A RECORD-EQUALLING turnout of 52 archers braved the freezing conditions last Sunday to take part in St George’s Archery Club’s eighth annual Snowman Shoot.
The shoot was held on the club’s ground at St John Fisher School.
Members were joined for the shoot by guests from neighbouring clubs Riggwelter Field Archers and Thirsk Bowmen.
The round was four dozen arrows shot at specially designed target faces and the shoot handicapped according to bow-type and experience so all archers could compete against each other.
Scoring was exceptional with the records for three of the shoot’s four classes being broken and the other being equalled.
Guest of honour Kath Street presented Chris Francis with the prize for the highest senior score of the day.
Novice archer Jeanette Ives claimed second place and Brian Hiscutt third.
Chris’s score of 255 beat the existing club record, set by tournament organiser Carol Fairbrother back in 2008, by 25 points.
In the U-18s category, novice recurve archer Sarah Richardson took first place and also claimed a club record with her score of 233.
Karl Sierevogel of Thirsk was second closely followed by Inez Tully.
The scoring in the U-13s class was particularly close.
Novice Joshua Baron shot superbly and his score of 204 was the third club record of the day.
Second place went to Tom Ketley and third to Ben Daniel, with Harry Street, Chris Hill and Lewis Francis being only a handful of points behind.
Other prizewinners were Jacob Greenwood for the best white and Charles Rawson who equalled the club record set last year by fellow compound archer Jon Overfield for the most golds.
St George’s next main club event is the 10th Barbara Williams Memorial Clout which takes place in March.
Anyone interested in taking up archery can find full details on www.harrogate-archery.co.uk