We had a great turnout of riders on both days and a good bunch of people came for the weekend enjoying the night out under canvas or back of the van.
The Robinson’s were away, Alicia was taking part in a round of the Ladies Championship down in Devon so it was up to the rest of the usual marking out crew to grab the reigns, although Stu was out on the Tuesday helping cutting out, he just loves it.
The sections were the usual mix of tight turns over the rocks and through the trees in the lane to the sandy banks and cambered turns in the woods. Saturday had 8 sections plotted and Sunday we had enough observers for the full 10 which was great, most of the Saturday sections had been tweaked and 2 new ones to ride. There were four routes catering for the hardened expert to the complete beginner and all classes were well supported.
Thanks to the marking-out/clearing-up crew, Sue and the team for getting everyone signed on on both days especially Sunday after a few glasses of Vino on Saturday evening, great effort. A huge thank you to all of the observers over both days, we are so grateful to you for your continuous support, as you know we couldn’t run our events without you. Sue also for number crunching and getting the results out sharpish.
We will have a full report and some pics up for you soon, we hope you enjoyed the weekend.
The Arena is open for practice from 5pm this coming Wednesday evening, 28th June. The next North Berks event is The John Wheeler Bike Night which takes place on 11 July, starting at 6pm. This year it is being held at a new venue, just down the A417 at Upton Recreation Ground, Oxon OX11 9HX.
Report: Stu Belcher
With the vast land available the course plotters set out a great ride around covering an assortment of terrain. With the land previously used as a paint ball site the sections were plotted around many base camps and section two made the most of a couple of old bridges. Like something from kickstart days the first part of the section made its way across a ditch looping over the main bridge then back under it to use the steep parts of the ditch below. The tight steep entry of the expert route by the side of the bridge caught a few riders but the cambered turn on the loose bank that brought you back to the ends card managed to grab marks from most of the field, a section that was enjoyed by all of the 50-strong entry and spectators alike.
Tom Nicholas was in fine form in the expert class as he lost only one mark on section five, the last turn across roots through the angled exit on top of the bank was masterful as the loose going made the final turn very tough. He easily took the Expert win on a low score of 4, some 8 marks clear of Scott Faulkner with James Grist coming in a close third.
With a large entry of Clubman C riders, Brian Tomkins was on top as he finished 8 marks ahead of Alex Taylor aboard his immaculate Fantic, again section two catching everyone out as the turn out of the ditch loosened as the day progressed making this turn difficult to master. Neil Harris came third but lost his going through the slippery sections of seven and eight.
With a great entry of Youth riders spread across the grades it was Brett Harbud who managed to take the Expert Youth win from Alicia Robinson, they were both neck and neck throughout the trial but Brett managed to get the edge of Alicia in section 8 as the soft going at the stream edge before the drive up to the fallen tree took marks from all that rode the expert route here. Finley Belcher was on his own in the Youth 50/50 and rode well taking the harder challenges in his stride. Bailey Tidbury was only 6 marks ahead of Thomas Hawthorn in the Youth B with Max Agar a little further back to take third. Again, the enjoyable bridge section taking majority of the marks here as well as the soft banks of section eight. Sam Avenell was comfortable winner in the Youth C class ahead of the Cole brothers Tom and Josh. To finish off the Youth classes Ben Nicholls was an easy winner in the D green route with Ben Jelfs second and new to trials young Jonathan Brett managing to finish his first trial aboard his Oset taking the third spot.
Thanks to all of the marking out/clearing up crew; Sue and Pauline for getting everyone signed on; Sue for getting the results out and all of the observers – Andy Hora, Jim Axford, Mick Bayliss, Doug Wootton, Derek Dodd, Peter White, Richard Harbud, Steve Nicholls and Duncan Agar. Also a special thanks to Mark Stokes for getting us the opportunity to run the trial at this lovely piece of land, as you all know land is so hard to come by nowadays so we were really grateful to the landowner for agreeing to let us use the venue, we hope it won't be the last...
Find the full results below. The next North Berks event is just three weeks away which is our 2 Day Trial at Besselsleigh which is always a good one. Hope to see you then.
Expert: T Nicholas 4, S Faulkner 12, J Grist 18
50/50: L Hora 20, Lee Sullivan 44, Liam Anderson 47
Clubman B: M Elms 9, S Belcher 16, D Barrett 19
Clubman C: B Tomkins 26, A Taylor 34, N Harris 41
Clubman D: S Allsworth 2, J Evans 6
Youth Expert: B Harbud 35, A Robinson 49
Youth 50/50: F Belcher 60
Youth B: B Tidbury 47, T Hawthorn 54, M Agar 65
Youth C: S Avenell 55, T Cole 114, J Cole 156
Youth D: B Nicholls 8, B Jelfs 108, J Brett 154
Pictures courtesy of Leah Robinson
North Berks MCC had been invited to put on a Trials demonstration throughout the day. The weather was amazing, the sun shone for the most of the day which made the riding pretty tough but the team put on a great show for the thousands of visitors. The team also put on a display in the main ring at midday riding over a car and up a skip onto a flat bed farm trailer, the commentator explained our sport with great enthusiasm from notes which Mark had prepared and supplied to him. The demonstrations went down really well, there was a lot of interest for the youngsters especially as always, and people were asking a lot of questions about the club so that could lead to more members in the future which is great.
