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ETTRICK FOREST ARCHERS continued their run of good form away from home on Sunday as a quartet of quiver carriers made their way up to Mugdock Country Park for the Green Hollow Open Clout meeting.

And, although this was a slightly diminished Borders contingent in attendance from normal, the Selkirk four still got into the medals.

The good weather on the day made up for prolonged periods of arrow hunting in the long grass as changeable winds saw arrows flying long or falling short on a regular basis.

But it made for a long day, with shooting lasting from 11am to nearly 5pm.

Once again, Highland machine Barbara Campbell took the overall prize for the ladies, with a commanding 48 hits for a score of 131 and one clout. But Selkirk’s Elaine Pearson took the first round title with 21, 47, 0.

And Ettrick Forest junior Sam Mackay once again shattered his own club record with an astonishing 36, 92, 2 – despite his bow developing lifts halfway through and having to change up from a 45lb Bickerstaff to one at 55lb. This effort earned Sam a Green Hollow medal.

And although there were no medals for the local gents, Doug Anderson shot himself into third place overall with a 24, 61, 0; while Mike Pearson’s 19, 36, 0 took seventh. The host club’s Bosco Hazard took the title with 37, 79, 0.

Some of the other club members were also treated to the good weather, in the superb surroundings at Bowhill House, where they held a well-received come-and-try session.