> POSTED: 29/03/17 14:43

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.

Thanks

John Lightfoot.

> POSTED: 26/03/17 07:43

Spring Trial – Round 2 of the Club Championship at Seymours

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.

Sad news

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.

 

 

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

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.

 

 

John Lightfoot

An Amazing Championship Opener at Seymours

Round 1 – 2017 ACU, Acklams Beta British Ladies & Girls Trials Championship.

The first round of the 2017 Ladies/Girls Trials Championship got underway this weekend at Seymours Arena in Aston Tirrold, Oxfordshire, with a good entry of 38 riders across 9 classes, so we were in for a great event.

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.

Click HERE to see more pictures from today's trial.

Luke Walker on top of the S3 Experts Class at The Wallace

This Sunday saw the second round of the 2017 S3-Parts, ACU National Trials Championship take place in and around the Berkshire Downs.

Repeating his performance of the opening round just two weeks earlier at the Colmore, it was Luke Walker who took the top spot in the S3 Experts Class dropping just 9 marks, Chris Pearson was a close second on 16 with last years winner, James Fry in third on 18. Emma Bristow being the top lady competitor was only a little way back on 21 marks, which gave her sixth spot.

Things were really tight at the top of the S3 Clubman Class. Darren Wasley, John Cowley and David Clinkard all finished with the loss of only 7 marks, so it went down to number of cleans to decide the top three positions and after an admin error had been realised, it came to light that the win was taken by Darren Wasley having one extra clean over John and David.

We only had four riders in the Elite Class, Ross Danby took the win on his TRS dropping just 3 marks over the entire 36 section course. Sam Haslam came a close second on 6, Jack Price on 11 and Sam Connor on 17.

The first rider, Mark Woodburn left the Horse & Harrow Pub in West Hagbourne at 9:31 sharp on a dry and blustery morning, heading out to the first group of sections at Nappers Bank, the first few hazards were fairly straightforward to ease the riders in and get them warmed up, section four was the first real test which took marks off a fair amount. From here they rode along Nappers Lane to the six sections in and out of the streams at the Moors. Once completed it was a few miles roadwork to the rocky hazards at the infamous Seymours Arena where an enthusiastic group of spectators had gathered to watch the action as usual, there were eight sections to tackle here before making their way up to Lollingdon Hill where they were met by adverse banks with plenty of tree roots to overcome. Storm Doris had come through the area on Thursday bringing rain and strong winds but this group rode quite well because these sections can be totally unforgiving if the conditions are wet, although the storm did take one of the big trees in one of the sections down so the marking out crew had to make some late alterations.

After dropping back down off the hill, it was on to the two sections at Aston Pit, the second being the toughest of this pair. It was then up the track to the six sections at Air Raid Shelter which consist of very steep climbs through the trees with plenty of hidden roots to deal with. Once completed it was a cross country ride back to Bucknell’s Copse consisting of three sections which can be a real sting in the tail and generally sorts out the winner if things are tight at the top. All that remained was to cross back over the main road to the last section at Strange’s Gate where a good crowd always gather to watch the final efforts of the day.

The conditions had been pretty tough out on the route looking at the state of the riders and bikes by the time they returned to the final section. From here it was a quick blast up the road to the parking area back at the pub to get cleaned up.

Thanks to all the usual suspects for their continued help and support allowing us to put on our National trials, we couldn’t do it without you. Thanks to the farmers and land owners for allowing the trial to run through their land; to all of the observers who we are eternally grateful for standing out in the cold weather at our events. Thanks to the cutting/marking out crews; Claire, Leah and Alicia for getting everyone signed on and bibbed up; Pat and Pat for collecting everything back in at the final section; and Sue and Geoff for number crunching and getting the results out sharpish.

Finally, thanks to all of the riders who took part, well done to everyone, we hope you had an enjoyable day with us at The Wallace, hope to see you again next year.

There are more pictures up on the Gallery page.

2017 Calendar

JUNE

2 DAY CLUB TRIAL
Rnd 3 and 4

Besselsleigh

24th / 25th June 2017

JULY

JOHN WHEELER
BIKE NIGHT

Horse & Harrow, West Hagbourne

11th July 2017

 

EVENING CLUB TRIAL
Rnd 5

Seymours Arena

19th July 2017

AUGUST

BERKS BONANZA
SUPERTRIAL

Seymours Arena

19th/20th August 2017

OCTOBER

CLUB TRIAL – Rnd 6

Besselsleigh (Venue may change)

8th October 2017

NOVEMBER

DOWNLAND TROPHY CLASSIC TRIAL

Horse & Harrow, West Hagbourne

19th November 2017

DECEMBER

CLUB TRIAL – Rnd 1 (2018)

The Moors

26th December 2017

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