we ran a have a go event at the living history weekend at Segontium fort again this year. And what a fantastic experience it was,  if a little surreal at times. Well how often do you see a minibus reversing and a centurion in full armer climbing out of the driving seat, or a squad of  8 Roman soldiers marching to the burger van for lunch.

one soldier came and asked if he could shoot some of his arrows at our target, he then  challenged two of our members to a head to head closest to the centre shoot-off. I am happy to report that this time the Welsh beat the Romans.

I have been shooting bows on and off since I was ten, the first ones were made from a straightish tree branch with bail twine for a string. I then had an old slazenger split cane long bow which was followed by a Fibreglass recurved training bow. My first experience of proper Archery was in London when I attended a beginners course along with Jackie who later became my wife. We moved to Jersey in the channel islands and joined an archery club there, we shot two ore three times a week and competed in tournaments collecting a phew medals along the way. When we moved back to Wales, archery was sidelined for about 15 years until our eldest decided to tack up the sport. I shot at Colwyn Bowmen for while, then helped get Dyffryn Nantlle Archers established. Qualified as a Level 1 coach and went on to become a level 2 coach. Took part in a comp or three attaining two seconds and a third. Left DNA for personal reasons and became one of the founder members of Red Dragon Archers along with Roy Slinger the Chairman. I spend most of my time on the range coaching now rather than shooting, Not always from choice, I still enjoy shooting my Compound and the gold medal I picked up at the Gwynedd Bowmen Worcester recently was a shock considering the lack of practice I have had recently.