All regs and entry forms for the 2018 Northern Classic Trial on the 17th of February are now available in the Northern Classic Trial section of the website. The menu for pre-ordering food at The New Stocksman after the trial is also available in the Northern Classic Trial area.
Since the Northern Trial the club has had a fairly quiet time. Our Springtime Treasure Hunt/Run weekend, The Moors Meander was held entirely within the North Yorks National Park and was won by David and Christine Chamberlin. The Autumn Adventure was organised by Chris and Diane Veevers and covered a varied and compact route around west Northumberland and east Cumbria. Attempts at organising Car Trials were thwarted by bad weather (snow blizzards) or lack of entries. Club members have acted as marshals on the two local VSCC events as well as entering the Yorkshire Dales and Durham Dales Trials, as well as the MCC big three.
Preparations are now well under way for the Northern 2018 to be held on 17th February. The core organising team have been joined by a youngster, Peter Dive. Peter enjoys both driving cars and riding motorbikes and has entered the Northern on his bikes. It is very good and useful to have the input and advice from a biker when setting up the trial.
We are holding a meeting specifically to discuss the Northern Trial on Wednesday 29th November at 8pm in the Howard Arms in Brampton
Following a couple of minor adjustments the final results are now available and can be found in the Northern Classic Trial section.
The Final Instructions etc have been emailed or posted out to all our entrants. If you haven't received yours please contact us on our email address or by phone on the number given in the Supplementary Regulations.
The weather forecast for Saturday isn't too bad, compared to the last few years, and promises cloud with some showers and temperatures upto 9C.
Storm Desmond caused us more than a few problems in 2016, several sections were washed out and unusable or blocked by fallen trees. On top of this forestry operations meant we were unable to access several more. Twelve months on and forestry operations have moved on and time has restored some of the damaged sections. We hope to use Big Cockup again for the first time for about eight years.
The start and finish is again at the Stocksman, Wigton. The staff there look forward to our visit even though they have to start at six in the morning.
Last year, thanks to our competitors, we raised £250 for the Flood Relief Fund.
If you are unable to enter perhaps you would be willing to join our enthusiastic team of marshals, Myke Pocock will be very pleased to hear from you on 01228 530555 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Paperwork can be found in 'Forms'.
Last weekend, a selection of the club's members travelled to Dumfries and Galloway, to take part in the club's fourth annual treasure hunt. David and Christine organised the Galloway Gallop, which started at the Hetland Hall Hotel in Carrutherstown, rested overnight in Portpatrick, at the Fernhill Hotel, and finished at The Steamboat Inn, Carsethorn, Dumfries. The route took us along superb winding roads, through forests, and showed off the fantastic Scottish moors. Due to the weather forecast many chose cars with roofs, however a brave handful chose to go in open cars, and the decision paid off thanks to the beautiful weather.
On the Sunday morning we were treated to a tour and tasting session at The Galloway Smokehouse, where we were talked through the full process of smoking fish, butter, and even eggs. A select handful of photos are shown below; to see all photos go to the treasure hunt section. If you were there, and have any photos which we could put on the website, please email them to email@example.com
A huge thank you, to David and Christine for organising such an amazing event, and a really fun weekend out in the countryside!
First of all, a huge thank you to everybody involved in this year's Northern Classic Trial; whether marshals, organisers, or competitors. We have published our final results, and they can be found under the "Northern Classic Trial" tab. We had trouble organising this year's trial due to all of the flooding, so it is fantastic that so many of you came over to the lakes and helped to assist the repairs. For every competitor we have put £2 towards the flood repairs, plus a donation from the club. We hope you enjoyed this year's trial and look forward to seeing you all next year, for the 2017 Northern Classic Trial!
We have closed the 2016 trial to further entries, and emailed all competitors the final instructions. The trial is making good progress and we are all as good as ready for the 20th. If you need any further help email firstname.lastname@example.org , and we'll try to help you. Results should be made available on Monday 22nd February.
A team of seven ventured into the forests where many of our sections are located. Generally speaking the storm damage wasn't as bad as we had feared. One of our new sections required work to fill in a deep gully in the access track and the removal of a tree across the route. Another section has three large fallen trees across the access track, Forestry Commission have this in hand. We tested a couple of the other sections to check whether to give them restarts or not. It is all systems go for the 20th February.
All the Fell Side members who entered the MCC Exeter Trial were awarded medals. Congratulations to Hal Branson who won Gold and just missed the class award by 0.01 second on the Observed Tests. Coongratulations also to Tony Branson and Derek Reynolds who both won Bronze Awards.
The Clee Hills Trial on the 24th January will see Fell Sider entries from Will & Lucy Lines (Marlin), Tony Branson/Eric Gordon (Marlin), Derek Reynolds/Clive Stephenson (Suzuki X-90). Carol & Fred Mills along with grandson Alexander Jefferson will be marshalling on Strefford Wood 1 (classes 7&8) and Rattlinghope Observed Test (all classes).
In the meantime preparations for the Northern Trial are progressing. The second batch of flooding caused one of the bridges we use to be closed indefinitely, so a revised route has been devised. One of the sections we hoped to re-introduce after repair has been completely washed out and another less important section has a tree, the size of a small house, blocking it. However, we will still have fourteen very competitive sections and the new spectacular views from the hilltops.
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