Archers right on target

A NEW national record was achieved at Morpeth Archers’ annual two-day competition.

A total of 58 archers participated in the 23rd running of the event and one of the junior archers, 14-year-old Jo Larby, shot a record 2392 score while shooting 288 arrows despite the very wet conditions.

Jo, who is a Newburn Archers member and a student at Dame Allan’s School in Fenham, was delighted with her achievement and she was warmly congratulated by the host club.

Local Morpeth members Ian Halbert, Alan Fleming and Thomas Boyle also took part in the contest.

Morpeth Archers is associated with the Grand National Archery Society and has an active group of members who shoot on both a recreational and competitive basis.

During the winter they shoot indoors but come the spring they resume their outdoor shooting at their range on the outskirts of the town.

A wonderful and probably unique aspect of archery is the opportunity for competitors of any ability to compete. Club members range in age from 10 to 70+.

In addition to the health benefits and social aspects of club membership, safety is always emphasised in the ‘sport of kings and queens.’

Individuals interested in trying archery should consider attending a beginner’s course. They last for six weeks and are held on Fridays from 5pm to 7pm. The cost is £30 for an adult and £15 for students, this includes use of all needed equipment.

For more information, contact Club President Tom Down on 01670 853388 or email