Chris Mason Dawn to Dusk Endurance Shoot

Chris Mason Dawn to Dusk Endurance Shoot

Well what a perfect day, I’m sure all of you who managed to attend would agree!

We started setting up at about 4.30am and the shoot got underway at about 6.15am. Angie Bray and James Mason started the shoot with both of them symbolically shooting at a Cancer Research target, it was the ideal way to start the day and I must say Angie’s shot was fantastic.

We had 17 target bosses up and all of them were being used from the off, with over 30 archers there from the beginning, more archers arrived throughout the day to take part. In addition lots of old and new friends turned up throughout the day to say hello, see how we were doing, help out and donate further funds. Bacon rolls, burgers and hot dogs were served throughout the day together with a rather nice range of home made cakes that had been donated to the event. Both archers and visitors were extremely generous in their donations for the food, I saw one person donate £20 for a hot dog for example. The weather was fantastic, a little bit windy which is ideal as it gave us all the excuses for bad shots and lovely and sunny, although it did leave us all a bit red in the face by the end of the day.


Lots of archers took part for at least part of the day, some shot as teams for the whole duration, we would love to mention all of these people by name but haven’t the space here, and a hard core of individuals managed to literally shoot from Dawn to Dusk, these people deserve a role of honor: Martin Ross, Alex Ross, Andrew Lockwood, Luke Jeffery, Tom Taylor, Dave Quemby, Bob Kaminski, Dean Edwards, Kate Baker, Morgan Baker, Millie Baker, Jeremy Beasley, Jennifer Beasley, Stuart Chappell, Mick Lovell, Dave Birch, Joe Burlington, Dave Williams and Glenn Taylor. Of all the archers mentioned a special comment must be made of the three juniors who shot the whole day, Alex 14, Morgan 11 and Millie only 9, they were about the only three who didn’t grumble and I think could have easily carried on for longer!

In addition to the archers we were backed up by some great people for the whole day, Heather Bayliss judged for the entire time, Geoff Denny helped set up & take down in addition to being the master of the metal detector looking for arrows and shot at least one round (yes shot!) and Allison and Jack Taylor cooked all of the food and made all the drink throughout the day (with a little help from their friends along the way).

We drew the day to a close (after shooting 3 Windsor Rounds and a short Warwick round, breaking county records along the way, a total of 354 arrows over 15 hours ,as much of our time was spent looking for arrows as shooting them), with the fantastic, hair on the back of the neck, sight of all the remaining archers collectively shooting at 2 Cancer Research targets. Followed by Angie and James shooting 2 final arrows into the Cancer Research logos, a fitting end to, as Angie said, “a perfect day”.

The scores are now available, thanks to Dean Edwards for their preparation.

We would like to thank a few individuals/clubs who made this event all possible: Andrew Lockwood managed the fund raising, Martin Ross, Ian Adkins and Long Buckby Archery Club for organizing the event, Dave Quemby, Rob Marshal & Bob Fricker, who not only shot but helped set up the day before, throughout the day and at the end (special thanks to NAC for the loan of their fantastic gazebo) and NCAS for their support. I know we haven’t mentioned every individual who helped but we did really appreciate everybody who contributed, take a look at the excellent pictures and you will see who was there.

We know that a massive amount of money has been raised and we will post a figure once we have a total, thank you to all who have made a donation, if you haven’t there is still time just visit our just giving page at

Finally I would like thank the one person who the whole event was about – Chris Mason, Chris touched all of our lives and it was testament to the effect he had on all of us that we wanted to be there to celebrate that we were privileged to have known him, and in some cases he even touched the lives of people who didn’t know him and they wanted to be there too. In return Chris rewarded us all with perfect weather for a perfect day, thank you my friend.

Glenn W Taylor
County Chairman


Photos from the day courtesy of Steve White and Dean Edwards

Dawn til Dusk Archery Challenge this Saturday!

Dawn til Dusk Archery Challenge this Saturday!

The Dawn to Dusk archery challenge in memory of Chris mason and raising money for Cancer Research is real gathering pace and we have just broken our new adjusted target of £5,000, which is fantastic, who knows what we can now achieve.

I would like to say a very special thank you to Mario Stankovic and the team at EMAS who have today donated £250 to our fund raising efforts, which is fantastic news!

Individual archers, clubs, archery shops (Merlin have donated £250), NCAS and now EMAS working together to remember our friend Chris and to raise funds to help put a stop to this dreadful illness.

Good luck to all taking part and watch this space for updates over the next few days.

Here’s a running schedule for the day: Dawn_til_Dusk_Schedule of events.docx


UPDATE! – NCAS Dawn til Dusk Archery Challenge in memory of Chris Mason

UPDATE! – NCAS Dawn til Dusk Archery Challenge in memory of Chris Mason

Last year our County Chairman, and my friend, Chris Mason passed away.

To remember Chris and help raise much needed funds for cancer research, we are holding an endurance archery event from 6am to 9pm on Saturday 18th July at the Daventry and District Sports Club rugby pitches. Please come along and take part, either on your own or as part of a team, and get as much sponsorship as you can.

You don’t have to shoot all day and if you can’t shoot then why not get yourself sponsored for something like judging, looking for arrows, selling cakes, making tea, helping with the field party or for whatever else takes your fancy! If you can’t spare the time to come along then please make a donation anyway or sponsor somebody who is taking part.

We will be shooting multiple Windsor rounds 60, 50, 40 yards, so multiple County records could be achieved but don’t worry if you can’t make these distances because we will be putting targets at shorter distances for all who would prefer this, just let us know what you would like.

We have a Just Giving page set up here you can see the full story here and you can also download advertising posters and a good old-fashioned ‘sponsorship form’.

UPDATE!– For those taking part in the event who wish to create their own just giving pages to raise funds, please get in contact with Andrew Lockwood via the Facebook page for the event.

Click on the Poster image to download…
PowerPoint Presentation

PowerPoint Presentation

Sponsorship Form

We’ve set a original target of £3,000 but I’m sure that the archers of Northamptonshire will want to better that in memory of Chris and to help get rid of this terrible disease.

Please let Martin Ross know if you are coming to ensure that we have enough bosses etc set up.

I shall be doing my best to overcome my target panic and take part and I look to seeing you all there!

County Chairman


A Fitting Tribute…


The Funeral of our County Chairman Chris Mason took place on Monday 20th October in his home town of Kettering. The day was a tribute to his life and he was given a great send off, including a fitting six arrow tribute at Kettering Cricket Club in the afternoon. As the sixth arrow was loosed, friends and family gave the call ‘Chris Mason, Archer of England’.

We would like to thank everyone who came to Chris’s funeral for helping to make it such a wonderful tribute and celebration of his life. It really meant a lot to us, his family, to see so many friends and people who knew Chris and who wanted to be there to pay their respects on the day.

Angie, Stephanie and James.

Chris Mason

It is with great sadness that we let you know our dear County Chairman, Chris Mason passed away on Friday 10th October. He’ll be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

Chris has been a huge part of archery within the county for many years, working tirelessly not least as Chairman but in everything from running shoots to simply helping others whenever they needed it. This is just a little of what he did for us all. He will be sorely missed and his absence will be felt by many many people.

We would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to Chris’ children Jamie and Steph, and to Chris’ partner Angie. So many of you will be sending your love and thoughts to them at this sad time.

Details of the funeral will follow as soon as possible. Please feel free to share any of your own condolences and thoughts in the comments below.