HUNDREDS of country sports enthusiasts have raised around £35,000 for worthy causes at an event in the Allen Valleys.

The annual Whitfield Clay Shoot, which is regarded as one of the UK’s premier clay shooting events, took place in glorious sunshine at Whitfield Estate last Saturday and Sunday.

More than 130 teams of four competitors took part over the weekend, with local shooters joined by others from across the country.

Proceeds from the event are still being counted, but this year’s main beneficiary will be the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, which supports Motor Neurone Disease research.

The foundation was set up after rugby legend Doddie Weir, the former Newcastle Falcons and Scotland player, was diagnosed with the condition last year.

The Countryside Alliance and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust will also benefit, as will several local organisations.

One of the organisers, Margaret Ridley, said: “It was an excellent weekend for all involved, with lovely weather.

“We had people travelling from near and far, and were well supported by individuals and businesses who have contributed to the fund-raising effort.”

From 10 shooting stands, teams took aim at simulated game flushes, with clays travelling at the same height and speed as birds or animals.

They scored points in various categories, including grouse, wildfowl, pheasant, rabbit, pigeon, partridge and woodcock.

The Rosedale and Westerdale team were the winners on Saturday, with a total of 636 points.

On Sunday, the winners were the Wolsingham team, with 662 points.

For the first time, this year’s event included young guns trophies for competitors aged 18 and younger.

Saturday’s trophy was won by the BASC North Young Shots Ambassadors, while Sunday’s went to Kingswood Juniors.

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