The Highland Open 2015 - Summary & Results

Elgin Academy was the venue for the UK’s most northerly open fencing tournament last weekend (24 & 25 October) when over 100 competitors from countries as far afield as Spain and Shetland competed for the Highland Open Men’s and Women’s Foil, Epee and Sabre titles.

Highland Open Results - UPDATE

Due to a technical problem, the Highland Open results for October 2015 were excluded from the British Rankings for this month. The organisers apologise for this inconvenience and confirm that the results will be included for next month.


On Saturday, the Men’s Epee title was won in a thrilling match between Tom Hoffmann (Dingwall and Culloden Fencing Clubs) against Calum Johnston (Wallace Fencing Academy). Hoffman courageously came back from 2 hits down to level the score at 10 all with only 9 seconds remaining on the clock. In the last sudden death minute, the 19 year old Commonwealth Team fencer took revenge from having lost the Scottish Open title earlier this year in an another nailing biting final with Johnston by beating him11-10.

In another very closely fought match, Mhairi De-Sainte-Croix (Wallace Fencing Academy) beat her fellow Club member Alison Timmins by one hit (14-13) to take first place in the Women’s Epee. 

The Men’s Sabre event was convincing won by reigning Highland Open Champion Andrew Williamson (19) from Edinburgh Fencing Club who beat Mark Alvares-Peres (Salle Ossian) 15 -5 in the final.

While in the Women’s Sabre final, Mhairi De-Sainte-Croix was unable to repeat her success in the Epee event and came second to Jenny Zhan of St Andrews University 15-11. Nevertheless, the consistently strong performance from De-Sainte-Croix was recognised in the Award of Most Outstanding Performance during the weekend. This was the first time this award has been made since 2009.

On Sunday, the Men’s Foil Event had an exceptionally strong field and was won by Keith Cook (Salle Holyrood) who beat his fellow club mate and last year’s runner up, Alexander Arbelet.

Arbelet, who has previously fenced for the Switzerland Junior Team, was convincingly beaten by the ex-British ranked number 1 fencer and member of the Scottish Commonwealth Fencing Team.

The Women’s Foil title was fought over by two members of Edinburgh Fencing Club; Chloe Dickson and Ruth Clarke. Dickson who is ranked 4th in the UK beat Clarke, ranked 8th, in another high standard final.

Robin Paterson, Secretary of the Highland Open Organising Committee and Coach at Elgin Duellist Fencing Club said, “this is the third time we have hosted this competition in Elgin and it’s the biggest entry we have received to date. With free plastic fencing taster sessions offered to local primary school fencers in the same venue as some of the top UK fencers, the event had a very special feel to it. I hope in years to come, some of the young children who took part in the plastic fencing introductory taster sessions, will continue to be interested in fencing and go on to fence  in this competition."


Full Results from the 2015 Highland Open 


Men's Foil 

Women's Foil 

Men's Epee

Women's Epee

Men's Sabre 

Women's Sabre