Since the club started we have provided information to the local newspapers on our competitions and the progress of our members. The following is a selection of press releases which have appeared in local papers.

Junior Regional Match NCAS v EMAS 2010

Cumbria County Championships 2010

Cockermouth Metric Madness 2010

Times and Star 10th October 2007

Cockermouth Junior Archers on target at the NCAS 5 Counties Shoot

Three junior boy longbow archers from Cockermouth Company of Archers represented Cumbria at the 5 Counties shoot on Saturday 6th October. For all three archers this was their first time to shoot at county level and they were up against the top junior archers from Yorkshire, Cheshire, Durham & Northhumberland and Lancashire. The competition was held in Newcastle and the weather for once was perfect.

Joshua Havlin shot in the Under 16 group while Joshua Shepherd and Cameron Angus shot in the Under 14 group. Josh Shepherd had a great start at 50y and continued his good form to finish with a score of 359, which was over 60 points more than his nearest rival from Yorkshire. For his efforts Joshua won the boys longbow section, taking home to Cumbria, as an NCAS Champion, the Phil Evens cup as well as achieving a Black Junior Rose award for a score above 300. Joshua Havlin scored 116 and Cameron Angus scored 104

The Cumbria boys longbow team also gave Yorkshire a very strong match. Both teams had the same final score and number of hits, which is very unusual for longbow competitions. However, Yorkshire had eleven golds while Cumbria had five and so Yorkshire got the victory this time.

Cumbrian junior archers also brought home individual medals in for junior boy recurve and junior girl longbow and the junior girl longbow team trophy.

The senior competition was held on Sunday 7th October and Paula Atkin from the Cockermouth club, shot for Cumbria. The senior archers got the bad weather but that did not dampen their determination to succeed. Paula shot a personal best of 806 and achieved her White Rose award, which was a great way to end the outdoor season.

For further information on archery at Cockermouth, please contact the secretary Sandra Vives Lynch (sandra.lynch@tinyworld.co.uk)

Times and Star 21st June 2007

Lanercost Priory Shoot

On a wonderfully sunny day, amidst a week of downpouring the longbow archery team from Cockermouth Company of Archers took part in the Lannercost Priory Shoot on Sunday 17th June. The two-way shoot was shot under British Longbow Society Rules at targets 40y away and 80cm target faces. The Cockermouth team consisted of five senior and two junior archers. Everybody shot well, with Sarah Watts shooting the highest club score in the senior group, coming in fourth place overall. While for the juniors Josh Havlin, shooting in his first longbow competition was placed joint second in the under 18 group. Daniel Vives Lynch, shooting the flatbow, took home first prize in the under 12 group. The next local longbow shoot will be held at the Grasmoor Sports Centre, Strawberry How, Cockermouth on Saturday 7th July.

For further information on archery at Cockermouth, please contact the secretary Sandra Vives Lynch (sandra.lynch@tinyworld.co.uk)

Times and Star 21st June 2007

Eagle Clout Weekend

The Eagle Bowmen clout weekend was held at French Field Sports Ground near Penrith with over fifty archers from the Northern region taking part. A clout shoot is shot over distances from 80y for juniors under 12 to 180y for senior gentlemen. The objective being to shoot your arrows closest to a flag (the clout) placed in the ground, at the centre of the scoring circle at the required distance. Cockermouth Company of Archers were represented by four senior and two junior archers. On the Saturday a one-way FITA clout was shot by senior archers and aone-way GNAS clout by the junior archers. Sandra Vives Lynch, shooting in the barebow category took first place senior lady. Sam Paton shooting in the junior boy under 14 barebow section was placed second. Sam also took home the trophy for best junior clout over the day and also achieved his white tassle award. In the junior boy under 12 Daniel Vives Lynch was placed second. Sandra, Sam and Daniel also set new club records. Everybody shoot a two-way GNAS clout on the Sunday, this has a smaller scoring circle and flag compared to the FITA clout. Daniel Vives Lynch took first place in the junior boy under 12, barebow category while Paula Atkin and Andrew Chappel, both shooting the longbow, set new club records and Daniel broke the club record he had set on the first day. Overall it was an enjoyable weekend and a good practice session for the regional clout championships which will be held at Harrogate in September

For further information on archery at Cockermouth, please contact the secretary Sandra Vives Lynch (sandra.lynch@tinyworld.co.uk)

Times and Star 10th July 2007

Cockermouth Company of Archers 1st Invitation Longbow Competition

Cockermouth Company of Archers held their first longbow shoot at the Grassmoor Sports Centre on Saturday the 7th July. Originally conceived as a fun shoot for the club members it was decided that the competition should be extended and an invitation to come and shoot was sent to all longbow archers in Cumbria. Eleven archers entered the competition and many others took note of the date for next year.

