Ettrick Forest archers on target

Having had to abort the season in 2020, Borders target practitioners were delighted this year to be able to hold thefundamental reason for the existence of Ettrick Forest Archers – the contest for the Selkirk Silver Arrow.

By Ralph Mellon
Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 5:36 pm
Archery has made a welcome return to the Selkirk countryside
Archery has made a welcome return to the Selkirk countryside

In almost perfect conditions, the archers took to the field for the morning session and, and at the midway break on the 180yd clout, there were only four points separating the top four gents, with all to play for in the afternoon.

On the 120yds clout, reported chairman Douglas Anderson, Elaine Pearson was finding her old form after the long lay-off, with the two juniors, Lara Fairbairn and Ben Foggin, having a tussle of their own.

Unfortunately, Ben had to retire from the afternoon session, while senior octogenarian, Trevor Austin, was happy to be enjoying the company of the youngsters.

The afternoon saw the sun come out and, as the temperature rose the competition also heated up, with Jason Fairbairn forging ahead to claim the right to append his medal to the base of the coveted

Silver Arrow on display in Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom.

Winner of the Ladies Philiphaugh Arrow, Elaine Pearson, and junior winner, Lara Fairbairn, competed in the shoot-off by ends, which was won by Lara with a magnificent clout on her final arrow.

In the gents’ shoot off, Donald Melvin, Alan Lindsay and Nick Murrell had a close competition which was eventually won by Donald by half a bow length. Results:

Ladies’ Double Clout Round – Elaine Pearson (silver medal, Philiphaugh Silver Arrow)

Gentlemen’s Double Clout Round – Jason Fairbairn (silver medal, Selkirk Silver Arrow Shield)

First round – Douglas Anderson (bronze medal). Second round – Donald Melvin (bronze medal)

Shoot-off by ends:

Lara Fairbairn with a clout – silver medal

Donald Melvin by half a bow length – silver medal

Best o’ the Rest Tankard – William Good.