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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.
Every year Oxfordshire Young Farmers' host a County Show to celebrate the year and what Young Farmers' Clubs are all about - ‘Fun, learning and achievement’. There were main ring attractions, rural craft demonstrations, trade and food stands, a farm animal corner and a fun dog show for all the family to enjoy.
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.
Will McBain and Bradley Cox took part in the Scottish Six Days Trial last week.
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.
The dates for our popular Wednesday evening practice sessions at Seymours Arena have now been agreed and the first one is only a few weeks away so get it in your diaries and make sure the boss knows you won't be working late that evening.
The gates open at 5pm and close when the last person leaves. Its open to non-members, club joining fee applies, £7 Adults, £4 Youth for the year, plus the normal practice entry fee which is £8 Adult, £6 Youth.
These are great evenings, not to be missed!
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, Didcot followed by the cremation at South Oxfordshire Crematorium, Garfield, nr Abingdon, OX13 5PA.
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.
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.
REPORT: STU BELCHER
With a mix of winter Sun, 63 riders and a couple of festive hangovers the North Berks Round 1 Club Championships got off to a cracking start for the “Hangover Cup” on Boxing Day.
With 8 experts competing for the top honours it was Scott Faulkner who took the win, the mix of sections twisting between fallen trees and rocks in the main section area along Nappers Lane was a popular viewing point. The most popular was section 2 based around the stream, steep routed step and a new steep cambered turn thrown in at the end to test the large entry. With only a handful of expert cleans on this tricky section recorded and was where Scott lost all of his 10 marks.
Making most of the popular Moors location 3 sections were plotted around the stream at the back paddock which helped spread out the entry. Section 5 was also used for the 50-50 riders which was a twisting section that encountered three large fallen trees, slippery drops into the stream and a sharp cambered exit that deteriorated over the course of the trial. The best ride on this section during the day was young Finley Belcher who managed a credible zero loss on his four visits only to be matched by 2 riders in the experts, the expert exit out of the stream appeared to be easier than the clubman’s route which made this ride more impressive.
On the 50/50 route Calvin Hunt returned from a recent bout of ill health to ride back on form with a well deserved win on his new TRS, Joe Bayliss was only 5 away from Calvin and it could have been easily reversed as they both tussled for the lead as Joe was a little way in front on section 8 but Calvin managed a great clean on section 2 that edge him into the lead. Luke Hora was only 3 marks back from Joe in third.
The Clubman B entry was as full as ever with Mark Elms taking the win on 11, and like the expert route section 2 took the majority of the marks from all, with Mark losing 8 of his total here. Ryan Tomkins finished a little way back on 22 just pipping Sam Cherry on 23.
Mark Stokes was on his own in the Pre65 B class but managed a credible loss of 19 aboard the immaculate Trifield. Neil Osman was only 1 point clear of Roy Haines in the Pre65C Class
Like many of the other classes the large entry of Clubman C riders was a close contest with the Club Chairman, Mark Anderson taking the win closely followed by Neil Harris and Brian Tomkins, We may have to take a re-count before the AGM in January!! The main marks for everyone in this class were lost on the tight exit of the slippery bank of section 5 where no one was able to make a full house of cleans.
The Youth riders had a great days sport with three contending the Youth A Expert route, Bret Harbud took the win from Alicia Robinson with Oscar Jones taking credible third spot in his first trial on the expert sections. Bret made up ground from Alicia on section 2 but was in close contention for most of the trial she just slipped back towards the end.
Youth B was won by Finley Belcher and with his clean sheet on section 5 stretched him away from William Clark in second who was out for the first time on his new Beta. Thomas Hawthorne took the third spot. Sam Avenell pipped young George Clark to the Youth C win with Ben Nicholls losing a solitary mark in Youth D ahead of Riley Middlehurst in second and Ben Jelfs in third.
Scott Faulkner 10, Tom McCabe 13, Steve Berryman 15
Calvin Hunt 19, Joe Bayliss 24, Luke Hora 27
Mark Elms 11, Ryan Tomkins 22, Sam Cherry 23
Mark Stokes 19
Mark Anderson 9, Neil Harris 12, Brian Tomkins 14
Neil Osman 21, Roy Haines 22
Laurence Hansen 0, Jonathan Evans 3, Steve Allsworth 9
Bret Harbud 25, Alicia Robinson 39, Oscar Jones 46
Finley Belcher 18, William Clark 26, Thomas Hawthorne 37
Sam Avenell 45, George Clark 47
Ben Nicholls 1, Riley Middlehurst 110, Ben Jelfs 132
A massive thank you as usual to our marking out crew, signing on team, Sue for the results and of course all of the observers – Mick Ainsworth, Mick Bayliss, Jim Axford, Peter White, Andy Hora, Doug Wootton, Claire Maynard-Robinson, Leah Robinson, Kevin Tame and Sue O'Sullivan who stood out in the cold all day.
Pictures courtesy of Pauline Belcher on the gallery page.
The committee hope you all had a great day and we look forward to 2017 and wish you all a Happy New Year.
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 note from Sammy...
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...
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.
Please convey my thanks to all of the organisers for a great day yesterday. Your hard work is much appreciated.
Regards – Martin Gilbert.
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 – Kevin.
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.
REPORT: STU BELCHER
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
See you next time.
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 on the Gallery page.
Report: STU BELCHER
Off the back of her double win in Poland Alicia Robinson continued her form taking both wins at the North Berks 2 Day Summer Trial. Incorporating rounds 3 and 4 of the club championship Robinson out rode many of her peers and was impressive to watch. On the steep banks of the forma earth works, sections 2 to 4 were the most challenging with steep drops, camber turns and the odd fallen tree, this made this area of the course a popular viewing spot.
Section 4 was the most challenging for all classes but for the experts, 50/50 and Clubman routes the cambered turn at the top of the bank seemed un-cleanable at first. With a steep approach through a narrow gap between two trees and the rooted turn an angled tree lying at the top of the bank took marks off many. A gentle approach and a neatly executed pivot turn seemed to be the answer here. The new Section 6 cut-out on the side of a sandy bank with a soft approach to a hanging tree was also challenging until the ground packed down and gave the extra drive that was required to master this hazard.
Expert Riders Tom McCabe took the top spot on Saturday and Tom O’Sullivan took the honours on Sunday, both could not get to both rounds but local man Darren Wheeler was able to grab the second spot on both days.
In the Clubman 50/50 Class Scott Faulkner was a winner on both days and if it was not for a missed gate to the revised section 7 Keith Wooster would have pipped Scott on Sunday. Again the steep banks were the main mark takers but the slippery short turn on section 5 took marks from all of the riders in this class.
Clubman B rider Reynard Norris also cleaned up on both days, Justin Heavens kept Reynard in his sights on Saturday but slipped back to second by just one point after a 3 on section 5. Visiting Chris Grundy was also in contention on Sunday but the slippery angled rock on section 1 made him loose ground on Norris.
The Clubman C class which always attracts a large number of entries; Saturdays sections were slightly tougher than originally expected but as the day wore on more grip was found which made the going easier. It was a close battle on both days with the top three all within 5 marks. Brian Tomkins was on top Saturday but slipped to third on Sunday. Father and son team of Ryan and Neil Harris were having a great day’s sport but Ryan was just able to take home the bragging rights for Sunday by finishing just 3 marks clear of Dad Neil.
Another double winner was the popular Max Agar in the Youth C Class, he was a clear winner on Saturday but was able to pick up the double win by most cleans on Sunday.
Expert: Tom McCabe 27, Darren Wheeler 38, Tony Moulder 43
Clubman 50/50: Scott Faulkner 8, Joe Bayliss 18, Liam Anderson 22
Clubman B: Reynard Norris 11, Justin Heavens 12, Stuart Belcher 28
Clubman C: Brian Tomkins 14, Neil Harris 17, Mark Anderson 19
Youth A: Brett Harbud 77 [MC], Ronnie Day 77
Youth 50/50: Alicia Robinson 34, Luke Hora 52
Youth B: Oscar Jones 31, Finley Belcher 40
Youth C: Max Agar 41, Tom Nicholls 49, Sam Avenell 50
Youth D: Ben Nicholls 20
Expert: Tom O’Sullivan 32, Darren Wheeler 37
Clubman 50/50: Scott Faulkner 10, Keith Wooster 14, Joe Bayliss 19
Clubman B: Reynard Norris 4, Chris Grundy 10, Stuart Belcher 18
Clubman C: Ryan Harris 7, Neil Harris 10, Brian Tomkins 13
Youth A: Gus Oblein 32, Brett Harbud 50, Ronnie Day 57
Youth 50/50: Alicia Robinson 22, Oscar Jones 56
Youth B: Finley Belcher 32
Youth C: Max Agar 31 [MC], Sam Avenell 31, Tom Nicholls 71
Youth D: Ben Nicholls 2
A big thanks to all of our observers over the weekend, Mick Ainsworth, Andy Hora, Peter White, Jon Probitts, Kev Tame, Barry Wheeler, Derek Dodd, Krysti Anderson, Jim Axford, Mick Bayliss, Todd Jones, Duncan Agar, Richard Harbud and Pauline Belcher.
Well done Sue for getting everyone signed on and the cutting out, marking out, clearing up crew.
Alicia won the 3rd round of the Acklams Beta Ladies & Girls British Championship A Class, which was held in Hartland Devon.
The first practice session at Seymours was well supported last wednesday.
Even though the weather was threatening, it remained dry and a good number of club members enjoyed a great evening choosing their routes at the arena.
The club put on a brilliant trials display at the popular Wallingford Vehicle Rally last weekend held on the Kinecroft in the centre of town.
It was a scorching hot day and the guys put on a great show throughout the day, there was a lot of interest from the public as usual.
This is a regular event for the town's calendar and is open to all classic, custom and interesting vehicles from bicycles to tank transporters. The event started with a parade of all vehicles through the historic market town to the display field which is a large piece of common land known as the "Kinecroft" in the heart of the town. The owners of the vehicles are then encouraged to show their vehicles in the display ring and talk to visitors to the event. There were plenty of Trade and Charity stands to look round at the event too.
Thanks to all involved for their efforts including Grundon for supplying and laying out the skips and various other obstacles for us.
Round 2 of the North Berks MCC club championships turned to the infamous Seymour’s Arena which had been recently used for both the S3 and Ladies championships. 9 sections were set out to challenge the 43 riders wishing to burn off some Easter chocolate calories.
With the sun and fair weather greeting everyone at the riders briefing the day looked set to be promising, this was all to change in a matter of minutes from the start as the heavens opened and this was the order of the day. With the severe downpours this changed the traditionally gripping man made sections into challenging obstacles that seemed to hold no grip for anyone. As the mud dragged up across the rocks and banks a tough day ahead was sure.
Will McBain easily led the way with a superb ride in the Experts class with only a loss of 17 marks and was in a class of his own, his main loss (as for all of the classes) were on the infamous “Staircase” of section 9 and probably the more famous “Robinsons Rock” of section 10. At the critical grip points pools of water had quickly developed, which made these sections tough and for many un-ride able. Tom Plant managed a solid 2nd place with Darren Wheeler taking the 3rd spot.
Scott Faulkner was pushed hard for his win in the 50/50 class by David Collins, but Scott came out better on these later subs. This gave him an 8 mark lead at the end but it was much closer in the early stages of the trial. Joe Bayliss slipped a little further back towards the end but still managed to keep his 3rd place spot.
In the Clubman B Route Mark Elms took the easy win from Fraser Curtis and Martin Thomas, his wise decision to push round quickly in the deteriorating conditions surely helped out on this occasion. The Clubman C Route was the closest contended class of the day with the top three riders finishing within 3 marks of each other. An amazing achievement given the course, Brian Tomkins finished on 15 marks to take the win over Neil Harris by only 1 mark and just 3 marks ahead of Rich Gardiner in third place.
The Youth group of riders persevered through the weather and Harry Coleman took the Youth A win from second placed Ronnie Day. Ryan Harris was back on top after his wrist injury back in the summer in the closely battled Youth B class and finished well clear of Oscar Jones and Jazz Hammond this time around; each round is producing a new class winner and will surely go to the end of the series. Bailey Tidbury took the win from Tom Nicholls and the ever smiling Max Agar in the Youth C group and Ben Nicholls was on his own and finished off the classes in Youth D.
