Woodend 13.07.08


13/07/2008 NMCC WOODEND HARE AND HOUNDS

Race report by Gareth Hampson.

Photos by Chris Valentine.

July 13th saw the welcome return to the ever popular College Farm at Woodend. Continuous rain the week before prompted many riders to invest in a new rear tyre. Despite the low turn out at the working party, a challenging course was set out that provided a fast and at times tricky lap, making maximum use of what is a fairly noise sensitive venue.

Signing on and scrutineering were carried out quickly and efficiently, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the warm and sunny weather that looked to be set for the day. 62 riders took the start. They were given 5 minutes to warm their engines prior to the start. In the blink of an eye Giles’s kitchen clock struck 11:00 am and the first row was away. Most riders started on their minute, Nigel Forester’s CZ was reluctant to start – perhaps it was the prospect of the infamous Woodend railway embankment, the CZ being old enough to know better!

First up was a series of fast bends and a jump, the riders then had to negotiate a slippery gateway into the next field. The quick lads had an early chance to practice their ditch jumping technique over a handily placed jump. The track then continued around the edge of the field, through a ditch into another set of fast bends. Then came the first test of skill and commitment – a heavily rooted deep ditch that was to claim several riders over the 3 hours. Following this there was a quick blast across a soggy field, through a gap in the hedge onto some more sweeping bends which all too quickly brought the riders to the trickiest part of the lap. Although always rideable, the embankment punished riders with too little commitment and ensured the marshals were kept busy most of the day. Once at the top the riders threaded their way along a quick and bumpy track. Martin Rushbrook decided to park up at a tree – literally!  Hope you are feeling a little better. The descent from the embankment lead to another ditch that was easily jumped, whisking the riders ever closer to the Woodend Bog which also claimed its fair share of riders. Next up was the quarry with a stinking water crossing! The climb out was short, off camber and slippery, perfect for catching out the unwary. Another fast section led to some high speed bumps and the end of the lap.

Several riders suffered punctures, proving the worth of ultra expensive mooses – although a moose can’t stop gearbox trouble as I found out the hard way, annoying after a good first half. Still, it made me available to drag bikes and riders up the embankment!

In the experts Michael Ridge completed 29 laps, 1 ahead of Ryan Griffiths who had suffered a puncture 45 minutes in. David Frankland was 3rd. Clubman Enduro saw James plant take 1st, John Abbott was 2nd Steve Potter in 3rd. Robert Dowie won the Sportsman Enduro class. The Clubman Motocross class was closely fought all day, Jon Gutteridge tied with Geoff Mayes for the overall win, despite losing time searching for his missing lap scoring tag. Scott Stevens finished 3rd. Barry Swain took a well deserved win in the Sportsman Motocross class, proving that a late night drive from Leeds did not hamper his performance too much.

Well done to Giles, this was his first Hare and Hounds as Clerk of the Course, an event that was a big hit with the riders. Thanks to all who entered, organised or helped.

 

class name laps penalties score
position
Expert Enduro +MX






Michael Ridge 29 4 286
1st

Ryan Griffths 28
280
2nd

David Frankland 28
280
3rd

John Freeman 27
270
4th

Mark Parker 26
260
5th

Keith Stockdale 24
240
6th

James Barnwell 8
80
7th







Clubman Enduro






James Plant 27
270
1st

John Abbott 25 8 242
2nd

Steve Potter 24
240
3rd

John Moore 24 2 238
4th

Micheal Howell 23
230
5th

James Griffith 23
230
6th

Peter Marciniak 22 6 214
7th

Luke Plummer 18
180
8th

Gary Biggins 16
160
9th

Gareth Hampson 12
120
10th

Nigel Mckinley no tag
0
11th

Mark Lee dnf
 
 

Martin Rushbrook dnf
 
 







Sportsman Enduro






Robert Dowie 22
220
1st

Martin Stanley 22
220
2nd

David Morel 21
210
3rd

Roger Titman 20
200
4th

Anthony Gibson 20
200
5th

Russ Watson 19
190
6th

Fred Sampson 16
160
7th

James Higgins 16
160
8th

Chris Holt 16
160
9th

Graham Brunt 15
150
10th

Rob Russell 15
150
11th

Stuart Dury 15
150
12th

Neil Beckett 14
140
13th

Russ Elms 8
80
14th

Vince Clark 8
80
15th

Jon Curtis 4
40
16th

Nigel Forester dnf
     

Mark Butler dnf
     







Clubman MX Jon Gutteridge 25
250
1st =

Geoff Mayes 25
250
1st =

Scott Stevens 22
220
3rd

Brad Willis 22
220
4th

Matt Willis 21
210
5th

Kevin Turnbull 21
210
6th

Rob Saunders 15
150
7th

Ian Linsell 14
140
8th

Lindsay Judge no tag
     

Nick Wright no tag
     

Micheal Fitzpatrick dnf
     

Mark Waldock dns
     







Sportsman MX Barry Swain 23
230
1st

Jason Hartwell 22
220
2nd

Dan Parker 21
210
3rd

Chris Hackett 19
190
4th

John Brotherstone 19
190
5th

Ian Turnball 19
190
6th

Dan Holmes 17
170
7th

Jordan Ryan 17
170
8th

Stefan Nicolls 16
160
9th

Kevin Holmes 7
70
10th

Reg Willis 5
50
11th

Leon Rendor 4
40
12th

Alan Brown 4
40
13th

 

In the event of a points tie, overall race times were used to determine positions where possible. 

 

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