The Winston Grove National Downland Trophy Trial

Round 7 of the 2016 ACU Sammy Miller Trials Championship

20 November 2016, First man away at 09:00.

Nr Didcot, Oxon OX11 ONB.

This is the final round of the 2016 ACU Sammy Miller Championships for classic, twin-shocks, and trail bikes, solo and sidecars with road work.

The Horse & Harrow will be open from 7.30am offering breakfasts, tea and coffee for riders and spectators, or why not stop for a good old Sunday Roast after the trial, booking is advisable for the Full English and Sunday Lunch.


Secretary of Meeting: John Lightfoot, Thimbles, Newmans Close, Upton, OXON OX11 9JA .  Telephone: 01235 850486

Closing Date 10th November 2016.



> POSTED: 09/10/16 17:22


Scott on Top at the Autumn Club Trial

With the conclusion of the club championship moving to Saturday to prevent a clash of dates with our friends at neighbouring Oxford Ixion, North Berks return to the popular Besselsleigh venue, a former sand quarry offering tight twist and turns, sand banks and challenging climbs amongst the trees and steep climbs of the bomb hole.

Scott Faulkner is certainly getting to grips with his new TRS to take the honours in the expert field he had a good lead over fellow expert Tom O’sullivan by the end of the day. Scott rode superb on the new section 9 which was a combination of angled trees, steep sand climb and a tricky end over awkward roots. He was the only rider to stay feet up as this was also used for the 50/50 Class. Joe Bayliss rode consistently all day to take the top spot in the Clubman 50/50 Class and ended up a clear 20 marks ahead of Liam Anderson, again the new section 9 taking the most marks in this group, Joe managed only to dropped 3 marks at this sub which helped him pull clear of his rivals for the rest of the day. In the Clubman B Class Stuart Belcher took the win ahead of Ryan Tomkins and Ryan Harris.

The Clubman C class that always attracts a great entry was again hotly contested between Neil Harris Rich Gardiner and Brian Tomkins. They finished six marks apart at the end of the day with Neil taking the win this time around. For the Clubman C class the cambered left hand turn caused most losses and was here where Neil rode excellent only losing 3 marks to Rich’s 9. Paul Ray was on his own in the Pre 65 but was a clear winner on the C Route losing only 6 on his immaculate James.

The Youth classes are as ever strong and taking almost half the entries on the day is a credit to the Youth support at North Berks.  Ronnie Day was on his own in the Youth Expert this time around. The Youth 50/50 was taken by the popular Alicia Robinson ahead of Luke Hora and William Clark. Youth B was again a close battle between Oscar Jones and Finley Belcher, Oscar coming out on top by 6 marks ahead of Finley. The closest contest of the day was in the Youth C Class between Tom Nicholls and Sam Avenell. Only one mark separated them by the end of the day with Tom ahead, the camber turn on section 3 turned out to be Sam’s nemesis’ as his four maximums hear put him behind Tom. The Youth  D Class rounded off the day with Ben Nicholls in the top spot ahead of brothers Tom and Josh Cole.



Expert: S.Faulkner 22, T.O’Sullivan 37

Clubman 50/50: J.Bayliss 18, L.Anderson 38, L.Sullivan 46

Clubman B: S.Belcher 37, R.Tomkins 51, R.Harris 71

Clubman C: N.Harris 14, R.Gardiner 19, B.Tomkins 20

Pre 65 C: P.Ray 6

Youth 50/50: A.Robinson 22, L.Hora 59, W.Clark 66

Youth A: R.Day 61

Youth B: O.Jones 48, F.Belcher 54

Youth C: T. Nicholls 44, S.Avenell 45, M.Agar 54

Youth D: B.Nicholls 11, T.Cole 16, J. Cole 19


Thanks to everyone as usual, the Belchers for getting everyone signed on in good time and thanks as always to the marking out crew and all observers.

Click the button below to download the results, we hope you had a good day.

The next North Berks Club trial will be the Boxing Day Trial which is round 1 of the 2017 Championship.




