Sunday 8th October 2023
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The London International Open, better known as The Miller-Hallett, is the UK's oldest Epee competition. It was founded in 1928 when Alexander Miller-Hallett, a stalwart of The Epee Club, presented a cup for an international competition.
The Miller-Hallett soon became one of the most prestigious competitions in Europe attracting leading fencers from all over the world. The roll of honour includes winners from France, Sweden, the United States of America and Germany. However, in addition to being a prestige event, it also had a reputation for being one of the most friendly in the calendar.
In 2002 Alda Milner-Barry, the first British women's Epee champion, donated a second trophy. The competition thus became a truly modern event.
The organising team, lead by Jon Willis, intend to restore the London International Open into a major European Event, bringing back top flight epee fencing to London. The plan is to run the competition to professional standards, offering a format which will attract elite fencers and provide an opportunity for everyone on the domestic epee scene to take part in a true showcase event. Its current home of Leon Paul Centre is the perfect venue for this event as it continues to grow as an event in the fencing calendar.