A big thanks to all of our observers who braved the awful weather, Mick Ainsworth, Mick Bayliss, Andy Hora, Pete White, Duncan Agar, Andy Hora Snr, Jim Axford, Sue O’Sullivan and Todd Jones.
Thanks Sue for getting everyone signed on and the marking out / clearing up crew.
Experts; Will McBain 17, Tom Plant 48, Darren Wheeler 70
50/50; Scott Faulkner 46, David Collins 54, Joe Bayliss 63
Clubman B; Mark Elms 50, Fraser Curtis 70, Martin Thomas 85
Clubman C; Brian Tomkins 15, Neil Harris 17, Richard Gardiner 18
Clubman D; Jeremy Weaver 24
Youth A; Harry Coleman 84, Ronnie Day 122
Youth 50/50; Luke Hora 121
Youth B; Ryan Harris 93, Oscar Jones 121, Jazz Hammond 156
Youth C; Bailey Tidbury 36, Tom Nicolls 54, Max Agar 70
Youth D; Ben Nicolls 20
We hope you enjoyed the day, there are a few pics on the Gallery page, courtesy of Kez (Tom O'Sullivan's girlfriend).
The first round of the 2016 ACU Acklams Beta Women’s and Girls British Championship got underway this weekend at the famous Seymours Arena in the heart of Oxfordshire. We were really lucky with the weather once the fog had burned off and the sun got through, it turned out to be a beautiful spring day and a good number of spectators gathered to watch the action of the top flight British ladies and girls trials riders attempting the challenging rocky sections at the Arena.
Amongst the entry was 15 year old Alicia Robinson from just up the road in East Hagbourne. Alicia is the current British 2015 B class Girls Champion but on Sunday she had moved up to the A class, riding against girls much older. Not to be disgraced she finished 3rd which was a brilliant ride. Alicia is sponsored by Top Trials Team. The top 3 British ladies were battling it out for the podium however it was the World No 1 Emma Bristow who came out the winner, losing just 10 marks. Emma arrived at the arena at 2am Sunday morning after having competed in the FIM SuperEnduro event in Czecho on Saturday. In 2nd spot was Donna Fox who lost 22 marks, beating off Becky Cook from the Isle of Wight into 3rd place who lost 30 marks.
We hope you enjoyed your day and see you next time. More pics on the Gallery page.
The event kicked off at 9.30 sharp on a chilly morning heading for the first group of sections at the Moors which got the riders warmed up after the longer than usual ride from the pub, from here it was a short trip to Seymours where a good crowd had gathered to watch the action on the rocky hazards at the Arena. Lollingdon Hill was the next group which had some tight cambered turns and big climbs. It was a change of punchcard as the riders left the farm and then on to Aston Pit, Pump House and Air Raid Shelter where they faced 5 sections consisting of steep climbs and turns across tree roots on the wooded hill side. The competitors then enjoyed a long ride out across the Downs to the big banks of the old disused railway cutting at Chilton Hollow. From here it was a short hop down to the final sections at Bucknell's Copse where there were three sections two of which always sorts the men from the boys and they didn't disappoint as usual. Finally crossing the main road to Strange's Gate, the last section of the day in the stream 200 yards from the Horse & Harrow back where they started a few hours earlier.
As usual we think Stu and the team got the section severity just about right, we had some great feedback from the riders which is always good to hear. The ground was pretty dry in most places, so it made a change from the last few years.
The Club would like to thank the whole team as usual, an amazing effort is put into these National events and we couldn't do it without you all, thank you to all of the marshals on the 26 sections, the landowners and the Horse & Harrow for the use of the Pub for signing on etc.
It was a great day as usual, thanks to all of the riders for entering, well done to the class winners we hope you enjoyed it and come back next year. There are more pictures up on the Gallery.
Elite - Sam Haslam - 4m/l / S3 - James Fry - 2m/l / Best Lady - Emma Bristow - 15ml
S3 125 - Andrew Eley - 73m/l / N.Champs - Chris Koch - 7m/l
We travelled to The Bike Museum in Birmingham for Alicia to receive her gold medal and trophy for being the B Class British Ladies & Girls Champion. As Alicia was a champion we also got invited to the evening awards which was a really good event. Alicia would like to thank all of her sponsors for their continued support throughout 2015 and she is now training hard and looking forward to the 2016 season. Alicia will be riding for the Top Trial Team (TTT) in 2016 and is really excited about it. Alicia said she could not believe it when Michele spoke to Stuart about her being a team member.
Round 1 – 2016 S3-Parts, ACU National Trials Championship.
The first round of 2016 S3 Championships gets underway on Sunday 28th Feb starting at the Horse and Harrow pub at West Hagbourne, Oxfordshire OX11 0NB.
Starting at 09.30am, the event has attracted over 100 entries Including some of the country's top names in the Elite Class – Alex Wigg, Sam Haslam and Ross Danby to name just a few. Also 90 clubmen riders tackling a 25 mile course around the edge of the Berkshire Downs with sections at the famous Seymours Arena plus a selection of terrain all on the chalk surfaces that you find in this part of the country. The going is almost all off road on grass lanes, many say its worth the entry fee for the ride round. Spectators are catered for, you can pick up a programme with route map at the start and why not buy a full breakfast or egg and bacon bap at the Horse and harrow, there will also be a food van at Seymours Arena all day. Five and a half hours has been allowed for the riders to complete the course. This is one of the few Nationals that happens in the South these days. Come and have a look and enjoy the day out.
North Berks MCC Hangover Cup Trial, Rd1 2016 Club Championship – 26th December 2015
Report: Stu Belcher
With the rain staying away for the start of the North Berks Annual Boxing Day Hangover Cup Trial, 66 riders were in for a mix of 8 twisting sections plotted through the streams, ditches and mud at the Moors, East Hagbourne near Didcot.
A confident ride through section 1 was needed with the slippery logs and rocks twisting through the trees seemed to be taking a number of marks from most classes as did section 4 with the steep climb from the stream bed. This proved to be a popular vantage point as a good number of spectators gathered here during the day. In most adult and youth classes it was great to see so many riders moving up a grade and taking on the challenges ahead.
Will McBain was on form to take the expert honours with his credible score of just 12, he certainly is getting to grips with his new Beta since switching over from the 4-Stroke and was a clear 21 marks ahead of Tom O'Sullivan 2nd and Tom McCabe 3rd on 45.
The 50/50 class looks to be a closer match as Scott Faulkner took the win from Mark Elms on a most cleans tie breaker with them both losing just 12 marks. John Wheeler finished 3rd a little further back on 35. The Clubman B win was taken by Stuart Belcher on 14, Kieran Tame 21 and Sam Cherry 27. The stream section 4 and the Nappers Lane mud of section 5 taking the majority of the marks in this class. The Clubman C top rider was Neil Harris finishing on 3 marks, all of which were lost on section 5 six marks ahead of Richard Gardiner on 9 and Jack Huckstep 3rd on 11
The Pre 65 “Carter Boys” were on their own in their respective classes and was great to see them blowing out a few festive cobwebs. James riding the B route finishing on 70 with Malcolm on the C route with a loss of 19.
The youth classes took a third of the total entries for the day and was great to see Max Agar taking his pristine Beta for its maiden trial through the mud and water of the Moors, Hope his dad Duncan can get it back clean. As with the adult classes many of our up and coming riders all took on the challenges by moving up a class and were all rewarded by their efforts. Alicia Robinson took the win in the 50/50 class with a comfortable win on 29 from Luke Hora who finished on 69. Ronnie Day and Bret Harbud battled through the youth A with Ronnie finishing on 76 and Bret on 110. Youth B is going to be closely contested and Oscar Jones took this win finishing on 47 four marks ahead of Finley Belcher and Luke Townsend 3rd on 61.
Youth C was won by Leah Robinson on 13 winning with a tie breaker for most cleans from Adam Huckstep and Bailey Tidbury close on their heels on 15
The Youth D on rounded up the classes with Ben Nicholls taking his first win losing just 1 mark as did Briany Humphrey but Ben took the honours by the tie breaker, 31 cleans apiece but Ben furthest clean. Nate Robinson made a full house for the Robinsons and was only 1 mark back finishing on 2.
Expert: Will McBain 12, Tom O’Sullivan 33, Tom McCabe 45
Clubman 50/50: Scott Faulkner 12, Mark Elms 12, John Wheeler 35
Clubman B: Stuart Belcher 14, Kieran Tame 21, Sam Cherry 27
Clubman C: Neil Harris 3, Richard Gardiner 9, Jack Huckstep 11
Pre65 B: James Carter 70
Pre65 C: Malcolm Carter 19
Youth A: Ronnie Day 76, Bret Harbud 110
Youth 50/50: Alicia Robinson 29, Luke Hora 69
Youth B: Oscar Jones 47, Finley Belcher 51, Luke Townsend 61
Youth C: Leah Robinson 13, Adam Huckstep 13, Bailey Tidbury 15
Youth D: Ben Nicholls 1, Briany Humphrey 1, Nate Robinson 2
Well done to everyone who took part and thanks as usual go out to the marking out crew, Sue for getting everyone signed on and sorting the results and lastly our ever faithful observers – Mick Ainsworth, Sarah & Krysti Anderson, Andy Hora, Kev Tame, Mick Bayliss, Steve Nicholls, W Moulder, Jim Axford and Sue O'Sullivan.
We hope you enjoyed it, the next Club Trial is 27th March at Seymours. See you then!
The Annual Club Dinner & Awards Presentation night was held on Saturday 5th December 2015.
This year the venue was the Lakeview Restaurant at the popular Millets Farm Centre in Frilford, Oxfordshire. The evening kicked off at 7pm and we were treated to a beautiful sit down Christmas dinner with all the usual trimmings. Once everyone had enjoyed their three course meal and coffee Pat Hemmings got on the mike to announce all the deserving award winners across all classes, including memento awards for all the youth competitors that had taken part in events throughout the 2015 season.
Once all the official bits were over with the lights were lowered and the Disco got underway which was well supported and there were a good few members cutting some shapes on the dance floor until midnight when the evening came to an end. We'd like to thank the Lakeview Restaurant for treating us to such a brilliant night, it was faultless and all the staff were incredibly helpful and couldn't do enough to make the evening a really enjoyable success.
The club have had another great year and were able to run all of the scheduled events this year, we hope you have all enjoyed 2015 and look forward to the 2016 season.
The committee wish you all a very Merry Christmas and we hope to see you at the Boxing Day Trial at the Moors, for what is the 1st round of the 2016 season.
It's that time of year that we all get together for the Club Annual General Meeting to discuss everything North Berks.
The meeting will be held at the Conservative Club in Didcot and will commence at 8pm sharp on Tuesday January 19th 2016. Come along and get involved with your club, everyone is more than welcome, the bar will be open and there will be a light buffet supper served after the meeting.
If anyone has a burning ambition to become a committee member get in touch with Mark Anderson for further details. T: 07770 652512 E: email@example.com
Hope to see you all then.
John Hammond lived in Aston Tirrold back in the 60s, he has a twin brother Robert, they were great friends of John Wheeler and started by riding big road bikes then moved into trials riding. John had a nice BSA C15 and was a good rider winning many Centre class awards. He was a carpenter by trade, the twin brothers ran an accomplished builders business, building many quality houses around the area. John and his wife Kay lived in Wallingford and was in fact Jerry Lane's next door neighbour. John died in October at the age of 74.
Ron Horobin from Abingdon, was also a big bike man and with a gang of other club members would make the annual trip to the Isle of Man TT. Dilly, as he was known, died last month aged 72. He was very involved in the Club back in the 60s and 70s and was Clerk of the Course at our early Grass Track Meetings when the Club first got involved in the mid 60s at Webbys field at Drayton. He was for years the best club-night attender. He worked all his life for the Southern Electricity Board as an electrician. Both these two past members had not enjoyed good health in the last months.
