RS Archery Club and I

Jon, Rianna and I travelled to Welwyn Garden City for our archery sessions at the RS Archery Club. We met Steven Davies there – who runs RS Archery – and some fellow Gold Challengers – which is always great pleasure.

I used to work in the video / computer games business and it was said that one of the hallmarks of a good game is that it should be quick to enjoy but long to master.Archery certainly falls into that category. Steven had us shooting and having fun within 20 minutes. Unfortunately we weren’t hitting the target that often.

Over the following 3 hours of coaching, Steven took us through the various elements that make up a successful shot : the stance ; drawing back the bow; the release; using and correcting the sights etc. Slowly but surely we got better and by the end I’d recorded a 3 arrow total of 25 out of a maximum of 30. Probably only fair to note that we were shooting at a target 10m away whereas the Olympic distance is 70m….

To get an arrow to travel 70m – let alone hit a target at that distance – takes some doing and is well beyond the beginner’s capability. However, I got a sense of how you might do it when I tried a couple of the more experienced members’ bows. Much harder to draw back but a lot more power and the arrow hit the target (or at least quite near the target) with a satisfying “thunk”.

Many, many thanks to Steve and RS Archery for a couple of great sessions. The club is ideal for both beginners and more advanced archers and I’d encourage you all to get in touch and give archery a go. Either visit the website:, or give them a tweet @RSArchery.

And please do sponsor me if you haven’t yet! I’m still working my way through all 110 Olympic and Paralympic events that can be done by a single person for five fantastic charities in NSPCC, Cancer Research UK, Oxfam, Right To Play and Scope:

About Run the World

I'm running 10 km in every country in the world - a total of 205 countries - by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I'm doing the Run the World challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the death of my mother from cancer. If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research - - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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2 Responses to RS Archery Club and I

  1. Lenore Squyres says:

    I like archery as a sport because it can give you a great exercise on the shoulder muscles. ^

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  2. Blair Devoti says:

    Archery is one of the oldest sports that are still being practiced today. The bow and arrow can be traced back as far as the Paleolithic era (35,000 to 8000 B.C.), and is the most widely used weapon in human history. While there is recorded evidence of archery contests taking place in china more than 3000 years ago, the modern sport of target archery most likely originated in England during the 14th century.During this time, the longbow was considered the English army’s most important weapon. This was mostly due to its long range capabilities, the likes of which swords and spears do not possess.’

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