> POSTED: 18/07/19 09:56

Round 5 – Evening Club Trial

We held the penultimate round of the Club Championship last night at Seymours Arena, not a massive turnout, but it's always tricky for some to get back from work to make it in time. Everyone that made it seemed to have a good time, looking at the results the technical rocky sections took a fair few marks off many.

Thanks as always to the observers, marking out crew and Sue for getting all signed on and results out sharpish.

We hope you all enjoyed it, the next club event is the Big One – The Supertrial on the weekend of 24th & 25th August, we will be having a Hog Roast on the Saturday evening, so bring the family and to stay over, it'll be a great weekend as always.

> POSTED: 10/07/19 09:39

Sad passing of Ron Dobson

It is with regret that we announce the death of Ron Dobson at the age of 96.

Ron was another long serving club member who was heavily involved in the grass track days. He is fondly remembered sitting at the wheel of the tractor with the roller, post thumper and water bowser in tow. He spent many hours preparing the track in the weeks preceding the National and International events the club used to run.

We send our condolences to his family. The funeral will be held at St. James Church, Shop Lane, Leckhampstead, Newbury RG20 8QQ on Thursday 25 July at 1.30pm.

For further details call Pat Hemmings on: 01235 831462.

The club is 90 years old this year and we will be celebrating the anniversary

over the summer.

Further information
to be announced.

2019 Calendar

AUGUST

SUPERTRIAL

Seymours Arena

24th August – 10:00

25th August – 10:30

OCTOBER

CLUB TRIAL – RND 6

To be advised

13th October – 10:00

> POSTED: 24/06/19 09:56

Rounds 3/4 – Summer 2 Day Trial

Club Championship

North Berks held their annual two-day summer trial, with a change of venue at Standlake Arena Woods. The popular camping weekend is always great fun, and this year saw over 80 riders Saturday and Sunday.

The course was made up of technical and challenging sections all set out by Mark, Todd, Mick, Dereck and Stuart in the old disused gravel pits and large woods. It was the first time the club had used this piece of land, Oxford Ixion run some of their trials here, it really is a great venue and lots of potential. A massive thanks to the landowner James French for allowing us to use it.

Section 1 was a tricky opener both days, with only Tom Nicholas, Tom Plant and Alicia Robinson cleaning it on Saturday and Tom Plant, Finley Belcher and Alicia Robinson cleaning it on the Sunday. Saturday saw Tom Nicolas take the win in the Expert Class, followed by Tom Plant and Tom Hawthorne. This section also took the majority of marks in the Clubman 50/50 Route, with Calvin Hunt finishing first, followed by Ryan Tomkins and Lee Sullivan. Mark Elms and his good riding buddy, Reynard Norris, had a very close battle in the Clubman B Route, with Mark Elms taking the win by 2 marks from Reynard Norris. Ben Owen was not far behind in third. Clubman C was a large class consisting of 13 riders, and a clear victory was taken from Brian Tomkins, with Neil Harris and Dereck Fowler not far behind. Brett Harbud won Youth A on a mere 7 marks, and Max Agar took the Youth 50/50 win from Oscar Jones. Bailey Tidbury had a steady day taking Youth B victory, and young Nate Robinson, having a weekend off his pushbike, stormed ahead and took the win in Youth C from Aaron Watson and Edwyn James. Youngster Riley Middlehurst took the win in Youth D.

Now onto Sunday, with another healthy entry, the trial saw Tom Plant take the Expert Class win, only dropping 4 marks, with Finley Belcher and Alicia Robinson not far behind. Maria Longden, having a very good day, took the win in Clubman 50/50, from Ryan Tomkins and Lee Sullivan. In the Clubman B Route, Ben Owen wasn’t happy with third on Saturday, so took a very tight win on 14 marks, from Mark Elms and Stuart Belcher, both finishing on 15 marks. Clubman C was won again by Brian Tomkins, with Tom Nicholls and Neil Harris both finishing on the same marks to take second and third place. Leah Robinson winning the Clubman D, with young Ollie Grey winning the Youth A. Max Agar won the Youth 50/50 again, and Bailey Tidbury took Youth B victory on the Sunday. Young Nate Robinson took his second win of the weekend in Youth C from Max Gray, William Sparks and Edwyn James. Riley Middlehurst winning the Youth D again on Sunday.

