Beginners Course, 17th & 18th August

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed our beginners course on the weekend of 17th and 18th August:

– Silvio Bukbardis
– Tim Fry
– Gwen Holmes
– Lawrence Hyde-Smith
– Jack Steele
– Jamie Todd
– Richard Walden
– Freddie Wichelow

Many thanks to to our instructors, Steve Allen, Pip Tucknott, Stuart Elliott and Neli Harman.


Beginners Course, 10th & 11th August 2013

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed our beginners course on the weekend of 10th and 11th August:

– Nathan Bellenie
– Louis Dutch
– James Hoy
– Cameron Kemp
– Patrick Metzdorg
– Jane Simmons

A great bunch of people who made it a very enjoyable weekend for everyone involved. Good shooting!

Many thanks to to our instructors, Steve Allen, Pip Tucknott, Stuart Elliott and Neli Harman for ensuring that the course went smoothly.

The grand weather also helped. We were doubly blessed by the appearance of our Chairman, Roger McMullan, and Treasurer, Roger Wolff 🙂


Beginners Course, March 2013

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed our beginners course on the weekend of 9th and 10th March:

– Asher Dolton-Martin
– Cath Farr
– Richard Keen
– Paul Martin
– Michelle O’Neill
– Paula Rudkin

Many thanks to Steve Allen, Roger McMullan and Pip Tucknott for acting as instructors.


3rd FITA 18 Tournament, 23rd and 24th February 2013

“Shooting with Friends”

Word reached your correspondent a few weeks ago that someone had described Brighton Bowmen as being akin to “shooting with your friends in the garden.” The intent behind that remark wasn’t in the least bit generous, but it had a ring of truth around it in the context of our latest FITA 18 tournament. The shoot went smoothly and the atmosphere was competitive but friendly. Very many thanks to everyone who turned up and made it a special weekend. It was the most satisfying of several I’ve organised since 2008.

If you’re here to find the results from the tournament, click this link. They include one new UK record and several new county records. Read on for the details.

From Far and Wide

It isn’t an exaggeration to say that people came to St Aubyns from far and wide last weekend. Archers from Sussex, its neighbouring counties of Hampshire, Surrey and Kent, plus the usual suspects from Essex were on the target lists. London, the West Midlands and Scotland were also represented.

Among the entrants were three young people who behaved impeccably, shot with determination and were a credit to themselves and their parents. Hopefully we’ll see Henry Riseborough (Bognor Regis AC) and Louisa and Eleanor Piper of Woking AC at many more archery tournaments. Well done to all three of you, especially Louisa whose 416 was a new Surrey under 12 record.

A couple of other juniors managed to set new records for their counties, among them Chris Woodgate (Woking AC) whose 563 is a new Surrey best for junior recurve. At the other end of the age range Chris Ellis (The High Weald AC) narrowly missed out on a new national gents longbow record, although it’s probably only a matter of time until that happens.

Somewhere between those two, at least in terms of age, stands Michaela Lake, the archery mum behind our much-lauded archery tournament diary. This was her first competition, a little more than four weeks after she completed her beginner’s course. It was a good first effort and somehow you just know there are going to be many more tournaments and many higher scores. Well done, Michaela.


Rumblings from the audience suggest that it’s time to reveal the identity of the person who shot a new UK record; but before doing so it should be noted that this wasn’t the first occasion such a mark has been set at Brighton Bowmen. Back in March 2012, Daisy Clark’s 583 took that honour and it was once again a pleasure to see her, dad Paul and their friends from Chelmsford Tudor Rose Archers and Mayflower Archers at St Aubyns.

This time round, however, the headlines went to Naomi Jones of Edinburgh University AC. Her first two dozens in session B – 115 followed by 120 – suggested that something special was happening. The last three dozens – 118, 118 and 117 – sealed the deal for a total of 588, breaking the existing record by two points. An exceptional performance and a helluva way to warm up for this week’s European Indoor Championships, where she will be representing Great Britain.

Congratulations, Naomi. And good luck this week.

Rock ‘n’ Roll

As ever, Tim Nash graced the tournament with his unique mixture of excellent shooting, offbeat humour and quirky dress sense. One feels that the changes to Rule 307 were made just for him. Thankfully the pink cord trousers stayed in his bag this time.

