After 9 Years – 2 UK Records at once at the K2

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017


It’s no easy thing to set a new UK Indoor Record, and since 2009 over two thousand Rounds have been shot at the SCAS and Sussex Indoors Championships at Crawley’s K2 Centre, and until this year’s shoot on 5th May not a single UK record had been claimed. And then there were two, and the archers were on adjoining targets!

Kai Thomas-Prause showed that his phenomenal National Series performance last year was no flash in the pan, and shot a 593 Portsmouth to claim the Junior Compound Record. And Bryony Pitman came in as a late entrant with a new bow to try out before flying out to Vittel later in the day to take part in the European Indoor Championships. She didn’t need to worry, the bow performed like a dream and Bryony clocked up 595 points – and she went on to win a Bronze Medal in the Junior Ladies Team event at the Euros, and capped it by being ranked no 2 and winning the Silver Medal for the Junior Ladies Recurve class.

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The shoot was full in all sessions, in spite of the increased entry fee up this was the most over-subscribed ever, and maybe even more didn’t send in entries because they could see from the website that it was full.
We liaised with the British Universities and Colleges Sports organisation who held their Southern Qualification Shoot at the K2 the weekend before, which meant the targets could be stored on site, so we needed more hands to shift the bosses and there was a brilliant turn-out of nineteen helpers on Saturday evening, with the result that the hall was completely set up in less than two hours, well below the previous fastest.
The shoot itself went very well, although about an hour before Assembly there was a major crash on the M23 a few miles north of the venue, and number of entrants had to face a 45-minute delay. Assembly started on time, but Sighters were held for about ten minutes so that late arrivals could get ready and calm before shooting started. There were no further delays and the Second Session started on time. As usual the second session went a little slower, but the results processing for both the SCAS and the Sussex Championships was completed in less than 20 minutes from the final whistle being blown. The third session starteda few minutes behind schedule, and ran smoothly and it seemed that many more of the entrants stayed on at the end for the Team Shoot Awards than usual.
A great deal of credit is due to the five judges, who have a very intense workload right through the day now that all archers’ equipment for all three sessions must be inspected. Likewise credit to all the helpers for the very fast change-overs, and of course to the results team for their amazing speed.
Helpers Included…
Pete Probert, Trevor Strudwick, Bob Darling. Iain Cadle, Kevin Legan, Ben Green, Peter Humphries, Chris Watt, Dave Tomsett, Colin Ferry, Marisa Campbell, Laurence and Sally Moore, Rich, Alice and Tommy-Lee Smallbone, Steve Lancaster, Graham Stevens, Rod Woodhatch, Robert Keeling, Jules & Mark Robinson, Malcolm Higman, David Coates, Stephen Allen, Pauline & Cliff Swift, Karen Cooper, Marc Charlesworth, Serena Charlesworth, Marcel Bann, Britt Dolan, Vicky Twibell, Several other Cuckfield Archers, Craig Marsden

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