Westwood! Have-a-Go! Clout!

From our secretary Tony:

If you regularly shoot at the  Westwood Academy archery sessions please note that, as the Academy is now closed for the holiday season, sessions will now take place on the field at Runwell on Tuesdays, commencing next Tuesday (22nd July) from 5.00pm to 7.00pm (possibly extended).

For new adult archers, who have completed their lessons (and may not yet have acquired a bow) there will a number of “Have-a-Go” sessions arranged at the same time.

Our annual Clout Shoot is to be held on Sunday 27th of July and, if you have had no experience of clout shooting, and want to get in a bit of training, there will be a training session on the Runwell shooting field next Tuesday (22nd July) at 3.00pm.

Lauren B selected for England!

Following closely from her success at the County Championships last weekend, Lauren Bann – one of our junior shooting stars and ArcheryGB academician – has just been selected to shoot for England in the Home Nations match taking place alongside the Junior Nationals at Lilleshall on 6/7th July.

Following the momentous phone call, Lauren’s mum says:

After some squeals of delight (from us all), reality has hit, she only picked up her ACCs on wednesday and had her limbs wound to 26lb, so no sight marks etc…!

The Bann family will no doubt be rushing to Runwell to get everything dialled in ASAP!

Congratulations to Lolly (and long-suffering family!) for your selection to the England team: we’re so proud of all your achievements and eagerly await your future successes!

Luke wins in the wind at Kestrels!

The weekend of 10/11 May 2014 has been noted for the high winds and changeable conditions but while some of our archers managed to struggle through to the end of the shoot, for others the shoots themselves were halted midway.

The Kestrels Archery annual St. George/Albion/Windsor shoot up in Biggleswade was just such a victim – being called off after 3 dozen arrows.

But not before Luke (Mr Medals) Morgan shot his way to a win in the Short Windsor!

Mum Rachel told us:

Each end was taking ages due to arrows being blown off rests and some very cold people taking coats on and off. He shot well and managed to win with a score of 186! Not sure how that sits with rankings but we got a gold medal!


Well done and congratulations Luke!

UK Record for Reece!

Reece Johnson, formerly of Phoenix Archers but now firmly part of the RTAC family has shot his way to a UK Record!

Mum Diane told us (via Facebook) that Reece had been awarded the Double Bristol IV Junior Gent [U14, U12] record with a score of 2486 on 4th August 2013 at Eastbourne.

Fantastic news, Diane and Reece, and well deserved: congratulations! Here’s hoping for many more to come!




Lauren B: Rayleigh Town Council Junior Sportsperson of the Year 2014!

Lauren receives the Rayleigh Town Council Young Sportsperson 2014 award

Our very own Lauren B was awarded the Rayleigh Town Council Junior Sportsperson of the Year 2014 at a ceremony held on 24th April at the Sweyne School.

The award is ‘presented to individuals who have performed exceptionally well in any sport…and who reside or attend a club in Rayleigh‘.

Having been accepted into the Archery GB Regional Academy programme, Lauren has committed to a lengthy and demanding training regime, shooting a huge volume of arrows every week along with numerous other technical and fitness exercises – all while attending school and competitive shoots: at which she is very often the category winner.

Unfortunately Lauren suffered a shoulder injury recently (non-Archery related!) which has impacted on her shooting. Winning the Young Sportsperson award has certainly helped put her back on track.

Lauren’s mum Marcel says:

It really has put a smile back on her face, it has seems to have been a long time out of shooting due to injury. Last Tuesday the physio  officially gave her the ok to start shooting again.


Congratulations to Lauren (and family – its a team effort!) from all of us at the club – the award is richly deserved (and great to see you accepting it in Club colours)!


2014 Summer Programme Released!

Phil Lees has released the 2014 Summer Programme for Runwell – something in there for everyone with Record Attempt club meetings, Junior competitions at home and away, Albion team league matches and the all-important club championships.

If you’d rather not join the battle during these dates, you can still shoot alongside as long as there’s no interference with the competition.

Here’s hoping we have a fantastic summer of high temperatures and even higher scores – looking forward to seeing you all on the field!

Records at Runwell!

Team Captain Ian Bushell has suggested adding a little spice to our Club days at Runwell this year by focussing on the current Club Records.

He has checked over the current records and compiled corresponding handicaps appropriate to the scores – if you are anywhere near the handicap you have a good chance of shooting for the record. The plan is to tackle the easier/lower handicapped records first…

More details on the Club Records page.

Fancy some competition?

If anyone would like to try their hand at some friendly competition locally or further afield, Phil Rowberry (Alex’s dad) has volunteered to manage the external competitions and events diary, and administrate competition entries for the club.

Maybe you’d like to try your hand at the Air Ambulance FITA 70 or the Braintree Bowmen Worcester: chances are someone from the club will be going – the more the merrier, and if enough from the club attend we are more likely to be able to enter the team categories too.

More information on the diary and how to apply for upcoming events here!

Chris Lucas wins Rochford and Castle Point Sports’ Chairman’s Award

The Rochford and Castle Point Sports Awards, sponsored by Virgin Active, took place the Mill in Rayleigh on 23rd October 2013:

More than 150 guests heard stories of outstanding contributions by the very best of the sporting talent at the gala ceremony, with London 2012 Bronze Medallist, Chloe Rogers, from the GB Women’s Hockey team giving out the prizes and BBC Essex’s Ben Fryer compering the event.

One of the recipients was Rayleigh Town Archery Club’s Christopher Lucas who was presented with the Chairman’s Award, in recognition of making valuable contributions to sport in the area over the last year.

Chris has helped deliver GCSE archery to students at King Edmund School, and introduced archery to local junior school Alleyn Court each week.

Chris’ team of archers from Alleyn Court attended the RTAC-organized summer school where his team won 1st place.

Following this success, Chris joined Rayleigh Town Archery Club and has just passed his level 1 coaching award.

King Edmund School have supported Chris in achieving these very high standards and contribution to sport.

Congratulations to Chris for winning such a prestigious award from all at Rayleigh Town Archery Club.

A full list of winners is available on the RDC website.