2017 Round 1 – Boxing Day Trial

Closed to Club

26 December 2016, 10:00 Start

THE MOORS – Nappers Lane, East Hagbourne, Didcot, Oxon OX11 9LE.

Get out on your bike to burn off all the Turkey and Mince Pies.

The trial is open to non-members, club joining fee applies, £7 Adults, £4 Youth for the year, plus the normal trial entry fee which is £15 Adult, £10 Youth.



> POSTED: 20/11/16 21:31

The National Downland Trophy Trial

The final round of the Sammy Miller Series.

The 2016 Downland Trophy Trial took place in and around the Berkshire Downs, we had a good entry of over 100 riders. The rain came down at the start, but it cleared up just after the early numbers were away and the rest of the day stayed fine and dry.

Thanks go out to all the usual suspects that helped put on this great event, to name a few... John Lightfoot for his tireless commitment to this classic trial, Mark Stokes and Tim Lightfoot for the section/course plotting and their team of helpers cutting out, route marking etc. Thanks to all of our observers who stood out in the cold November weather, we really appreciate your ongoing support. Well done Claire and Co. for getting everyone signed on and bibbed up, Geoff and Sue for sorting the results and getting them out sharpish as usual. It goes without saying, thanks to our farmers and landowners that allow this great event to run across their land, we are so grateful for your support.

We hope you enjoyed your day, we'll have a full report up soon. Click on the button below to see the results in PDF format. See some pictures below and more on the Gallery page.

A rucksack was found at the last section, email Mark Anderson (club Chairman) to claim it, his email address is: mrasaa@hotmail.com





Gazza was with us so visit his website to see if he got you with your feet up.

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John Lightfoot, North Berks MCC President making a presentation, on behalf of the ACU to Sammy Miller at the start of the Downland thanking him for his sponsorship and encouragement over the past 20 years.

A note from Sammy...

Dear John,

Congratulations on running your Downland Trophy Trial in the Sammy Miller Championships over the last 20 years, it has consistently been one of the best rounds!

 As we discussed recently I believe that the whole Trial Championship needs a considerable reshuffle and needs to move forward in a different direction and to this end I have decided that I will not be sponsoring the Championship from now on.

Once again thanks for all you have done with the Trial.

All the best to you.

Sammy Miller MBE.

Its great to get some feedback...

Dear John,

I just wanted to say that I had the best time today, the efforts of you and your fellow officials efforts resulted in an awesome event, I can't remember when I last enjoyed myself so much. I rode like a plonker but it didn't matter!

Thank you

Roy Haines.


Hi John,

Please convey my thanks to all of the organisers for a great day yesterday. Your hard work is much appreciated.


Martin Gilbert.


Hi John,

Thanks very much it was a super event, as always! Good job we didn't get the rain we have had today though! See you next time.


2016 Calendar


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




    2016 Membership Application Form


    2017 Club Trial Entry Form


    2017 Trials Practice Entry Form


  • ACU

    2016 ACU Trials Registration Form


Event Photography

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> POSTED: 11/11/16 10:17

Alicia does it again!

After a hard year she is now A Class Ladies British Champion!

Alicia battled hard all year and the championship was clinched at the last round in Southend on the 6th November. Alicia beat girls that were older than her and had also been in that class for a couple of years.

Alicia now looks forward to winter training before the 2017 season where she will be competing in the British, European & World Championship.

Alicia would like to thank all of her sponsors who have helped her get where she is today. Top Trial Team, Acklams Beta, MPA Liquid Scread, Standlake Vehicle Services, Derek Does All, Bicester Tyre & Exhausts, Utopia Discos, Fleur De Lys & Absolute Casing.

> 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.



> 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

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