Round 6 of the North of England XC Championship hosted by True Grit Off Road saw yet another new venue for 2013 added to this very popular championship.
Cherry Wood on Sledmere Estate, on the outskirts of the village was the perfect setting to host an XC event with the kind permission Of Sir Tatton Sykes, this would be the first time an off road motorcycle event was to be held on the estate. As the TGOR crew began to arrive at the venue Friday lunch time, the sun was shining and the track that had been prepared and cut into the virgin wood some 3 weeks earlier, was looking in perfect condition for the Sunday programme.
Sunday morning around 0600hrs the alarm went off. Peeping through the curtains hoping for a glimmer of brightness beyond the clouds, and there it was a clear blue sky. From 07:00 onwards a steady stream of riders and support began to arrive, and the first major task of the day for the marshals was getting over 200 vehicles parked in some sort of order, in which to avoid the wet parts of the paddock and an exit out.
At 08.30 around 29 young riders lined up their machines waiting for our race starter Mr Gus Gorse to signal the start, flags down and go, go, go. Our youngest riders in the Junior class were up for the challenge, and put in some excellent laps around the wood, with James Rial managing 8 laps to take the win followed by Archie Tordof in his first ever race coming second with 5 laps. Alex Townend took 3rd place with 5 laps also.
The Youth boys saw an impressive Matt Trigg score 12 laps to win, with Tommy Grimmer taking second place and Luke Owen in third place. Two young ladies entered the Ladies/Girls class and kept up with the boys out there, eventually Rachael Davis took the win with a brilliant 10 laps and our own True Grit Off Road rider Leanne Field rode for 7 laps taking 2nd place win, and another trophy to add to her ever growing collection! Well done to all the Youth class riders.
At 10.30 am the Over 50’s, Sportsmen, Moto X and Novice riders sped off into the wood amongst the cheers from their support crews and spectators. The Novice class saw 14 riders give it a go around Cherry Wood, one or two never having rode in a Hare and Hounds Enduro before. The eventual winner of this class was Tom Ward who managed 10 laps, with Darren Bailey in second place scoring 9 laps and Ryan Smith also scoring 9 laps to take 3rd place. The Moto X class saw 4 riders closely competing, each doing well on the lap scoring, but the eventual winner was Danny Hyde on 9 laps , Matthew Bean in second scoring 8 laps, and the 3rd place went to Luke Campbell. The Sportsmen were a fairly big class split into E1, E2, and E3, in which 3 Sportsman girls competed: Ellie Cooke from the North Riding Enduro Club, Kate Smith from the Yorkshire Enduro club, and Emily Schneider. The girls rode well, showing the boys some ‘Girl Power’. The Sportsman E1 class was won by Dalton Shannon with 11 laps proving that you can make a comeback after time out from the saddle due to injury. The second place went to Robert Pickard also scoring 11 laps, and 3rd place was won by Tom Rial. In the Sportsman E2 class it seems that the 11 lap score continued with Elliott Shaw taking the win, Anthony Priestly in second, and Ian Todd in 3rd all 3 boys scoring 11 laps.
In the Sportsman E3 class 8 lads took to the track, all doing really well amongst the other Sportsman riders. Eventually, after over 2 hours of riding the winner of the E3 class was Craig Tompson Who notched up 11 laps, closely followed by Ross Hall in second and Captain John Poole from the Queens Royal Lancers in 3d place, again all three scoring 11 laps.
This race started at 1.15pm and housed the Championship, Expert, Over 40’s, Clubmen E1, E2, and E3 classes. The Championship class had 4 riders who battled it out around Cherry Wood, taking in the Cherry Wood ‘bomb hole’ which gave riders a hard time trying to get out of it! Our four boys kept going and in the end it was young Luke Flack who took the win with 15 laps, well done Luke. Phil ‘Coops’ Cooper from the REME Corps Crescent Enduro Team rode well to finish in second on 14 laps. Dan Beaven a long standing friend of team REME finished in 3rd place to take a trophy back to the South of England. In the Expert class, long time rider Alex Owen took the win from Damian Butler in second and Spike Gilby in 3rd pace, all three riders scoring 15 laps. The Over 40’s saw three riders in particular battle for the win, all scoring 13 laps. Eventually it was Howard Blundell who won the class, with Robert McLeod in second and Geraint Rogers in 3rd. In the Clubman E1 class True Grit Off Road rider Dan Bewlay took to the saddle and notched up a very good 14 laps and took the win, with Ben Thompson in second, and Chris Raynor in third. Josh Schofield from the Defence School of transport in Leconfield rode an impressive 12 laps, and finished in 8th place well done to Josh, brother Danny was only 1 lap behind. The E2 class was eventually won by Daniel Hurd riding for 14 laps, and George Stanley took second place with our good friend Matty North finishing in 3rd place with 13 laps.
The Clubman E3 class saw George England take the win scoring 14 laps, with Danny Clark in second on 13 laps, and Russ Rooksby in 3rd also scoring 13 laps.
True Grit Off Road would like to thank Sir Tatton Sykes of Sledmere for allowing us to hold a never before off road event in Cherry Wood, all our Marshals and everyone from the North of England clubs who helped on the day, a special thank you to Phil Cooper and Craig Altass from the REME Enduro Team who helped over the weekend, and a big thank you to Karl ‘Bod’ Latham who came across from Wales to give his support to the club and to also help out over the weekend. Thank you from Club Secretary Helen Altass to Margaret Field, Tilly Altass, Kate Smith, and Lucy Anderson who gave their time to help with the signing on and get the lads on their way riding. Thank you to Medics UK for their fantastic medical support over the weekend, and we would like to thank the Le Petit Café team for some outstanding food. A really big thank you to ScootMx for supplying numbers and bike bits and pieces for all the riders, and thank you Nev Altass for doing a great job as car parking attendant! And one last final thank you to you the riders and their support crews for making it a fantastic entry to a new venue and for your continued support for True Grit Off Road. All the best for a speedy recovery for those riders who injured themselves racing, and hope to see you all again at the next one.
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