Thank you all for turning up, we hope you enjoyed the weekend, thanks to all the usual people that helped out in any way and especially the observers who are probably all itching like crazy today, the mozzies were certainly enjoying the weekend.

Hope to see you at our evening club trial at Seymours on 17th July.

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RND 4

NOVEMBER

THE DOWNLAND

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> POSTED: 05/06/19 11:09

Passing of Dave Welch

It is with regret that we announce the death of Dave Welch who passed away on 31st May, aged 77.

Dave was a top solo grass track rider in the 60s and 70s. He was also clerk of the course for many of the club's prestigious grass track meetings and a committee member for many years. We send our condolences to his family.  His funeral will take place on Wednesday 19th June at 11.00 a.m. at Oxford Crematorium. It would be appreciated if as many who are able attend the funeral.

 

Many thanks,

John Lightfoot.

> POSTED: 15/05/19 11:39

North Berks on tour again this year...

Yet again North Berks MCC have been invited to entertain the public at a few local events this year, always a popular spectacle and we are more than happy to promote the club and our sport.

Firstly it was Bradfield May Fayre on Mayday Bank Holiday, the riders put on two shows in the centre ring impressing the crowds, showing off their skills.

Last weekend it was time for Wallingford Vehicle Rally, the weather was glorious and brought out more people than ever before, the selection of cars was amazing. 350 vehicles took part in the parade and thousands of members of the public lined the streets of Wallingford making it the most successful event ever. The North Berks team were based at the far end of the Kinecroft and put on a continuous display throughout the day with a lot of interest being gained in the Club and what we do.

A big thank you to all of the riders who turned out to show what they are capable of, also thank you to the event organisers for inviting us along and Grundon for supplying the lorry and skips etc. to ride over at Wallingford.

Obviously a massive thank you to all the usual people who organise and attend the club events, you know who you are, awesome effort as usual.

Photos: Courtesy of Leah Robinson.

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> POSTED: 10/04/19 9:43

The Pioneer Run – The World’s Greatest Veteran Motor Cycle Run

Club President, Jerry Lane recently took part in the iconic ‘Pioneer Run’, which is organised by The Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club and was celebrating the 80th year of the run from London to Brighton. To take part in the Pioneer Run you have to have a motorcycle, tricycle, or bike and sidecar that 'left the factory' before 1st Jan 1915, and your claim to have one has to be verified by the Club experts, who will issue you with a registration certificate. More than 370 entrants take part in the event which runs in March each year.

This year Jerry entered on his 1913 Indian, V-Twin 1000cc machine, which he first clapped eyes on in Tasmania – here’s the story…

‘I’d heard that a fellow was looking for a part for a project he was working on, he got in touch with me and we spent a long time talking on the phone and I had exactly what he was looking for, we got on really well and I decided I would take the part to him, I found out he actually lived in Tasmania, so off I went with the frame over my shoulder' (who wouldn’t, right?!). When he got there they realised it wasn’t the right frame after all. Jerry was still glad he made the trip, he had a great time with the guy who obviously had the same passion for bikes as himself. They kept in touch and years later the man moved to Ireland and Jerry ended up buying the Indian, which he’d spotted on his trip, it was a half finished project at the time. Jerry told us that he has had 8 years of head scratching to get it going and looking like it does today.

This huge museum-for-a-day gives a fascinating insight into the very early history of the motorbike, as it evolved from the bicycle. It's very easy to see that transition, since some of these early specimens are little more than a bicycle with some sort of motor strapped on.

The bikes have a staggered start from Tattenham Corner, Epsom heading south through Surrey and into Sussex to finish at Madeira Drive in Brighton, Jerry said he only jumped two sets of lights en-route because he couldn’t stop the damn thing. Well done Jerry.

TRIALS MEDIA LINKS

New Branded Clothing Range

We have a new range of North Berks branded clothing available to order as demonstrated by the Club's top male model 'Derek'. Go to the For Sale page and have a look what's on offer, the club email address is on there for you to place your order or speak to any of the committee at the next club event.

Bobble Hats

Beannies

Baseball Caps

Hoodies

Polo Shirts

Soft Shell Jackets

Fleece Jackets

> POSTED: 24/03/19 19:11

Seymours bathed in sunshine for round 2 of the Club Championship

Round 2 of the Club Championship was held at Seymours this weekend which was really well supported across the classes, we had a fair few experts riding who stopped over on their way back from the British Trials Championship at Hookwoods on the Saturday.

