Archers head for cover

ETTRICK Forest Archers have begun their winter activity – and for once, it does not entail tramping up and down a field with the thermometer reading something silly.

Instead, they are shooting indoors – at the old Laidlaw and Fairgrieve yarn store – where the thermometer still tells them they are a bit mad, but at least they are out of the snow.

Each month they put in their best two scores, entering the British Longbow Society’s Postal Portsmouth competition, which runs from November to February.

And the practice they have put in over the summer seems to have paid off, with more archers than ever before recording at least two perfect scores of 60 hits – both as individuals (I) and as part of a team. There are two teams, Ettrick (E) and Yarrow (Y).

The November scores were as follows: 1, Alan Lindsay (E) 120 hits. 34 golds, 6 inners, 828 score; 2, Colin Cairney (E) 120, 35, 7, 798; 3, Ian Bradshaw (E) 120, 36, 13, 782; 4, Elaine Pearson (Y) 120, 28, 9, 708; 5, Douglas Anderson (Y) 120, 22, 5, 692; 6, Mike Pearson (E) 120, 15, 3, 660; 7, Jim Craig (Y) 116, 10, 3, 578; 8 Keith Taylor (Y) 99, 9, 4, 429; 9, Joe Scott (I) 98, 7, 2, 446.

Other members recording scores were: Ev Craig 80, 5, 1, 336; Tom Taylor 75, 6, 0, 333; Trevor Austin 65, 4, 2, 233. Members only shooting one round were: Richard Tice 58, 15, 6, 348; Kevin Janiak 51, 8, 4, 277.