2016 Calendar



Horse & Harrow, West Hagbourne

20th November 2016


CLUB TRIAL – Rnd 1 (2017)

The Moors

26th December 2016



    Moreton Road, Aston Tirrold, Didcot, Oxon OX11 9AW



    Nappers Lane, East Hagbourne, Didcot, Oxon OX11 9LE



    Faringdon Road, Besselsleigh,
    Nr. Abingdon, Oxon OX2 9QY



    Dene Hollow, Chilton, Nr. Didcot, Oxon



    Main Street, West Hagbourne,
    Didcot, Oxon OX11 0NB



    30 Main Road, East Hagbourne, Didcot, Oxon OX11 9LN




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    2016 Club Trial Entry Form


    2016 Trials Practice Entry Form


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> POSTED: 26/09/16 16:37

Trail rider to Romaniac, what a good idea.

One of our club members took part in the infamous Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro this year. Read about Patrick Robinson's adventure, click the link below for the full story.

I came into trail riding sort of by accident following a move south from Cumbria to Oxfordshire and realising that there were still a lot of Byways open just over the border in West Berks and even more in Wiltshire. Mountain biking in the Pennines and Lake district was replaced with plodding around the lanes on an old Suzuki SP370. In doing so, I met some great people and made some friends too!

My problem though is that whilst I love exploring and pottering about, riding unobtrusively and generally keeping myself to myself, I also have an alter ego who has a different view of things and loves to race. (Hong Kong Phooey anyone?)

Initially I fed this character by doing the occasional rally, low key, only as competitive as you want to make it, good day thrash round a forest course etc etc but eventually, as I knew he would, he became restless and was looking for a new challenge. It was during a 6 day trail riding trip to Portugal with some friends from Oxford TRF that I final heard myself say “Who fancies the Red Bull Romaniacs”?

Well, no one as it happens. I was alone with my alter ego and he’d left me high and dry! “Why did you have to say that, could’ve just thought it”…

Read the full story Click here

> POSTED: 22/08/16 20:26



This weekend we were celebrating the 10th year of running the Berks Bonanza Supertrial, our top event of the year at Seymours Arena.

The weekend promised to be an amazing event and it certainly didn't disappoint, we had all the top UK riders with us except Dibs sadly, but it opened the trial up for a new winner to take the glory and the prize money.

The weekend started off on Saturday as usual with the ladies signing on at the arena in good time to get cracking at 10 o clock. Strong wind and rain had been forecast but it didn't really materialise, we had a couple of light showers throughout the day but not enough to affect the sections. The ladies riding the 'B route' got the trial underway, first away was Jazz Hammond from Surrey on her Sherco 125, a good crowd had gathered at section 1 to see the action commence. She was followed at one minute intervals by the rest of the 'B' girls, who had to ride two laps of 10 sections. Alicia Robinson on home turf rode brilliantly taking a commanding win on 19 marks dropped from Alice Minta on 27 and Gabby Whitham on 33.

It was great to see Nikita Smith, who was back from her long recovery after her serious road accident, she was the first lady away riding the hard route, followed by Louise Alford, Victoria Payne, Jess Bown, Becky Cook and finally Emma Bristow. They were to ride two laps of 10 sections in the morning. Emma ended the two laps dropping just four marks which was amazing with Becky a way back on 18 and then Jess Bown on 41.

Sadly only two sidecar teams turned up but they made a massive effort to entertain the crowd, literally throwing themselves at the rocky sections, it's amazing what these guys can do in these chairs.

The final lap got underway, after five sections the three highest scoring ladies were eliminated, those being Victoria Payne, Jess Bown and Louise Alford, leaving just Emma Bristow, Becky Cook, and Nikita Smith to finish the last five sections and fight for the three podium positions.

It was really tight between Emma and Becky up to the last few sections, Nikita was riding really well but after a few heavy falls she decided wisely to dip out of the last few sections. She received a big cheer and round of applause from the crowd for her brave effort.

