Mick shoots for the County

On Sunday 3rd October the County squad were out in action again, this time joined by NAC’s Mick Lovell shooting barebow. The County match was a three way challenge, between Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire hosted by Buckinghamshire at Silver Arrow Archery Club. 

The team shot Western rounds and I hear that it was a very bluistery day but the team shone through and Northamptonshire took the overall win! Congratulations to Mick & the whole team.

You can find the full results here.

A damp but successful beginners course

Saturday 2nd October was the final session of our most recent beginners course. The day was a very damp one, but this didn’t dampen the spirits! These photos tell a great story, and we are very lucky to have a shelter to shoot from under.

There are many moving parts that go into making a beginners course happen – from enrolling the beginners on to a course once dates have been set & agreed, collecting the money, arranging coaches and supporting archers. But that’s not all! There is also the equipment preparation before hand to ensure the bows are ready for use, setting up and packing away the targets and ensuring the supplies of tea & coffee are flowing (especially on a cold and wet day!). Finally and no means least each and every one of our members at Sywell making our beginners feel welcome to NAC!

Thank you & we hope to see them joining the club soon!



Susan wins the UK Masters

Susan recently headed to Lilleshall to compete for the title at the UK Masters which is an invitational event that you have to qualify for by achieving Master Bowman or Grand Master Bowman classifications. This event is usually held on the first weekend of June, however it was decided that extra time would be allowed to qualify due to Covid-19. The title is awarded to the archers who come out top over three separate elements to the weekend.

On the Saturday archers shot a WA1440 round, Susan shot an overall PB, and distance PBs at 70m and 60m and placing her in 3rd for Day 1. We had really great weather for the Saturday, which is a blessing at Lilleshall.

On the Sunday the wind has returned to its home at Lilleshall, and archers shot a WA50 round in the morning where Susan came 2nd, taking her to the head 2 heads in a strong position. In the head 2 heads Susan had a bye in the first pass taking her into the quarter finals where she took the win by a single point. She also took the win by 3 points in the semi-finals, taking her into the gold medal match, and she took that by a single point, placing her in 1st place for this element.

Overall this placed Susan first for the whole event, taking home the title of UK Masters Champion, as well as winning overall distance award for the 60m section of Saturday and part of the winning regional compound team.


County Championships 2021 Results

Sunday 26th September saw the return of the annual Northamptonshire County Championships, hosted by Wellingborough. 

Usually York, Hereford and Bristol rounds are shot to decide the County Champions, however this year due to the fact that many archers haven’t been shooting again for that long it was decided that WA720 rounds would be shot which are a shorter 6 dozen arrows at a single distance.

From Northampton Archery Club we saw Mick Lovell and Ioannis Chrisinas enter to battle for the title. 

Mick shooting barebow took on 4 others in his category and was crowned County Champion after a clear win of 18 points.

Ioannis shooting recurve took on 10 other archers and finished a respectable 4th in his category.

The full results can be found here.

Congratulations to both archers and thank you for representing NAC!

Ioannis Chrisinas Represents the County at the EMAS Senior Intercounties Event

On Sunday Ioannis Chrisinas represented Northamptonshire County Archery Society at the annual EMAS Senior Intercounties Event. This event is a team competition between the 5 counties which make up EMAS. Ioannis shot the highest score for the county in the gents recurve division – congratulations!

It is unfortunate that Northamptionshire were unable to field a full team – partly due to archers not having returned that long since clubs have reopened and therefore hadn’t been competing, and other event clashes around the country. The full results can be found here.  

Hopefully next year the county is able to field a full team for this event.

Congratulations again to Ioannis for making the team, and if anyone else is interested in representing the county, you can find out more here.


Susan Corless Represents England at the Commonwealth Championships Europe

Susan Corless has spent the past weekend representing England at the annual Commonwealth Championships Europe, which was hosted at Lilleshall, Telford. 

This event is open to all Commonwealth Europe countries and this year England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man took part, with each nation able to send two teams per category. 

Susan was part of the England blue team, who qualified in second place on Saturday and took the silver medal on Sunday. Overall England dominated, winning all but one of the gold medals, and winning 11 of the 21 total medals possible. This is the England medal breakdown – 

  • Gold – Recurve Men, Recurve Women, Compound Men, Compound Women, Compound Mixed, Barebow Mixed
  • Silver – Recurve Men, Compound Men, Compound Women
  • Bronze – Recurve Mixed, Barebow Mixed

The full results can be found here

Congratulations to Susan and her team mates.