A morning of Archery with the Cambridge University young Archers.

A scorching hot late summer’s day (in fact the hottest September day in 105 days), the beautiful grounds of a Cambridge college and enthusiastic young archers keen to help me try their sport: what’s not to like?

Jack, Lydia, dad and compound bow expert, Patrick, Rob and Maryia had set up the boss (target) 10m away. The compound bow very kindly lent to me by Clickers, an aficionado’s treasure trove of a shop in Norwich, had slipped its drawstring at the end of the Investor magazine photoshoot, so Patrick brought his kit to sort it out. We were soon ready to go.

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We found that the bow was set up too straight: an able-bodied hand in fact twists the bow slightly allowing the drawstring to pass the nose. I could only pull it back by twisting the bow which meant the string popped out. Jack resolved the issue by twisting the bow in the CBAS designed grip and loosening it so as I pulled the string back the bow was able to rotate itself straight. That worked.

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The next problem was the release mechanism. When drawn back it was too low for my chin or cheek to reach. Jack tried to lengthen the trigger by attaching a pin, but the solution was rather simpler: pull the string back a little less far. I could reach. Simples!

Then I was encouraged to shoot. Remarkably the first arrows hit the boss. And at the end of the second set I even managed to hit the gold Bullseye.

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Jack and Lydia had no hesitation in moving the boss back to 20m. I was pleased to find I could fly the arrows that far; in fact, a couple flew over the target! The last hit the red so very pleasing! My right arm was tiring so we left it on that high.

I had a great time, so much so I really want to join the club later in the year when they practice indoors at the University Sports Centre, where 20m is the distance they use. Thank you guys!