We offer the club's condolences to both John's widow Kay, and Ron's widow Pam, and their families.
Also, get well soon to Godfrey Bennett who was the back marker riding with Justin Heavens at the Downland Trial when he fell from his bike just onto the downs near Alden Farm above Upton, Godfrey has broken his hip in 2 places and is in the J.R Oxford, Chris and Justin have been to visit him.
So a big get well soon from all at North Berks Godfrey and hope to see you back on your bike.
The final round of the 2015 Sammy Miller classic series took place today on and around the Berkshire Downs near Didcot in Oxfordshire.
Our 2 enthusiastic route planners decided to shake things up a bit this year and run the event in the opposite direction to the last 25 years, and with the addition of two new pieces of land, one at Ashdown Farm which had a huge graded hill and the second named The Lynch, it was set to be an interesting day out on the Downs.
101 riders set off including 9 sidecar teams on an overcast and windy Sunday morning at 9am sharp with Sammy Miller seeing everyone away from the start area at the Horse & Harrow Pub in West Hagbourne.
Speaking to a lot of the riders it sounded like the sections were set about right as usual, nothing silly but taking marks if concentration lapsed for a moment. The weather had been kinder this year so the sections were a little drier than late.
Our thanks go out to Sammy for his continued enthusiasm in this classic series, everyone that played a part in the running of the Trial, including of course our generous landowners, our ever faithful group of Observers who we are eternally grateful to as usual. A huge thank you to Tony and Helen at the Horse & Harrow for their continued support in the Club.
We hope you all enjoyed the day and look forward to seeing you next time...
With the mist clearing to a bright autumn day 53 competitors waited eagerly for the start of the final round of the clubs championships. Due to a late change from the planned venue the course plotters set out 10 awesome sections through the copse at Besselsleigh, the popular venue for the summer two day trial.
With a couple of new sections and new variants of some old favourites the competition was surely going to be as hot as the weather. This proved the case in all of the classes. The sections took small marks here and there for all, so concentration and some great riding will surely bring home the results today.
Mike Powdrell rode strong in the top flight experts eventually pulling a clear 15 marks ahead of local man Darren Wheeler. It was great to see Tom O’Sullivan getting some time away from work at the weekend and came in a worthy third. Section 8 and 9 were the real mark stealers for everyone, with the added steeper climbs and twist and turns made this a popular viewing spot for some exciting riding, with the final tight turn as you exited section 8 taking many dabs to get through to the ends card.
With Scott Faulkner moving up to the 50/50 Class for the final round in the series saw him take the honours with an impressive loss of just 9 to take the win from Calvin Hunt on 17 and Keith Wooster taking the third spot on 27. Surely Scott will need to take this step for the new championships ahead.
The Clubman B route, Lee Sullivan had an excellent ride and pulled away from Stuart Belcher and Paul Heron to take the win in this class. The Clubman C route was a tight as you could get with Mark Anderson losing all of his marks on lap one to be just one mark ahead of Tim Davis in second and a few marks back Neil Harris. It was a great family affair with the Andersons in full force and even Kristy celebrating her 16th birthday still took on the observers’ hat, thank you and congratulations Kristy
The Youth group is getting stronger at each trial and is a credit to the North Berks Club. It was great to meet some new members enjoying their days sport. The Youth A win went to Gus Oblein taking a comfortable win over Ronnie Day in second and Jake Eley in third, some great and exciting talent indeed. Youth B class was going to be a close battle and Brett Harbud managed to pip Alicia Robinson by just one mark this time around, Luke Hora was just a further 4 marks back and either of these riders could have easily pulled off the win.
Just as with the other classes the Youth C was tightly fought with the competition in this class as strong as ever. Finley Belcher rode superb and finished off the championship with a well-deserved win, with a loss of just 7 marks. Leah Robinson finished strong in second place on 14 and a few bike gremlins put Oscar Jones down into third. Finishing off the Youth classes was the eased Green route, Tom Nicholls took the win from Nate Robinson on his Oset and Jamie Hannaby coming in third.
An impressive day of riding with close battles and tight competition in all classes was a fitting end to the series. It was a real shame to see Ryan Harris being taken to the hospital as he has been on great form recently, so we wish him a speedy recovery and hope he is fit and well for the start of the new series on Boxing Day.
Thanks go out to the observers and marking out crews. Sue as usual for getting everyone signed on and results out. Great effort from all as usual!
We hope you all enjoyed your day, see you next time.
Alicia Robinson from North Berks MCC winning the B Class Ladies & Girls British Championship in the Isle of Man, with 2 local girls and good friends who they've battled with all year, Sophie May Hardie came 2nd & Ella Doherty came 3rd in the championship.
Alicia would like to say thanks to everyone who has helped her this year: Rock Oil, MPA Liquid Screed, Standlake Vehicle Services, D H Bond, Bicester Tyre & Exhaust Centre, Wantage Rotary Club.
Thank you very much
This was the big one! The North Berks Bonanza Supertrial was this weekend, its the clubs premier event with the countries top riders entered and it was an amazing couple of days.
DAY 1 – Ladies, Girls & Sidecars.
The first riders were away at 10.00am with 2 laps of 10 sections for qualifying, followed by 1 lap of 10 sections for the final. We were treated to unbroken sunshine and at times it was stifling hot. The initial two lap action was superb and the five Ladies that went through to the final lap were Emma Bristow, Becky Cook, Donna Fox, Jess Bown and Victoria Payne. Five sections were completed and the two with the highest marks lost had to drop out, which on this occasion were Victoria and Jess. The three remaining ladies went on to battle it out in the final 5 sections but the battle was between Becky and Donna, Emma finished the final lap on just one mark lost which was well ahead of the other two. Becky eventually took second place with Donna making the third step of the podium.
It was local girl Alicia Robinson who was riding with confidence on the familiar home territory that went into the lead early on in the B route class and there she stayed throughout the 2 laps to take the win. Second place went to Charlotte Kimber with Jen Stephen taking third.
The sidecar event was well supported and the action was awesome from the start, its amazing where they manage to get their machines. The well deserved winners were Jon Tuck & Matt Sparkes, Josh & Luke Golding took second place, with Daryl Dale and Hannah Etherington in a close third spot.
Thanks to everyone who took part, including the NB team and observers. More pics from Day 1 on Gallery page.
DAY 2 – The Men
Sunday the Berks Bonanza Supertrial kicked off at 10.30am with 2 laps of 9 sections for qualifying with this year taking in the famous Seymours Arena Waterfall with all the riders having a proper go, as this is usually only used for the final.
The early riders struggled with the waterfall, so too did James on the first lap failing to reach the summit. Wiggy was the only rider to get out on a clean, so that spurred him on to some amazing rides, he won the qualifying two laps for the loss of just 3 marks which is pretty amazing given the severity of the sections, the closest man to him was James Dabill back on 15 marks lost.
It was time for the final, all the sections had been tweaked by Stu to keep the guys on their toes. The top 8 that went through to the final were Alexz Wigg, James Dabill, Iwan Roberts, Ross Danby, Billy Bolt, Jack Price, Sam Haslam and Dec Bullock. All the riders were to start with a clean slate for the Final lap, then after section 4 the 4 with the highest score were eliminated, being Billy Bolt, Jack Price, Sam Haslam and Dec Bullock who had made an amazing effort but sadly didn't make the cut, which left the remaining top 4, James, Alexz, Iwan and Ross fighting it out over the last 6 sections for the top prize money of £800.
Reigning British Champion, James Dabill on the new Vertigo had certainly got on it in the final lap after his slow start, showing his class – by the end of the lap he had dropped a couple of 5's, the waterfall which seems to be James' nemesis section and section 10 which was the staircase in the middle of the arena with a huge rock placed on the top of the massive rock step already there, all the finalists failed the last section of the day but Wiggy and Dabill had a few goes at the final step to please the public and both of them eventually conquered it with a huge roar from the crowd.
As usual there was a fantastic atmosphere at the Arena and we had a good turnout of people come to watch this year, after reduced spectator numbers last year due to the awful weather on the Sunday.
The Club would like to thank all of the riders for supporting the Club in taking part, all the observers and club members that give up their time to help out in any way, you know who you are and how much we appreciate your efforts. There are some more pictures up on the Gallery page.
A massive thanks to all our sponsors:
Acklams Beta, Active Bike Sport, Andrews Building Company, Bicester Tyre & Exhaust Centre, Boshers of Cholsey, BVM Moto, chequers Garage, D H Bond, Didcot Plant, Dirtyboyz, Factory Pink, GasGas Motos, Hagbourne Garage, John Lee Motorcycles, Marshalls Transport, Mertrux Mercedes, MPA Liquid Screed, MRS Sherco, Premier Bikes KTM Didcot, Rock Oil, SPJ Autos, Standlake Vehicle Services, SXS TRS, Team Roundhouse, Trial Magazine and WD40.
We had a good number of entries for a week night, 47 in total. Rain showers were forecast but it stayed away and we had a great evening in the sunshine, I think everyone enjoyed themselves.
Thanks to the marking out crew, all the observers and Sue as usual for getting everyone signed on and results out, finally ;-). Great effort from all concerned as always!
The next North Berks event is the big one, The Supertrial, which as you all know is on the weekend of 8/9th August, spread the word. The more people we get through the gate the better.
Another superb British Bike Night at the Horse & Harrow in West Hagbourne, the weather wasn't as kind to us as the last couple of years but it didn't seem to put people off coming out.
There was an amazing turnout of bikes and cars of all kinds as usual, from old classics to Didcot based Premier Bikes showing the latest offerings from KTM. The club would like to thank everyone for their efforts and continued support of this now well established event, it gets better and better every year.
Work started over at Seymours Arena this weekend preparing for the upcoming Berks Bonanza Supertrial – taking place on the 8th/9th August. We had a good turnout of people over the weekend, so thanks to all. Stu had the machine in and has made some amazing new sections for this years event, its promising to be an awesome weekend, so make sure you've got it in your diary.
A great weekend of trials at Besselsleigh this weekend. Saturday the sun was beaming down on the 42 riders that entered, the sections rode well in the sandy wood which was a lot drier than it has been the last couple of years there. A good few people camped over on Saturday night where the kids got involved in a game of rugby with two club members at peak fitness and soberness, namely Justin and Will. I'm not sure who got the best of the other – but the kids had a lot of fun trying to take them down.
We had a fair bit of rain overnight which continued into Sunday morning, lasting an hour or so into the trial which made the sections pretty slick, but as usual Stu and the marking out crew got the level about right for each class. Thanks as always to all the helpers, Sue for getting all signed on and results, and observers on both days, we hope you enjoy the wine.
On Sunday 7th June Team Robinson travelled to Leamington for the 2nd round of the Ladies British Championship.
It was a hot sunny day but that didn't stop Leah & Alicia from taking the win in each of their classes, this means Alicia is now leading the B Class championship & Leah has won both of her rounds.
Well done girls you both did us proud and it makes it all worth while just to see such big smiles on your faces! Thank you to all the sponsors and everyone who's helped.
Stuart & Claire.
North Berks MCC were invited to put on another motorcycle display for the Young Farmers show this Bank Holiday weekend.
The event was held at the Lord and Lady McAlpine's estate in Fawley just outside Henley-on-Thames, it was a really good, fun day. Visitors to the estate got the chance to enjoy craft displays, watch teams of men and women from different Young Farmers clubs competing in various farming techniques, tug of war competitions, seeing how many people they could squeeze into a car. There were traction engines and historic vehicles of all types.
North Berks put on a show in the main arena, Claire was on the mike again, explaining the sport and promoting the Club. They also put on a few more shows throughout the day in a special fenced off area, there was a lot of interest and support as usual. Thanks to all the club members who took part, The Robinsons, Mark, Dereck and Dave, who impressed the crowds as usual.
Mikey Austin and Fraser Curtis were in action at Culham at the weekend, taking part in the popular MX Nationals series, the weather was good and there was hot competition in all classes across the weekend.
A few of the clubs members including new members Jack and Adam Huckstep enjoyed a long, but fun day at the Wallingford Car rally event at the weekend.
