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Melville Motor Club Hare and Hound at
Lochhouses Sunday 19th November 2006
Melville Motor Club 2006 Cross Country Championship Round 1Thanks for photos by Mike Roberston ( Photo of No 9 P Chatham by www.ecossepix.co.uk ) Hare and Hound Lochhouses East Lothian 12th February
There was rain all over Scotland on Sunday but it stayed dry at Lochhouses for the first round of the Melville Motor Club Cross Country Championship. This Championship includes all Melville Hare and Hound events and Enduros throughout the year. There were 118 competitors with most of the grids full to capacity. This format is proving very popular with riders at all levels.
Ecosse Motorcycles of Penicuik offered a pair of Scott Goggles as a holeshot prize for each Class. This made everybody focus at the start, Scott Maxwell took the prize in the Expert Class, Ian Paterson Over 40, Thomas Melrose Clubman and Steven Wark in the Sportsman Class.
Neil Wark crashed heavily on the third lap and broke his leg and collar bone, the Melville Motor Club would like to wish him a speedy recovery. Steven Wark retired and accompanied Neil to the Hospital. Jennifer Wark had better luck and finished with 8 laps and really enjoyed the event.
Richard Hay is riding a KTM 125 this year for fun and he certainly had a ball riding at this event and he easily took the overall win in the Expert Class, he was the only rider to complete 15 laps. Ultimately he lapped everyone up to 2nd place overall. No one could keep up with him although Darren Scott led the first couple of laps and finished a credible 2nd place overall with a consistent ride. Paul Chatham debuted his new Honda CRF250 at this event and he found the four stroke suited his style and he was delighted to take 3rd place. Last years Melville motor Club Cross Country Champion
Murray Thomson finished 4th. This was a great training day for the Experts with the first round of the British Championship just two weeks away.
Andrew Flockhart won the over 40 Class despite his bike needing three kicks to start. Andrew had to fight his way through to the lead on his KTM. Ian Paterson won the holeshot prize and took the lead into the forrest, he was caught and passed by Melville Vice Chairman Campbell Chatham in the woods on the first lap. Ian went on to finish 2nd although he did catch Andrew after his second refuel stop. I led for a while in the woods but Andrew and Ian are fitter than me so I had to settle for 3rd, although I thoroughly enjoyed myself said Campbell at the finish.
The Clubman Class was won by Stuart Mawbary on his Honda CRF. Stuart was in hard charging mode from the start although the pace slowed in the last half an hour. Ryan Bruce finished 2nd and James Harvey finished 3rd. Gary Scotland has moved up to the Clubman Class and just missed the podium in 4th place. Former World Rally Champion Colin McRae entered the clubman class and completed four laps before deciding the event was not for him, he will not be switching to bikes full time and dont expect to see him ride in the Dakar on a bike. The Melville Club hopes that Colin will try more events in the future.
The Sportsman Class was by far the largest and these riders make this type of event viable. Anthony Robson won with a performance that would have given him a top finish in the Clubman Class. Anthony is a promising rider for the future in the Melville Cross Country series. Martyn McMinn finished 2nd and Robert Farrel 3rd.
There were races going on between riders regardless of were they were in their own class. Melville Motor Club committee member Jimmy Patrick was locked in a battle for an hour and a half with SACU Enduro Chairman Charlie Mackenzie, neither prepared to give an inch. At the finish it was neck and neck, Jimmy took a shot at the last corner and took out a row of tape and a post, he just missed out and Charlie finished ahead. Charlie then confessed that he had sat out a couple of laps and Jimmy had actually beaten him overall.
There are pictures available of all riders at www.ecossepix.co.uk and there are some really good shots as the photographers are gaining experience photographing bikes.
This was the last race at Lochhouses for the moment as the ground is to be returned to crops next week. The next Melville event will be the first round of the Scottish Enduro Championship on the 30th April. There were many people who helped with the events at Lochhouses and the Melville Motor Club is very grateful for their help, it would not be possible without them.
Melville Motoduro - 22nd January 2006 - Lochhouses ( Report by Campbell Chatham)
The weather was perfect and the going was good at Lochhouses East
Lothian. 150 riders entered this tough race format. The quads, 65's and autos ran a normal
3 race meeeting inbetween the longer races for the other competitors. A new team of
helpers made up the core of the organisation as the regular managment group rode in the
event themselves. The day ran smoothly and all the riders enjoyed the longer race format.
