NRC of S Autumn Meeting Results
A video (720p HD) of 2nd detail getting down to business at 987yds on the Saturday in very fine weather
The Autumn meeting of the NRC of S at Blair saw a good turnout from both the home team and visitors including some first timers intrigued by the reputation of the range. They were not to be disappointed.
Saturday dawned bright and calm, 29 firers took advantage of the relatively benign conditions to run up some impressive scores, none more so than Mike Baillie-Hamilton, with a 100, 99 and 98 at 987, 1114 and 1233 yards respectively, putting him an unstoppable 12 points ahead of the rest of the field, with Mike Barlow second and Alex Cargill Thompson third. Blair looked its loveliest, although gradually the clouds grew, the wind dropped and the midges came out in force to chase the firers off the hill.
Sunday looked to be similar although with the wind blowing up the glen from the south the conditions at 1114 yards were a little more testing. However at 1233 yards the resident demon of Glen Tilt came out to sort the men from the boys and wreaked especial havoc in the first detail. Only the Captain broke 95, and only six others, old Atholl hands all, broke 90. The totally unpredictable wind twisted and turned through zero and the flags achieved a highest possible score for mendacity.
At the end of the day, Mike Baillie-Hamilton claimed (including a record score by 6 points) all the available silverware, the Maxwell Cup, the Sandeman Trophy and the Brodie Trophy. The Brown tankard went to Alex Cargill Thompson and the Maitland Cup for the highest scoring tyro went to Jim Brown. The F' Class salver went to Peter Hunt. In the Grand Aggregate Mike Barlow with 475.46 came second to his Captain (489.51), with Alex Cargill Thompson third with 469.33 and Si Whitby fourth with 461.28.
Click on the 1080p HD video above for of one of the competitors at the Autumn Meeting using the back position.