Grundon Waste Management sponsored the trials demonstration and turned up with a lorry loaded with skips, concrete blocks and an enormous steel Girder, all of which we used including the lorry, to provide a spectacle for the crowds. Thanks go to the riders for supporting the event. Lets hope we encouraged a few new members to join the club.
Round 2 of the British Trials Cup 2015 was held at North Berks MCC's premier piece of ground, the infamous Seymours Arena this weekend.
This is the first time that Seymours has staged a bike trial, but there was plenty of scope to test these guys to the max, although the top guys made some of the sections look like a walk in the park. They were getting up the same huge rock sections that the motorcycle trials bikes attempt, amazing to watch, such a physical sport. It felt strange for the Arena to be quiet whilst all the action was going on, being used to the usual sound of engines at a busy event.
Three club members entered and soon got in amongst the action. Nate and Alicia Robinson were joined by Finley Belcher on his Onza, all three had a great day and did really well.
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North Berks MCC were once again invited to do a trials display at Bradfield Mayfair on Bank Holiday Monday.
After a wet day on Sunday, the sun shone and the team had a great day out giving two displays throughout the day in the arena. Team riders were Leah and Alicia Robinson, Liam Anderson, Veteran & Club Chairman Mark Anderson, Tom O’Sullivan, Dan Hornblow and Nate Robinson on his trial pushbike. The Mayfair was well attended this year with a big crowd watching the two displays which also included a wheelie competition at the end between all the riders. Thank you to everyone who helped out and well done to Claire for doing the commentary.
Team Robinson set off on their long drive to Top Off Road Pietramurata, Lake Garda, Italy for the first round of the 2015 European Championship.
Alicia had a great result of coming 3rd behind 2 Italian girls. Alicia was the youngest competitor and also the only one on an 80cc, but she worked hard in the hot dry conditions and got a fantastic result to get on the third step of the podium.
It was great to have Victoria Payne and Jen Stephens there too who also made the long journey. Other fellow British riders there were Dan and Jack Peace, Toby Martin who won the youth class, Jake Eley and Iwan Roberts, who all had great rides. We're all looking forward to round 2 in Belgium now.
WELL DONE ALICIA!
A wet and blustery morning welcomed the 44 riders to Seymours Arena on Sunday for the second round of the North Berks MCC Club Trial Championship.
The sections were pretty much left alone from the British Ladies/Girls Championship which took place a couple of weekends before. Stuart and the gang tweaked a few hazards here and there. They all rode well again, but the rocks soon got really slippery as the mud was dragged up onto them, but it made for an interesting trial.
We had a good range of entries across all routes and is was great to see so many young riders out giving it a go again.
Thanks go out to Sue for getting everyone signed on and the results out quickly, all of the observers and marking out crew, the club really appreciate your ongoing support, we couldn't run these great events without you.
Click on the link below to see the results. We hope you enjoyed the day despite the weather. We've now got a few months to wait until the next Club Trial, which is the superb Summer Two Day Trial at Besselsleigh, see you then.
More pictures on the Gallery page.
Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated to my charity box for the Air Ambulance at club trials and bike night.
As many of you know, I have competed in 2 half marathons in the last 8 months raising money for the Air Ambulance whom North Berks MCC have supported for a number of years. I raised a total of £125.50. I've now run in 7 Half Marathons having previously raised money for Cancer Research and the Alzheimer's Society. Many thanks for your support, Sue!!
The 2015 British Ladies & Girls Trials Championship got off to a great start at Seymours Arena this weekend, the promised rain stayed away but the brisk wind was bitterly cold.
45 entries were received for this event including a large number of non-championship ladies and girls. Stuart and his crew marked out 3 routes to suit the varying abilities of the 7 classes.
The main Ladies Championship riders were first away and after a few easier sections to get the riders started, things got harder with some nasty tight turns and rock steps.
Emma Bristow, current champion on her Sherco and Becky Cook on the Jotagas, both went clean on the first 7 sections before Becky dropped some marks. Donna Fox dropping an unfortunate 3 on the first section was riding well until section 9 when she dropped another 3. Emma ended the first lap on clean, followed by Becky on 3 and Donna on 7. On the second lap things were much tighter, Emma was riding clean until section 10 the stair case, where she dropped 2, Donna was matching Emma’s cleans until she also dropped 3 on the same section, followed closely by Becky who only dropped 4 singles.
It was all to play for on the last lap, Becky only dropped a single mark to try and close the gap but Emma only dropped 2 more marks on the tricky double step on section 10. Donna unfortunately dropped a couple of 5’s to drop away from Becky but it was Emma that won the day only dropping 4 marks over the 36 Sections. Becky came in 2nd with 8 and Donna 3rd on 23. Jess Brown on her Scorpa had a steady ride in 4th.
The girls A 50/50 on the second route which also included riding 6 of the harder sections was a much closer contested affair. Only 7 marks separated the 3 competitors, Beth Waite took the win on 73, followed by Gabby Whitham on 78 with a chasing Megan Savage on 81 taking 3rd place.
In the ladies intermediate class, the win was easily taken by Charlotte Kimber who only dropped 10 marks. In 2nd was Catherine Alford on 27 and 3rd was Victoria Holmes on 63 only ahead by 1 mark from 4th place Jennifer Stephen.
The Girls A Intermediate class was won by Niamh Richardson on 45 who was only 1 mark ahead of 2nd place Chloe Baker. Olivia Pearson struggled on the unforgiving sections but battled through to the end to finish 3rd.
Girls B route: The winner of this class was Sophie-May Hardie on 17 marks lost, she was chased hard in the final lap by 2nd placed North Berks member Alicia Robinson dropping just 4 to give her 20 marks. Taking 3rd spot was Kira Beardshall on 57 lost marks.
Girls C: Elizabeth Tett took the win on 16 marks only dropping 3 marks on lap 2 & 3. Sophie Bailey riding the electric Oset had a storming ride and finished 2nd on 27. Amelia Mayhew took 3rd on 32.
Ladies Sports Person Non Championship. An easy win for 125cc Jotagas mounted Izzy Saunders with 29 marks, followed in 2nd place by Sharon Elkins on 55 and 3rd place to Chloe Cross on 66.
Girls Sports Person Non Championship. This was the closest fought class with only 5 marks separating the top 4 girls. North Berks member Leah Robinson took the win with a clean round on the last lap. 1 mark behind in 2nd place was Izzy Watmore on 12 and Emily Page 3rd on 15.
The Club would like to again thank everyone for making the event so successful. As always particular thanks go to the observers and club members who had to endure a bitterly cold day. Thanks to Rock oil for the prizes.
Of course we must also say thanks to all the mums for giving up their day for us. We hope you all enjoyed the day and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.
There are more pictures on the Gallery page.
At last the Wallace goes ahead! It was great to see The 2015 ACU S3 Parts Clubman Championship get underway today in and around the Berkshire Downs after having being cancelled the last two years due to flooding in the area.
The 117 riders were greeted at the Horse & Harrow public house in West Hagbourne by early morning mist, everyone was eager to get cracking. The first man away at 9.31 prompt was Paul Hadingham from Irthlingborough, who made his way off to tackle the 22 mile course taking in 37 sections on the Berkshire, Oxfordshire borders.
There are more pictures on the Gallery page.
We hope you enjoyed yourselves.
The North Berks Annual General Meeting was held at the Conservative Club in Didcot on 27th January 2015. It was well attended by 40 club members and there was a committee re-shuffle to announce.
Jerry or J.N.S. Lane his correct title has been involved in the club since the 1940s, ie 75 years. Jerry was a trials rider and was an avid fan on Royal Enfield trials machines but started on an old ex-W.D. Matchless as many did in the days after the war. All his life he has been a very loyal supporter of the North Berks MCC, and 52 years ago became the club President until last Tuesday night when at the club's AGM he decided to stand down. After all those years and now in his mid 80s he said it was time to hand over the position. As a token of appreciation the clubs oldest member Colin Jackson presented him with a silver engraved hip flask.
Geoff Williams, the club's Treasurer also stood down after 20 odd years keeping the books straight. This has been a busy job for Geoff over the years and back to the days when the club was running International grass tracks, including a World Final in 2000, it was a big task dealing with gate takings, prize money etc. As many of you know it is a busy club with lots going on all the time with bits and bobs coming in but Geoff was always on top of his game. He has decided to carry on as a committee member so will still be around. Geoff's passion has been trail riding and included organising trips to Andorra. Tony Jackson has kindly stepped up to take on the role of club Treasurer.
The 3rd committee change was the club's Chairman, John Lightfoot, who has held that position for 48 years. John is totally committed to the club, and has worked tirelessly over the years when the main events were grass tracks, to recent times where the focus has turned to club and national trials. The club just wouldn't have the reputation it now holds if it wasn't for John. He has been in the club since 1959 after coming back from national service and got involved in riding his favourite Triumph Tiger Cubs trials bikes, John also had a go at sidecar motocross (or scrambling as it was called then) with his brother in the chair. John was made the club's President at the AGM, having been proposed by Jerry Lane to replace him. The new club Chairman is Mark Anderson, he certainly has big boots to fill, but is certainly up for the challenge, so we hope everyone will support him.
We thank Jerry, Geoff and John for their hard work in their respective roles in the club over the years, and best wishes to the re-shuffled committee in taking the club forward in the future.
THE COMMITTEE NOW READS:
President – John Lightfoot; Chairman – Mark Anderson; Treasurer – Tony Jackson; Vice Chairman – Pat Hemmings; Committee Members – Stuart Robinson, Mick Bayliss, Derek Dodd, Sue O'Sullivan, Geoff Williams, Stuart Belcher, Todd Jones. Minute Secretary/Memberships – Claire Maynard-Robinson.
Good to see everyone out for the Boxing Day Trial at the Moors.
A frosty start to the morning, but the riders soon got warmed up. There were 8 sections to be completed over 4 laps, three in the lane, two in the field and then it was a blast across the fields to the other three sections in the stream.
Thanks to the marking out crew, Sue for getting everyone signed on and all the observers, it was a really chilly morning so we thank you for braving the weather and supporting the club as usual.
There are some more pics up on the Gallery page.
The annual 'Club Christmas Bash' was a well attended and enjoyable evening at Drayton Park Golf Club last weekend.
A good meal courtesy of the golf club followed by the award presentations for all the well deserved winners, another successful year of North Berks Club Trials.
We hope you all enjoyed the evening, Well done to Pat on the mike... Thanks go out to all of the organisers for their efforts as usual.
Seymours was open all day for practice.
A good number were there making the most of a full days practice in the arena. A few tricky sections were marked out thanks to Stuart and Justin to give people something to think about.
Don't forget to get over to The Moors on Boxing Day for the first Club Trial of the 2015 season. It starts at 10am and will have a good selection of hazards, lets hope the weather holds off this year...
We as a club dedicated today's event to Len Hutty. As many of you will know Len passed away on 29th October when he succumbed after a short illness to cancer.
For many years Len supported North Berks events, way back on a modern bike and in recent years when he turned his expertise to the classic scene. His name was soon to be engraved on many premier trophies riding his pristine 410 Matchless. In 2011 Len rode round this event staying clean until the last section where his hand slipped off the throttle losing control, costing him a 5 and the winners spot in the trial. The following year he returned and he made absolutely sure he was the winner of the 2012 Downland Trophy.
Today's event was the final round of the 2014 Sammy Miller Championship and has been plotted around a 22 mile course with 33 solo and 30 sidecar sections. Thanks to Sammy Miller once again for his generous support and enthusiasm, may this series go on for many years to come.
Thanks also to the 40+ observers who have come out today, the kind landowners who have allowed our sport to happen. We must not forget the course plotters who have been out over numerous adverse weekends making the sections fit for purpose and everyone else who has given there time to help the club run a national event of this kind.
We hope you had a great day's sport in and around the Berkshire Downs and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.
A few nice comments received after the trial...
