3DUK Series - Held at Fleet Ibex 7th - 8th October 2017

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Fi Berry, a new Fleet Ibex member, volunteered to help with the recent 3DUK Series shoot held at the club grounds on 7th and 8th October 2017. She writes .........

3DUK Series - What is it all about?

 For the second year running Fleet Ibex has hosted The Archery Company 3D National Series at the club. The fifth and final event in a UK wide series took place on the 7th-8th of October.

 It was an amazing weekend and show cased a modern and innovative format that is growing in popularity year on year. It is an exciting addition to the existing panoply of competition formats and rules.

Far from being an exclusive event it is one of the most inclusive, welcoming archers from every level, shooting Traditional, Recurve, Compound and Crossbows. Its ethos is to promote patience and respect for all archers, whatever style they have chosen to shoot.

While the course set up makes access easy and the close proximity of the targets makes great use of space and reduces the time spent moving between targets. So, more time for shooting!

What really came across was how the format facilitates great social engagement amongst all the participants and encourages a real sense of camaraderie amongst all the archers. Judging from all the laughter and banter from all sides, it definitely works.

There are two competitions each day, comprising of an unknown distance in the morning and known distance— in the afternoon, taking between 3.5 and 4hours each.

The amateur classes compete for medals, while the professionals compete for cash prizes generated from the Pro subs they have paid to enter the event.

There were archers from across the UK and Europe, and even some of Fleet Ibex’s finest who did the club proud by coming away with medals. Congratulations to Steven Hursthouse for winning the amateur Barebow Recurve class and to Ed Britton for coming second in amateur Open Class.

There are additional competitions one of which the Pro Pressure Shoot Down was great fun to watch, as was the charity competition ‘The Long shot’, where archers had to hit a target up to 101 yards distance in the nominated 120mm spot. (Designated Charity - Help for Heroes).

While the event was organised and run by 3DUK, special mention should go to Ibex club secretary Terry Mills, who ensured all the necessary preparation was done and represented the club over the course of the weekend. Here’s looking forward to next year!

For further info check out the following links.

3DUK Series: https://www.3darchery.co.uk

Results: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/b78fd3_155f01cfd439426a9e57aa71dec7559c.pdf

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/3DAUK/posts/?ref=page_internal

Photos by Dean Layton-James: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ArcheryFoto/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1151529858283948

Video 2017 Series 5 Pro Shoot off at Ibex:


Video 2016 Series 5 Long Shot Shoot Off at Ibex:





Club Championships - 15th October 2017

About 40 members took advantage of good weather to compete in the 2017 club championships. 20 3-D targets were set out - each with two pegs so we could shoot around twice giving a total of 40 targets. The course was specifically set to encourage interaction and socialising which most archers thoroughly enjoyed. 

Medals were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each of the bow classes with an overall club champion decided on a handicap system - which is only understood by the membership secretary!! 

The overall winner was Sarah Parker with Denis Alston second and Bree Jenkins in third place. Next year we'll have to look carefully at the handicap system so that bow classes other than American Flat Bow have a chance!!

It was a little disappointing that with 200 members we only get 40 to turn out for the competition. Even so, everyone who attended seemed to enjoy themselves.

The full results can be viewed on the Shoot Results and Reports page and a number of photographs have been uploaded to the Photo Galleries page.

Paul Harding

Club Championships

Our Club Championships this year will be held on Sunday 15th October 2017.

The event is open to all members of Fleet Ibex.

Medals will be awarded for all the usual NFAS bow classes with an overall winner decided on a handicap basis.

Hopefully we’ll have 20 3-D targets out with the competition being over two rounds – i.e. 40 targets all together.

The shoot will be free of charge and although catering will not be available, there will be facilities for making tea and coffee.

Registration will be held from 08:30hrs with the briefing held so that shooting can start at 10:00hrs prompt.

Entries will be accepted on the day (provided you are a full paid up member) but I would prefer that you let me know if you intend to shoot.

If you wish to shoot in a group, please let me know beforehand so arrangements can be made and targets allocated.

Members who register on the day may have little choice about which group they’ll be in.

The maximum group size will be 4 archers so please don’t ask for more to be included. Larger groups slow the whole event down.

Paul Harding - Membership Secretary

Open Shoot on 13/8/17

Please note that the next open shoot will be held at the club on Sunday 13th August 2017.

As a result, the club practice courses (the Black and Blue courses) will be closed to all on 12th and 13th August.

For those intending to compete in the open shoot, please note that you need to be a full NFAS member - membership cards will be checked on registration.

There are currently places available but please ensure you enter using the shoot entry form soon. Helen will be closing registration at midday on Thursday 10th August to give her time to sort out the entries.

Paul Harding

Events at the Club

We've pencilled in a date for our 2017 Club Championships - Sunday 15th October 2017. We'll post more details closer to the time but in the meantime, if you are interested, make a note in your diaries. As last year, it will be open only to club members, will be free of charge to enter, and although tea and coffee facilities will be available, no other catering will be arranged.

Also in October (6th to 8th October 2017) we are playing host to 3dUK for one of their shoots. They will be setting up their course on the left hand side of the access road and so the Black Course will be closed that weekend. The Blue Course will remain open for members to use if they wish.

Our next open shoot will be held on Sunday 13th August 2017. Please note that both practice courses (Black and Blue) will be closed for that weekend.


21st May 2017 - Clive Freemantle Memorial Shoot

Another very successful open shoot - this time blessed with fantastic weather.

Challenging courses were matched with some excellent (and close) scores. The overall winner of the Clive Freemantle trophy (open only to compound unlimited archers) was, for the second year in a row, Owen Blackmore. Well done Owen.

Full results for the shoot will be published on the "Shoot Results and Reports" page of this web sire when available. In the meantime, enjoy (!!) the selection of photos uploaded to the "Photo Galleries" page.

Many thanks to all those who helped - the course layers, the caterers and, of course, Helen for the administration and scoring.

Open Shoot 21st May 2017

Just a warning to those intending to travel to the Fleet Ibex Open Shoot on 21st May 2017.

The M3 will be closed from Junction 2 (M25) to 3 (Lightwater) for the whole weekend for re-surfacing work. If this affects you, you are advised to allow extra time for the journey or find an alternative route.

Paul Harding

Clive Freemantle Memorial Shoot 21st May 2017

Please note that our next open shoot will be held on Sunday 21st May 2017. As a result, the practice courses will be closed on that weekend.

For those NFAS members who wish to enter the shoot please note that entries will be closing at mid-day on Thursday 18th May. At the moment, there are places available but if you want to enter the shoot, please ensure your entry is submitted to arrive by Thursday at the latest. Entry forms can be downloaded from the "Downloads and Links" page of this web site.

Paul Harding