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EnglishKev
08-08-2011, 09:49 AM
I have just completed my first ‘South West Challenge’ and thought you guy’s might like to hear a few details..
This is an annual eight day shoot around the Southwest of England.
Four clubs, eight courses, run over a nine day period (we get a day off in the middle).
As usual with NFAS shoots, all styles from Primitive to Crossbow and Compound Unlimited were catered for, with the traditional classes making up more than half the competitors.

Day one, 36 targets, combination of 3D Big Game scoring and faces with spots, 2 or 3 arrow depending on spot color (2 arrows at yellow, 3 arrows at red)
Day two, 36 3D, Big Game scoring
Day three and four, 36 3D (including a flying goose!) each day, Big Game scoring
Day five, 36 3D, Big Game scoring
Day six, 36 3D, Somerset 2 arrow scoring
Day seven, 38 3D, Woodsman scoring
Day eight, 38 3D, Big Game scoring

If you managed to hit your mark every time, that made 334 shots required (I didn’t quite manage this, LoL).
You could end up shooting 762 arrows total. (this is what some of our trad shooters call getting their money’s worth).

Total points available for the week was 7,598, I didn’t win any medals but was not totally unhappy with my final score of 6,197 points.

Kev

MLN1963
08-08-2011, 09:53 AM
Very interesting. It sounds fun too. Are there any websites with pictures?

Job job too!!!

EnglishKev
08-09-2011, 08:28 AM
If any of the clubs involved post pictures, I'll give a link.
I did take some photo's, but for some reason I cannot upload them.
No matter what I do, I just get a grey box with a question mark in it.
Any one got any ideas why?

Kev

cyclepath
08-09-2011, 08:53 AM
Man that sounds like a blast. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and a great score also. Be interesting to know what some of the traditional guys did.

Arrow Splitter
08-09-2011, 01:29 PM
If any of the clubs involved post pictures, I'll give a link.
I did take some photo's, but for some reason I cannot upload them.
No matter what I do, I just get a grey box with a question mark in it.
Any one got any ideas why?

KevThe pictures might be too big. If so, just resize them and try again.

cyclepath
08-09-2011, 05:59 PM
Okay, a big event, I'll give it that. BUT! I wouldn't enter or watch. Archery events are to be archery events, not endurance contests.

Shoot, I'd be happy to find any kind of events around my neck of the woods. I guess nobody here ever heard of them things. Party on !!

EnglishKev
08-10-2011, 08:37 AM
The pictures might be too big. If so, just resize them and try again.

Yeah, I tried that, didn't work.

One of the shooters took a whole pile of pics, links below,

https://picasaweb.google.com/natterjack.ron/20110730SWC2011Elmtree?authuser=0&feat=directlink

https://picasaweb.google.com/natterjack.ron/20110801SWC2011Tavistock?authuser=0&feat=directlink

https://picasaweb.google.com/natterjack.ron/20110804SWC2011Ballands?authuser=0&feat=directlink

https://picasaweb.google.com/natterjack.ron/20110805SWC2011Westcombe?authuser=0&feat=directlink


Okay, a big event, I'll give it that. BUT! I wouldn't enter or watch. Archery events are to be archery events, not endurance contests.

Sonny, I'm sorry you feel that way.
The shooters that take part regard it as the perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends, and to meet new ones, all the while taking part in a sport they love, rather than an endurance test.
Who really wouldn’t like to spend a week just shooting their bows?

This is the 15th year of the Challenge; it was previously called the Devon Challenge as the rounds were held only in the county of Devon.
From 2007, it was changed to the South West Challenge as due to popular demand other clubs in the region wanted in.
Shooters travel down from all over England to take part.

Many of them camp at the grounds and regard it as a very good vacation.
Due to the way our shoots run, you mostly get to shoot with different, and new, people every competition (this goes for any shoot, not just the Challenge).
The organisers allocate the 4 person groups for the shotgun start at 10am.
As a compound shooter (Unlimited), I only shot with another compound archer (Limited) on 2 of the eight days, everyone else shot some form of Traditional bow (ranging from Primitive up to Freestyle).

As a little background into UK archery, there are several associations in England, I shoot with just one, the NFAS.
NFAS has 151 clubs nationwide.
I have 8 clubs in a 35-mile radius (as the crow flies) that hold a couple of shoots each per year, sometimes more.
If I extend the range a little, there are many more.
Each of these clubs normally get up to100 archers per shoot, sometimes more.
I would estimate that around 70% of archers in England do not shoot compound.
We have a large number of families that shoot, plus there are also lots of lady shooters.
Although in the 2 years I have been shooting 3D I have noticed a bit of a drop in numbers, it is due to our economy and fuel prices forcing people to travel less (I admit to doing the same).
Club memberships on the other hand are going up, more people are coming into the sport all the time.

Kev

Sharxfan
08-10-2011, 08:40 AM
Sounds very cool. I t seems like it would be a lot of fun and just a big ol party when you weren't shooting.

MLN1963
08-10-2011, 09:49 AM
I would have lost a lot of arrows on all those targets! It looks like a lot of fun though.

EnglishKev
08-10-2011, 12:10 PM
I would have lost a lot of arrows on all those targets! It looks like a lot of fun though.

I was lucky, lost one, broke another hitting a rock:mad: and had one robin hooded by a longbow shooter.
That was kinda cool though, stickshooters revenge, it's normally us that shoot their arrows.

Forgot to mention on my previous posts that there were also archers from Eire (Southern Ireland), Holland and Germany taking part.
Only a few, but they were there.
In fact, the Ladies Hunting Tackle class (recurve) was won by an Irish shooter.

Kev

SJunior
08-10-2011, 05:24 PM
Sounds like a blast!!! Too bad there isn't anything like that in the states.

gravedigger
08-10-2011, 08:11 PM
looks like too much fun

peace
08-11-2011, 12:59 AM
Man, that is so cool... you Brits do your thing in a rather cheeky style....don't mind me I just always wanted to use the word "cheeky" in a sentence.
Really enjoyed some of the images. Even saw someone shooting a kinky arrow, just too cool.

NeilMac
08-13-2011, 10:35 PM
As the organisers of the SWC are quite happy for archers who cannot shoot the entire competition to join in just for the weekend, I met up with Kev on the last day. I have been out of competition for a while (due to work) and this was a great way to start limbering up for next season, plus having a good natter with my ol'buddy.

We shot in a very unusual group, one compound unlimited archer (Kev) - release and any sights & stab you like. Two compound limited archers (Pete and me) - finger release, five pin sights and any stab, and an English Longbow archer (Patrick). We had a great day (despite me losing an arrow), got wet a couple of times and put in some sensible scores.

At the end of the shoot Patrick said that he had always been told compound archers were serious types, he now knew that to be wrong. Put Kev and me in the same group and you are NOT going to get serious. Competitive yes, serious, not a chance.

It is worth saying that over here we pretty much take the whole day to shoot 36 to 40 3D's, I signed in at 9.00am for 10.00am start and we finished late afternoon. That includes a lunch break at the 'Tea Tent' - a bar-b-que, burgers, bacon, sausages, tea, coffee, soft drinks and home made cake....mmmmmmmcaaakkke. So it's not so much of an endurance test (other than resisting the temptation of more caaakkkkke).

EDIT: Arrrgghh, that little alligator at Westcombe had a rock under it and one of my arrows ended up looking like and exploding cigar!