Spell-binding arrows on display at longbow event

Ken Wilcock, who won four of the competitions that took place over two days at Ponteland Archers' 18th Longbow Tournament. Photo by J.M.Croft.
Ken Wilcock, who won four of the competitions that took place over two days at Ponteland Archers' 18th Longbow Tournament. Photo by J.M.Croft.
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COMPETITORS from across the region were targeting success at an annual archery event.

There were plenty of high-quality performances at Ponteland Archers’ 18th Longbow Tournament, which took place in the grounds of Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens.

A total of 36 people competed over the two days. They came from local clubs within Northumberland and Durham as well as the Borders, Cumbria and further afield.

One of the juniors taking part, Sam Pattinson, had an unforgettable day.

This was his first competition and he won the junior medal and prize for the Castle Round. He started the next round, but sadly had to retire when his longbow broke. Ken Wilcock hit the Wand (a six-foot high, three inch square stake, shot the length of the castle) with his first arrow on both days – the first time this had been done at Belsay.

RESULTS

Saturday – Castle Round (ladies): 1 Ann Conifey, 2 Chris Mernin, 3 Ann Lee; Castle Round (men): 1 Ken Wilcock, 2 Craig Benson, 3 Peter Pattinson; Top Castle Round junior: Sam Pattinson. Novelty Round winner: Ian Norwood. Wand: Ken Wilcock.

Sunday – Castle Round (ladies): 1 Ann Conifey, 2 Elizabeth Arrowsmith, 3 Nicola McCullogh; Castle Round (men): 1 Craig Benson, 2 Ken Wilcock, 3 David McCullogh; Top Castle Round junior: Freya Wise. Novelty Round winner: Ken Wilcock. Wand: Ken Wilcock.

Trophy winners – Highest number of hits during the event (Belsay Shield): Craig Benson. Highest number of golds by a Ponteland archer (Peter Marshall Horn Trophy): Peter Croft. Highest number of greens during the event (Lost Arrow Trophy): Mark Chaffer.