As shooting progressed the weather conditions included a challenging wind with occasional showers and sunshine. Lunch-time was a relaxed affair with the longbow archers tradition of partaking of shortcake and sherry, though on this occasional, our club Chairman. Andy Chapell, decided that champagne would also be acceptable. Unlike Olympic archery, longbow competitions are won on the number of scoring hits the archer gets on target. The club archers put in an excellent performance with Sarah Watts winning the Lady Champion title, Daniel Vives Lynch the Best Gold and Robert Webb the "Worm Scarer" prize. Freya Wise from Kendal Bowmen set a new county record for the Short Junior National and also took the Junior Champion title. The, Gentlemen Champion title, was won by Richard Rhodes from Eagle Bowmen. The archers who joined us from around Cumbria enjoyed the archery, beautiful views of the fells from the Cockermouth range and are already looking forward to next years shoot. Overall the first Longbow Invitation Shoot was a great success and we look forward to making it an annual event.

The next competition will be the 2nd Club Championships. This is a handicap shoot, which will be held at Grassmoor Sports Centre at 10am on Saturday 14th July.

It is anticipated that the club will have a stand at the Cockermouth Show, where anybody may come along and try the sport. Suitable equipment will be available for visually impaired archers, juniors and seniors of any ability.

For further information on archery at Cockermouth, please contact the secretary Sandra Vives Lynch (sandra.lynch@tinyworld.co.uk)

Times and Star 29th May 2008

Cockermouth Company of Archers County Championships 2008

Seven members of Cockermouth Company of Archers took part in the County Outdoor Championships which were held at Penrith on the 25th and 26th May 2008. The shooting conditions were dry but very windy. Senior archer Paula Atkin took part in the ladies recurve event putting in scores of 678 and 617 to win the County Championship Trophy and take second place in the Open Competition. Sandra Vives Lynch and Sarah Watts both shot longbow and in difficult longbow shooting conditions came second and third in the longbow section. The junior archers shot the Bristol rounds on the Monday. McKenzie Jenkin continues to shoot well and took home the Junior Boy Under 12 Recurve trophy with a Junior Bowman score of 937 for the Bristrol IV round, which also earned him his first Rose award. Daniel Vives Lynch won the Junior Boy Under 10 Barebow with a score of 939 for the Bristol V round. Sam Paton and Karen Dixon put in scores of 445 and 340 respectively for the Bristol III round. Both archers achieving Third Class scores. In addition to the main competition, club members and supports also took home four raffle prizes.

For further information on archery at Cockermouth, please contact the secretary Sarah Watts (sarah.watts@westlakes.ac.uk)

Times and Star 9th June 2008

Eagle Clout Weekend 2008

The Eagle Bowmen clout weekend was held at French Field Sports Ground near Penrith with over fifty archers from the Northern region taking part. A clout shoot is shot over distances from 80y for juniors under 12 to 180y for senior gentlemen. The objective being to shoot your arrows closest to a flag (the clout) placed in the ground, at the centre of the scoring circle at the required distance.

Cockermouth Company of Archers were represented by three senior and two junior archers. Sandra Vives Lynch completed her first clout as a candidate judge on the Saturday and also shot on the Sunday. On the Saturday a one-way FITA clout was shot by senior archers and a one-way GNAS clout by the junior archers. In the Junior Boy under 12 section Daniel Vives Lynch was placed second and also achieved his white tassle award with a score of 54 points, which was a new club record. Everybody shoot a two-way GNAS clout on the Sunday, this has a smaller scoring circle and flag compared to the FITA clout. Sandra Vives Lynch took first place in the Lady Longbow section. Scoring 48 points and achieving a white Tassle award. Daniel Vives Lynch took first place in the junior boy under 9, barebow category. Tammy Gillbe taking part in her first clout competition, also won the Junior Girl Under 10 section and set another club record.

Overall it was an enjoyable weekend and a good practice session for the county clout championships which will be held at Penrith on 6th July

For further information on archery at Cockermouth, please contact the secretary Sarah Watts (sarah.watts@westlakes.ac.uk)

NCAS Regional Clout Championships 2008

The Northern Counties Archery Association regional clout championships were held in Harrogate with over 50 archers from the Northern region taking part, of which ten were from Cumbria. A clout shoot is shot over distances from 80y for juniors under 12 to 180y for senior gentlemen. The objective being to shoot your arrows closest to a flag (the clout) placed in the ground, at the centre of the scoring circle at the required distance.

Cockermouth Company of Archers were represented by two senior and one junior archer. Sandra Vives Lynch shot in the ladies longbow section, Jordi Vives i Batlle shot in the gentlemen barebow section and Daniel Vives Lynch shot in the Junior Boy Under 12 barebow section. In the Junior Boy under 12 section Daniel Vives Lynch was placed first and also achieved his black tassle award with a score of 75 points, which was a new club and county record.

