Luke Llewellin, a 26-year-old carpenter from Pembrokeshire in Wales who only returned to clay shooting this summer after a three-year break, proved that he has not lost his touch by winning The Game Fair Challenge super final at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire.
Held over the three days to mark the 60thanniversary of The Game Fair, both open and novice class shooters were invited to take part in a 60-bird sporting clay contest on the Subaru Shooting Line for their chance to win a Subaru Forester car for a year as a prize.
“I’m speechless,” said Llewellin afterwards. “I’ve hardly shot this year. I’ve been out of clay shooting for three years and only just come back to it this year. The Welsh Open Sporting Championship was on at the same time, but I decided to go to The Game Fair instead and it has paid off.”
The best two scores from each day in both the novice and open categories where automatically entered into the Sunday evening 25-target sportrap super final for the chance to win the car as top shooter overall. It was Llewellin who came out on top after an impressive 22 ex25 under testing conditions to take the title and drive away the symmetrical all-wheel drive SUV.
In addition to the sponsorship from Subaru UK, the competition was also backed by the Sportsman Gun Centre, who awarded six special-edition ATA SP Elegant shotguns, which retail for £799.99 and were individually numbered and engraved, to the top novice and top open class competitors each day.
The winners of the daily prizes in the open class were Lancashire’s Graham Stirzaker on Friday, Chris Childerhouse from Berkshire on Saturday and Northumberland’s Frank Lowrison on Sunday. In the novice class, Steve Hilton from Nottinghamshire was top gun on the Friday, Australia’s Mark DuRose won on Saturday and Max Daniel from Essex was the best shooter on the closing day.
Steve Lovatt, the Subaru Shooting Line manager, said: “We’ve had a brilliant three days on the Subaru Shooting Line. I’ve been here two weeks on and off getting ready for it. I’m really pleased with how it has gone. Myself and The Game Fair team will now conduct a full review ahead of next year at Hatfield House.”
“I’m really thrilled for the winner, Luke Llewellin, a young lad from Wales. The weather has thrown in some obstacles for us as organisers, which we have overcome. But the groups I worked with – The Game Fair team and site team – were phenomenal. Anything I wanted was done straight away, which was brilliant.”