This was the last winter series motocross for 2006 but there will be a Hare and Hound event on the 12th February. I was very pleased with the number of people who came forward to help The Melville Motor Club and we will endevour to start earlier with the winter series for 2006/2007. All the new helpers are keen to run more events next year. There are plans to try to find a venue for a summer motocross which will be led by Dave Ireland, watch this space!Pictures from this event are available at www.ecossepix.co.uk
Melville Motocross Lochhouses Farm East Lothian 2nd January 2006
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The first Melville Motocross of 2006 was a tough start to the season with much milder weather than expected. The warmer climate softened the course plus a couple of wet days leading up to the event caused pools of water on a large portion of the track. Following the New Year formalities the practise started sharp at 9.30am with the Quads away first. The 65 riders rode on a shortened track that ultimately became the circuit for everybody as the water level rose and the second field became unusable. Despite the shortened course there was still a reasonable track although it was very fast for all classes.
The Quads were dominated by Leon Beda who was in a class of his own lapping a large proportion of the competitors. Leon was in determined mood and rode every race as if his life depended on it, which provided a spectacular show for the spectators. John Lindsay finished runner up in each race with Ian Neill third, John Aitkenhead fourth and Dougie Meek fifth. As the day wore on the track had to be widened to stop the Quads bottoming out on the sandy ruts. There were a few breakdowns and a lot of steam from hot engines as they revved through the deep wet sand.
In the 65 Class there was one accident were Fraser Pohlen broke his leg and he was taken away to Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital, unfortunately a bad start to the season for him. The Melville Motor Club would like to wish him a speedy recovery. The rest of the competitors enjoyed the shorter track from the beginning that avoided the pools of water. Ryan Livingston won the class after improving his results as the day progressed finishing with a win in the last race. Reece Wilson finished second with good consistent results in each race. If you wandered too far off the racing line the wet sand was very soft, swallowing up the wheels of a little 65s. Ben McNeil started well but a poor start in his last race saw him fighting his way through the field to finish third overall. Sean Williamson finished Fourth and Greg Queen fifth.
The large and small wheel 85s were on the same grid with a staggered start, unfortunately this arrangement caused difficulties for the lap scorers especially when leader Peter Kelly dropped out with mechanical problems. By the end of the day it was all sorted out, it did cause an unfortunate delay during a day that was restricted by the light available. Following the upset and separate races for the 85s Ryan Johnson won the big wheel class with consistent rides to take the overall. Gary Moran won the confusing first race but finished second overall. Alex Jeffery finish third, Rory Sutherland fourth and Peter Kelly finished fifth.
The small wheel class was a runaway success for Matthew Fleming who won every race. Matthew has recently moved up from the 65s and has continued his winning ways. Fraser Flockhart rode each race with full commitment to second overall, but he could not catch Matthew Fleming. Daniel Monks finished third, Jason James fourth and Marc Watson finished fifth.
Two strong Youth 125 competitors went out in the first race. Neil Chatham was caught out by the deep sand and went down as he tried to pass a rider. Colin Lapinskie ran over Neil and his bike, this fall left Colin with a suspected broken collar and Neil with slight concussion and both were out for the remainder of the day. Colin McLuckie stormed to the first race win and he was looking good for the top result. Colins luck changed in the second race as he stalled his bike and this effectively ended his challenge and he ultimately finished fourth. Sean MacDonald won the second and third race taking the overall win on his 250 four stroke KTM. Once Colin was out the picture Sean continued to dominate this class and looked like he was enjoying the new bike. Sean is going to be a strong Challenger for the 2006 season. Dale McCauley was never far from the action in each race and emerged a credible second overall. Lewis Carey finished a hard charging third and Gregor Findlay fifth.
In the Adult As Craig Trew won every race with dominating style. With Chris Hay away in America trying his hand at Supercross there was no one able to get close. Craig was half a lap ahead after just three laps and he lapped most of the field. Justin Edgar improved his results throughout the day and finished second overall. Sean Straughan was delighted to finish third, Paul Chatham fourth and Drew Harvey fifth.
