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.
The regs etc for the Trial can be found in the Northern Trial section of our website.
On Sunday 5 members from the club competed and marshalled in Preston And District's annual Strid Wood PCT. Clive navigated/bounced for Derek, and Fred did the same for Tony. Alexander marshalled on one of the sections, and the weather for the event was very reasonable. The sections were astoundingly dry, and for 3 neighbouring fields, presented surprising variety.
Congratulations to the Fell Siders who entered the Edinburgh Trial this year.
Tony Branson/Eric Gordon in their Marlin were awarded Gold, as were Hal and Beth Branson also in a Marlin. Derek Reynolds/Clive Stephenson in the Suzuki X-90 were awarded Silver and Richard Clay on his motorbike combination received a Finisher's Certificate. Well Done to you all.
Following advice from ACTC we have changed the date of the 2016 Northern Trial to Saturday 20th February. This gives two weeks recovery time after the Cotswolds Clouds.
The 2nd annual Durham Dales Trial was on Sunday, with lots of new sections, good weather and 13 Fell Side members taking part. The sections were extremely competitive, and surprisingly dry, although huge puddles did feature rather regularly. Tony Branson, Eric Gordon, Derek Reynolds, Fred Mills, Alexander Jefferson, John Grainger, Roy Glanville, Will Lines, Myke Pocock, Josie Pocock, Richard Clay, David Sharp and Peter Dive all made the journey to Stanhope for this year's superb trial.
Thanks to the organising team for bringing together the numerous elements of a trial; which takes months on months, and eventually comes together to create a super, fun day out in the country
Peter Dive - 1st In Class A, 2nd Overall
Richard Clay - 3rd In Class C
David Sharp - 1st In Class 0c
Derek Reynolds - 4th In Class 5
Will Lines - 1st In Class 7
Tony Branson & Eric Gordon - 2nd In Class 7
Fred Mills & Alexander Jefferson - 4th In Class 7
Myke Pocock & Josie Pocock - 2nd In Class 8
John Grainger & Roy Glanville - 2nd In Class 0b
On Sunday, 18 Fell Side members, including: Tony Branson, Hal Branson, Will Lines, Fred Mills, Myke Pocock, Derek Reynolds, John Grainger, Roger Gill, David Sharp and Richard ClayAlex Paes took part in the first annual Yorkshire Dales Trial. Formerly the Ilkley Trial, it is now re-branded and run by the Airedale & Pennine Motor Club. Thank You to the organising team for a super day out!
Roger Gill - 10th in Class B2, 30th Overall
Richard Clay/Alex Paes - 3rd in Class D
David Sharp - 1st Class X
Myke & Josie Pocock - 10th in Class 8, 34th Overall
Hal Branson & Beth Hazon - 3rd in Class 7, 17th Overall
Tony Branson & Eric Gordon - 4th in Class 7, 18th Overall
Will & Lucy Lines - 7th in Class 7, 28th Overall
Fred Mills & Alexander Jefferson - 8th in Class 7, 31st Overall
Derek Reynolds & Carol Mills - 14th in Class 5, 39th Overall
John Grainger & Roy Glanville - 3rd in Class 0, N/A Overall
Full results available here: http://www.actc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/2015_yorkshire_results.pdf
A huge thank you and congratulations to Chris and Diane; after a year of hard work; organising this year's treasure hunt, which featured spectacular weather, cunning and devious clues, and the most dramatic scenery anyone could hope for! Also a massive thank you to Bendles Solicitors of Carlisle, for sponsoring us, so that we could thoroughly enjoy a wine reception, back at the hotel. Also a huge thank you to Kentdale Landrovers, for providing us with a teddy for each car, and the biggest hamper we'd ever seen; which was won by our deserving winners, Clive and Brenda! Also thanks go to Lakeland Motor Museum, and café for hosting us on Sunday morning.
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