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Melville MCC Closed to Club Hare and Hound
June 2003 Dumfries
Following on from the Melvilles succesful 1st Moto- X at their new track near Castle Douglas the local lads carved out a testing 3 hour hare and hounds for 90 keen off roaders. Using most of the track and a large chunk of nearby forestry it was a good event for beginners and a testing one for the more experienced. Careful choice of lines was crucial - with the high line in the forest proving very fast.
The first forest had some hard going with claggy ruts developing and lots of sharp turns and climbs. A couple of sharp climbs caught out the less experienced or those who didn't attack hard enough. These were taken out after an hour or so once everyone had suffered enough. A lot of hard work had obviously gone into the event with most of the tree roots taken out. Luckily it was a very dry day with high temperatures and the ground stayed firm.
Exiting the woods a fast blast along the wall brought riders back to the MX track where the speedier riders were able to blast away. The jumps were manageable by all the riders - but the experts were able to blast down the downhills and double the smaller jumps uphill.
Report by T Hay for TMXIt was a game of two halves at the Melville Hare & Hounds race on Sunday (15th June). In brilliant weather, the 4 mile Castle Douglas circuit gave the 70 riders mixed going - a hard dry dusty moto-cross and a couple of enduro woods with slippery tree roots, ruts and bed-rock.
The wooded part of the track was hard work for most of the entry as there was no place to relax. At one point, a rocky climb with a sharp turn just before it proved too difficult for so many and the organisers had to cut it out after the third lap.
At the start, Chris Hay (125 Bikesport KTM) got the holeshot, closely followed by Murray Thompson (250 KTM) and Crawford Carrick Anderson (250 Honda) Hay led for the first 4 laps and then Carrick Anderson took over the lead, using his previous trials and present world downhill mountain biking skills to advantage in the tight wooded going. Hay shadowed Carrick Anderson just out of dust range until lap 7 when Carrick Anderson had to pit losing two laps to repair a front wheel puncture. This gave Chris Hay a clear run to the finish completing 22 laps. Next home 6 minutes behind was a consistent Murray Thompson also on 22 laps. Completing the Expert podium 1 minute later was Ally Lauder (250 Yamaha). Carrick Anderson fought back to 4th with 20 laps completed.
The Clubman class was closely contested by the eventual winner Duncan Jamieson and Chris Buchan, who were only 2 1/2 minutes apart at the finish. Both completed 21 laps. Five riders were on 19 laps with Richard Neaves in front for 3rd place.
For the sportsman class, there was over 4 minutes between first Craig Gordon and Andrew Alston, both on 17 laps. 3rd was Steve Gilhouley on 16 laps.
Photos courtesy of Grant Allister - click to enlarge