Driving bands of rain meant that the morning session was cancelled but a few hardy souls, to quote the Club Chairman, decided they would shoot in the afternoon no matter what. In the end nine archers turned up to a dank, soggy but, mercifully, still afternoon, including the Chairman who changed his mind about staying in with his cat.
The round was restricted to a single distance: 70m for Recurves, 50m for Compounds and 40m for Junior Erin Hainge who was once again in record breaking mood. Undaunted by the dreary conditions Erin added 50 points to her pb for the round but more significantly broke the Club record for the 122-40m set by Tilly Ashton at the UK Junior Masters in 2017 by 18 points.
In the Senior Recurve division Danny Cowin, appropriately dressed for the conditions for once, was the only Adult Recurve to keep all of his arrows on target. In the lead from the start, Danny was never under any pressure, finishing 81 points ahead of nearest rival Barbara Harris. Alex Allen-Snell had a late surge but had to settle for third place, with Peter Howland down in fourth.
In the Compound division Dave Moore was joined by Aalin George and Joy Gough but Joy was just practising and did not record a score. Both Dave and Aalin recorded Bowman First Class Scores.
Also shooting Compound was veteran Pete Mumford, who unearthed a field archery target to have a go at over 30m. Mr Mumford claimed a Club Record, but when the Records Officer pointed out it wasn’t a real round under Archery GB rules, he said she was just ‘nit-picking’.
Erin Hainge, Danny Cowin, Barbara Harris, Dave Moore and Peter Howland have all completed three rounds and can now be given a handicap under the new Archery GB classification system.
Results: 122-40m -E.Hainge 72/597/13/7 NCR, pb. WA 70m – 1.D.Cowin 72/493/3/0, 2.B.Harris 66/412/3/1, 3.A.Allen-Snell 66/405/2/2, 4.P.Howland 58/282/1/0. WA 50m 1.D.Moore 72/649/27/7, 2.A.George 72/624/19/7. Pete Mumford’s Who-Knows-What 30m – 72/317/25/10 (Not actually A Club Record).