All British shoot report
The “All British” is attended by the best archers from all corners of the United Kingdom; England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This year’s event was hosted by Overton Black Arrows at their field course in the North Wessex Downs AONB, near the village of Kingsclere in Hampshire.
The courses set out on the “Warren, Coombe & Peter Hastings Memorial Woods” are well known to be some of the most challenging in the UK and this years was no exception. One competitor measured walking more than 15 miles and climbing the equivalent of a 120 storey building over the two days. Shots varied from an extremely steep 60m downhill onto an 80cm target to 5m ‘bunnies’ – triple 20cm target faces.
The competition ran for two days with one hundred and forty competitors; archers shoot one day on an “unmarked” course of 24 targets; where distances to the targets were unknown, the other day on a marked course, where the distances are known but also longer.
Awards were presented by Kirby Sinclair, MD of The Roasting Party (event sponsor).
For Overton Black Arrows this was a huge event, and a great success. In addition to hosting the event, four club members shot: Jodie Buckner was 1st in the U15 ladies recurve category, her father Richard came 8th in the gents recurve and club chairman, Steve Allam, was 16th in the same category. Bill Jones shot in the Barebow category and came 17th. The team event was won by England this year. Full results can be found on the club website: www.overtonblackarrows.org.
The club will be holding their own “open” competition at the same venue in early July.