Wednesday started, as usual, with a FreeSpirit healthy, low calorie breakfast (3 sausage, 3 bacon, double egg, baked beans, black pudding, mushrooms, toast) and then moved swiftly into “death by pellet or arrow”. The Unit was split into two groups of 10 – one doing a session with air rifles the other archery. In my group a very close competition developed and, over a number of rounds, it became clear that Rhys and John were the Unit’s hired killers….until Phil “guitar hero” Langley woke up – 8 shots in two minutes, all dead centre earning him the new nickname of “Sniper” and winning the respect of all present including the instructor.
We then moved from the range and headed outside and into the woods. We kept a keen eye out for Robin Hood…and eventually found the “man in tights” waiting for us by the archery butts. After a few warm up rounds the main competition or game of cricket started – yes, I did say cricket. The batting side had to get all the arrows on target with increasing runs gained the closer one got to the centre. Any arrows that missed the target were runs to the other side. The bowling team had to get their arrows in the two zones closest to the centre to score an “out”. The battle commenced…however the opposition had a ringer (Steve H) was scoring well and was rumoured to have had some coaching…and then Phill the Sniper started to get his eye in. However, we rallied well with Big Eth, Rhys and Ben Harrrrrr scoring well to finally edge the result.
Lunch then called!