The club would like to thank all the members who put on a brilliant display throughout the day, its much appreciated and we hope you enjoyed it. The next show that the club has been invited to is the East Hagbourne Summer Fete at the Recreation Ground on the 10 June. Drop by and say hello.
There are a few more pictures up on the Gallery page.
Let's hope it's a bit dryer than the last one. Don't miss the opportunity to ride at this great venue, if you're not up for the big stuff there is plenty of room to practice on the less extreme areas, there is something for everyone. Gates open at 5. Adults - £8, Youth - £6. Open to all, club joining fee applies if not a current North Berks member. Don't miss it!
Sadly Will had an off riding to the group of sections at Strontian on the way round the Peninsula Road on Friday which ended his assault on the famous Highland trial, he was having a great week in the sunshine going into Friday in 79th position and was well in line for a First Class Award. Will was taken to hospital in an ambulance where he received treatment to his left leg, as far as I'm aware he is OK and on the mend, we hope he has a quick recovery.
Bradley, having returned from a year or two off had been out practicing for a short time before the trip north, he certainly hasn't lost the skill he was showing previously. He ended up with a Special First Class Award coming 46th out of the 280 strong field that left the Parc Ferme in Fort William on Monday 1st May.
Well done both and we hope to see you up there again next year.
Horse & Harrow, West Hagbourne
11th July 2017
19th/20th August 2017
CLUB TRIAL – Rnd 6
Besselsleigh (Venue may change)
24th September 2017
DOWNLAND TROPHY CLASSIC TRIAL
Horse & Harrow, West Hagbourne
19th November 2017
CLUB TRIAL – Rnd 1 (2018)
26th December 2017
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Dave Williams – Funeral
It was very gratifying to see 16 club members turn up at Dave's funeral last week on a very very wet morning, his family thanked every one who came from the club.
The collection was taken for the local Donkey Sanctuary.
Wow, what an amazing day! The sun was shining on the Arena, there was a brisk wind but a great entry of 50 odd turned up to challenge themselves on the rocky sections at Seymours.
Thank you to all the club members as usual for their help and support. The marking out/clearing up crew, Sue and Pauline for getting everyone signed on, all of the observers, Sue for the results. Well done all, we hope you enjoyed it.
There's a bit of a break until the next round now, which will be the 2 Day Trial at Besselsleigh on the 24/25 June, we hope to see you there, its a great weekend and one not to miss.
Again I'm the bearer of sad news. I learned this morning of the death of one of the oldest club members, Dave Williams.
Dave joined the club as a school boy in the early 50s. He used to tell the story of how he got taken along to North Berks events on the pillion of his cousin's motorbike. In 1959 when the club was reformed he was very involved on the committee and had taken on the job of club secretary. One of his assets was that he could write a good letter.
Dave was never a competitor although he had many road bikes, the last of which was a BSA A7, a big old thing.
Dave and I go back a long way, I was privileged to have been the best man at his wedding. As youngsters we went to many road race meetings eg Aberdare Park, Mallory, Oulton Park, and in 2009 we went to the Isle of Man where he was in his element using his camera, photography being one of his hobbies. Dave's claim to fame in the club was that he was lap scorer and assistant commentator at all the club's national and international grass track meetings held between 1966 and 2007. His final love of motorcycle sport was watching Oxford Speedway. In fact he was the organiser of club trips to Cardiff to watch the British Round of the World Speedway final.
Dave who was aged 80, had been ill in recent times and died in the early hours of Monday 6th March in the John Radcliffe hospital.
We send our deepest sympathy to his children Tracy, Sam, Robert, Martin and their families.
Dave's Funeral will be held on Wednesday 22nd March at 10am at St Peters Church,
Newlands Avenue, Didcot followed by the cremation at South Oxfordshire Crematorium, Garfield, nr Abingdon, OX13 5PA.
Victoria Payne was the first rider away at 10.31. The sections had been eased a little on the morning due to the rain we'd had the night before and was still coming down at the start. The rain did ease off a bit later but it had made the rocks and tree stumps pretty slick after the mud had been drawn up onto them.
Current World/British Champion Emma Bristow on her MRS Sherco 300 was certainly in a class of her own at the top of the field, she completed 3 laps of 12 sections for the loss of a single dab which is pretty remarkable. Not taking anything away from Jess Bown who was in brilliant form as Emma's closest rival on the expert route taking second place, dropping just 39 marks which is a great result on the rocks and banks at Seymours, renowned for its technical sections. Louise Alford and Nikita Smith were tied for third on 77 marks, but Louise took the third spot having 12 cleans as opposed to Nikita's 10. Victoria Payne was fifth on 108 with North Berks Alicia Robinson close behind for sixth place on 111, this was Alicia's first outing in the top class, hard route so it was a creditable ride by her. Rounding out the top class was Gabby Whitham on her Inch Perfect Beta dropping 148 marks.
Well done to all the Ladies and Girls who took part across all 9 classes, we hope you enjoyed your day at Seymours, thanks for coming and good luck for the rest of the Championship.
Thank you to all the club members as usual for the help and support with this brilliant event. The marking out crew, Sue for getting everyone signed on, Pat for seeing the competitors of at the start, all of the observers who stood out in the grotty weather, Sue and Geoff for the results and Leah for presenting the trophies at the end.
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