"Dear Mr Lightfoot, Please convey our heartfelt thanks to all the club officials and members for dedicating, the recent Downland Cup Trial, to Len’s memory. Thank you for the kind words that are a comfort to Charlotte and I at such a difficult time." Bev Hutty
"It was a very enjoyable trial again and much appreciation goes to the whole team of helpers." John Long – (No.79)
"Many thanks for a great day out." Gary Fleckney – (No.46)
"Just a note to thank you and the club for putting on a first class trial today. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and even the swim on the last section was amusing. Thanks once again." Richard Frampton – (No.75)
Alicia Robinson aged 12 & Dale Freeman aged 9 have both received sponsorship of tyres from Bicester Tyre & Exhaust Centre Oxfordshire for them to compete in their respective British Championships.
Alicia competes in the B Class of The Ladies & Girls British Championship & Dale will be competing in the C Class British Championship. They both ride under North Berks MCC and we wish them both the best of luck for 2015.
The final round of the North Berks Club Championship was held at Chilton Hollow this weekend, a good number of riders turned up for a great days sport.
The steep banks of the old disused railway cutting proved to be testing but remained drier than expected after the recent rain. The action started at 10am and had the usual routes covering all levels from experts to beginners and youth D. Each class was well supported.
Thanks as usual to all of the observers, together with the marking out crew and Sue for getting everyone signed in, we hope you all enjoyed it, the next Club Trial will be on Boxing Day at The Moors.
Alicia rode the last round of the Ladies European Championship last weekend held in Belgium along with fellow club rider Millie Ray & Jen Stephen who also rides the Ladies British Championship.
We all travelled to Bilstain Trials Park in Belgium where we met up the other British trials riders who were competing in the Youth and Adult Championship. On the Saturday it was the Ladies and Youth who rode. Alicia came joint 3rd on the International route, on the same marks but just missed out on the podium, as they both had the same cleans, 1's etc so it went to the quickest time. Jen Stephen came 5th on the same route and Millie Ray came 12th on the Championship route.
Well done to all the girls and also all the other Brits who took part. On the Sunday Stuart got his minding gloves back on again to help young Billy Bolt from Newcastle. Billy came 5th in the Adult Championship class, so well done Billy and also Stuart for catching him well and keeping him calm!
North Berks Motorcycle Club donated £420.00 to Nikita Smith after holding a raffle at the Supertrial.
Thanks to everyone who donated prizes, there are too many to mention but you all know who you are, and thank you to everyone who bought a ticket. On our way up to the last round of The Ladies and Girls British Championship at Richmond we popped in to see Nikita and her family.
We all had a lovely breakfast together and then we presented Nikita with the cheque. We had a great time and it was so nice to see Nikita back home with her family. Nikita and her family also wanted to thank everyone who helped with the raffle.
The North Berks Motorcycle Club promoted a 2 day National Arena Trial, The Berks Bonanza Supertrial, held on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th August.
Supertrial Saturday – The Ladies & Sidecars
Saturday hurricane Bertha had not yet arrived, the day was bright and sunny. 24 competitors had gathered: 9 girls, 5 ladies, and 10 sidecars to tackle this man-made arena consisting of gi-normous rocks, large tree trunks, including having to ride over 4 massive skips, an old shooting range hut and a 20 foot man-made waterfall, with water cascading down. The winner of the Girls’ class was Victoria Payne of Bristol, runner-up Louise Alford from Lincoln and third local girl, Alicia Robinson, from East Hagbourne. The Ladies Class was won comfortably by Emma Bristow who now holds the crown of British Arena Ladies Trials Champion 2014. Emma is currently leading the World Ladies Trials Championship and is a strong contender for the title. Runner up was Becky Cook, an Isle of Wight lady, former British Champion, and in third place was Donna Fox. These ladies really put on a great show. The other class to compete on Saturday was the Sidecars. The father and son crew who came out on top of tackling these horrendous looking sections was Rupert and Chris Kimber from Gillingham in Kent.
Hundreds of spectators enjoyed a great day’s motorcycle sport, of which most would return on Sunday.
Supertrial Sunday – The Men
Sunday was hurricane Bertha Day, it really did pour with rain from about 6.00 a.m., but this did not deter anyone from the forthcoming exciting day of the Men’s Berks Bonanza British Championship. The weather did improve for the 16 top British riders contesting 2 laps of this challenging course to qualify. 8 of these riders were seeded through to a one lap final. At the end of the final lap James Dabill, works sponsored, riding at the top of his game, was now Supertrial Champion having lost only 5 marks on his final lap. Not far behind was Michael Brown from Scarborough on 9 marks. In third place was Jack Spencer from Bacup on 26 marks lost and forth was local man Sam Haslam dropping 31 marks. Alexz Wigg the other local man from Winslow had 2 good qualifying laps but lost two maximums in his final lap thus eliminating him from the final results.
Sunday saw a much larger crowd who witnessed these top riders who also compete at world level showing their skills on 2 wheels. Spectators said it was the best event ever in its 10 year history.
We hope everyone had a great weekend, thanks as usual to everyone that has helped with the weekend in whatever capacity – landowners, riders, club members, observers, sponsors, trials media, catering. we are so grateful for all the effort that goes into running this awesome event and couldn't do it without you.
Looking forward to next year...
This years North Berks Bonanza Supertrial is all set for an epic weekend! with 11 testing sections from the skip section, wood yard and the famous man made waterfall.
To kick off the weekend we have 17 of the top British Ladies & Girls. Emma Bristow, Becky Cook, Katy Sunter, Jess Bown to name a few. Some of the top B girls who are coming through the ranks with the Alford Sisters, Millie Ray, Victoria Paine and local girl Alicia Robinson plus many more.
There will be 2 laps of 9 sections qualifying, after qualifying there will be 8 of Britains top sidecar crews, Jon Tuck & Matt Sparkes, Rupert & Chris Kimber & The young Golding brothers, with others on the day. Once the side cars have done a lap it will be the final for the A Ladies to see who can be the British Ladies Arena Trial Queen & pick up the prize money of £300. After the final the side cars will finish off with their second lap. On Sunday it will be the turn of the big boys, with 17 of the top British men fighting it out to be Berks Bonanza Supertrial British Arena champion. They will be doing 2 laps of 9 sections with the top 8 going through to the final. This year we have some up and coming young riders like Iwan Roberts, Dec Bullock, Billy Bolt, Jack Price, Andy Chilton and Jack Spencer, who will be mixing it with reigning British Champion Michael Brown, current British Arena Champion James Dabill and other top world class riders including local legend Alexz Wigg, Sam Haslam, Jack Sheppard, Ricky Wiggins and several more, to make it an exciting weekend.
Free camping is available from Friday afternoon, toilets, fresh water, ample car parking, trade stands, refreshments are all available. Adults £10, 5-16 year olds £5, and under 5′s free.
This year at the Berks Bonanza Supertrial our raffle proceeds will be going to Nikita Smith, who was recently involved in a serious road accident. Nikita would usually be riding in the event but unfortunately, due to her injuries, she won't be able to.
We've got some great prizes, so why not come along to the Supertrial on 9th & 10th August and show your support for Nikita. On Saturday we have the Top British Ladies riding followed by the Countries Top Flight Sidecar Teams and on Sunday it's the turn of the Best British Men.
Admission is £10 for adults, children 5-16, £5 and under 5's get in free. It's at Seymours Arena, Aston Tirrold near Didcot Oxfordshire. Leah, Alicia & Nate Robinson will be selling the tickets so make sure you have your money ready!
The Classic and Vintage Bike Night took place at the Horse and Harrow Public House, West Hagbourne, and what a night it was!
Once again a beautiful summer's evening enticed hundreds of bike enthusiasts and local families to the Horse and Harrow for the Annual British Bike Night, which seems to grow in popularity every year.
Some 5-600 vintage and classic bikes were on display, also a display by the team of riders who have just completed the John O’Groats to Landsend charity ride on 50cc motorcycles. Other attractions included 2 Barry Sheene replica race bikes, the Blewbury Corderoy road race team and the ever popular motorcycle trials demonstration by members of the North Berks Motorcycle club, including Alexz Wigg, one of the top trials riders in the country, who competes around the world, so we were lucky to get him between events.
An outside bar, food vans, hog roast and live music were enjoyed until late in the evening. In all we estimate that there were 2-3000 spectators and over 1,000 motorcycles attending, which is amazing!
As usual a big thank you goes out to the numerous people that have worked hard to put this event on, the club received encouraging comments from various people on how well this event and all North Berks events are run, so well done to everyone involved, we have an awesome team of people. Obviously, thanks too, to the Horse & Harrow for keeping everyone watered, or boozed should I say!
See you again next year.
No less than 53 riders turned out for a great evenings sport, the 8 sections seemed to be spot on as usual across the classes, 4 laps of the Arena were to be completed.
The Expert class was won yet again by Will McBain, dropping just a single dab on Section 6, Tom Plant taking second on 5 marks lost, followed by Darren Wheeler, Tony Moulder and Tom O'Sullivan. Clubman 50/50 route was won by Calvin Hunt dropping 13 marks, runner up Joe Bayliss and Keith Wooster taking 3rd spot. Clubman B class saw Stuart Belcher take a good win for the loss of just 4 marks over Lee Sullivan and Neil Saunders. Clubman C class was well supported with 11 riders, the winner with 8 marks lost was Eddie Priscott on his Honda RTL250, followed by Richard Gardiner on 13 and Dave Griffiths on 26 marks lost. Well done to Lisa Barton who won the Clubman D class or should I say Clublady D class with the loss of just 3 marks, the rest of the class retired. There was just one Pre-65 machine in the Arena, ridden by Michael Johnson dropping 10 marks on the C route, which is good going on an oldun.
The youth classes were well supported again apart from the Youth 50/50 class, which only had one competitor, Victoria Payne dropping 42 marks on the rocky arena sections. Youth B was won by Liam Anderson on a loss of 4 marks after rushing home from work and making a late start, 2nd place was Alicia Robinson on her Beta 80, followed by Ryan Harris, Luke Townsend, Luke Hora, Max Saunders and Brett Harbud in that order. Youth C had three entries, top spot went to Oscar Jones dropping 21 marks, followed by Zak Corderoy, who by the way, competes around the country on his 350cc race bike, so trialing must feel quite tame to him. Third spot went to Ewan Priscott who stepped up to the harder route and got through it, so well done Ewan. That just leaves Youth D, won by Finley Belcher for the loss of just one mark, great effort Finley, well done. 2nd place was Leah Robinson on 5 and brother Nate on 15 rounding out the top three. Alex Waldron, Briany Humphrey and Alfie Rimmell took 4th, 5th and 6th with Zak Jones and Sam Avenell retiring early. So all in all a great fun evening of competition in the sunshine.
Thanks to all the members that helped cutting out, section marking etc.
A big thanks to the eight observers. Pete White, Jim Axford & Boysy, Mick Bayliss, Colin Jackson, Andy Hora, Barry Wheeler, Malcolm Ainsworth and Bill Moulder. We couldn't do it without you.
Great effort by Sue as usual, she got everyone signed on and sorted, eventually dragged Tom away from the arena just before 10.00 and had the results out by 11.35, which is pretty impressive really...The Cherry Brandy helps apparently!
We hope you enjoyed the trial, see you at the Horse & Harrow, West Hagbourne for the British Bike Night on 15 July, starts at 6pm. Followed by the next Practice Night on 16th July from 5pm.
REPORT: JOHN LIGHTFOOT, CLUB CHAIRMAN
The North Berks annual 2 day camping trial took place at Besselsleigh, just north of Abingdon the home of the famous MG, on Saturday and Sunday, 14/15 June.
Saturday saw 39 competitors take part on an 8 section, 4 lap course in this very old sandy quarry which contains nadgery hillocks and muddy ditches. On the expert hard route it was a fairly easy win for Will McBain riding his 4 stroke Honda losing a total of 12 marks. Second place some distance behind was Tom Plant on 43, losing 23 of these marks on section 2 and 7. Ex top enduro rider Darren Wheeler, who said he was not having a good day, finished 3rd, losing 50. On the clubman 50/50 second route was a close fought battle between the top 3, with Justin Heavens just nicking it on 25, followed by Swindon man Keith Wooster on 26, from local lad John Wheeler losing 29.
