A large crowd gathered to watch the new charity competition Shoot with the Stars, organised by the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) and held during The Game Fair®, at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire on Saturday 29 July.
Shoot with the Stars saw eight of the country’s best shooters being paired with eight well-known television personalities, sportsmen and women or entertainers, while the third place on each team went to the highest bidder in a silent auction to raise money for the official charity of The Game Fair®, the Lord’s Taverners.
The shooter/celebrity teams consisted of: Leading international clay shooter Mark Winser, former English cricketer Matthew Hoggard MBE and Chris Bone; Fitasc World Champion Cheryl Hall, TV presenter Phil Spencer and James Bush; Olympic bronze medallist Trap shooter Steve Scott, former All-Blacks player Craig Newby and Gary Robins; 2016 English Open Sporting shooter Chris Childerhouse, singer on The Voice Lawrence Hill and Andrew Bennett; English Compak champion Guy Franklin, Sky Sports News racing expert Alex Hammond and Martin O’Riordan; Olympic gold medallist in Double Trap Peter Wilson MBE, former England goalkeeper David James MBE, and Jonty Wightman; 2016 British Open Sporting Ladies champion Hannah Gibson, Made in Chelsea’s Josh Patterson and Chloe Thornton. World champion John Bidwell was supposed to be joined by actress Vikki Michelle, but unfortunately she had to pull out, so an enthusiastic David James filled her place, and was joined by Glen Goldthorpe.
The competition was held over a Sportrap layout, made up of three layouts, with the top three scores progressing to the finals. The teams that went through were led by Chris Childerhouse, Guy Franklin and Cheryl Hall, with Cheryl’s team scoring 17×18 for a comfortable win, with Guy’s team coming second and Chris’s team third.
Nick Fellows chief executive of the CPSA, commented: “We’re delighted and grateful to have had so many top shooters taking part in the competition, as well as the personalities who were willing to have a go – it drew a fantastic crowd who stuck it out despite the rain. I’d also like to thank our generous successful bidders who took part in the event and I’m pleased that the CPSA have been able to make a contribution towards the Lord’s Taverners, which is a very deserving charity.”