On Sunday 22nd September, three Worthing archers and one Associate member set off in the pre-dawn darkness, heading for the far rural outskirts of the county, to take part in The High Weald 1440 WRS shoot. The forecast was for heavy rain and thunder storms, and the early heavy rain showers threatened to be prolonged, but that did not deter Dan Mitchell, Trevor Little, Nicky McDowell and Petra Ginman as they settled into 3 dozen rounds at each of the 4 distances (90m,70m 50m and 30m for gents and 70m,60m,50m and 30m for the ladies)
The early rain was challenging but the team persevered. Waterproof clothing went on, came off, went on and came off again as they wavered between staying dry and not being hampered by jackets. Trevor Little's bow took exception to the wet weather and blew up in his hand, shattering his arrow into three pieces. In true Champion-style, Trevor scooted inside, put his bow in the press, restrung it and returned to the shooting line. shaken but not stirred. At the half way mark Dan Mitchell, Trevor Little and Petra Ginman were leading their respective categories and Nicky McDowell was in 3rd Place. The rain abated and there was a short glimpse of sun. It was then time for the shorter distances on the smaller faces. Dan and Petra continued to lead the way, Trevor struggled on valiantly, and Nicky started to gain ground on her opponents.
It certainly wasnt a day for World Records, but all of our archers came away with a medal and a claim for a Fita Star badge.
Dan Mitchell 1st Gents Recurve
Petra Ginman 1st Ladies Recurve
Trevor Little 2nd Gents Compound, a very poorly bow and a dead arrow (but still smiling!)
Nicky McDowell 2nd Ladies Recurve
Full results and some very good Photographs from the day can be found at www.thwac.co.uk