BUSA Outdoors 2002 Review

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A field of just under 150 competed for BUSA Outdoor 2002 titles, again in the wonderful setting of Lilleshall NSC near Telford. Conditions were good but a breeze and enough cloud cover kept things cooler than last year. Edinburgh Uni won 1st team, York 2nd, bettering their 3rd place in 2000 and Bath were 3rd picking up their first BUSA medals for some time. Imperial won novice team by 300 points and Laura Borrer Closs (Imperial)picked up 1st novice lady whilst Richard Benwell (Cambridge) was 1st novice gent, both winning comfortably. Kevin Sheppard (Bath) won Gents Recurve, Ros Bowen (Heriot-Watt) won Ladies recurve (by an impressive 50 points), Tim Mundon (Edinburgh) won Gents Compound and Christina Clarke (Nottingham) won Ladies Compound, who were shooting the Albion for the first time. Scottish Unis scored over 3500 to beat English Unis in the Home Nations match.

Edinburgh University kept up their remarkable record in this competition (8 consecutive wins since 1995) and despite all their problems this season they hit the front early and stayed there, stretching the rest of the field out behind them. Jill Rennie was Edinburgh's star, in her final year Jill has barely featured all season, but shot with freedom to finish 5th Lady with 862. Glyn Ball 5th Gent with 803, Claudine Jennings 9th Lady with 842 and Andrew Phillips 8th gent with 793, Edinburgh's 4th archer all season made up the winning team score of 3300.

Only York (2nd team with 3247) could live with Edinburgh's scores, although even they faded a little at the end of the second distance, mirrored by the performance of Michael Ward 6th Gent with 802. Andrew Ash lead York finishing 2nd Gent with 841 with Heather MacLaren 8th Lady on 850. Bath finished 3rd, 209 points adrift on 3091, Kevin Sheppard finishing 1st Gent to add to his 2nd Gent at the Indoors. In the ladies, competition was very tight for second place with Marietta Scott (Manchester) 2nd on 872, Jenny Thompson (St. Andrews) 3rd on 870 and Leo Lang (ULU) 4th on 868.

There was disappointment for Cambridge who could only manage 4th, Andy Somers shooting in his last BUSA event (probably) put together the biggest recovery EVER, but only after he had thrown in a crazy dozen early on finishing 7th with 802. Heriot-Watt were without Derek Burrough and the team score missed his input badly, despite Ros Bowen's stunning performance.

In the compound section, there were only 9 competitors. Christina Clarke (Nottingham) fought off Claire Davy (Bath) 904 points to 892. Tim Mundon (Edinburgh) won impressively with 964, whilst Richard Wilkins (Loughborough) was second on 936, pushed all the way by Dave Sewell (Edinburgh) who finished nervously in 3rd with 926.

There were BUSA records set again. Both Gents and Ladies compound records were set with Tim Mundon getting 964 out of 972, this means anyone wishing to take the record can only afford to miss the yellow three times all day. Christina Clarke (Nottingham) created a good, if unsurprising, new reocrd with 904. This is the first time the Ladies Compound have shot the Albion. Alistair Wilson (Bangor) broke his own barebow record with an impressive 614. The performance of the day however was almost certainly from Ros Bowen (Heriot-Watt) who won Ladies Recurve with 930 by 58 points from Marietta Scott (Manchester) with 872. Although the Heriot-Watt team was deprived of Derek Burrough and finished a lowly 7th, an opening dozen of 106 set the tone for a magnificent shoot. Happily she stayed clear of the asthma which affected both her at the indoors and Claire Brockett (Bradford) at this competition to break Isla Lillie's 1996 record of 916. This means ALL BUSA Outdoor records have been shot in the 2 years since the competition moved to Lilleshall.

Thanks to Ian McGibbon, Gavin Simmons, Dave Spinner, Paul Williamson, Andy Somers, Alan Stiles, Tim Mundon for all their vital contributions to the day.