The Viking Festival 2019

The Upton Viking Festival is a celebration of Viking life on the Wirral. We aim to recreate the settlement, led by Noreseman Ingimund in 902ad through an encampment in Warwick Park and have culture events and competitions that both excite and engage the community.

The Longbow Club was privileged to be asked by the Friends of Warwick Park to put on a Have-a-Go session for this event and a big thank you is owed to the many club and associate members who gave up their weekend and helped to make this a spectacular day for people to remember.


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Cheshire County and Open

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Day 1

A good first day for The Longbow Club represented by Steve and Alison Williams, Katrina Horton, Lord Ian Stowell and Mike Christison at the Cheshire Weekend. A WA1440 today and also the EAF Championships. Katrina Horton was 1st Lady Longbow, 1st Lady Longbow EAF and overall Lady Longbow Winner, Alison Williams was 3rd Lady Longbow, Mike Christison was 3rd Gent Longbow.

Day 2

Cheshire Championships today and like yesterday 5 of us from The Longbow Club were taking part – Steve and Alison Williams, Katrina Horton, Lord Ian Stowell and Mike Christison . Rain and thunderstorms threatened but fortunately it all held off until we were waiting for the raffle – then the heavens opened!
Well done to Katrina who retained her trophy as the Cheshire Lady Longbow Champion again! Alison was 3rd Cheshire Lady Longbow and Ian was 2nd Cheshire Gents Longbow.
A wonderful time was had by all with lovely company and lots of laughs as usual. It was great to see Amanda Biddulph shooting again and winning the Ladies National round.


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Lancashire County and Open Clout

A great turnout by The Longbow Club at the Lancashire County and Open Clout at Blundellsands – 10 of us! Graham and Dylan Higgs, Jason and Gabe Powell, Alison and Steve Williams, Mike O’Sullivan, Katrina Horton, Chris Eccles, and Phil Wain.

An Imperial round and no rain for a change but the usual tricky wind at Blundellsands. Lots of trophies, medals, records and raffle prizes today. As it was a Lancashire County competition we were Visitors today. 
1st Junior Longbow – Gabe
2nd Junior Longbow – Dylan
Junior Best Clout – Gabe
1st Lady Longbow – Alison
1st Gent Longbow – Chris
2nd Gent Longbow – Steve
3rd Gent Longbow – Katrina, shooting the longer distance of 180 yards.
Not only did she come 3rd against the Gents but she smashed the Lady Longbow National Records for both the Single and Double Imperial Clout!
Gent Best Clout – Chris
Longbow Team Trophy – Chris & Alison
And Phil and Gabe got their Black Tassels!

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Dodleston Summer Fair

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A great day at Dodleston Summer Fair with the Longbow Club’s Have-a-go. Thanks to all the Club members who turned up to help and to make it such a success.

Feedback from the event:

Firstly thank you to you and your fellow archers for putting on a brilliant event on Saturday. The organisers said your professionalism was brilliant and added an extra dimension to the summer Festival. There will be a debriefing session shortly so please let me know if you any issues as I know for certain you will be invited back next year.
I do hope all the effort you put into the event paid off for you and the club. Many locals have said how much they enjoyed having a shoot.


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Cumbria and Open Clout

A brilliant weekend for the Longbow Club at Penrith for the Cumbria Open Metric Clout with Steve and Alison Willaims, Katrina Horton, Chris Eccles and Lord Ian Stowell taking part. Lots of laughs and lovely company as usual. Great to be shooting without waterproofs for a change!
Katrina was 1st Lady Longbow and achieved her Grand Master Bowman.
Alison was 3rd Lady Longbow
Ian was 1st Gent Longbow
Chris was 3rd Gent Longbow

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165th GNAM Tournament

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Great 3 days at GNAM in Lilleshall, a double York/Hereford on Wednesday and Thursday and a Long National on the Friday. Wednesday was cloudy and a little chilly, but then Thursday and Friday brightened up although there was a tricky wind, particularly at the longer distances.

Great to meet old friends and make new ones. The Longbow Club was well represented again with Alison and Steve Williams, Katrina Horton, Chris Eccles and Lord Ian Stowell who had the honour of shooting the first arrow of the tournament, a whistling arrow. There was an excellent turnout of Cheshire Archers.

Lord Ian won the Hepburn Challenge Spoon for the worst white on the Last end and a Gilt Spider in the Double York

Katrina won a Gilt medal for the Ladies any Bowstyle Handicap Award in the Double Hereford

Alison won a Silver medal for the Ladies any Bowstyle Handicap Award in the Double Hereford and also achieved her second Master Bowman score, so just one more to go.


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Dunster Week

Well, another fantastic week in Dunster draws to a close. Starting off last Sunday with a York/Hereford, Monday a WA1440, Tuesday an Albion, Wednesday a Two Way Western with 202 Longbow Archers, some in traditional costume, followed by a delicious cream tea. Thursday a Two Way Clout, Friday a Western, the Saturday and Sunday a Double York/Hereford.
Representing The Longbow Club this year were Alison and Steve Williams, Katrina Horton and Chris Eccles. A wonderful time was had by all, meeting up with old friends and making new ones. 
Katrina was 1st Lady Visitor in the Sunday Hereford, 3rd Lady Longbow in the WA1440, third Lady Longbow in the Albion, 1st Lady Longbow in the Two Way Clout and 2nd Lady Longbow Visitor in the Double Hereford.
All Chris got was tears in his eyes when the self Yew bow that Katrina made two years before, in memory of her Mum and Dad, snapped at full draw 😪

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Somerset County and Open

1st Lady Longbow

Great day at the Somerset and Open Championships. The weather was somewhat mixed with spells of bright sunshine, rain, heavy cloud, strong gusts of wind and flat calm.
It was nice to see people that we met and shot with at Dunster last year.
Katrina was 1st Lady Longbow Visitor and got her second GMB score, thus achieving her MB for this year.


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Eagle Bowmen Weekend of Clout

A fantastic weekend in Penrith for the Eagle Bowmen Weekend of Clout. Katrina Horton, Chris Eccles, Alison and Steve Williams and Lord Ian Stowell representing The Longbow Club. A Double One-way Imperial Clout and Double Metric Clout on Saturday, then Double 2-way Imperial Clout today.

The conditions were very challenging – a lot of rain and breezy yesterday, then a very tricky wind today, but The Longbow Club triumphed!

Katrina won the Ladies Longbow 1-way and 2-way Imperials, was 2nd in the Ladies Longbow Metric and won the Eagle Trophy for Champion Longbow Archer.

Alison won the Ladies Metric Longbow, the Senior Best Clout in the Metric and was 2nd in the Ladies 1-way Imperial.

Ian won the Gents Longbow 1-way and 2-way Imperials and the Gents Longbow Metric.

Steve was 2nd Gents Longbow 1-way Imperial, 3rd Gent Longbow Metric, 2nd Gents Longbow 2-way Imperial.

Chris was 3rd Gents Longbow 2-way Imperial.

So everyone got medals and a lot of very heavy trophies!
Katrina also got a GMB score today in the 2-way Imperial, giving her a GMB classification!

Well done to us all! And not only that but it was great fun too. Great to see so many friends again at such a well-run shoot. A lot of laughs every day and Connor was a brilliant Lord Paramount!

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UK Masters

Congratulations Katrina Horton, silver medalist in the UK Masters at Lilleshall. Not only was this Katrina’s first ever Masters Tournament, it was also her first ever Head to Head.


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