A fantastic turnout of Rayleigh Town archers gathered under clear blue skies and in warm sunshine at the 2014 Noak Hill Record Status Western shoot. When the target lists were released mid-week we had 13 archers competing. A last minute entry from the Hanan family pushed that number to 16 – RTAC would be occupying a quarter of the entire shooting line!
No surprise then that we dominated the results sheet with some brilliant performances from young and old(er) alike.
Most significantly, Reece shot to a new County and UK Record claim with a score of 858 in his category of Compound Junior Boy in the Short Junior Western – a marvellous effort, dropping only 6 points from the maximum 864!
The first of the Hanan Family wins goes to young Ryan, claiming top spot in the Recurve Junior Boy for the Short Junior Western (and later being awarded the Lady P prize – again…how does he do it?!)
Grace Tedore had some tough competition in the Junior Girl category but shot a superb 681 points – well done Grace!
Moving up to the Junior Western, Alex Rowberry nailed 826 points out of a maximum 864 to claim 1st place in Compound, maintaining a great run of wins.
In the Junior Western Recurve Junior Boy category, Daniel Ashenden medalled with a fine score of 726 for bronze while teammate Charlie Deeks scored 757 to take second place. Well done boys!
Representing the girls in the Junior Western, Helena Milne was also a winner with a marvellous 662 points.
In the Short Western, Lauren Bann scored a massive 794 points to win Junior Girl (and this after shoulder injury, ‘shooting up’ at a greater distance for her age group, and with heavy aluminium arrows too…Respect, Miss B!).
The Junior Gent category is always hard-fought and deservedly won: RTAC fielded a trio of terrific target-trashers in this battle – James Ashenden scored 443, Jordan Johnson placed 4th with 623 while Luke ‘Mr Medals’ Morgan struck again to claim 2nd with a score of 638. Excellent shooting from all three.
Moving up to the standard ‘Western’, Jackie ‘Binks’ Hanan was victorious again with a fabulous 782 points – all while providing al fresco catering services and coaching support to the Hanan menfolk! Well done Jackie!
Alex’s dad Phil (our Competitions and Events manager) was, I think fair to say, having a tough time in his Long Western category. A sub-par performance perhaps, but still a creditable score of 548 and 5th place. Well done for toughing it out Phil.
Way out in the New Western round, Grant Hanan and I were shooting against the vagaries of the mysterious headwind and tendency to over-aim at 100yds! Scoring was close: Grant put down a 658 for 2nd place while I managed 696 to win.
Once again, congratulations to all the archers (and their support staff) for putting on such an impressive display today. The weather was great, the archery superb! Thanks also, of course, to Noak Hill for staging an enjoyable and smoothly-run shoot.
Full results here Noak Hill Westerns 2014 (.pdf).
Hopefully some more pictures will follow.