Four 580 plus scores on Saturday were merely the prelude to dinner with friends that evening and then a classic Nash performance at St Aubyns on the second day.

At the assembly for session F, people were asking “Where’s Tim?”

“In Worthing. Having breakfast,” came the answer via text message. No ETA was mentioned.

Finally rocking up around 15 minutes before the second session, Nash set about securing his place in the selection shoot for the 2014 World Indoor Championships. A score of 589, sealed with the last arrow of the tournament and celebrated with a neo-punk victory jig that had the neighbours worrying that the Russians had invaded, saw him finish on a roll and quite literally the highest of notes.

Archery meets rock ‘n’ roll courtesy of Tim Nash; you have to love it. But God help the good people of Rzeszow in Poland, where he is also representing Great Britain this week.

Go, Scalpel!

Behind the Scenes

No Brighton Bowmen event is complete without Roger and Zillah McMullan, who took charge of affairs at front of house and behind the scenes respectively.  There is an awful lot that’s good in Sussex archery that wouldn’t happen without them. Thanks, folks.

The same goes for Paul Clark, who once more assisted Roger in his capacity as a candidate judge, and also Nick Cole, who worked tirelessly as field captain throughout the weekend from Friday evening through to Sunday evening.  Top blokes both.

It’s worth mentioning that Naomi Jones and Tim Nash drove to Rottingdean from Edinburgh via Lilleshall on Friday and arrived in good time to help set up the range for the weekend. Stars in every sense of the word and worthy of their appearance on the Brighton Bowmen Pinterest boards.

Pip Tucknott and Jamie Cole were the final members of the field crew on both Friday and Sunday. In the intervening 48 hours Jamie shot 578 to equal Pip’s Sussex county record; but in the same session Pip shot 579 to make it all his own for a while longer. The rivalry is still there, but the spirit of 2010 lives on. Thanks, lads.

Pip assisted Sidonie Lake and Julia Tucknott with much baking the day before the tournament. Grateful thanks to everyone who didn’t have the chocolate cake. I’m looking forward to finishing the last slice once this has been published. Before doing so, I must mention that Julia and Zillah manned the grill and the tea urn throughout the weekend.

And finally, and as ever, Pip and Julia were responsible for doing numerous jobs that needed doing to make the tournament happen and to enable the Organiser to appear something like efficient. He’s a very lucky man.


Beginners Course, February 2013

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed our beginners course on the weekend of 9th and 10th February:

– Matthew Downes
– Jayne Homewood
– Ben Miller
– Dave Read
– Deborah Shenton
– Robert Vyse
– Huw Williams

Many thanks to Steve Allen, Roger McMullan and Pip Tucknott for acting as instructors. The course was well-received, as shown by the feedback received to date:

“Just wanted to say a big thank your for a great introduction into archery. I’m off to buy a bow on Wednesday.” – Jayne Homewood

“Thanks for a brilliant weekend, learned a lot and really enjoyed myself.” – Matthew Downes

“I loved it.” – Deborah Shenton

For more information about our archery courses, see the Beginners Courses page.


November Challenge Winner

Congratulations to Sidonie Lake (Eastbourne Archers) for taking first place in the Junior Ladies Under 18 Barebow section of the 2012 GNAS November Challenge.

A regular at our indoor archery sessions, Sid shot her winning score at St Aubyns. Credit must also go to her new coach, Adam Stevens, who is lending his wealth of real archery experience to help Sid improve.

Full results from the November Challenge can be found here.


Beginners Course, January 2013

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed our beginners course on the weekend of 26th and 27th January:

– Andy Biddle
– Stuart Elliott
– Emma Griffiths
– Neli Harman
– Michaela Lake
– Darren Meacher
– Anna Morris
– Keith Peters
– Vincent Phillips

Many thanks to Steve Allen, Roger McMullan and Pip Tucknott for acting as instructors.

Among the plaudits received for a job well done, this one came from Keith Peters:

“Well a week has gone by and all 4 of us wish we were back shooting arrows at round things again! Thanks for a brilliant weekend. We all had loads of fun and Darren was very pleased with himself after winning the end tournament.”

And Stuart Elliott also took the time to record his thanks:

“Neli and I really enjoyed the course and will def be carrying on with archery.”

For more information about our archery courses, see the Beginners Courses page.

To find out when our next beginners course is taking place, take a look here.


