All British & Open Field Championships
Updated: Jun 4
Saturday was "Sighted Saturday" with archers of all ages who shoot recurve and compound bows with sights, also with this being an Olympic Year it was a real bonus for us to have three of the Archery GB Olympic team come along (Patrick Huston, Bryony Pitman and Tom Hall) and shoot the course. In total 70 archers were on the course during the day shooting 24 targets of various difficulty. It was a close competition at the top of the scoreboard with UK archer Patrick Huston taking top honours by a single point for the recurve men and UK Archer Bryony Pitman winning for the recurve ladies. Tom Duncan took top honours for the compound men and Ella Gibson winning the UK ladies event. Top Overton Archers were Jaime Adams and Richard Buckner, with Richard claiming a new Hampshire County record and Jodie Bucker claiming second place in the U18 ladies group. On Sunday it was the turn of the more traditional bows including longbows, barebows and flat bows, basically archers shooting without sights. For this discipline archers have to use their own instincts and experience to gauge distance to targets and where to aim. Again with the top UK archers in attendance there was some competitive scores between archers and wins for James Annall, Carole Ann Seez, Simon Price, Marion Patterson, Rob Twigg, Emily Williams, Ceri Thomas. Overall on Sunday 65 archers joined us at The Warren. Archery is for all ages and a fair number of archers were under 18 with notable wins for Lauren Rawlings (U18), Freya MCcallum (U15), Eleanor Thornton (U12), Amelia Chumber (U18 Barebow), Faith Littlechild (U15 Barebow), Oliver Hicks (U15) and Noah Littlechild (U12). Top Overton Archers include Oliver Hicks and his brother Flynn coming first and second with Oliver achieving a brilliant score that all adults would have been proud off. In honour of the Olympic Archers we created an extra target, a 70 mtr uphill shot with a very small target. We charged £1 for each archer and money raised was split between the winner and our chosen charity. This was a fun shot at the end of a competitive day and was enjoyed by all archers who took part.