Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre hosted BUCS Outdoors 2018 on 16th and 17th June. A huge number of Warwick archers qualified to go to BUCS Outdoors this year and we ended up taking a team of 24. The team consisted of: Sarah Allaway, Sam Armstrong, Hannah Burnage, Heather Clark, Emma Davis, Craig Devonport, James Edmondson, Carys Evans, James Gardner, Tom Hall, Sherman Ip, Tim Jackson, James Jeffs, Melissa Knapton, Aaron Lee, Alex Logan, Enrik Nako, William Pike, Megan Purchase, David Richardson, Charlotte Rossetti, Emma Simpson, Jess Watts and Kate Willett.
On the Saturday, a WA1440 round was shot- a total of 144 arrows at varying distances ranging from 30m all the way up to 90m- and, despite the wind and rain that BUCS is famous for, Team Warwick put in a strong performance. Individually, Tom Hall took Gold for the Gents Recurve category and Emma Davis took Bronze for the Ladies Recurve category. Other notable performances were Sherman Ip, who came 5th in Gents Recurve, and Hannah Burnage with 4th in Ladies Recurve.
The Warwick Gents Non-Compound Team (Tom Hall, Sherman Ip & William Pike) earned a Gold medal overall, with the Warwick Ladies Non-Compound Team (Emma Davis, Hannah Burnage & Charlotte Rossetti) taking Silver. The Gents Compound Team (James Edmondson & Tim Jackson) took Bronze in their category.
The Warwick novices also performed well, with Heather Clark gaining a Silver medal in the Novice Lady Compound category. The Novice non-compound Team (Melissa Knapton, Aaron Lee & Emma Simpson) came 4th overall.
After an overnight camp, the shooting recommenced on the Sunday with a WA720 qualifying round and head-to-head matches. matches. A WA720 round involves shooting 72 arrows at a distance of 70m, regardless of category. The WA720 round provides the order of qualification for the one-on-one head-to-head matches, and determines which archers will face each other. Thankfully, the weather was marginally warmer but the rain returned towards the end of the day (unfortunately just in time for the start of the Gents Recurve matches!).
After the WA720 round, many Warwick Archers had qualified in the top 10s for their respective categories, including Tom Hall, Sherman Ip, William Pike, Emma Davis, Hannah Burnage, Sarah Allaway, James Edmondson, Tim Jackson, Heather Clark & Megan Purchase.
After a very overcast set of head-to-head matches, including several Warwick v Warwick matches, Tom Hall took Gold and Sherman Ip took Bronze in the Gents Recurve category (both having shot their way through six very tiring matches each).
At the end of the weekend, Team Warwick had earned a total of 56 BUCS points (almost double what was earned last year!!). We hope to continue our success over the coming year.
Full results from this event can be found at www.ianseo.net.
Thank you to Lilleshall for hosting another successful BUCS event, to all those involved in organising the event, and to our club coaches, Nick Mitchell and Tom Hall.
Image credits: Malcolm Rees