification desk at the conclusion of their relay.

For non-EST events, scorecards must be returned to the Championship Statistics office or relevant Range Officer immediately after the conclusion of the event. Result sheets will be posted as soon as practicable after the scores have been collated.  All such result sheets will show the time of publication, and show “FINAL RESULT”.   If possible, daily results will be posted on this website but all results will be available thereon at the conclusion of the meeting.  No results will be posted to individuals by surface mail. 


In all competitions where scores are recorded on the range, competitors must check the scores and additions carefully before signing them. Only challenges concerning incorrect addition may be made to the Classification Office, as challenges concerning the scoring value of a shot cannot be resolved subsequently.  Scores recorded on EST may not be challenged except immediately after the shot is fired, in accordance with ISSF rules.  No challenges will be accepted after TEN MINUTES of the publication of the competition Final Results unless a genuine mistake in recording of the scores can be shown.

Verbal protests

These may be made and decided on the ranges immediately by the Range Officer or Chief Range Officer.  If the protest is resolved to the satisfaction of all concerned then no further action is necessary, no protest fee is payable, and a brief report of the circumstances may be made by the RO to theOrganisingCommittee if considered justified.

Written protests

If an Athlete or Team Official does not agree with the decisions of a Range Officer or Championship Officials in matters concerning breaches or interpretation of the competition rules or on any other matter that is likely to have an effect on the results of any competition, then a written protest must be submitted on a form obtainable at Championship Reception.  This written protest must be received by the Championship Organising Committee no later than ONE HOUR after the matter in question, and a fee of £5.00 is payable.  An Athlete or team official has the right to submit a written protest without making a verbal protest.   A Jury comprising three members of the ESSU Championship Committee will consider all written appeals, which will be decided by a majority vote.  The decision, giving reasons, will be notified in writing.

If there is disagreement with the Jury decision, the matter may be appealed to a Jury of Appeal. Such appeals must be submitted in writing by the Athlete or his/her representative no later than TWO HOURS after the Jury decision has been announced, and a further fee of £10.00 is payable. The Jury of Appeal will comprise three members of the Championship Committee, or other persons holding ISSF or National judging qualifications, who were not on the original Jury.  Decisions of the Jury of Appeal will be notified in writing, and may not be further appealed.  If the protest or subsequent appeal is upheld, all fees will be returned.

English Championship competitions and trophies 

50m Rifle Men                                                       The Eley Trophy

3x40 Rifle Men                                                      The Caffarata Trophy

Air Rifle Men                                                         The Walther Trophy

Air Pistol Men                                                       The Calvert Plate

Air Pistol Rapid-Fire men                                      The Rapid-Fire Trophy

50m Rifle Women                                                 The Iris Trophy

3 x 20 Rifle Women                                              The Women’s 3-Position Goblet

Air Rifle Women                                                   The Women’s Air Rifle Goblet

Air Pistol Women                                                 The Women’s Air Pistol Goblet

50 Pistol                                                               The Caffarata Memorial Plate

Sport Pistol Men                                                  The Hunter Trophy

Sport Pistol Women                                            The Ted Newton-Brazier Trophy

Junior Men 50m Rifle                                           The Junior men rifle shield

Junior Women 50m Rifle                                     The Junior women rifle shield

Junior Men Air Rifle                                             The Ted Daw Trophy No.1

Junior Women Air Rifle                                       The Ted Daw Trophy No.2

Junior Men Air Pistol                                           The Trudy Henry Trophy No.1

Junior Women Air Pistol                                     The Trudy Henry Trophy No.2

Junior Men Air Sport Pistol                                  New trophy

Junior Women Air Sport Pistol                             New trophy

Open Meeting Rifle Trophy

50m Rifle Men                                                       The Booker Trophy

All trophies will be held by the winner for one year and must be returned to the Championship Organiser, or other person as notified on this website, at least one month before the date of the Championships for the following year to enable preparation and engraving as necessary.  Alternatively, trophies may be professionally engraved and brought to the Championships.  The Awards Officer or Secretary must be informed by e-mail of your intentions in this respect.



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