Hertfordshire County Western archery match
There were only three people in my category, but it still counts as a win! Come to think of it, this is the first medal I ever got in my life – if I do not count the medals everyone gets for finishing a race. I am proud of these as well, because finishing a 10K run is an achievement, but there is still a difference.
The scoring sheet had a neat table with the usual categories: “Lady”, “Gent”, “Junior boy/girl”. Somehow seeing a tick by “Lady” made me picture the judges examining the score sheets, asking “Is she a lady?” when they see a female name and then putting a tick down – or not… It would be especially appropriate and perhaps unsurprising in the venue where this year’s County Western was held – Haileybury College. Hats off to Herts Archery Association for securing such a place!
Unfortunately, my score, 589 on the Western round, was six points short of the requirement for first class, which is 595. Bother. Bets on whether I make first class this outdoor season are not accepted, because the combination of bad weather and shorter days means there will not be much more chance to shoot outdoors this year.