The venue was again the ground of Andover Archers and the weather was reasonable, with light overcast clouds and a wind that blew steadily into the faces of the competitors. The temperature was on the cool side, but OK if you were shooting. York and Hereford rounds were shot.
A new system of calculating the winning places was in force this year – Team Managers would compile a running total of team scores every two dozen arrows, which would be posted on the results board – and at the finish their scores would be used without checking. This should have speeded up the medal giving ceremony, as the individual scores would be checked by the organisers afterwards.
This system meant that the results board was continuously updated, and it told an interesting story. The Recurve team was placed first at the end of the first two dozen and stayed there throughout the competition with the margin between them and second place getting bigger as each score was posted.
There was a different story for the Compound team. At the end of the first two dozen they were in joint second place, but had slipped to third by the fourth dozen. They then started to pull themselves back into contention and every two dozen the gap between them and Hampshire, who had been leading from the start, got smaller. They got back to second place, and then with only the last two dozen arrows left they were just 2 points behind the leaders.
At the end of the competition the leader board was abandoned, so only the organisers knew what the final scores were.
The presentation ceremony got under-way quickly due to the new system and the Recurve positions were;
3rd place – Oxford 4134, 2nd place – Hampshire 4143, 1st place – Essex – 4379, a not exactly unexpected placing for Essex, but a close competition between Oxford and Hampshire.
Nail-biting time for me and the team when the Compound results were announced; 3rd place – Hertfordshire 4774, 2nd place ----- Hampshire 4856 ( Oh yeah!!!! – well done), 1st place Essex – 4876. The Compound team were pleased with themselves for a hard worked recovery, and there was a quiet satisfaction in the entire team that they had won both disciplines. A good conclusion to a long day.
Anna King 144, 1240, 117 Matt Webb 144, 1110, 74
James King 144, 1224, 111 Yvonne Wade 143, 1107, 75
Pat Spragg 144, 1224, 110 Neil Smith 144, 1106, 65
Warren Stroud 144, 1188, 95 Derek Lawless 144, 1056, 61
Steve Spragg 143, 1149, 86 Martin Skinner 143, 1049, 59
My congratulations and thanks go to all team members for their time and efforts on the day. They supported each other well and performed splendidly – and got due reward. My thanks also to Peter Wade, for helping me with the running scores.