Although the field was muddy, the sun shone for the whole day, which given the recent weather, was considered excellent shooting conditions. The next clout competition the club will attend is the National Championships being held in Bradford, at which Daniel hopes to continue his current form with further success.

For further information on archery at Cockermouth, please contact the secretary Sarah Watts (sarah.watts@westlakes.ac.uk)

GNAS National Clout Championships 2008

The Grand National Archery Society National clout championships were held at Rawdon Meadows, Bradford. A clout shoot is shot over distances from 80y for juniors under 12 to 180y for senior gentlemen. The objective being to shoot your arrows closest to a flag (the clout) placed in the ground, at the centre of the scoring circle from the required distance. This year there was a record attendance of 134 archers from the UK taking part, of which six were from Cumbria.

Cockermouth Company of Archers were represented by one senior and one junior archer. Sandra Vives Lynch shot in the ladies longbow section and Daniel Vives Lynch shot in the Junior Boy barebow section. Sandra shot a new personal best of 53 to take 6th place overall in the ladies longbow section. This score was also a new county record and qualified for the black tassel award. Daniel, also scored 53 and took 3rd place in the Junior boy barebow section.

Also representing Cumbria were archers from Beacon Archers, Kendal Bowmen and Sellafield archery club. Alan Beatty from Beacon shot 52 in the Gentlemens longbow section and finished in 6th place, Jim Skivington from Sellafield shot 85 in the Gentlemens recurve section, finishing in 22nd place and gaining his white tassel award. Ella Swindley from Kendal bowmen shot in the girls recurve section, scoring 86, placing 7th and gaining her white tassel.

However, the most outstanding Cumbrian archer on the day was Kirsty Skivington from Sellafield. Kirsty also took part in the Girls recurve section putting in a score of 244 to gain 1st place. Kirstys score is new National and County record and also gained Kirsty her gold tassel award.

The archery indoor season has now started and upcoming competitions include the Cumbrian Combined FITA, County and Regional championships and the National Junior Indoor championships, which Cockermouth archers will be attending. For further information on archery at Cockermouth, please contact the secretary Sarah Watts (sarah.watts@westlakes.ac.uk)

 

October 2008

Cockermouth Juniors shoot well at Inter-County competition despite the wind, rain and mud

Five archers from Cockermouth Company of Archers made it onto the team of sixteen Cumbrian junior archers. The team took part at the Inter-county shoot between Cumbria, Lanashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire and Durham & Northumberland on Saturday 4th October 2008. Karen Dixon shot on the girls longbow team, McKenzie Jenkin on the recurve team and Joshua Havlin, Cameron Angus and Daniel Vives shot for the longbow team.

The day started relatively well when the sleet promised in the weather forecast did not materialise. At assembly, the judges declared inclement weather, and they meant it. As it soon became apparent that the weather was worsening, with the wind whipping up, the rain becoming heavier, and, worst of all, the temperature dropping significantly. By 4-dozen, it was fairly obvious that there was strong danger of hypothermia, so the team managers conferred with the Tournment Organiser, and offered three options to the archers: stop shooting there and then; take lunch and move the targets to shoot Nationals (or Westerns if the weather improved); or carry on to the bitter end. To the surprise of everyone, including the archers, they voted to carry on, but, as the weather got even worse, the unilateral decision was taken to stop altogether at 6 dozen, and do the awards on those scores.

Karen Dixon put in a score of 57 to take second place girls Bristol III individual longbow. This score also helped secure first place in the girls longbow team event for Cumbria. Cameron Angus took first place with a score of 54 in the boys Bristol III individual longbow. McKenzie Jenkin took third place boys Bristol IV recurve, with a score of XX. With only one medal awarded for the Bristol II and the Bristol IV individual longbow both Daniel Vives Lynch and Joshua Havlin just missed out on the medals. The junior boys longbow team, consisting of Cameron Angus and Daniel Vives Lynch, came second overall and McKenzie Jenkin helped the boys recurve team to third place

Congratulations to all those who took part, including the parents who came to support them. Everybody remained cheerful throughout, and took what the elements threw at them. As usual, our junior archers were a credit to Cumbria, and we can be proud of them.

The senior shoot took place the following day in perfect conditions, representing Cockermouth COA was Paula Atkin who shot 881 for a Hereford round. The senior gents recurve team won their section, aided by local Olympic archer Alan Wills.

The next shoot the club will have representation at is the National clout championships at Bradford on the 18th October 2008. For further information on archery at Cockermouth, please contact the secretary Sarah Watts (sarah.watts@westlakes.ac.uk)

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