Great day for St George’s at National Championships

St George's Archery Club winners
St George's Archery Club winners

HARROGATE’S St George’s Archery Club had a very successful day at the National Clout Archery Championships, claiming two UK titles and setting new club and county records at Bronte Archers in Bradford.

Tom Woolley retained his UK junior longbow title. Having only moved up in the last month to the U-18s-year-old distance of 140 yards Tom came from behind at the half way stage to win by a margin of 10 points.

His scores broke the existing club records for both the single and double clout rounds which had stood for over seven years.

The St George’s trio of Carol Fairbrother, Moira Salmons and Lesley Wallace also won gold in the team barebow championship after a contest with fellow Yorkshire club Wakefield Archers.

Ben Daniel, in his first year of shooting, claimed silver in the junior barebow category. He rounded off an exceptional first season of shooting by setting new Yorkshire records for both the single and double U-12s, 80-yard clout rounds and was also awarded a blue tassel for his overall score of 123.

Tom Ketley, also in his first year in the sport, had to move up distances from 80 to 100 yards following his 12th birthday last week. He was rewarded with fourth place in the junior barebow championship and a white tassel award.

Carol Fairbrother took bronze in her attempt to defend the UK lady barebow title. Moira Salmons rounded off an excellent season with fifth place and Lesley Wallace came eighth with a personal best score to claim a blue tassel award.

Anyone interested in taking up archery can find full details on the club’s website www.harrogate-archery.co.uk.