On Saturday the 27th of October nine of our archers attended the BUTTS Field Championships. This was the first student archery competition of the new academic year before we begin the regular BUTTS and BUCS legs of the indoor season. Field archery, often referred to as 'archery golf' sees archers walking round a course, usually in woodlands, shooting at a variety of targets of different sizes at varying angles and at distances up to 60m away. This event was a mixed round where archers shoot 12 targets in the morning not knowing what the distance is and relying on their own skills and intuition, followed by 12 targets in the afternoon where the distances are known.
A bright but cold start, with frost on the ground, turned quickly to cloud and drizzle by lunch, and then in to rain and briefly snow for the rest of the afternoon with temperatures reaching a high of 4 degrees celsius. Our archers persisted with the course nonetheless, eventually coming home with some glory. Cassandra Lim took gold in ladies' recurve in her first competition for CUB whilst Jack and Liam narrowly missed out to come away with silver in the compound and barebow categories respectively. Together these three made up the Cambridge team which came second, missing out on the BUTTS Field shield to Warwick. Jack and Cass also set new club and county records for their categories. We hope to keep this success up as we head in to the busy indoor competition season.
It was an enjoyable experience making new friends, with many hoping to do more field archery later in the year, perhaps in warmer and drier conditions. Congratulations to all of our members who took part and thanks to Long Buckby Archery Club for hosting us. Special mention should also be given to our members from warmer climes who persevered through the tough day with minimal complaints. Full results can be found here.
As the outdoor season draws to a close our archers had one last competition in their schedule. On Sunday the 16th of September Jack and Liam shot at the Autumn York and Hereford Rounds hosted by Jolly Archers in Huntingdon. Though there was (almost) no rain it was a very breezy day making it challenging to both aim, and also to hit where you aimed - especially at 100 yards!
Despite this both archers shot well to take bronze medals in their categories (Gent's Compound for Jack, and Gent's Barebow for Liam) with Jack setting a new club record, but just missing out on a 1200 Rose. Full results are available on the Jolly Archers' website. We now move our equipment this weekend ready for the start of a new academic year and the indoor season.
On Saturday 18th August 2018, the annual Alumni Event was held. With overcast clouds looming and some rays of sunshine seeping through, 9 alumni members and 6 students took to the fields of Churchill College to compete in the alumni vs student shoot with a National round. The alumni members were composed of seasoned archers and those who had not touched a bow in years, while the students were shooting a range of bow styles, from longbow to compound.
After many arrows were shot (mostly) towards the targets, an abundance of snacks and plentiful socialising and reminiscing, the alumni team proved they still had what it takes to win, beating the student team by a whopping 706 points!
The day continued on with drinks and chats at St. John's College Bar, where we were graced by the presence of the club accounts dating back to 1962 brought there by our Senior Treasurer (and alumni) Professor Lindsay Greer. After pouring over the books and seeing the club grow over the years, we headed to Browns Cambridge for a lovely meal, where more alumni joined us. As the evening came to an end, we parted ways looking forward to the next event.
It may be the vacation period, but the outdoor season is still in full swing, and so are our archers. On 5th August members Jack Atkinson and Kimberley Callaghan attended the NCAS 3rd Caswell shoot, each shooting a WA1440. The weather was blisteringly hot, with the sun beating down constantly through the day forcing many archers into hiding behind tents in whatever shade they could find between ends. Combined with a haphazard wind at the targets, the conditions posed a challenge for all of the archers present.
Disaster nearly claimed Jack's shoot as a crucial screw fell from his bow, a thorough search complete with metal detectors, grass-pulling hunters and onlookers yielding nothing, but luckily a fellow competitor and true sportsman sourced a spare. Disaster averted the shooting continued, ending successfully for both Jack and Kimberley each claiming bronze medals in gent's compound and ladies' barebow respectively, a fantastic reward for a day's hard shooting! Both obtained English Cross awards, and Jack also claimed his Six-Gold-End badge. Many thanks to the Wellingborough Open Archery Club for running a great shoot.