Summer Weekend Roundup: 26/27 July 2014

Another weekend of good weather, with RTAC archers participating in some interesting competitions near and far…

First, the Hanans were in action on the 26th over in Havering for the (ahem) 45+ Games. Throwing aside their Zimmerframes, their youthful vigor and vim propelled them to the top with Grant victorious in the Gents Recurve and Jackie (not to be outdone) taking honors in the Ladies Recurve category. A marvelous double for our dynamic duo, although Jackie was a bit put out by the inequality in trophy size…

Rebecca Griffin was once again in action with her new (beautiful and perfectly coordinated) bow at the Kent Para Championships. Not sure how she placed (awaiting results) but judging by the pics on Facebook she had a great time:

Rebecca (right) taking aim at the Kent Para Championships.

Closer to home, our annual club Clout competition at Runwell on the 27th gave everyone the opportunity to experience the joys of a very traditional form of target competition: launch your arrows high in the air and hope they fall somewhere near the marker 180yds away. Some excellent? scores were achieved by Iain Martin in the Gents recurve category and Daniel Ashenden in the Junior Boys Recurve, while Mia Coodye bagged 96 points in the Junior Girls. Nice to see Tracey W and Jacqui at the top of the Ladies Recurve! Jackie H placed third while shooting the gent’s 180yd distance – having cleared the ladies distance (and a tractor parked behind) during sighters, she felt safer shooting at the further target! Well done everyone! Results here: Club Clout Competition 2014

Meanwhile I spent the weekend down in Andover shooting one of the country’s largest competitions – the annual Andoba Double FITA/WA Star. Pretty simple, a full FITA/WA 1440 90m shoot on both days – winner with best combined scores wins. Saturday was very hot and sticky but I was happy with 1218 to finish 7th overall, alongside regular shooting mates Michael Judd and Ian Harris. The BBQ and beer afterwards was possibly the best meal I’ve ever had…Sunday dawned cooler with a strengthening easterly breeze making things a bit trickier but I scored 1204. My combined scores put me in 8th overall – not bad, particularly as I was shooting new arrows (and increased draw weight) for the first time. Full results here (.xlsx file).