Well, the weather just managed to stay fine for the annual Lichfield Archers Blossom shoot today. A changeable mix of (very) light rain, sunshine and occasional gusts of wind challenged the competitors throughout the day.
Over 40 archers attended today, with representatives from Leek, Trent Valley and Chase mixing in with the home side. All bow types were represented (just!) and there were senior and junior entries across all disciplines.
Main round for the day was an American, with junior equivalents available.
Results went as follows (full results available in the Competitions section):
For the compounds, there was a rare dead heat for first place between Ian Garside (TVA) and Mark Williams (TVA), with both archers scoring a respectable 796 with 83 golds. I guess they'll have to share the trophy? Third place just behind them was taken by Ben Edwards (TVA) with 794 and fourth by Duane Davies (LA) with 788.
In the Ladies Recurve, it was a clean sweep for Lichfield Archers in the top three positions, with Amanda Hodgetts' 732 a clear victor. Carolyn Hirst came second with a nice 626, and was followed closely by Christine Oxford's 618.
The Gents Recurve was a closely fought battle with 19 entries, meaning prizes for 1st to 5th position. Taking the top step with 758 was Bob Bellett (LA), just ahead of Alan Broadley (LA) with 748. Third spot was filled by John Hancock (LA) on 734 and then Quentin Edwards (TVA) with a fine 716. Fifth place fell to Kevin Haye (Leek) with his 696.
In the Juniors, prizes were picked up for the shorter rounds by:
Georgina Hodgetts (LA) - Recurve 576
Joanne Huang Hodges (LA) - Recurve 592
Elliot Thornton (TVA) - Compound 704
Chloe Arnold (Leek) - Recurve 403
Tom Garside (TVA) - Compound 727
Toby James (Leek) - Recurve 459
Final prize went to Frank Roberts (LA) for his longbow score of 235 winning him his class. Also, Frank's score was a stunning +63 over his handicap and netted him The Richard Butlin Trophy.
A great day was had by all, and as ever, thanks go to lots people for making it happen (Frank and the committee, the catering supplied by Fiona and Judi, all of the setup and breakdown crew... look there's too many, so if you've been forgotten, please forgive me). A special shout-out to Adam, our judge who made sure not a single line call went the wrong way, and a big thank you to David Hodges for stepping in as photographer for the day. See below for some examples of his great work!
If you were there today, why not drop a comment below?