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Harrow archers who have represented the county share incredible story

Like to get in shape but are worried you are too old or out of puff to start? Here is our fourth interview with Harrow residents as part of our Fit for Life series who share their life-long love of exercise.

Newly-wed Irene Lawrence was keen husband Peter wasn’t home alone in the evenings and suggested he chose an evening class they could do together.

His interest in Spanish guitar proved short-lived but his next choice was even more curious.

Irene, 71, said: “He came home and told me he wanted to try archery!”

The couple collectively drew their bowstrings 50 years ago and fell in love with the sport becoming founding members of The Bowmen of Harrow.

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An early photo of the Bowmen

The club, which has its own indoor range in John Lyons Playing Fields, draws members from all walks of life from electricians and teachers to housewives and plumbers.

Irene, who has represented the sport at county level, said the combination of physical and mental skills is appealing.

“I never expected to like archery but just fell in love with it immediately. It’s quite therapeutic because once you step on the range you forget about everything else.

Archery has enjoyed a big screen renaissance in recent years with the likes of bow-wielding heroine Katness Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Hawkeye in the Marvel franchise, and the Na’vi in Avatar.

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Newly-wed Irene and Peter with other club members.

Archery GB, the sport’s governing body, has more than 40,000 members and it is one of the now regular Olympic disciplines since 1972.

Women shot up to 80 yards and men up to 100 yards at outdoor events with both competing over a shorter 20 yards/18m distance indoors.

The Bowmen of Harrow offer taster sessions and beginner courses for those interested, along with a busy calendar of league matches and competitions.

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Archery is growing in popularity. Credit: Unsplash

“I think it is one of those sports which puzzle people a bit until they have a go and realise how much fun it is.”

For more information, see bowmenofharrow.org.uk

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