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Christophers Diary 21st Sept 2016

Posted: Friday, 23 September, 2016

Enjoying a well-earned pint of IPA after a second wonderful evening at Harrogate Fencing Club. After my initial session last week, when I established that my 61 year-old joints and organs were still up the sport, I immediately ordered a full set of kit from Leon Paul. Sod’s Law took immediate effect and the company had a backlog of orders, so my order will probably arrive tomorrow and I practised in borrowed kit again. The warm-up session started promptly, and the sweat flowe...d again as we practised our steps and lunges. After 15 years of doing nothing more strenuous than walking the dog (admittedly with the occasional jog-trot to get to the off-licence before closing time), my body was already feeling that it had done enough, but then Roy found an épée for me and gave me about 15 minutes of valuable one-to-one coaching. I had mainly fenced with foil in the past, and this time round I have decided to focus on the brutal simplicity of the épée as more suitable for my fighting style. Not that fencing with the épée is all that simple, as I am finding out now: the fact that your entire body is a valid target means considerably modifying your stance and technique. After the coaching, I was introduced to some more members and engaged in competitive bouts. The first was Steve. "How many points do you want to go to? Ten? Fifteen?" he asked as we hooked ourselves up to the electronic scoring equipment. "Ten will be fine for now", I replied. Both of us took - how shall I put it? - a very pro-active approach to the combat, and by the time the score was 2-2 I was feeling distinctly blown and the sweat was pouring from my torso into my little baggy breeches. "Let’s make it five" I laughed. A very good decision on my part, for I went on to win 5-4. After a breather and having got my second wind, I took on a rather deadly young lady (whose name unfortunately escapes me now) who was soon leading by 3 points to zero. I decided to calm down a bit, think about the mistakes I was making and adapt accordingly, coming away with a creditable defeat at 7-10. The time had passed quickly, but just as I was thinking of calling it a night, a big fellow named Hugo offered me a bout. His large frame presented me with a ’target-rich environment’ and I was able to get in the first couple of hits, but then his greater experience told and he won with 5 points to my 3. All in all, it was a splendid evening and, though my neck and shoulders ache from doing more work than they have seen for many a year, I still feel the pleasant buzz that comes from physical action. Mens sana in corpore sano!

2015 National Ladies Team Epee Champions

Posted: Monday, 30 November, 2015

Fantastic News ! Harrogate fencing club ladies won the National Ladies Team Epee Championships on 29th November 2015.The team of Caitlin ,Abbi and Sadie fenced so well and we are very lucky to have such amazing talented fencers representing Harrogate Fencing Club. Well done !

Kate at the Commonwealth Games

Posted: Tuesday, 25 November, 2014

Our very own Kate Elvin had a fantastic Commonwealth Games in November, coming 7th in the Veterans Ladies Epee and getting a bronze in the team event with Northern Ireland too. Well done Kate!


Posted: Monday, 8 September, 2014

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Martha wins National title !

Posted: Thursday, 29 May, 2014

Harrogate fencer Martha Meadows won the National Under 10 girls foil title last weekend.This is a fantastic result for her and reward for all her hard work and determination.Her amazing achievement makes her yet another title winner for Harrogate and shows our junior section is going from strength to strength .Well done Martha!.

Wheelchair Fencing comes to Harrogate

Posted: Thursday, 28 November, 2013

We are delighted to announce that thanks to many months of effort by Kate Elvin the club is now able to offer wheelchair fencing.

Wheelchair fencing is open to all fencers with a permanent lower limb disability which prevents them competing on equal terms with able bodied fencers. They do not have to be wheelchair users.

Anyone wishing to have a go please e-mail us or come down to the club on a Wednesday evening,all equipment and coaching will be provided for the normal nightly fee.

History of Harrogate Fencing Club

Posted: Friday, 8 November, 2013

We have recently been contacted by Fiona Movley-Armitage who has given us some lovely photos and details of the club’s history from the 1950’s  when her father Mawson Movley (1915-1989) fenced at Harrogate.

Please take a look at her article in the downloads page and the photos in our gallery.

Any further contributions are most welcome.

Sadie wins Ashton Open Epee

Posted: Thursday, 10 October, 2013

Well done to Sadie Greetham for an outstanding 1st Place at the Ashton Open Ladies Epee.This a fantastic result for her and really well deserved. See Sadie in our Photo Gallery.

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