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On target for Sport Relief!

March 20th 2018
Jane Percival

It’s Sport Relief week – and the charity’s coffers are being boosted by the proceeds of Goldcrest Archers’ 10,000 arrows in 24 hours event.

It all started when GB para international Hazel Chaisty was asked to open Sport Relief 2018 at Marple Hall School, Greater Manchester, during an assembly. “The children put me on the spot,” she said. “They wanted to know what I would be doing for Sport Relief and I had to think quickly!

“I put it to my club, Goldcrest Archers in Hyde, that we could challenge ourselves to shoot 10,000 arrows in 24 hours. I had no idea how many club members would help me and was delighted to find almost too many to fit into our club space!

“We shot our 10,000 arrows with eight hours to spare, so we carried on to see how many we could shoot in the 24 hours. The last volley of arrows gave us 13,510 and I couldn’t be prouder of my club.

“We also raised more money by selling Easter eggs and we are still collecting with the ‘how many steps will Jonnie take’ Sport Relief sweepstake poster.

“I’m hopeful that our total will go beyond £1,500. I know this is a drop in the ocean but the ocean is made of all those drops isn’t it?

“Thank you to Archery GB and Sport Relief for nudging me out of my comfort zone and up in front of a hall full of children. It’s been a riot!”

At Bowbrook Archers in Shropshire three members set new records by each shooting continuously for 31 hours.

Sam Dixon broke the recurve and veteran records, Neil Clarke set a new longbow standard, as did compounder James Beckett.

Between them they shot 27 Portsmouths, a combined total of 4,797 arrows, scored 35,411 points and each walked over 12 miles.

Neil said: “Bowbrook is a community club. We try to do things to put archery out into the community and get people involved. At the open day, we had various archery-led challenges, a bring-and-buy sale and refreshments. It was one big Sport Relief weekend.

“The club has so far raised £800 for Sport Relief, with money still coming in.”

Is your club doing anything for Sport Relief 2018? If it is, please send pictures and your stories to magazine@archerygb.org

Above: Hazel and club members about to top the target!

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