Club’s 50th birthday bash hits the target

Derwent Bowmen Young members Marsie Henderson-Hirst and Abi Bowler
Derwent Bowmen Young members Marsie Henderson-Hirst and Abi Bowler

DERWENT Bowmen Archery Club members were out in force over the course of a rather wet weekend to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary.

The enjoyment of all those involved

at the Darley Bridge-based club was in no way dampened by the showers or the lack of sunshine.

In the end, there were around 100 visitors from far and wide during the course of the weekend.

All three days saw an excellent turnout of members and their families, who watched each others’ skills being put

to the test and enjoyed the various meals and snacks that had been organised by club chairman Christine Oldroyd.

Monday saw a fun shoot, called a ‘clout’ shot, by almost everyone who could pick up a bow.

This contest calls for the archers to shoot arrows up into the air, dropping them onto a flat target laid out on the ground, as opposed to a stand-up target of straw or foam.

Lots of laughter and shouts of delight came from those archers most successful at this and awards were made at the end while everyone enjoyed the hog roast that was provided at the close of the competition.

A club spokesman said: “Derwent Bowmen would like to thank everyone for coming, ignoring the weather and generally joining in the fun.

“It was a pleasure to see old members and faces that only our longer established archers recognised.

“Maybe we will do it again in another 50 years!”

Meanwhile, club member Andrew Randall continues his bid for Olympic glory this weekend.

The 19-year-old made it through the first of three archery elimination rounds aimed at deciding who will be on Team GB for this summer’s London Olympics and is down to the final six.

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His efforts also mean he is the top ranking junior (under the age of 20) in the country.

This second elimination round is to be held over two days this weekend at the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall, near Telford.

In the final six alongside Andrew are the three members of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Great Britain team.

Ultimately, there will be three archers left who will be picked for the team for London, plus a non-shooting reserve.