As this was the first-ever Metric Tassel Award shoot, Liz Bowyer, Jon Stafford, Russ French (Recurves) and Rod Brown (Barebow) travelled to the Wirrall for a bleak and windy contest, the largest ever put on by Cheshire County, and on the scale of the National Championships. There was a major upset when Liz, Jon and Russ won the Team award from the holders Stalybridge (Cheshire) by just one point. This team award, like the National team award, seems to have been won exclusively by clubs from Cheshire, Lancs or Yorks for as long as it’s been awarded so this is a fine achievement for a Southern Club. Jon Stafford was also the highest scoring Gentleman Recurve archer, with new Single and Double Sussex County record scores, Liz Bowyer was first Lady Recurve Visitor, and Third overall, with a new Sussex Double-Round record. Russ French was Third Vistor recurve. Jon and Liz both achieved Red Tassel Awards, and Russ and Rod Blue Awards.
Liz Bowyer shot the Gentlemen’s two-Way Clout at UK Record-Status shoots in June and August 2009, and both times broke the Ladies’ Recurve Double-Round Record, raising it by 45 points altogether.
7th June 2009: Liz Bowyer broke the County Open Record for the Single Two-Way Clout, and was the Southern Counties Ladies Champion for the second year running.
Richard Cobden scored a very impressive 918 at the the 2009 Ditchling Windsor Tournament in June, breaking the existing record by 19 points.
If that wasn’t enough, Richard went on to rack the County Windsor record up another 17 points to 936 at the Bayeaux Lazy Shoot in August.
Richard Cobden proved he doesn’t just excel at medium-distances and in good weather when he took the silver medal for the York Round in the 2009 Sussex County Championships in very difficult conditions.
As Predicted in the Blog in August, Liz Bowyer held on to to her lead and was ranked Number Two in the National Clout Rankings. Russ French was ranked number seven and Jon Stafford number eight. Scores generally were higher than in 2007, in spite of the poor weather through much of 2008.
Will Martin scored a staggering 580 in the November BA Postal League match and broke a long-standing Junior record for the Portsmouth Round
Arundown became National Recurve Bow Champions at only the second visit to the National Championships.
Liz Bowyer won the Bronze in the Ladies Recurve division, Jon Stafford was 6th, Russell French 7th and Rod Brown 10th.
Graham Brown was 8th in the Gents Longbow class.
Emily Cobden had a great run of successes in July 2008, winning the Junior Lady prize in the Burntwood FITA and her age-group prize in the Bristol Rounds at the County Championship Meeting, and then going on to win her Age-Group in the County Junior Shoot and equalling the score of the over-all winner, only to be beaten on Golds.
Two achievements for Liz Bowyer during the Summer of 2008 – First, she scored 225 at the Bowflights Clout in Birmingham and won her Gold Tassel Award, and then she was clear winner at the Herts Clout Tournament (seen above collecting the Most Clouts trophy) as well as several other Clout tournaments.