The first competition in the ELEY Speed Steel series took place on Saturday (20th April 2019) with Nick Towndrow taking the top spot in the Mini Rifle discipline and Chris Edwards claiming first place in the LBP open division.

Not only have they won themselves bragging rights, but they’ve also bagged £750 cash prize each, along with a £100 bonus because they were using ELEY ammunition. Second and third place also claimed cash prizes of £600 and £350.

Mini Rifle champion, Nick Towndrow won with a time of 83.1. His fastest time was on stage 8, Roundabout, where he took just 8.29 seconds in total. In the LBP division, the winning time was 89.7 seconds, a huge 7 seconds faster than second place!


For full results from the day, please click here.

Mini Rifle

Name Time Grade %
1st Nick Towndrow 83.1 100
2nd Josh Kenny 86.87 95.66
3rd Chris Edwards 87.87 94.57


Name Time Grade %
1st Chris Edwards 89.7 100
2nd Justin Cooper 97.01 92.46
3rd John Chambers 97.73 91.78

60 shooters from across the UK travelled to Stourport on Severn Pistol & Rifle club to compete in the first of ELEY’s Speed Steel challenges. It was an early start with doors opening at 7:30am and the first stage of the competition commencing at 9:30am.

As well as the early start, shooters also had to contend with the warm weather. In fact, it was on record as being the hottest day in April in the UK for the last 70 years!

Nevertheless, competitors fought their way through a total of eight stages, each varying in levels of difficulty. First up, ‘Five to go’ which featured four 10 inch steel plates gradually getting further away from left to right with the final stop plate at the end. This then followed by the more challenging ‘Showdown’, ‘Smoke & Hope’ and ‘Outer Limits’ stages. Finally, the competition wrapped up with ‘Accelerator’, the perplexing ‘Pendulum’ stage, ‘Speed Option’ and ‘Roundabout’ to finish.

To view photographs from the event, head over to the ELEY gallery.

Michael Atkinson, Brand Manager for ELEY, said: “The sun was shining and there was a fantastic atmosphere at the Speed Steel event. It shows how much of an appetite there is for this growing sport in the UK and we’re proud at ELEY to be a part of it.

“We’d also like to thank Rob at Stourport PRC for hosting the competition.”

Do you fancy your chances in ELEY’s next Speed Steel competition? Now is your chance to test your mettle. Register for the July event here.