Clubman B saw a good ride from Lee Sullivan losing 11, with Stuart Belcher, recently back from New Zealand and started riding again, on 17 in 2nd place, and 3rd in this class was Jason Young on 20. Clubman C, third route, riding his GasGas Pampera, was enthusiastic trail rider Graham Lavis who nipped round on 6, from the identical Jenkins twins, who dress alike, have exactly the same colour and make of machine, would you believe lost the same number of marks on 8, but Andy taking the 2nd spot on 29 cleans with brother Paul on 27. Clubman D, easy route, saw a win for lady rider Lisa Barton on 13.
Youth 50/50 saw a win for Frazer Strutt on 61. Youth B, third route, British Girls Championship contender, Alicia Robinson, triumphed losing 18, and in 2nd, popular young club member Liam Anderson losing 20, in 3rd was Luke Townsend who seemed to have lost a lot of marks on section 7, finishing on 42.
Winner of the Youth C class, on the top step of the podium was Brett Harbud on 10, 2nd step Charlie Hunt on 16, bottom step Oscar Jones on 22.
Youth D, easy route, 1st on a very low score of 1 was Leah Robinson, 20 marks behind in 2nd was Finley Belcher, 3rd place Jamie Hannaby on 43.
4 laps again today but number of sections increased to 10.
Again the winner on Day 2 who had got the will to win, was Will McBain. 2nd who had got his act together today was Darren Wheeler, 3rd Tom Plant who missed second spot by most cleans rule. This class produced some fairly high scores, 4th, 5th & 6th in this class each losing over 90 marks.
Clubman 50/50 top of the shop was Calvin Hunt, runner up Chris Gilbert, 3rd Mark Elms. All the riders in this class lost maximum marks on section 1. Clubman B Kieran Tame, from Lee Sullivan, from Malcolm Carter. Clubman C winner on a low score of 5 Eddie Priscott nicked it from Ian Roberts, and 3rd place David Hill. Clubman D Andy Barefield took a win from from Lisa Barton.
Pre 65 saw 2 entries and a win for John Jacka, Glen Hutchins on his immaculate modern pre 65 James took a tumble on section 2, hurting his wrist and had to retire.
Youth 50/50 Frazer Strutt had his second win in 2 days. Youth B Liam Anderson took the win from Alicia Robinson, a reversal of Saturdays placing. Luke Townsend consistent in 3rd. Youth C Oscar Jones taking the win from his Saturday rival Charlie Hunt, and in 3rd Zak Corderoy, in his first ever trial, was absolutely delighted. Youth D Finley Belcher gained his first ever win amongst these keen young riders, from Jamie Hannaby from young youth motocross rider Alfie Rimmell.
The weather on both days was humid and overcast enough to stir up the Mosquitos!
Another great North Berks weekend, hope you all enjoyed it! Well done to everyone and a huge thanks to all 18 loyal observers, working parties, section plotters, committee members etc.
Preparation for the 2014 Supertrial started this weekend at 'The Arena'.
The heavy machinery was brought in to start re-shaping the existing sections together with the addition of more rocks. Stuart and the team will be working hard over the next couple of months to make the Supertrial even more spectacular.
The bank at the far end of the arena has moved further back to create additional space for new sections, to cater for youngsters and beginners.
At long last the North Berks club managed to get the 2014 club series off to a start, after losing their Boxing Day and big February national to the weather.
Sunday 30th March was well worth the wait. Nobody stayed at home to worry about Mother as a massive 55 riders appeared at the signing on table to tackle a 12 section 3 lap course in the popular Seymour’s arena. Most of the sections had been previously used by the British ladies championship 2 weeks previously. Included in the entry were 4 top sidecars among them ex British champions Rupert and his dad Chris Kimber. The 4 of them had a great day.
In the expert class it was Tom Plant having an extremely good ride from 2nd place Abingdon’s Darren Wheeler, 3rd spot was up and coming youngster Daniel Hornblow who has a very impressive riding style, just 2 marks behind Daniel was his mate Tom O’Sullivan. In the clubman 50/50 Justin Heavens nipped the top spot by 2 marks from Calvin Hunt, with Joe Bayliss on the same marks lost dipping out on tie break in 3rd. All these 3 riders were on 4 strokes. Clubman B on an easier route Mike Marshall dropped just 1 mark all day, in second place Perry Meeten losing 3 marks from Mark Watmore taking 3rd spot. Clubman C was strongly contended with club committee man Mark Andersen in first place, in second was Andy Jenkins and third, riding his new Rothmans Honda, Eddie Priscott, in 4th place, also committee member, Derek Dodd. In Youth B Liam Andersen came out on top from British Championship contender Alicia Robinson in second and Jack Dance picking up third place. Youth C Ryan Harris was top of the podium from Charlie Hunt, and in third Oscar Jones. Sections 11 and 12 took marks from this class. Youth D, riding the easiest route, was a win for Leah Robinson with 10 marks behind her Samuel Meeten, Leah’s young brother Nate Robinson finished 3rd.
Thanks to all the observers as usual, we couldn't run the trials without you. Sue for signing everyone on, legging it over to observe on Section 10 then rushing home to get the results out, amazing!
The next club round will be the 2 day camping event at Besselsleigh on 14th and 15th June. Camping from mid-day Saturday. See you then...
The Luscombe Suzuki Leeds British Ladies & Girls Trials Championship got off to a great start at Seymours this weekend, the weather was amazing after all the rain we've had over the last few months.
43 entries were received for this event at Seymours Arena including a large number of non-championship ladies and girls. 4 routes had been planned to suit the varying abilities. The ladies group riding route 1 was the one to watch. It was always going to be a battle between Emma Bristow current British champion and recently crowned European champion, trying hard to knock her off her perch was Becky Cook from the Isle of Wight, with the other lady in the mix Joanne Coles who had come back to the sport after taking a few years out to train to become a plumber. A brilliant sunny day greeted everybody and the atmosphere was electric, we could have connected it to the large pylons nearby. Emma and Becky matched each other section by section both taking one on section 11 and 3 on section 12, both finishing on 4 marks at the end of their first lap, while Joanne finished on 9. Second lap they both flew through the first 10 sections, on section 11 Becky took a 2, Emma lost 0 and Joanne also lost 0. Section 12 Emma lost 2, Becky 3 and Joanne 5, so scores at the end of this lap was now Emma on 6, Becky on 9 and Joanne on 15. On the final lap all 3 went round without dropping a mark until the final section, section 12, where Emma parted with just 1 mark on this lap, Becky unfortunately had to give away a 5, and Joanne still fighting hard gave away a 3, so the final results were 1st Emma on 7, 2nd Becky on 14, and 3rd Joanne on 18.
The girls A 50/50 on the second route saw a comfortable win for Louise Alford some 20 marks in front of 2nd place Victoria Payne.
In the ladies intermediate class Saskia Baxter, a policewoman from the Isle of Man, flew round all 3 laps for a loss of just 1 mark, from Katy Bullock in 2nd losing 10 marks, followed by Charlotte Kimber on 22.
Girls B route: a large number of entries had been received in this group including 2 new girls who had gone up a group this year, club member Alicia Robinson and her keen rival Alice Minta. The winner of this class was Megan Savage from Gabby Whitham, Alice Minta taking 3rd spot and Alicia just missing out on the podium.
Girls C: Guildford girl Hannah Moore completed the course with just 11 marks lost, her parents were overheard to say this was the best ride she had ever had. Amy Turpin came in 2nd with Elizabeth Tett finishing 3rd.
In the North Berks support class Jennifer Crabtree who had recently had her second baby managed to complete all 3 laps without losing a mark. Sandra Cotton who also had a good ride to only lose 2. Alicia’s sister Leah Robinson, not far off, finished 3rd on 10.
The club has received many emails from competitors, including one from the Isle of Man, saying how they had thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and would return the compliment if anybody found themselves in the Isle of Man.
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to making this one of the Club’s most successful events.
We hope you all enjoyed your day! See you again next time...
This Sunday, 16 March sees the Luscombe Suzuki Leeds British Ladies & Girls Trials Championship get underway at Seymours Arena.
We have an entry list of 43 riders, including all the top ladies in the country, so we are set for an excellent day. Richmond MCC's, Katy Sunter is the first lady away at 10:31am.
There are 3 laps of 12 sections to be completed at the famous Seymours Arena, Aston Tirrold, Oxon OX11 9AW. Refreshments, toilets and overnight parking available.
The 1st round of the S3 Championship, The Wallace Cup Trial has now been CANCELLED by request of the land owners due to the land being totally water- logged. It is with great regret that we have had to do this, as so much hard work has gone into the trial by many club members. We have to go with what the land owners ask as without them we could not run our trials. Apologies to everyone who has entered, we have tried our hardest to run this event, but the weather has beaten us again...
On Saturday 25th January the ACU held the annual awards presentation at the Park Inn Hotel in Northampton. The event is held to celebrate the achievements of riders from all disciplines of the ACU.
Alicia Robinson was up on the stage receiving her award for second place in the C Class Ladies & Girls British Trial Championship from Katy Sunter and Dan Thorpe.
Alicia would like to thank everyone who has helped her in 2013, including Ian from Bicester Tyre & Exhaust Centre, Mum, Dad, Leah and Nate for always being there in all weathers and always believing in her. Alicia worked very hard last year and showed a lot of determination and dedication to her riding.
GOOD LUCK FOR 2014 ALICIA!!
Thursday, 26 December 2013. The Moors
We are sorry to say, due to the overnight storms on 23rd December we have made the decision to call the Boxing Day Trial off. The working party were out on Tuesday to assess the conditions, the main road was flooded at the entrance to Nappers Lane, and the lane itself is just a flowing river. The car park area in the field is also totally under water. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused, but we've been beaten by the weather yet again. The Trial will be re-scheduled to run in the new year, watch this space for further details.
Have a Merry Christmas.
It was great to see so many people enjoying the Christmas Dinner and Awards night again this year, there were a large number of award winners across all classes in attendance. Thank you to everyone that came along. It was also lovely to see James Fry and Emma Bristow, who had very kindly agreed to come down to present the awards to our worthy winners. Congratulations to Emma having received a large amount of silverware herself this year.
Thanks to Drayton Park Golf Club management and staff for laying on a tremendous dinner and making us all feel very welcome, and everyone else that helped make it such a successful evening.
The final round of the 2013 Sammy Miller Championship, a huge entry took part again this year. The top contenders in various classes of the competition had all entered. This being the final round where the results of a year-long championship would be decided.
Having had a wet period over the last few weeks, the chalky terrain of our Berkshire Downs was in prime condition. The course being approximately 22 miles long with 33 solo sections and 30 sidecar sections. The make-up of the various groups of sections varies from adverse cambers, muddy streams, the now famous Seymours Arena, with its rocks and technical aspects being very different from the group at Lollingdon Hill with its long climbs and the nadgery bits at Aston Pit, Pump House and Air Raid Shelter, the trial finished with the old faithful Strange's Gate, just a few minutes walk from the start back at the Horse & Harrow pub.
The club would like to thank Sammy Miller for his continued support and enthusiasm in ensuring that this popular Series goes on from year to year. Others that the club would like to thank are the landowners who are kind and encouraging towards our club activities, and a special group of people, the observers, all 40 of them, having been out from the crack of dawn making the event happen together with the usual organisers. Special thanks to the new group of course plotters this year who have been out numerous weekends preparing for the event.
Finally, thanks to the Horse & Harrow pub, Helen and Tony, this is the second event since they've been tenants. We hope you took advantage of the breakfasts and roasts that were available throughout the day.
We hope you enjoyed your day! See you again next year...
Alicia on the podium in Scotland this weekend after taking second place at the Bob McGregor Trials Academy, the last round of the year. Alicia finished 2nd overall in the Championship. WELL DONE ALICIA!!
The A & B youths were also riding, where Thomas Plant finished a very respectful 5th after beating some tough opposition. Alicia would like to thank everyone at North Berks for their help & support during the year.