Becky tried to hold on but sadly lost three fives in the last three sections which handed the win to a brilliant Emma Bristow who just seems to be unstoppable. It was literally five minutes after the trial had finished that the heavens opened and it absolutely poured down for the entire trophy presentation. Good old British Summer!

There are more pictures on the Gallery page.


Ladies Results


Sunday dawned with a cloudy overcast sky after a fair amount of rain overnight, but the wind blowing across the arena soon dried things out and the sections were good to go.

Stuart took the 15 riders round for a course inspection at 9.30 ready for the start at 10.30.

Andy Chilton was the first man away – section one was relatively easy to get the guys going, then it was straight into the famous man-made waterfall, the water wasn't running for the first two visits but the sump at the bottom was almost up to the spindle so the water soon dragged up the imposing concrete wall in front of them. Ross Danby on the TRS was the first to get up it with a clean to huge applause from the large crowd that had already gathered at the foot, the only other two riders to reach the summit for a clean on the first lap were Jack Sheppard and Iwan Roberts.

Iwan had an amazing first lap, completing it for the loss of just one dab which considering the severity of the sections was an outstanding ride. He had a nasty crash on the second lap and injured his leg quite badly which everyone thought would put pay to his winning attempt but he carried on regardless to complete the lap tied with Michael Brown and Jack Price. He went through to the final in top spot on cleans, which meant he would be riding the final lap last which is always preferred.

So on to the final lap went the top 8 riders, Iwan Roberts – Beta, Michael Brown – Gas Gas, Jack Sheppard – Beta, Jack Price – Gas Gas, Dan Peace – Gas Gas, Ross Danby – TRS, Alexz Wigg and Sam Haslam both on Gas Gas machines. Once again Iwan put in an impressive performance, only dropping one mark at the break off point of 5 sections, at this point Brownie was on 5, Jack Sheppard on 6 and Jack Price on 10 so they were the four that went forward to complete the final lap. The other four guys fought hard and put on a great display of skill but it wasn't to be this year so they had to stand aside to watch the final four fight it out for the top spot.

After the eighth section Brownie was in the lead, Iwan having dropped a further 12 marks to Michael's 5. But then the very next section Michael parted with a five on one of the big rock steps and Iwan went through with a clean, so it was all down to the last section. Brownie parted with a single dab on 10 which gave Iwan 3 points to play with, but he didn't need them, he got through the final section for a clean with a massive cheer from the crowd, so the young Iwan Roberts from Gwynedd in Wales took the glory of becoming the new 'King of Seymours'.

As with the Saturday, just as the riders finished the last section and everyone gathered by the lock-up for the trophy presentation the rain came down again.

Stuart Robinson, the 'main man' was presented with a framed poster which all of the riders over the two days had signed, this was given to him in recognition of the amazing effort he's made over the 10 years putting this high profile event together.

Well done to all of the15 riders who put on an amazing display of skill and courage attempting the massive technical rock sections that are built to test them to the limit.

Thanks go out to all club members and observers who have put in the time and effort to run this great event, thank you also to all sponsors and our generous landowners for their continued support, as you know it couldn't and wouldn't happen without you all, so we are eternally grateful.

Thank you to Dave Willoughby for his commentary and trophy presentation on Saturday and Julian Wigg and Steve Saunders for the commentary on Sunday and Julian for presenting the trophies to the guys.

The tenth running of the North Berks Supertrial was possibly the last for a while but after Stu posing the question to the riders and crowd at the end of Sunday as to whether we should run it again next year, we were greeted with a resounding yes…so watch this space!

We hope you all enjoyed your time with us.

There are more pictures on the Gallery page.


Mens Results



> POSTED: 21/06/16 16:49

Celebrating 10 years

North Berks MCC are celebrating the 10th year of running the prestigious Berks Bonanza SuperTrial at its famous venue, Seymours Arena in the little Oxfordshire village of Aston Tirrold, on the 20th & 21st August.

