John Inkley of Nene Bowmen, and Tim & Frances Bull of Targetcraft Archers took part in the GNAM (Grand National Archery meeting) at Lilleshall from 24th to the 26th June.
Whilst John has been a regular at this event for several years it was a first for Frances and Tim.
“its something we have wanted to give a go for a few years and finally got there this year despite having our own 2 day club event on the following weekend.”
The weather was pretty good for the 2 days of the York/Hereford rounds and although we did get a bit of rain on the Friday at the start of the Long National it stayed warm.
The competition is based on the combined score from the first 2 days with the Long National being based on handicap adjusted scores.
The atmosphere was so relaxed and friendly. it was a real pleasure to be there. We stopped at 11am for refreshments, tea/coffee/sherry (!), then lunch had to be at 12.30 (12.45 latest). We would have stopped regardless of wherever we were in the round Smiling face with smiling eyes. After about an hour for lunch we were later given refreshments again during the afternoon.
After the Long National of Friday we had a 2 hour wait for the Presentation. Although not expecting to be winning anything we decided to head to the pub for lunch and get back to see the trophies.This event is a real piece of our Archery history and some of the trophies go a long way back.
John Inkley did brilliantly and won another award to add to his collection, coming 3rd in the Gents Recurve.
What a surprise for me… to come 2nd in the Ladies Compound and to also win the cup for “Ladies over a Certain Age”… It was called out but I won’t repeat it. I am now the proud owner of a GNAM Spider (as they are called.)
On Sunday 7th September, the Northamptonshire team competed in the 56th EMAS Senior Inter-county Team Tournament, otherwise known as The Thoresby Shoot.
Individually our archers shot extremely well, with several personal best scores achieved on the day. Five of our seven gents recurve archers, finished in the top eight. Shahram Montasser of Kettering Archers won the gents recurve, John Inkley of Nene Bowmen came third, Ian Hannaford of Northampton AC was fourth, Jeremy Beesley of Branbury Cross Archers was fifth, and Dean Edwards of Duston Bowmen came eighth. Simon Stubbs of Branbury Cross Archers finished in 14th place, and Simon Wright of Wellingborough OAC came 17th. So all in the top half of the results.
James Mason of Northampton AC won the gents compound with a new county record score. Team Captain Martin Ross of Long Buckby AC finished in seventh.
In the ladies recurve, Christine Marshall of Wellingborough OAC came 15th scoring a new personal best. Jennifer Ives of Banbury Cross Archers also shot very well in 19th place. Anita Stubbs also of Banbury Cross Archers finished 22nd shooting barebow.
Our two Longbow archers, Russell Faulkner and John Marshall finished 7th and 10th respectively.
As we were unable to field full teams for most of the categories. we weren’t able to challenge for any of the team trophies this year, finishing 5th in all three categories. Derbyshire won both the recurve and the compound trophies, with Leicestershire & Rutland winning the Longbow trophy.
This year, the shoot also acted as a selection shoot for the up coming EMAS Senior Team match against the West Midlands, to be held on 12th October at Lilleshall. NCAS members initially picked for the team are: Shahram Montasser, John Inkley, Ian Hannaford, Jeremy Beesley, Dean Edwards and James Mason. Congratulations to those archers.
Lincolnshire were the winners of the coverted Thoresby Trophy at this years EMAS Senior Inter-counties Team Tournament held on 4th September at Washingborough near Lincoln. The host county won the event for the first time in the 53 year history of the shoot.
Northamptonshire were once again short of a full team which might have seen us put in a good challenge. Dean Edwards and James Mason finished 1st and 4th respectively in the gents recurve standings. Shahram Montasser also shot very well finishing in 6th place with a new PB of 1027.
Jude Hall finished in 3rd place in the ladies compound with 1208. Helen Nuemann shot really well in here first county shoot with 1109. Frances Bull finished in 7th place overall in the ladies recurve with 1028. Lizzie Cantopher finished 13th with 963.
The NCAS Team