The course was the driest
we had seen for years looking good right up till Friday night
when it chucked it down. It stayed dry on Saturday and come race day
we even had Sun for the first time in living memory.
At the riders briefing
the organisers warned there may be a problem with dust --
finding any !! The Griffin forest has
reputation as a true Enduro where getting round the course is tough
enough before having to race through the test. Luckily the test is
at the start of the course so riders were still relatively fresh as
they attempted to blast the forest breaks. The club had added in one
Chicken run perhaps a 100 more would have been handy.
With the Sportsmen kept
off most of the steep hills it was the bogs that took their toll .
The rain on Friday causing a few muddy holes to develop. Most of the
bogs were downhill but one on the exit from Brunels bridge turned
into mud that the Somme would have recognised. Well down to all the
riders who made it back to the start. It doesnt get much tougher.
When the final laps were
completed Ironman Richard Hay turned in a gritty performance with
very consistent test times showing his great experience in tough
conditions. Ricky Mair came in 2nd with times not far off
but the cut up test on the last 2 laps slowing him a bit. David
Macarthur continues to improve and finished in a well deserved 3rd
the fast hills of Selkirk a distant memory it was Mark Ritchie who
made the most of his trip from Newcastle for maximum points doing
just enough each test to keep ahead of Steven Currie Snr with
James Harvey in 3rd despite very close test times for the
day. The Over 40s showing their experience in the tough conditions
In the Clubman Steven
Currie Junior put in some great test times not far off expert pace
to claim the win. Dean Reid and Jonathon Macintosh following close
behind to keep him on his toes all day.
Clubman B winner Dean
Barr is still pushing for the Championship and still has a chance
for the Championship with current points leader Andrew Bissett
dropping a few places. A season is a long time. Alan Maclean lead
home Mark Grice (who must have brashed at least half the course so
Karma to him).
Alan Carson finished top
step in the Sportsmen no trail ride here a great ride in
difficult conditions. Stuart Cooper and Leslie Bertram finishing 2nd
and 3rd and continuing their battle at the top of the
Well done to all the
rider who turned up for the day tougher than the club intended
but a satisfying one to finish.
Thanks to Tilhill
Economic Forestry for the use of Griffin and to all the club
workers who put in months of work to prepare the course .
Fancy 2 days at Griifin
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