The North Berks Motorcycle Club was honoured to be asked by the Auto Cycle Union (the governing body of Motorcycle sport) to promote the Berks Bonanza Supertrial, as the only round of a British Trials Championship both for ladies and men at the man-made Seymours Arena, Aston Tirrold.
The 7 top British girls lined up to compete for their championship on Saturday. In strong contention were Becky Cook from the Isle of Wight, Emma Bristow from Lincoln, and Joanne Coles from Matlock. Joanne had been away from the sport for the past 3 years training to be a plumber. The ladies went head to head through the 2 qualifying rounds, culminating in a final round to determine in which order they would stand on the rostrum.
In the end Emma was dominant losing 19 marks, to Becky’s 24 and Joanne just in arrears by 4 marks in 3rd place. The final became even more exciting due to heavy rain making the sections slippery, putting these top British girls’ skills to the test. These 3 ladies will form the British team to compete in the World Team Championship being held in Paris later this year and a win for the UK is very much on the cards.
Sunday dawned – a nice bright sunny morning – with 17 of the top British men arriving to challenge an 8 section man-made course of rocks and tree trunks in this disused sand quarry. A large crowd of spectators turned out to witness the skills of these lads. Names to be looking out for were James Dabill of Barnsley (Beta works rider), Michael Brown from Scarborough (GasGas works rider), Jack Sheppard from Ipswich (Beta works rider), also in the line up were local riders: Bradley Cox of Begbroke, currently competing in the World under 21 class, at the moment in 3rd place, Alexz Wigg from Winslow, nephew of the late Simon Wigg, former Oxford Speedway rider and World Longtrack Champion.
The event got underway at 1030 hours, with 2 eliminating laps of 8 sections with the 8 lowest points scorers going into a final. The competition is all about the lowest points scorers. The golden rule being keep your feet firmly on the footrests. Every time you put your feet on the floor or stop you are losing marks. After the 2 qualifying laps the 8 through to the final were: Dabill, Brown, Wigg, Danby, Haslam, Sheppard, Richardson and Chilton.
The competition was awesome.
Up to section 4 any one of the following 3 was in fierce contention: Dabill, Brown and Wigg, with Sheppard and Chilton not too far behind. Brown was just a few marks in the lead as Dabill had lost 5 marks early on. Alexz Wigg was showing a good account of himself. At the half-way stage the unlucky 4 to be dropped were Danby, Haslam, Richardson and Chilton. And so the competition moved on to section 5, a nadgery hazard with large boulders to contend with. The spectators were treated to some superb skilled riding. Section 7, which is slightly uphill known as the staircase, with ascending steps sorted the “men from the boys”. And so on to section 8, seeing Brown lose 5 marks, put Dabill back into contention, with Wigg and Sheppard a distance behind.
Finally, the last section of the day, a massive 20’ sheer wall waterfall but alas not one of the 4 riders managed to conquer this and penalty marks were lost by all riders. So the final results being: in first place British Arena Trials Champion for 2013 – James Dabill, 2nd Michael Brown, 3rd Alexz Wigg, 4th Jack Sheppard. And so a brilliant 2 days of top class trials riding was witnessed and enjoyed by a large crowd.
Well done to all the riders that took part and thanks to everyone involved, as usual the club put on an amazing event which just goes from strength to strength each year.
North Berks MCC returned to the favourite Besselsleigh for their annual 2 day club trial & camping weekend.
Saturdays trial started at 3pm just after a torrential downpour, with a good entry of 55 riders, there were 4 laps of 8 sections to be completed. It was a good afternoon and the rain held off for the trial. In the expert class Will McBain was leading the way with Jordan Fletcher and Darren Wheeler close behind, but Will took the win, Jordan 2nd and Darren 3rd. Dave Pratt just nipped to 4th keeping Tom O’sullivan and Adam Webb at bay. Calvin Hunt won the 50/50 route with Justin Heavens 2nd and Joe Bayliss just got 3rd from Mark Kendell for having more cleans.
Reynard Norris had an excellent ride on clubman B just losing 1 mark. Kevin Miller and Andy Perry were right behind him on 7 and 10.
Eddie Priscott, David Radford and local legend Kevin McCullagh were all on 4 marks lost but Eddie got the win with the most cleans. Tom Plant had a cracking day in youth A, he won on 17 marks lost with Danyon Hume 2nd on 53 marks. Frazer Strutt was the only youth 50/50 on Saturday. Liam Anderson had a clear win in youth B with Kieren Tame 2nd and Luke Townsend 3rd. Luke Hora and Local Ladies British Championship contender Alicia Robinson were having a close battle in youth C, but Luke just won losing 3 marks and Alicia lost 4. Ryan Harris came a clear 3rd with Luke Webb and Oscar Jones battling it out for 4th. Youth D was won by Alfie Rimmell with Zak Jones 2nd, Ben Barnard 3rd and Ewan Priscott 4th.
A lot of riders camped on the Saturday night with some lively entertainment in the camping field, but we all think Jason Gooch needs to tune the banjo better next time!
Sunday saw many riders return and also some new faces came. Again the rain just managed to stay away. It wasn’t a good day for Will McBain as Jordan Fletcher won the experts by 1 point, Darren Wheeler was in a close 3rd again. Calvin Hunt again won 50/50 with Justin Heavens 2nd and Swindon star Keith Wooster 3rd. Andy Perry had an excellent ride in Clubman B winning by losing just 1 mark. Lee Sullivan 2nd, Declan Webb 3rd and Richard Harbud 4th. Clubman C was a big entry again, David Radford took the win with an excellent ride losing just 1 mark with Kevin McCullagh losing 5 and Chris James losing 7. Mark Stokes was the only pre65 and he lost 3 marks. Youth A was won by Tom Plant who today only dropped 4 marks and Danyon close behind on 28. Frazer Strutt had company today in youth 50/50 with British Ladies Championship contender Victoria Payne and she took the win dropping 32 marks. Luke Anderson again won youth B. Alicia worked hard today and won losing 2 marks and Luke Hora 2nd on 9, with Ryan Harris close behind and again Luke Webb and Oscar Jones battling together. Charley Hunt won D class losing no marks and brother and sister Nate and Leah Robinson were battling for 2nd, with Leah dropping 1 mark and Nate losing 9 so a very close battle.
Well done and thanks to Stuart and his marking-out crew who had to do a fair bit of cutting out to make the sections accessible, there was a lot of water laying in the wood, so a few new sections had to be devised, but with these guys you know you will get a suitable challenge.
Thanks to all our loyal observers as usual, who we couldn't run the trials without, also Sue for signing everyone on and getting the results out quickly, double the work this time!
We had forty nine riders enter for round 02 of the North Berks Club Trial Series at Chilton Hollow, Nr Didcot. The sections were generally dry except for section 8 where a Jetski would possibly have been more appropriate. The sun was shining and a great day was had by all.
Well done and thanks to the marking-out crew who had to re-lay all the sections early on Sunday morning, they had been marked out in the week but someone had been kind enough to remove all the flags, twice!
Thanks also go out to all our loyal observers and Sue for the signing on and results.
North Berks MCC regret to advise that the Wallace Cup Trial, Round 1 of the 2013 S3 Parts Championship due to be held on Sunday 17th February has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
Most of the course has become water-logged which was causing concern to many of the land owners. The car park at the start area is also flooded. The committee had to make a hard decision to cancel the trial in the interest of future use of the land.
On Saturday 26th January the ACU held the annual Awards Presentation at the Park Inn Hotel in Northampton. This year Alicia came a well deserved 3rd in C Class of the Ladies British Trials Championship. Looking forward to next year being No 1.
Alicia came 3rd today at Horsforth in the final round of the Ladies British Championship, she was just 2 points away from 2nd. Alicia has now finished 3rd overall in the championship so well done Alicia, all the miles we've travelled all the sweat & tears that have been shed have been worth every bit of it!!!
By the time the 11am start was reached hundreds of spectators had crammed into Seymour's Arena to watch the best of the Uk's top trials riders take on the outdoor arena.
The heats consisted of two laps of eight subs which had to be ridden twice within a two hour time allowance. The top six qualifiers would then go into a single lap shoot out.
Alexz Wigg had the dubious honour of being the first away but he dealt with the steep drops and climbs without any problems as did most of the entry. Section two was a different proposition for everyone with some huge steps involved and the majority of the spectators lined both sides of the banks to watch the action. It did catch out many of the riders for maximums but 3 times British Champion James Dabill looked so good it must have had an effect on his rivals as he floated over the biggest steps. It was not however just Dib's going well as Jack Challoner reminded the British fans of his pedigree with some stunning rides. One of the best rides however ended in failure as Bradley Cox on a 125 was only beaten by the final step out, he looks well at home on the big stage.
Alexz showed the way through Section 5 with its stepped climbs, tree stumps and nasty rock jumble. One dab and a couple of seconds left on the time allowance showed he too was getting into his stride.
As we finished lap one Dabill remained clean as was Brownie and with Wigg on sixteen after doing the trailblazing work.
Lap 2 saw more of the same with another clean lap from James whilst Michael had a solitary dab at the 'Woodyard' a mega selection of multi angled trees. Jack Challoner was the only other rider to clean this hazard whilst Ross Danby took plenty of applause as he got through for a 2 mark penalty. Jack Challoner nearly made a clean lap but he just took a dab on the staircase sub but he was easily through to the final. So too was Alexz and Jack Sheppard with Sam Haslam getting the last place just edging out Ross Danby.
For the final some tricky alterations were made to many of the subs and we had two additional hazards with what is now the traditional finale the man made waterfall.
Section 1 now had a reverse climb thrown in for good measure. Sam Haslam started things off for a 2, Sheppard had a maximum whilst the other finalists started with clean rides.
Michael took a 5 at the second sub as the Gas Gas just slipped off the final step out, it was just so close and when James went though clean the writing was already on the wall. Section 4 gave the riders a little breather but the fifth was not in such benevolent mood. It was the sharp climb over a tree that was to be the undoing and again Dabill was to be the only clean. Five sections done and the last two riders were dropped from the competition but Sam Haslam and Jack Sheppard had ridden some great stuff to get this far.
The 'Woodyard' was a great spectator draw but saw some excellent cleans as we moved to section 7 and the first marks lost for Dib's. It was time and not the rockery that did for him, he was not happy as the whistle went a couple of yards from the ends card. The 'Staircase' at Section 8 proved really hard again it was the step out at the end that did it and JD's two marks here really meant it was all over for the 2012 win. He was also the only clean at the 'Waterfall' a brilliant end to a superb weekends trials sport . It really was that good and the North Berks deserve all the plaudits you can throw their way.
Thanks to Colin Bullock
The North Berkshire MCC went one better this year and made their Supertrial into a weekend event with a ladies event on the Saturday with the men’s running on Sunday.
The venue was of course Seymour’s Arena suitably tuned and improved by Stuart Robinson and his crew and the result was two great well, supported days.
Saturday Ladies Trial.
There were just five riders taking part, but the level of riding against some tough hazards provided a great opener.
Emma Bristow was the front runner taking the Ossa around lap 1 for a superb loss of just 5 marks lost most of which went on the second sub which had some big rock steps. This hazard took a five from Becky Cook and when she had a similar result on the fifth things were not looking too good for the British #1 but there was still a long way to go. Nikkita Smith was riding behind these two but she was giving a great account of herself on the 125 Gas Gas and she finished her first circuit with two cleans and a dab to go third. Lap 2 saw more of the same with Emma setting the pace from Becky. Nikkita was again solid in 3rd whilst Danielle Whitham and Jess Brown both looked more confident as the day went on.
Emma, Becky and Nikkita went through to the final and the scores were returned to zero. The waterfall section was added although the ladies had a slight easing of the flags here but it was still pretty daunting. Smith was first through the hazards, a real disadvantage but the youngest rider was not over outwardly overawed and she put on a great show. Becky and Emma posted four straight cleans then Cook gained a two point advantage with a three on sub 5 which Emma fived. It then swung back the other way when Becky needed three to get through the banking of the seventh hazard which Emma cleaned. It all came down to the ‘Waterfall’ after the ‘Staircase’ which had left Becky two marks ahead. With the minders making sure there were no nasty falls it ended up with 5’s all around. Bristow got through the section the only one to see the ends card but she had been given a maximum for a foot down stall so despite all the good early work the first ladies win went to Becky Cook.
