RED-HOT Archers from Spalding’s Silver Spoon Bowmen cranked up the heat at the sixth Fenland Archers Portsmouth event on the coldest day of the year.
The team travelled to Whittlesey to compete against archers from Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire – but the Bowmen were too hot to handle for the rest.
Craig Shinkin, competing in the senior gents’ compound, shot an impressive two personal bests (PB) to win both the single and double events, with John Fisher coming second in both.
The four scores shot by the Silver Spoon duo and exceeded all the other senior gents’ compound competitors.
Lynn Fisher repeated the trick in the senior ladies’ recurve, clinching both the single and double competitions. Again, both her scores beat all those shot by her competitors.
Elsewhere, Steve Prior equalled his PB in the senior gents recurve event as he placed second, before his consistency shone through and helped him him win the double competition.
Steve’s son Ian Prior then capped a great day for himself and the club by emulating his father. He came second in the individual junior boy recurve event and took first place the double.
The Bowmen also placed a creditable third in the team event. The squad of Craig Shinkin, Steve Prior, Lynn Fisher and John Shinkin were eight points off first place.
Great credit goes to John Shinkin, who scored well against some very experienced long bow archers to ensure the Silver Spoon team had a chance of competing for the medals.