How to get there: Highwoods Sports Centre, Brinkley Lane, Colchester (Tel: 0206-841463). From the town centre, take the Ipswich road. Competition starts at 9.30am tomorrow (foil) and on Sunday (sabre and epee). Spectating is free.Reuse content
The Essex Open, at Colchester this weekend, marks the start of the fencing season and the five-weapon event has attracted more than 450 entrants, including five from Saudi Arabia. Salle Boston, a large London club, have entered 28 fencers, while their smaller neighbours, Sussex House, field 20, including a future British prospect in Paul Walsh, who won the foil section at Colchester last year. His main rival this time will be Salle Paul's Mark Heath, runner-up in the National Championships. In the epee, six of Britain's top 10 men will compete, including the No 1, Tony Perity, while Jos Hofmans- Clark, the Dutch International based in Felixstowe, is favourite to retain her title in the women's event.