What: An 'Arena Trial', where world class, top british riders ride their Trials Motorcycles over a series of man-made and natural obstacles. Not sure what to expect? Do you remember the 1980s BBC TV series 'Kickstart' ? It's moved on a bit since then, but it will give you an idea of what it's about. Or check out these photographs from other North Berks MCC events ...
Preparation for the event has been on-going for weeks and months... here are some recent photos from Wednesday and Saturday before the event.
Where: At a location known locally as 'Seymour's Arena' between South Moreton and Aston Tirrold. It will be signposted from the A417. Click for a map and directions.
When: Sunday 27th July. Gates are open from 10am, with the action starting at Midday - with a series of heats (2 x 8 Sections) building towards a final throughout the afternoon, which will include the top 4 riders from qualifying, competing on one final lap - which will contain on extra 'special' section not included in the heats!
Entry fee will be £10 for adults, including a programme, with children under 5 free.
Who: The following riders have confirmed their attendance - these are the some of the best riders in the country, so exciting, quality entertainment is guaranteed;
Alexz Wigg, Graham Jarvis, Shaun Morris, Sam Haslam, James Dabill, Jack Challoner, Michael Brown, Sam Connor and Ross Danby
Once again a lovely summer's evening enticed hundreds of bike enthusiasts and local families to the Horse and Harrow in West Hagbourne for the Annual British Bike Night. On display was an outstanding selection of classic british bikes, modern superbikes and the Trials Arena, some of which are included in the following photo album.
Sunday 13th April 2008 A spring like morning welcomed officials and riders to The Moors, East Hagbourne where 4 laps of 8 sections had been planned. The expert class was a tough fought contest between club stalwart Stuart Robinson and Joe Harris, and only one mark separated these two at the end of the event - with Joe taking the top spot ahead of Stuart - and Dan Clarke from High Wycombe only a few marks behind.
Clubman B class, Justin Heavens on his 4-stroke Montesa took the win by 6 marks over Lars Sexton, 5 marks behind was Mick Metcalfe. Kevin McCullagh, the grand master of trials in this part of the world, again showed his fellow competitors in Clubman C class how it should be done losing a total of 11. Some 30 marks behind were Mick Bayliss and Richard Gardiner, with Mick taking second place once the tie break system was applied.
Youth A, also riding the hard route, was won by Will McBain, had he been old enough to ride in the adult class he would have won the trial outright by some 8 marks, 2nd Ross Fletcher, 3rd Joe Bayliss. Youth B, Jordan Fletcher, brother of Ross, won this from second place Tom Matthews. Youth C was quite tight, Alex Muirhead taking top spot by 3 marks, from local lad Neil Dodd, 3rd was Thomas O'Sullivan, and 4th Ambeerley Nevill the only girl in the event. Amberley has a famous dad who is known to ride an enduro sidecar outfit quite quick, with Amberley's mum in the chair. April showers were not too far away and a couple of heavy scuds came down during the event making some of the banks a little more slick.
Similar to last year, when the arena was flooded, heavy rain overnight made the going a bit slippery, particularly on the 'C-route'. Despite the weather there was still a good turnout - with 30 riders and a full set of observers. Stuart has asked me to express his thanks to all those involved - whether setting out, observing or riding.
Once again there was a surprisingly good turn out on Boxing Day, with a total of 43 riders. There was a great selection of sections as always, so thanks to the team for setting everything out, including some new sections amongst the trees and logs in the middle of the field, as well as two along the lane. The ground was a bit wet and sticky and there was the usual 'bog' and stream sections to look forward to!
I'll put a link below to a few photo's that I managed to take after I'd finished riding - I've been promised some more from other sources, so come back later and see what's been added...
FTR You may have heard that Alexz Wigg has recently joined Future Trial Racing Team, but guess who else has recently joined.
The Final Round of the 2007 Sammy Miller British Bike Championships took place today, Sunday 18th November. Once again Riders converged from the far corners of the country to compete with nearly 80 riders entered on a range of bikes, including 11 Sidecars. Despite the rain and cold weather, the concensus from the riders was that, as always, it was a enjoyable day and a great course - sentiments echoed by Neil Gaunt, who couldn't quite repeat his winning clean round from last year - he lost only one mark this year!
Many thanks once again to the Amey Trust for the use of The Bessels Leigh Copse. The club would like to apologise for having to cancel day 2 at the copse, but the clerk of the course and other club members came to the conclusion that the course would not take another day's pounding after the persistent rain during Saturday. Everyone with the exception of David Pratt had to be towed out, he managed to do it clean. Thank you to Richard Gardiner and Justin Heavens for operating Gardiner Heavens recovery service - well done. So in the interest of preserving the use of land for future events reluctantly Sunday's event was cancelled. We will try to reschedule day 2 at Bessels Leigh in October.
Despite the threat of wet weather, once again there was a fantastic selection of outstanding bikes to be seen, ranging from classic british bikes through to modern superbikes.
The well prepared Trials Arena proved a popular attraction once again with a good turn out of our youth club riders putting on a great show over the different skips and cars that added new interest this year.
The rain just about held off for the four laps of 8 sections - with sections 3 and 5 proving particularly tricky. Thanks to all the people who supported this event - in particular Mick Bayliss, Geoff Pratt and Clive Matthews for setting up another great trial and to the Observers who braved the weather on the day.
Photographs - Coming soon I promise. If anyone has additional photos they would like to share, please email them to me and I will put them up.
The weather seemed to be a repeat of last year - rain overnight but with the promise of sunshine later. The track had been carefully re-positioned and marked out, the grass cut and rolled and the hundreds of wooden posts knocked in, painted and roped up by the hardworking setup team. More ...
Another excellent trial, once again in glorious sunshine. The use of some additional sections 'further along the lane' added fresh interest; for some of our newer members, this was the first time these had been included. Thanks once again to the team for a great course.
A good turn out of 36 riders all arrived at Seymour's Arena keen to try out the selection of brand new and revamped sections, based on the work from the recent Wallace Trial - and they were not disappointed - despite mixed weather that included gale force winds, hail, rain and brilliant sunshine.
Sunday 25th Feb 2007 Our very own Joe Harris was first out of the blocks for another successful Novogar National Trials event. After a slow start, the other 93 riders were on their way to experience a range of familiar and new sections created by Clerk of the Course, Stuart Robinson and his team.
After extensive trimming of bushes and the felling of tree branches, the sections were marked out ready for the first round of the 2007 Closed to Club Trials.
The ground was a bit wet and sticky and there was the usual 'bog' and stream sections to look forward to. In all there were 47 riders and our man with the camera, Les Bayliss, took a checklist around with him today, so there should be at least one photo of everyone! Photographs; Results
The final round of the Closed to Club Trials series was held at Seymour's Arena on 8th October.
Overall 2006 Championship Results John has also compiled the results for all rounds of the Closed to Club Trials. And the Winners are ...
The final round of the Closed to Club Trials series date has been changed from Sunday 1st October to Sunday 8th October to avoid clashes with other events. It will be at Seymour's Arena, starting at 10.00am.
The course had been carefully prepared and marked out. The Campers among us has pitched up and set up camp, ready for a full weekend of Trials Competition and singing round the campfire at this outstanding venue. Only the weather could upset things, which it did with a downpour on the Saturday evening. This made some of the sections a bit too slippery for comfort, although things had improved a bit in time for the Sunday morning event. The following link will take you to some photos of the event. (Thanks to Mick Bayliss) Results now on-line. Saturday; Sunday
Hawkstone Park; Less than two weeks ago Alexz Wigg, Sam Haslam, Ross Danby and Stuart Robinson were amongst the small group of trials riders entertaining the crowds and having fun in the North Berks MCC Trials Arena at the British Bike Night in West Hagbourne.
Today they were all to be found amongst the cream of world class trials talent, doing a much more serious job, at the British Round of the World Trials Championship at Hawkstone Park.
We decided to follow Alexz and Stuart around most of their first lap, and take photographs, as they worked their magic to create yet another outstanding win!
The record breaking weather resulted in a record breaking turn out at the John Wheeler British Bike Night 2006 with an estimated 4000 people in attendance. Once again there was a fantastic selection of outstanding bikes to be seen, ranging from classic british bikes through to modern superbikes. To see a selection of photographs, click here. For additional photos contributed by Malcolm Brownsword, click here.
The well prepared Trials Arena proved a popular attraction once again, with a top class selection of visiting riders including Alexz Wigg, Sam Haslam and Ross Danby as well as our own club youth riders who put on a great show. For photographs of the Trials Arena click here.
A mystery trials rider was spotted along the Blewbury Road in East Hagbourne over the weekend. The clothing (and hair style) he was sporting had a distinct likeness to those worn by Stuart Robinson in yesteryears, but Stuart was out of the country at the World Championship Round in Italy, so it couldn't have been him!
Not getting a lay in and breakfast in bed for Father's Day was more than compensated for by the glorious hot Summer's day that greeted riders at Seymours Arena for Round 4 of the Closed to Club Trial. The nettles and weeds had all been cut back to reveal some interesting new sections as well as some new takes on exisiting ones. There were even special sections for 'TY80 & Small Wheel Bikes', which was particularly welcomed by Neil Dodd who made his trials riding debut. Neil got off to a cracking start, with his confidence clearly increasing on every section, even giving his dad, Derek, a run for his money on some sections! (not a good move on Fathers Day, Neil, particularly as you want a bigger bike!) A selection of photographs have been uploaded, as well as the initial results.
Now that Summer is nearly here and the evenings are getting lighter, a series of evening practice sessions have been arranged at Seymours Arena again this year, for anyone in the club to attend. The first session will be on Wednesday 24th May, from 5pm onwards. More details ...
Despite fears that rain may spoil the event, the sun decided to shine on us for the event. Months and weeks of advanced preparation culminated in a very successful event. To read more, follow this link ...
The rain and hail held off just long enough for yet another successful Club Championship event. The sun was shining and the overnight rain had not spoiled the available grip, so the sections were just right, without being too slippery. As promised, Stuart and the setting out team had resurrected some areas of The Moors that hadn't been used for a while, so there were some fresh challenges as well as a new perspective on some of the more familiar sections - the start of Section 1, passing through the fork between the branches of a tree and Section 5, which involved going back and forth across a fallen tree, both proved particularly interesting! Section 6 proved quite tricky too, again with a quick dip in to the stream, followed by a tight turn on the opposite bank, exiting through the branches of a tree and back in to the stream.
Once again the Snack Bar was in attendance, supplying food and drinks to keep everyone going and a good time was had by all. Les Bayliss was out and about with the camera again, snapping riders and observers from all sorts of creative angles!
Glorious weather, great sections, good food and great fun was had by all. Les Bayliss was out and about with a camera, snapping riders and observers from all sorts of creative angles! Click the following links; Photographs; Results.
It's all systems go for the 2nd round of the Club Trial Championship, with Seymour's Arena confirmed as the venue for the 19th March. As usual it will be an entry on the day event with an entry fee of £10 for adults and £7 for youth riders.
Current plans from the team marking out the course is to do 4 laps of 8 sections, with 3 alternative routes for Experts, Clubman and Novices. Start time will be 10am with a duration of 3 hours.
Please revisit the Events page for further details or look at the TMX News closer to the date.
Also, we have the go ahead the next round on April 9th at the Moors, Nappers Lane. Stuart is looking forward to resurrecting a few sections that we haven't used for a while, so it should be another great event!
Wallace Cup Trial Results and initial photographs are now available to download.
Details of the trip to the Speedway Grand Prix in Cardiff have been added to the Events page.
The list of entries, rider number and start time for the National Wallace Cup, Round 1 Novogar Championship on Sunday 26 February 2006 have now been published at the following link.
Dave Williams receives a life membership award at the 2006 Annaul General Meeting in recognition of his long standing affiliation with the club.
Details and forms for the 2006 Wallace Cup Trial have now been added to the calendar.
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