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The latest World Record was created ...
www.carron.uk.com, 20 April 2014 [cached]
The latest World Record was created on 24th July 2011 in the CLA Gamefair finals held at Blenheim Palace, with a magnificent cast of 70.63 metres for Gerard Downey of Carron.
Carron Journal
www.carron.uk.com, 1 Oct 2011 [cached]
The Spey O Mega 15 foot final was a nail biter with Ruairi Costello and Gerard Downey both casting exceptionally well whilst wading deep in fast flowing water and casting into a strong headwind, they both achieved the same distance of 141 feet 10 inches which meant a cast off.
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This was eventualy won by Ruairi Costello who made a cast of 149 feet 2 inches just pipping Gerard by 4 inches.
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James Chalmers, Shane Hickey, Ruairi Costello & Gerard Downey with the prizes.
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Gerard Downey, James Chalmers, Pat Nolan & Ruairi Costello
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Carron sent 3 men to compete in the prestigious JCA Class Masters International overhead and Speycasting competitions in Japan last week, Ruairi Costello, Gerard Downey and James Chalmers headed to Tokyo full of anticipation.
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This final proved to be a remarkable spectacle, conditions were not ideal with a slight headwind, Gerard Downey of Carron gave a magnificent display of Speycasting into wind, showing the assembled crowd why he is the undisputed Worlds no.1 , he finished his 4 minutes with best casts of 56.50 metres and 55 metres totalling 111.50 metres to take gold closely followed by Ruairi Costello taking silver.
16 foot final scores
Gerard Downey takes Gold in the 16 foot Speycasting, along with longest cast trophy
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Gerard Downey of Carron created a piece of history at the CLA by breaking the Speycasting World Record in the Grand final on Sunday July 24th, with a magnificent cast of 70.63 metres (77.24 yards or 231foot 7 inches) and left the platform to a standing ovation from the assembled crowd. This record is remarkable and could stay for a very long time as the original Spey casting distance pioneer Alexander Grants 65 yard record stood for over 111 years, with only three people including Gerard beating it since.
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Gerard actually broke his own World record three times over the course of the weekend. A momentous achievement Gerard and a pleasure to witness, a hearty congratulations from all at Carron.
Gerard Downey receives first prize from the Duke of Marlborough.
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Pictured from left, Travis Johnson, James Chalmers, Gerard Downey, and Iain Gardner.
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This was a magnificent achievement from Gerard. Well Done!
The Spey O Rama has grown in stature from its humble beginnings in 2004 and is now recognised as the most prestigious and difficult competition in the World today. It demands multi casting disciplines, 40 angle changes all whilst wading deep and trying to beat the clock.
Carron held a strong presence at this years Spey O Rama and took pleasure in introducing three new members of the Carron team - Travis Johnson, Bruce Kruk and Mia Sheppard joined James Chalmers, Ruairi Costello and Gerard Downey for what turned out to be a momentus weekend.
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From the left, Bruce Kruk, Ruairi Costello, Mia Sheppard, Marty Sheppard, Gerard Downey, Travis Johnson and James Chalmers.
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Pictured left to right are: Gerard Downey, The 15 ft, Speycasting World Champion, Andrew Toft, The 18 ft, Speycasting World Champion, and Ruairi Costello "Overall World Champion".
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Ready to go: James Chalmers, Andrew Toft, Jimmy Jack, Ruairi Costello, Iain Gardner and Gerard Downey
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Ruairi Costello began by setting a terrific benchmark for everyone to chase, a distance of 95 metres - but the man who proved his skill, with a simply breathtaking display of Spey casting, was Gerard Downey of Ireland with a combined left and right score of 101 metres. (53 m on his left and a 48 m with his right) - to make him "The Official I.C.S.F. 15 ft World Champion"
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Gerard Downey applies the power in the 18 foot contest.
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Gerard Downey (Carron)
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Gerard Downey
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The Carron boys took the top three places and pictured from left to right are: Gerard Downey in 2nd place, Andrew Toft the CLA Champion & James Chalmers 3rd place
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Gerard Downey in 2nd place, Andrew Toft the CLA Champion & James Chalmers 3rd place
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Sunday's audience witnessed Ireland's own, Gerard Downey cast a spectacular New World Record Distance of 222 feet 4 inches - improving on his previous record by a further four inches!
A magnificent achievement. Well done Gerard.
This distance ensured that Gerard took first place in the Loughs Agency Speycasting competition 2010.
Gerard Downey, New World Record Holder. And the official paperwork to prove it!
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Gerard Downey, New World Record Holder.
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Andrew Toft, Gordon Armstrong, Iain Gardner, James Chalmers, Gerard Downey, Ruairi Costello and Mark Chalmers
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Carron had three team members at the event as it was home soil for two of the lads, Gerard Downey and Ruairi Costello, James Chalmers also participated in this very friendly competition.
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Gerard Downey successfully casting 169 feet 7inches. (56.52 yards)
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Gerard Downey
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The scores in the final were lower than in the qualifying rounds as the wind was swirling and making it very difficult to keep your casts in between the boundary lines, however this did not deter Gerard Downey as he produced an immaculate display of Speycasting winning the competition with a magnificent 161 feet 4 inch cast .
Gerard Downey with the winning cast
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Gerard Downey
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From left to right Ruairi Costello (2nd) Gerard Downey (1st) James Chalmers (3rd)
Gerard Downey of Carron ...
www.carron.uk.com, 1 July 2011 [cached]
Gerard Downey of Carron created a piece of history at the CLA by breaking the Speycasting World Record in the Grand final on Sunday July 24th, with a magnificent cast of 70.63 metres (77.24 yards or 231foot 7 inches) and left the platform to a standing ovation from the assembled crowd. This record is remarkable and could stay for a very long time as the original Spey casting distance pioneer Alexander Grants 65 yard record stood for over 111 years, with only three people including Gerard beating it since.
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Gerard actually broke his own World record three times over the course of the weekend. A momentous achievement Gerard and a pleasure to witness, a hearty congratulations from all at Carron.
Gerard Downey receives first prize from the Duke of Marlborough.
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Pictured from left, Travis Johnson, James Chalmers, Gerard Downey, and Iain Gardner.
Gerard Downey ...
www.carron.uk.com, 1 July 2010 [cached]
Gerard Downey (Carron)
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Gerard Downey
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The Carron boys took the top three places and pictured from left to right are: Gerard Downey in 2nd place, Andrew Toft the CLA Champion & James Chalmers 3rd place
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Gerard Downey in 2nd place, Andrew Toft the CLA Champion & James Chalmers 3rd place
Gerard Downey - ...
www.carron.uk.com, 1 May 2007 [cached]
Gerard Downey - Carron
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Gerard Downey - Carron
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