The venue have informed me that they are cancelling all future bookings for the foreseeable future, so at present there are no scheduled throwing sessions.
In light of the prevailing wisdom on reducing the spread of coronavirus, which can basically be summed up as “don’t leave home unless you have to,” I’m cancelling the March throwing session. Apologies to those of you who are regulars, who missed out in February due to storms, and apologies to those of you who were hoping to turn up for the first time. But it seems wise to be safe.
Stay healthy, and fingers crossed for better news next month.
Our sessions for Jan, Feb and Mar are now booked – please see the Upcoming Dates page for details.
Please note that the Feb date is not at the usual day/time because of venue availability.
Hope you have a good holiday – see you in the new year!
We now have dates for July and September – you’ll find them on the Upcoming Dates page.
Unfortunately, there’s no session in August, as the venue is booked out for much of the month. Apologies for that.
Note that the July session starts at 11am, rather than 1pm, as there is already a booking at 1pm.
The dates for the first three months of 2018 are now available, on the Upcoming Dates page. Sessions will still be 1-3pm, but we’ve switched to throwing on Saturday instead of Sunday, as there were some comments about people being better able to make it on Saturdays.
Apologies for the delay, but I now have the dates for the last three months of the year. You can find them on the Upcoming Dates page.
(I’ve been nailing down various work commitments, which is why it’s taken so long to figure out when I’m going to be available.)
The date of the next throwing session has changed!
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the next throwing session will on Saturday 23rd September, at 2-4pm, instead of the previously-announced date of Sunday 24th September.
Apologies for any inconvenience.
About fifty throwers descended on Woodend Farm Complex between Sheffield and Nottingham last week, for the first-ever UK National Championships. I was there, representing SKATTA. A great time was had by all.
There were the usual events:
- Knives, at 3m, 5m and 7m. Seven lots of three throws, scoring 0-5 per knife, for a maximum total of 3 x 5 x 7 = 105 points.
- Hawks at 4m, 5m and 7m. Again, 3 x 7 throws, for 105 points max.
- Long distance knife, throwing from the 4-7m range, and then moving back 3m at a time, until all three throws at that distance fail to stick in the 1m-diametre target.
- Long distance hawk, with the same rules and distances.
- Speed throw: sticking the most knives from 3m in a 20-secon period.
- Duel: knock-out rounds, where two throwers try to stick a knife at 3m before the other.
There were also:
- Snife, KATTA’s throwing variant on snooker, throwing at a target with red, yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black, with higher points and a smaller target, according to the difficulty.
- Silhou-axe, a variant on the usual silhouette game, where you aim at a sequence of small circles, while avoiding hitting the central larger circle.
- Double-bit, throwing a two-headed axe at a target from 6.1m.
- No-spin, throwing 3m, 4m, 5m and 6m.
The weather was glorious on Friday evening for registration and practice, but there was steady, insistent low-level rain all through Saturday morning, which turned all the target/throwing line positions into muddy marshes, which no-doubt affected everyone’s knife scores, as everyone struggled to keep their knives clean and dry. The rest of the weekend was overcast, but muggily warm, and the ground recovered.
I had lots of fun, and did surprisingly well, coming 22nd. I was surprising successful at the 5m hawks, where I usually fail to stick much at all, so I think that helped quite a bit. I didn’t take part in the no-spin competition, having neither the right knives nor any skill in that area yet. I was grateful for those who’d brought some spare two-headed axes, which allowed those of us without them to give it a go (I was terrible, sticking only 6 out of 15 throws).
No-spin’s definitely on the rise, with a number of throwers taking part in the competition, and several attempting the long-distance knife with no-spin, too. Must get some knives and figure that out, soon!
Next competition is hosted by the Essex Backyard Throwers, 23-34 September!
Dan “the Man” Mosley has hosted a “Spring Fling” at the Huthwaite site for a few years now, but this year, it’s a bigger event: a UK national championship competition. It’s also moved slightly later in the year, from May to June.
So, this year, June 9-11, I plan to be representing SKATTA and Scotland, throwing against the best of the UK throwers, and getting thoroughly trounced in the process. But in a highly enjoyable way.
It’s an international event, in that non-UK throwers are also welcome to compete, though the UK championship rankings will be based only on UK throwers’ scores, in keeping with how other national championship competitions are run.
Details are on Facebook, on the main KATTA page, should you feel inclined to take part.
This year, my main goal – apart from sticking the blades – will be to not get so much sunburn than it takes more than a year to fade, as happened at the World Championships, last time I was at Huthwaite…
Sping is definitely here, and it’s gloriously sunny as I write this. With luck, that weather will hold for our new throwing sessions for April, May and June – see the Upcoming Dates page for details. Hope to see you there!