Sunday 4th September saw the annual Teesside Championship being shot at Heugh’s home ground in Seaton Carew. As the field party arrived at 8am, it was cold, wet, windy and miserable. And frankly, it didn’t get much better! With one target blowing over before we got started, and the rain coming down so hard we left the target faces off until the last minute, it looked like it was going to be a pretty awful day.
Just as Kev called assembly, the skies brightened a little, and the rain stopped. The wind stayed with us all day, causing more than a little grumbling at the 80 yard mark, but for those of us used to shooting at Seaton, it wasn’t too bad!
The rain returned with a vengeance at lunch time, but cleared up yet again just as Sharon called the five minute warning, and the clouds slowly continued to lift until we had clear blue skies. The raffle and the awards were completed in blazing sunshine – with some of us topping up our tans!
With competitors from Heugh, Norton, Aycliffe, East Durham and Glaxo lining up to take a share of the honours, it was a mixed bad at the awards ceremony. Heugh took Ladies Recurve champion, while Norton took the gents. Heugh took the Compound Team, while Norton took Recurve. Aycliffe put up a good fight, by taking Ladies Compound and Best Gold at 80 yards, but Norton walked away with all of the longbow trophies – as normal 🙂
The annual meeting of the minds after the competition discussed the reason why we haven’t had a lot of archers entering in recent years. Part of the reason (we think!) is that although it’s a fun, relaxed shoot, the Albion puts off those who aren’t very experienced. With that in mind, next year we will be adding a Windsor round for first year novices.
Many thanks to all who entered, and for all who helped on the day. As always, a big thank you to Kev (as TO), the field party, Sharon (the judge!), and George (for his outstanding patience with a metal detector!). We still haven’t found that arrow!
Hope to see everyone again next year!
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(Apologies for the lack of photos. Louise decided to shoot her sticks instead, so we had to do without a photographer! 🙂 )