Archery aces flock to Charles Hill Centre

Massed archers fire off another round of arrows.
Massed archers fire off another round of arrows.

Over 120 talented archers took aim on Sunday at the Charles Hill Centre in Loscoe to compete for the prestigious Thoresby Trophy.

The annual inter-counties event was first held in 1958 in the grounds of Thoresby Hall in Nottinghamshire and involves teams from Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

The event was hosted by the Charles Hill Centre CIC, which has been formed to take over the ownership and management of the site and is currently working with Amber Valley Borough Council to raise funds to progress the project.

The chairman of the CIC, Alan Longdon, stated: “We were delighted that the organisers of the event chose Charles Hill for this year’s Thoresby Trophy. We have had discussions about forming a new archery club at the site after the event so we hope that this competition will inspire as many local people as possible to take up the sport.”

The event was organised by the Derbyshire County Archery Association and featured a number of different bows, including traditional long bows, recurve bows and compound bows.

The last two types many will have seen being used in the London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012.