Mac The Knight Perseveres To Claim Jousting Tournament Victory

23-October-2015 11:34
in News
by The Knights


Last Sunday ‘Knights-in-Training’ from all over the country descended upon the prestigious Knights of Middle England’s Warwick base at the Warwick International School of Riding for the 11th Bi-Annual Amateur Jousting Tournament. A unique opportunity for their regular ‘Trainee Knights’ who are invited to take part in the competition and join the UK’s only Amateur Jousting League.


Celebrating their 11th Tournament, The Knights of Middle England opened their gates to all to join in with the Medieval festivities for the day, run in support of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. As well the Jousting competition, spectators were treated to ‘Have-a-Go’ longbow archery, Falconry Displays and delicious food and drink from local caterers Farrier’s Fayre.


Run biannually, thirteen participants battled it out, over a series of heats that culminated in a Jousting Finale. The “Knights in Training” are scored for points on their ‘Skills at Arms’ including striking large man-shaped spinning targets called the ‘Quintaine’, lancing ‘Gold Rings’ , spearing targets and chopping the ‘Peasant’s Heads’!  Points were then collated to decide who would take pole-position for the start of the ‘Jousting Heat’ against an instructor.


Head Instructor Karl Ude-Martinez said of the participants: “The competition was once again wide open and all competitors were very nervous and had been working hard in preparation for the day. They were all keen to do well and score highly to better their overal  league positions.”


The participants took up their shield and lance, closed down their visor and the battle for that first place began! As the most important section of the Tournament, with the most points on offer, the pressure was on!


During the Joust, the three Knights of Middle England instructors scored their sheets and the points were all added together to give them the winner! Holding his strong lead from the ‘Skills’ section of the Tournament, it was tournament regular Paul MacMillan a.k.a. ‘Mac the Knight’ who claimed the Winner’s Shield for the first time! Training with the Knights since 2010, Paul has struggled with nerves on previous Tournaments, but managed to conquer them for his best ever performance in 5 years.


Second place went to Sophie Dellar a.k.a. ‘Serena Warrior Princess’ who was representing for the ladies, and third place to Chris Pratley a.k.a. Sir Chris of Jadteu who was defending champion from May.


The ‘Deramore Rhythm Trophy’ a special recognition award, was presented to Helen Rowell a.k.a. Lady Helen of Skelberry who showed great improvement in this Tournament and was a strong representative of all the ‘Lady-Knights’ who compete, as in the 21st Century Jousting is open to both men and women alike!


The day ended with a very entertaining show from The Knights of Middle England Team themselves, where the winner of the Tournament had the chance of being in their show as a guest Knight! Overall, the day raised just under £500 for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, and after celebrations or commiserations, all are looking forward to getting back into training ready for the next Tournament in May!


For more information on how anyone can learn to joust with The Knights and take part in our Amateur Jousting Tournament yourself, or to find out more about the various packages we offer including Jousting Displays, Stag and Hen, Corporate and Schools Events please do get in contact with us!


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