Holbrook Archers

Holbrook Archers have opened their new website today. Congratulations to Steve Lancaster on a nice job.

Based in Horsham, the club has indoor and outdoor ranges (for many years, their ground was the home of the Sussex Championships weekend). You can also get a decent pint in the club house after shooting.

In addition to being able to boast a formidable list of County Champions and team members, Holbrook Archers are also a friendly bunch, well-organised and very supportive of new archers. Well worth a visit if you’re located in or near Horsham.

Find out more by visiting the new Holbrook Archers website.


2012 Junior National Indoor Championships

Congratulations to Pip Tucknott on taking second place in the Under 18 Compound at last weekend’s Junior National Indoor Championships.

It was a mighty tight finish at the top. Pip’s score of 579 was one point behind the winner and just one point ahead of the two archers who finished joint third. A great effort by all concerned, despite the poor lighting at the venue.

Full results from the tournament can be downloaded from here.


2nd FITA 18 Tournament, 3rd and 4th November 2012

Final scores from the tournament can be downloaded by clicking this link.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the tournament, especially those who travelled from outside Sussex in appalling weather conditions. Hopefully you found the journey worthwhile and enjoyed your shooting.

No records this time, but there were a number of people who made scores that were enough to gain selection for the England team at this year’s Indoor Home Nations match. This was the stated purpose of the tournament and it’s nice to report that it worked out so well.

For the record, Gavin Sutherland (Worthing AC), Sam Baldwin (Bowmen of Burleigh) and the Mayflower Archers trio of David Fall, Daisy Clark and Sophie Brown will wear the national vest in the Senior match, while Chris Woodgate (Woking AC), Pip Taylor (Lichfield Archers), Bryony Pitman (Worthing AC), Jamie Cole (Chichester Bowmen) and Daisy Clark have been selected for the Junior match. Good luck to you all on 1st and 2nd December.


By dint of their efforts, the following have a free entry to one session in our next tournament (click here for details and entry forms):

  • Bryony Pitman (Worthing AC)
  • Daisy Clark (Mayflower Archers)
  • Karen Tippins (CMO Bowmen)
  • Gavin Sutherland (Worthing AC)
  • Jamie Cole (Chichester Bowmen)
  • Jason Meehan (CMO Bowmen)
  • Rene Le Bouedec (Eastbourne Archers)

Please note that these awards are valid for our next tournament only and are subject to availability. Given that the entries for February 2013 are already more than one third full, it would be advisable to book your place now.

Prizes (scratch cards) will be posted to their winners within the next few days.


Thanks as ever to Karen Hodgkiss at GNAS, the staff at St Aubyns and our judges, Roger McMullan and Paul Clark.

Field crew duties were performed by Nick Cole and Gary Kinghorn, while Zillah McMullan and Julia Tucknott kept everyone fed and watered while tidying up behind the Tournament Organiser by doing all the small jobs that need to be done at every tournament. Thanks also to our Treasurer, Roger Wolff, who hasn’t been in the best of health recently but still found the time and energy to pitch up and help out.

A special mention for Malcolm Wright, who helped avert a near disaster on the evening before the tournament by turning out at the last minute to transport the target equipment to St Aubyns. If you ever need a man with a van, you won’t go far wrong by calling Malcolm on 07889 752748.

And, finally, big thanks to Pip Tucknott for all his efforts, ranging from helping to promote the tournament to building our new target stands, getting everything to the venue, helping to set up the range and handling a plethora of other tasks that needed doing. Cheers, big fella.


Indoor Archery in Brighton 2012 – 2013

The schedule for indoor archery at Brighton Bowmen has been published today. See the Indoor Archery page for full details.

If you’d like to let other members of your club know about our indoor archery sessions, click here to download a flyer for your club’s notice board.


1st FITA 18 Tournament, 10th and 11th March 2012

The scores from the tournament can be downloaded by clicking here.

No medals were awarded, but the highest scores in each bow style from the weekend receive a free entry to one session at our next tournament.

The principal purpose of the tournament was to provide archers with an opportunity to make the qualifying scores for the 2013 European Indoor Championships selection shoot. Congratulations to Tim Nash and Daisy Clark for doing so. Daisy also improved on her current UK national record by four points with a score of 583 in the final session on Saturday.

