A very good turn out with a warm and sunny afternoon on 1st October. We had 15 targets out with archers shooting from a range of 10m through to 50 yards. Lots of archers getting involved in the Portsmouth round as a start to the Castles Leagues 2023-2024. We also saw one of our barebow women shoot a National 40 round which gave her a second Archer Second Class score and thus achieve her badge and set a new club record. At one point in the afternoon we had four archers shooting longbows – great to see.
A bunch of hardy archers started the Sunday 8th afternoon shoot in rain but enjoyed a bit of sunshine breaking through later in the session. Many archers are starting to switch to indoor rounds in preparation for moving inside on 29th October. We have our first group of entries for the Castles Leagues and there is still plenty of time to join them. Sunday afternoon saw a new club record in the compound women WA25 with a tremendous score of 60-546-13.
Congratulations to our archers who have gained awards in the days leading up to the 11th. A novice recurve archer achieved his Archer Third Class badge, a senior recurve archer achieved his Indoor Archer Third Class, and a senior barebow archer achieved her Indoor Bowman Third Class. Also to one of our senior men who set a new club recurve record in the Metric 122-30 with a tremendous score of 72-593-16.
Despite the rather wet weather we have had more awards and new club records towards the end of the month. One of our senior barebow men set a new WA25 record not once, but twice, on two days in a row. And not to be outdone, one of our senior barebow women set new club records in the National 30 and Western 30 within the space of four days. One of our senior compound women achieved her Indoor Bowman Second Class badge and started on the the next award with her first Bowman First Class score.
Great shooting, archers. Well done.