Mayflower Archers hosted the counties first World Record Status WA18 on Sunday 14th February.
Organiser Alex Purser decided it was high time the county hosted a World Record Status indoor event, and the planning began in earnest last autumn.
Key to the success of running head to head events is good organisation and a foolproof scoring programme. Alex managed both with great skill although his heart sunk when the only instructions he could find for the Italian designed software on You Tube were all delivered in Italian.
The shoot attracted a good numbers of archers from outside of the county and the day progressed with the seeding rounds, with a single detail session in the early morning and two double detail session to follow.
The head to head matches were entertaining to watch and ended in gold medal matches contested for the gents by Matt Webb and Michael Judd (Rec), both from Mayflower and Philip Glover and James Howell (Comp) also both from Mayflower. This was the first time that each of these archers had been paired off in a head to head shoot and despite the friendly banter, it was clear that no one was going to give in easily. The victors were Michael Judd by two sets and Philip Glover by just one point.
For the ladies, Anne Lilly of Braintree Bowmen won her match against Sharon Lawrence (Rec) of Pilgrim Archers and Bayley Sargeant (Comp) of Canterbury Archers won her match with Anna King of CADAC.
One new UK Record was claimed for the Ladies Compound 15 arrow match round by Bayley Sargeant and six World Archery Target Awards were applied for.
Thanks were given to the five judges in attendance a number of whom travelled a considerable distance to help make the shoot a success – Joanne Orbell, Robert Potts, Mike Pearce, Paul Clark and Steven Johnson. Thanks were also given to Clickers Archery who kindly sponsored the event.