Archery ace Dean in national record success

Dean Hirst, Derwent Bowmen Archery Club
Dean Hirst, Derwent Bowmen Archery Club

Derwent Bowmen Archery Club members took part in an inter-county competition against Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire last Sunday with Derbyshire archers shooting well in all categories.

And the Darley Bridge-based club is delighted to announce that - subject to ratification - member Dean Hirst , who is one of the country’s prominent traditional longbow shooters - has put in a score that is a new National Record.

Dean shot what is called the ‘York’ round, which begins with shooting six dozen arrows at a distance of 100 yards, four dozen at 80 yards, two dozen at 60 yards and scored a huge 626 points.

This is more than the previous National Record that has stood for seven years and some 56 points more than the Derbyshire record that stands at the moment.

Club chairman Christine Oldroyd explained: “We were so pleased for Dean.

“He has worked hard on his technique over the last few years and deserves the highest praise and recognition for his efforts.

“We have club members who represent Great Britain and now Dean is a National Record holder.

“Our club just continues to build on its success.”