Over the last 10 years it has seen some famous names come and go. Graham Jarvis winning the first event back in 2002, he was chased hard all the way by Sam Connor, Michael Philipson & Steve Saunders. Michael Brown took the win the second year with the likes of Jonny Walker, Lee Sampson &  Mika Vesterinen close behind, all trying to win the big cash prize. King of the Berks Bonanza SuperTrial with 7 victories is James Dabill, he has always put on a great show although pushed by local men Alexz Wigg and Sam Haslam, Michael Brown, Ross Danby, Jack Challoner and many more. Unfortunately this year James will not be able to defend his title due to other commitments, so there will be another name for the 10th anniversary with the likes of Michael Brown, Alexz Wigg, Jack Sheppard, Ross Danby, Sam Haslam all trying to become the SuperTrial champion and pocket the £850 prize money that goes with it. The up and coming superstars of tomorrow including Jack Price, Dan and Jack Peace, Toby Martyn, Iwan Roberts and Tom Minta will also be pushing hard for the glory.

Work has started on the sections, we’ve had the heavy machinery in moving the rocks and logs for the challenging sections to give these top level riders something to think about. On Sunday the guys will be attempting 2 laps of 8 sections for the qualifying round, the top 8 riders then go through to the final, consisting of 1 lap of 10 sections, after 5 sections the 4 highest scorers drop out leaving 4 to chase to the end to see who is the 'NEW KING OF SEYMOURS'.

On Saturday it's the Ladies and Girls trial, with 2 routes for the ladies and girls battling it out over 2 laps of 10 sections to see who goes through to the final. Reigning World and British Champion Emma Bristow will be looking to retain her title. The other ladies have got a hard task in front of them to knock her off the top spot. You can be sure Becky Cooke, Jess Bown, Victoria Payne and Louise Alford will be trying the hardest. On the B course they'll be a great battle with local girl Alicia Robinson, Alice Minta, Gabby Whitham, Jen Stephens, Catherine Alford and Charlotte Kimber.

The Ladies trial will be followed closely by the top flight sidecar teams on Saturday. It’s amazing to see these chairs conquering the rocky sections that Seymours Arena is famous for.

If you havn't been before make sure you get it in your diary, its an amazing weekend, you won't believe what they can do on these bikes.

> POSTED: 21/07/16 08:45

Round 5 – Evening Club Trial @ Seymours

What an amazing evening!

50 or so riders turned up for Round 5 of the North Berks MCC Club Championship held at Seymours arena, we were treated to unbroken sunshine for the entire trial. It was great to see so many people out having fun. We hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks to all of the observers, Mick Bayliss, Sarah & Mark Anderson, Pauline & Stu Belcher, Todd Jones, Jim Axford, Pete White, Jon Probitts and Derek Dodd. Thanks also to Sue for getting everyone signed-on and results out sharpish.

Click the button below for the results. See you next time.

Next event: SuperTrial – 20/21st August at the Arena.



> POSTED: 15/07/16 16:13

The John Wheeler British Bike Night

This Tuesday evening saw hundreds of bikes and cars roll up at the Horse and Harrow in West Hagbourne for the yearly ride out to the John Wheeler Bike Night.

The evening got under way from 6pm and the visitors were welcomed by warm sunshine, as usual there were a wide variety of vehicles on show from classic rigid framed motorcycles to the Subaru Impreza and everything in between. North Berks MCC put on a Trials display on the far side of the field showing there talent riding over hazards including skips and a car.

Sadly the weather went down hill quickly from about 8pm, we had a downpour which saw the majority of the visitors taking refuge under the limited shelters and hedges, when there was a break in the rain people decided to leave to get their prides of joy back home in the dry.

Up until that point it was a really great night and a lot of people had turned out to what is a popular gathering of like minded people. What a summer!

Thanks to the club members for their time to arrange everything and prepare the field etc. for this popular annual event. Thanks also to the AJS & Matchless members, The Horse & Harrow for their continued support, the landowners and residents of the village.

A few pics courtesy of Sue below and a few more on the Gallery page.

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