Success at BUTTS Field Championships
27-10-2018Jack Atkinson

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.

Beiter Hit and Miss Competition
14-10-2018Jack Atkinson
Three of our archers attended the Beiter Hit and Miss competition on Sunday the 14th of October getting an early start to the indoor competition schedule. The tournament sees teams of 2 (one compound, one recurve) shooting at small yellow discs (60mm and 40mm respectively) at a distance of 18m - very similar to BUTC. A 60 arrow ranking round (with no sighters!!) was followed by head to heads of 12 arrows. Rocking the vintage stash, the CUB team "Archers of Discworld" (Beiter/disc related puns in team names obligatory) comprised of alumna Maryia Karpiyevich on recurve, and Jack Atkinson on compound. A solid ranking round with 36 hits placed them 16/64 - a pleasing result with stiff competition, and the highest of the university teams [citation needed]. Slow to get going after lunch they tied their first match leading to a high pressure one-arrow-shootoff. Success was never in doubt however with Jack taking to the line and nailing the disc with perhaps his best shot of the day. Having successfully made the top flight they now faced the 17th seeds, and despite Maryia opening with a fantastic 3 out of 3 hits, it was not to be and they were sadly "nocked" out. The third member of CUB in attendance was Chris Guerin as the Dutch half of team "Brady Ellison and Mike Schloesser". Not quite living up to his nickname today they still put in a respectable 34 in qualifiers to place joint 18th, and successfully made it through their first match to the top flight before also being taken out. A fun day was had by all. A nice opportunity to catch up with friends, prepare for the indoor season, and try something a little different and unusual in the sport of archery. Results can be found here.
Jolly Archers Shoot
16-09-2018Jack Atkinson

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.

Alumni Shoot 2018
18-08-2018Ivana Yeow

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.

NCAS 3rd Caswell Shoot
05-08-2018Kimberley Callaghan and Jack Atkinson

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.