Five of our Longbow Archers joined the Shire Bowmen, Company of Roving Archers at Catton Park on Sunday.
It was a lovely September day with Marks that tested the Archers skills.
With approximately 40 Archers competing, we were delighted with Lichfield Archers results as 1st Gent was Chris Hodgkiss, 3rd Gent, Bob Allcock and 2nd Lady, Christine Oxford, all achieving Personal Bests with scores of 187, 172 and 124 respectively.
For those of you unfamiliar with Roving it dates back to medieval times. On the way into the villages and towns for the Sunday Church service and mandatory longbow practise afterwards, the longbow men amused themselves by shooting at a variety of ad-hoc marks on the way.
A Rove in modern times usually takes a full day and is held on undulating pastures or on the estates of country houses. The scoring is done by shooting three arrows at each mark, with the highest score for those nearest the mark. The distances can vary from 100 yards to over 200 yards. The scoring is by a marked tape from the mark, as 12, 7 and 3.
A great days roving enjoyed by all!