European Archery Championships 2016

30 May, 2016

Nottingham. The home of R***n H**d.  I rankle a bit when I hear the name, because it’s the laziest of lazy journalistic cliches but still gets routinely trotted out whenever target archery is mentioned. When Alison Williamson –  six times an Olympian for Great Britain and an Olympic bronze medallist in 2004 – retired, the Midlands radio show they chose to announce it on played the song. You know. That one. You get the feeling they wouldn’t do that to Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Still, I suppose it did feel appropriate to have the meet here, in a town brimming with mediaeval history.  I was on multi-media duties for the last three days: writing, photographing, interviewing and social media-ing. On finals day, in Old Market Square, I had quickly portrait up winners and losers, which is why a lot of the photos are, well, that.

It was preceded by a continental qualifying tournament,  on the Thursday evening and Friday morning, with six precious Rio spots available and packed with drama and tension, cheers and tears. You can read about that here.

Special thanks to Jon Nott and team for pulling together such a remarkable event, with a truly spectacular finals venue, sold out on Sunday. Incredible job. I have no idea how you’d manage something this size. Just brilliant.

And it was a great weekend for GBR: qualifying a place for Rio, making four finals and taking two well-deserved medals, and a crowd keen on making a racket. Moving back towards the top tier.  In the words of Martin Evans, “I think the lion’s claws are starting to grow back”.


GBR. Pic by Malcolm Rees.

So who won? Full results are here. You can read the news reports I had a hand in, too:

Recurve – individual & mixed team

Recurve – teams

GBR – recurve teams

GBR – Huston

Compound – teams

Compound – individual

As for photos: as well as Dean’s pics from the weekend you can look through the albums of Derek Sizeland, Dean Layton-James, and Bimble, too.  Thanks to everybody, and great to put a few faces to names, too. What a great weekend.

Olympic Continental Qualifying Tournament

Marin practice field

Alicia Marin

FRA practice range

FRA on the practice range

Larry v Mete

Larry v Mete

Larry midstride

Larry midstride

huston w. cameras

ready for my close-up


Mete fistbump

Mete fistbump

Mete wide shot

Mete Gazoz


huston & notty

winning the Rio place

AZER being carried

winning the Rio place – Azerbaijan

TUR tears

winning the Rio place – Turkey


finals field rehearsal

dress rehearsal

GBR compound

GBR ladies compound

GBR & NED compound ladies

GBR & NED compound ladies

Turkey compound ladies

FRA compound men

FRA compound men

DEN compound men

DEN compound men

Prieels after win

Sarah Prieels

Vinogradova w. bow

Mariaa Vinogradova


Stephan Hansen


Robin Hood silhouette

this guy

UKR warmup 3

UKR warmup

RUS warmup

RUS warmup

Daniel warmup

Lucas Daniel warmup

GBR men

GBR recurve men

GBR & GER ladies

GBR & GER recurve ladies

UKR ladies

UKR recurve ladies

GBR mens waiting 2

the wait

GBR recurve ladies wide from rear

full house for GBR

Patrick thumbs

Patrick – thumbs

Moldova win



Veronika Marchenko


Lisa Unruh

Valladont win w. poster

Jean-Charles Valladont


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