A big thank you to all of the observers, although it was really pleasant standing out in the spring sunshine, we're still really grateful to you. Thanks to Sue for getting everyone signed on and the results out and up on Facebook sharpish as usual. We've got a rest now for a couple of months, the next Club Trial being the two-day summer one, which is held on the 22nd and 23rd June at Besselsleigh, so we hope to see you all there. The Practice evenings at Seymours are due to start in May, we'll put dates up on here and post on Facebook soon.

Thanks to Leah Robinson for the pictures, you will find more on her Facebook page. Gazza was also there so you will find his pictures on his Sliders Photography site, click the links below.

> POSTED: 10/03/19 19:11

Donna Fox takes the win at Round 1 of the Ladies National Championship

The first round of the Ladies & Girls Trials Championship got underway at Seymours Arena this weekend, the top class being won by Donna Fox for the loss of just 20 marks.

We'll have a report up soon. In the meantime the club would just like to thank all of the observers that stood out in the cold and blustery wind and the odd downpour that hammered across the Arena all day. Thank you to everyone else who helped in any way, too many to mention but we have an amazing team and everyone plays a part to make all of our events a great success. Finally, thanks to all of the Ladies/Girls and their families that turned out today, travelling from all parts of the country, we hope you had a safe journey home. Results below, there are more pictures up on the Gallery page.

Gazza was with us, so you will find more pictures on his website, click the Sliders button below.

Nigel McGoldrick was also there with his video camera and has put together 90 minutes of footage, click the button below to head over to YouTube to see the action, a great watch.

> POSTED: 24/02/19 20:15

The Wallace kicks off the S3 Championship in scorching sunshine

The first round of the S3 Championship, The Wallace Cup took place today in and around the Berkshire Downs and we were bathed in glorious sunshine all day.

We'll have a report up soon. In the meantime the club would just like to thank all of the observers that helped us out today. Thank you to the Horse & Harrow for letting us use the pub for the Start/Finish. As always our gratitude to the landowners that support the club letting us run our National events across your land. Thank you to everyone else, too many to mention who help in any way, its a real team effort and everyone plays a part to make our events the success that they are.

Obviously, it goes without saying...Thanks to all of the riders that turned out today, we hope you had a good ride round and look forward to seeing you again next year.

> POSTED: 18/02/19 18:12

The 1st round of the S3 Championship this coming weekend

The first round of the S3 Championship being run by North Berks MCC, The Wallace Cup. Starts from the Horse and Harrow Pub in West Hagbourne, near Didcot. First rider away at 9:31, with a single lap of 38 challenging sections, set out by clerk of the course Stuart Robinson and his loyal gang of section plotters.

The first group of sections are set on the old Railway Bank, followed by six at the Moors and then onto the famous Seymours Arena where we have eight demanding sections, there is ample parking, a catering van and toilet. From there riders will head onto a relatively new group of sections, The Lynch, then across the road to Lollingdon Hill, after those sections it's onto Aston Pit and Air Raid Shelter, then back to Bucknell’s for the sting in the tale of three tricky sections – a note to spectators no parking on the busy A417 verges, please use the extra parking field located by the Horse and Harrow Pub. The trial is then finished at Strange's Gate for the final section of the day. Food and drinks available from the Horse and Harrow, please support the pub by having a pint and a chat about your day.

We would also like to mention the spectacular entry we've had this year, we have eight girls riding: Emma Bristow, Local girl, Alicia Robinson, riding her first ever S3 National on the road, Jess Bown, Katie Sunter, Victoria Payne, Louise Alford, Katie Nash and Meg Savage

We also have eight riders from across the water – Four from Ireland: Sean Doyle, Billy O’Toole, Johny Carroll and Brian McLoughlin. Chris Stay from the Isle of Wight. Then Robin Arnold, Damian Owen and Joe Yeardsley from the Isle of Man.

A great turnout, with 44 riders on the Over 40’s class and over 50 riders tackling the S3 Expert Course. This should be a great start to the S3 National Championship, supported by John Shirt.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

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> POSTED: 03/02/19 17:23

Congratulations Team Stokes & Townsend Racing

Mark Stokes and Luke Townsend were recently crowned British Clubman Enduro Sidecar Champions 2018 after winning their first year out, an amazing achievement, well done guys. Good luck for 2019, we look forward to seeing your progress throughout the year.

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