AGM 2015/2016


Great turnout at last night’s AGM – lots of prizes, medals and awards presented, new members welcomed and achievements celebrated.

Our president Marlene gave a lovely address praising the achievements and discipline of our your archers and the hard work and commitment of the many volunteers who help everything to run smoothly and make our club the big friendly family that it is!

Financially we’re in good shape thanks to the diligence of club treasurer Tony, our coaching of archers of all ages continues to produce committed, enthusiastic participants, and our facilities steadily improve, despite the recent setbacks at Runwell.

Our archers fly the flag for the club at all levels: locally, nationally and internationally. Special mention was made of Carmel Bassett shooting for GB in the Vi category and coach Simon Harding who represents GB in horseback archery – both achieving stunning results in summer competitions.

Honorary memberships were unanimously agreed for Ian, our ex-president George and Tony.

The majority of the committee was re-elected with a couple of changes: Ben Bradford is our new Records Officer and I’ve taken over from the mighty Ian Bushell as Team Captain.

Finally, one or two questions from the floor prompted discussion of our impending change of location at Runwell SportsandSocial Club. RS&S continue to await the signing of the lease for the site at which time work can begin (weather permitting) to prepare the ‘new’ area over by the A130.

After just over an hour the meeting was closed. Thanks to those who attended, particularly Shamsul Hussain who made the trip all the way from Manor Park!

Tim D.

More national records for Sam B?


RTAC’s superstar barebow (and now nascent recurve) archer Sam B has been busy closing up his 2015 outdoor season with a bag of potential national record claims – adding to his already impressive collection of certificates!

Shooting at the Hampshire Championships this weekend (September 20th), Sam shot his way to at least two, possibly three new bests. His dad Zep tells the story:

Beautiful setting (…at the Hampshire Championships), plenty of archers on 29 targets shooting Metric rounds. Carla Piper was our welcoming host, arranging a target just for Samuel, and a handful of jovial judges who made our day most enjoyable. Samuel claimed 3 National records, 40m with 260 points (though this may have been recently beaten but not yet updated), 30m with 297 points (breaking his own record) and finally the Metric iv record (which has stood since 1990 at 1149 points) with 1171 points. All in all a decent final shoot of the outdoor season.

Once again, our congratulations to young Sam (and his support team) for such outstanding results!

Deanes/Westwood Autumn 2015

Juniors (& parents) please note:
Shooting at Deanes resumes next Monday (7th September). There will be 2 sessions @ 4.30p.m. & 5.30p.m.
Shooting at Westwood also resumes (indoors) next Tuesday (8th September). The junior session commences @ 7.00p.m. (to 8.00p.m.)
The senior session will commence @ 8.00p.m (to 9.15p.m.)
For the time being, there will be NO further organised shooting (i.e with coaches in attendance) on the field @ Runwell on Monday or Tuesday evenings.

Chairman’s Cup – Sept. 6th

Don’t forget our Chairman’s Cup competition, taking place at our Runwell field on Sunday 6th September – contact Phil Lees (mobile 07597 095544 or philiplees(at) to book your place on the line!

Rounds to be shot: NATIONALS (with appropriate distances according to age, gender & abilities) – All to be shot under GNAS Rules of Shooting

PLEASE NOTE: If you happen to be the holder of any Shield or Trophy for this Shoot, please ensure that it is returned prior to or at the event – if you are unable to do so, please contact Phil.

IMPORTANT: To help ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible, please contact Phil either by e-mail or text (contact details shown above) and let Phil know the round you wish to shoot. Juniors, please provide your D.O.B. – Phil can then work out the round best suited to you.


Please bring along your lunch and something extra as a contribution to our customary tea which will be held at the presentation of the prizes at the end of the Shoot.

Hope to see you there!

We are AWESOME – Noak Hill conquered!

The summer season is barely a couple of weeks old but Rayleigh Juniors (and Seniors, including our favourite judge, and not forgetting coaches and parents!) are making their mark on it with some style1

On Saturday 6th June, a rowdy band of Red Ants travelled west to Noak Hill for the annual Essex County Junior Championships, contesting the various Bristol rounds in both recurve and compound categories and practically filling the line with our new shirts!


The Red Ants put on their game faces…

Full results to follow soon, but as evidenced by the trophy in the photo, we brought home the bling! Everyone was impressed by our achievements, turnout and demeanour – well done to all the Juniors, parents and coaches for a great day of archery.

On Sunday 7th, the seniors pitched up to contest their own annual championships. Paul and Tim took to the line in the gent’s recurve York, Chris Clayton in compound York, Marie M in ladies bare bow Western (the only entrant!) and Carmella – our Visually Impaired (VI) champion – in the ladies recurve.

Again, full results will follow but as with the juniors the day before, we acquitted ourselves admirably: Paul hammered home Bronze medal in the Gent’s Recurve, Marie won her category and Carmella also medalled (* sorry, can’t recall the result but will fix when they are released!).

All in all a fantastic weekend of fair weather (if a little blowy up there on the hill) and wonderful results for the club!


Rayleigh Rock ‘The Worcester’

Braintree's New Gaff


On a cold, sleety February morning nothing warms the toes more than some serious competition amongst good friends – except maybe underfloor heating…!

So it was that a few of the RTAC massive ventured Braintree-ward to take part in their 2015 Worcester shoot.

As always, the Bowmen made everyone very welcome with warm smiles and limitless free tea and biscuits – their new ‘home’, the light, bright sports hall of a large school was fantastic: evenly lit and spacious, archers had plenty of room to spread out and relax.

Three sessions today: Tim shooting all three to be joined later by Phil R, Paul W, Lauren B and, on her debut appearance in club colours, Lilly in Session B and finally, in Session C by two more juniors Joshua and Mia, along with the Birdsall Boys: young Sam and dad Zep. Quite a team!

Tim shot well enough in the first session to claim 1st place – holding it together for a very welcome cup of tea and bourbon biscuit at the end. The session had passed quickly – plenty of time to relax before Session B: some good chat with super-organiser Paul Ramos and his working party while the next contingent of shooters slowly gathered.

Paul, Phil, Lauren and Lilly took up position as Session B began. Although Tim was tiring, Lilly soon got the hang of this most esoteric of indoor rounds – a couple of misses aside she shot very well indeed – and more importantly thoroughly enjoyed herself! Lauren was a little disappointed with her final score, but Paul was always going to hit his PB! and Phil also shot well after making serious changes to form. Our host Paul Ramos was trialling his brand new toy: a lovely silver Hoy Prodigy setup which, despite being only a couple of days old helped him secure 1st place for gents recurve in this session – well done lad!

Team RTAC also won medals in this session: Lauren taking gold for Ladies U16, Mia taking gold and Lilly, on her debut don’t forget, taking home a bronze medal! Wonderful stuff.

There was more to come in the last Session: Josh arrived with his dad, as did Sam who both shot superb scores (Josh, again, in his debut competition). Phil and Paul carried on along with Tim (very tired now!) and Zep who suffered a little but still enjoyed the day.

In the end, RTAC made a huge impression on the scoresheet: loads of golds for both session and overall, a clutch of silvers including Team Medal and a bunch of bronzes.

Well done to everyone for making the trip and performing so well. It was, as always, a fantastic event – brilliantly organised by Paul and his crew. I think we’re already looking forwards to next years!

Full results available here: Braintree Worcester 2015 Final Result

PS: we’ve got to start getting photos of the team at these events!