Three others – Adam Outram, Pip Tucknott and Alistair Whittingham – finished short of the scores they required by just four points. Despite their obvious disappointment, all three deserve congratulations for some high quality shooting over the weekend.

Outstanding scores among the recurve archers came from the Sussex duo of Gavin Sutherland and Gerry Deak, who were members of the victorious Brighton Bowmen team at last weekend’s Sussex Indoor Team Championships.

Several others shot county records and personal bests but, regardless of scores, thanks to everyone who supported the tournament.

Possible dates for future tournaments are:

  • Saturday 3rd/Sunday 4th November 2012; and
  • either Saturday 23rd/Sunday 24th February 2013 or Saturday 9th/Sunday 10th March 2013.

If you’d like to shoot at St Aubyns again, please let us know your preferred dates as soon as possible.

Current thoughts are that the schedule at the next tournament will probably comprise five sessions on the Saturday and four on the Sunday, with the first session each day starting at 9 am. Single details with a maximum of 12 or 14 archers in each session should ensure a sensible finishing time on both days, while giving everyone an opportunity to shoot up to three sessions each day with a decent interval for tea and recovery between sessions. But those are just thoughts at the moment and yours are welcomed.


The final session on Saturday hosted a match between the juniors of Sussex and Essex, who have been keen and close rivals at the SCAS Junior Inter-Counties Championships in recent years.

The recurve competition saw a resounding victory for Essex by 1744 to 1557, with Alex Brody (474) top scoring for the visitors. Sussex’s Bryony Pitman (520) took the honours for the highest score from both teams.

The compound match was closer, going down to literally the final arrow. Once again, Essex prevailed by a score of 1686 to 1677. Daisy Clark’s 583 led the way for Essex, ably supported by Luke Wiseman (561) and David Fall (542).

Congratulations to Essex. We hope to be able to stage this match once again in 2013.


It was a small tournament, but numerous people need to be thanked for their part in enabling it to take place.

I’ll begin by expressing gratitude to our hosts, St Aubyns School, with a special mention for Iain Marcusson, the site manager, who has gone more than the extra yard to make Brighton Bowmen feel welcome at their still newish home. To say we’ve been lucky is the greatest understatement of this year or any other.

It’s unusual for a first time tournament to be given record status, but Karen Hodgkiss at Archery GB listened to our case and obtained the necessary authorisation. Thank you, Karen. You have my sincere promise that I won’t bother you again for at least, um, a month.

The target butts and stands for the shoot were provided by Worthing AC and County Oak AC for little more than pennies, kindness that won’t be forgotten. Union, Trueheart and Courtesie isn’t dead; you just have to know where to look for it.

No archery tournament in Sussex would be complete without the Chairman of Brighton Bowmen, Roger McMullan, officiating in some capacity. He and Richard Hillier performed their duties with customary efficiency and good humour on both days. Assistance was provided on Saturday by candidate judge Paul Clark, who impressed everyone as he went about his duties. Quite a team.

Julia Tucknott, Diane Hillier and Zillah McMullan were as dependable, level-headed and patient as ever, picking up and completing all the tasks that your correspondent always leaves until the eleventh hour, taking care of refreshments for archers and officials alike and providing good company throughout the tournament. Thank you, ladies.

Two members of the Brighton Bowmen team that won the Sussex Indoor Team Championships at the K2 the previous weekend, Gavin Sutherland and Gerry Deak, provided the necessary muscle to collect and return the target equipment. A third, Pip Tucknott, slip-streamed behind the tournament organiser and made short work of clearing up the chaos that he left in his wake. Quite a team once more.

Gary Kinghorn helped out in many ways, from borrowing an urn for tea-making to helping set up the range to carrying out field crew duties and all kinds of stuff between and beyond those three. A good bloke and still a very fine archer. Cheers.

Everyone at St Aubyns at the end of the shoot seemed to play a part in clearing the range. Thanks to everyone who helped, especially our Treasurer, Roger Wolff, who got stuck in even though he hasn’t been in the best of health recently.

The final mention and much gratitude must go to Steve “Trufflemeister” Allen. Not only did Steve bake some very tasty muffins on Sunday, he also provided the target equipment and safety net that enabled us to start shooting at St Aubyns in February 2011. That’s another example of how unbelievably lucky we’ve been over the last 12 months or so. Thanks, Steve.