It was a different story in the Adult B class with three different winners. Ryan Dick won the last race giving him the overall win but it was Adam Wark that took the first win. A poor second race dropped Adam to second place, Sandy Queen finished third, second race winner Fraser Watson finished fourth with Jim Allan fifth.
The Adult Cs was by far the largest grid and Craig Stevenson won every race with Douglas Page a strong second. Ivan Williamson Jnr finished third, Martin Taylor fourth and James Harvey fifth.
The Auto Class was run on a separate track and the warmer weather made it a more enjoyable event for the young ones. Matthew Beasley won overall with James Bell second and Cairn Bell third. Lewis Rollo and Gary Clarkson tied for fourth place with Ryan Garthwaite sixth.
The first event of the season for the Melville Motor Club was full of action and incidents that tested the new team. All the organisers had a busy day one-way or another but there was plenty of compliments at the end of the event. The next race is a Motoduro on the 22nd January with an extended track at Lochhouses again.Results
Melville Winter MX 18th December 2005
The new team at the Melville Motocross enjoyed an excellent days racing at Lochhouses Farm East Lothian on Sunday.Following Vice Chairman Campbell Chathams' appeal for helpers there was a number of new faces at the track. The weather was much better than had been expected on Saturday and certainly not as cold as predicted. A trouble free day enabled the club to run a full programme.
The best races of the day were between A riders Craig Trew and Chris Hay. Chris took the first race win and looked convincing but his fortunes changed in the second A race. Chris led the first lap until a mistake on the second lap allowed Craig through into the lead. Chris worked his way back onto his tail but ran out of time to catch the charging Honda mounted rider. In the third race again Chris Hay lead initially but Craig Trew now had the confidence and caught and passed Chris back as the light faded nearing the end of the day to take the overall. Gavin Robertson finished in third place with Paul Chatham and Ian Wilson tying for fourth.
In the B's Shane Straughan won with Mark Dembey second, Craig Jagla third and Nick Adam fourth.
The C's were dominated by Alan Reid winning all three races on his Honda 250. Douglas Page finished second and Melville motocross regular Iain Clark third.
Sean Macdonald won the Youth 125 class by winning the first two races and settling for a safe second place in the third. Colin Lapinskie had a poor start to the day but finish on a high with a win in the last race. Colin McLuckie had three consistent results to second place, although his up and down performances are not reflected in his score. In the first race he fell twice and fought back to third place having a close challenge from Neil Chatham near the end of the race. Colin rode extremely well but he is still trying to regain his confidence following his crash in Ireland. Dale McAuley was in charging mood and was running well until he dropped down the order in the last race finishing third. Colin Lapinskie finished fourth on his Yamaha.
Peter Kelly won with a clean sweep in the Big Wheel 85 class with Carlton Husband second and Gary Moram third and Ryan Johnson fourth. In the Small Wheel 85 class Mathew Fleming won with Fraser Flockhart second, Daniel Monk third and Mark Watson and Liam Walshaw tying in fourth place.
In the 65's B McNeil won with D Stalker a close second following his first race win. G Queen finished third with F.Pohlen finishing fourth.
The Auto Class was run on a separate track which proved very popular with the youngest riders. Frankie MacDonald won with Matthew Deasley second, Lewis Rollo third and Cairn Bell fourth.
The Quads were out in force with a large grid and there was excellent racing G. Bruce taking the overall. The racing at the front was always close and the cold hard surface seemed to suit the Quads. J.Lindsay was second with two wins, I.Neil third and G Mcillan fourth.
The next race at Lochhouses is on Monday 2nd January. Gordon Paterson is the secretary once more and we expect a very good turnout, e-mail email@example.com
The Melville Club would like to thank track builders Iain and Stephen Gilhooley and all the helpers new and old for their assistance.
Melville Motor Club Cross Country Championship last round Hare and Hound 30th October 2005Paul Chatham won the final round of the Melville Motor Club Off Road Championship with Murray Thomson in second place taking the Championship after 9 rounds. It has been a long season including all Melville Enduros and Hare and Hound events. Murray is a worthy winner having just missed out on the Scottish Enduro Championship.
The final Hare and Hound took place around a Lime Quarry near Middleton, Lothian. The weather was against the organisers as the heavens opened. The Sportsmen started at 10.00am and took the worst of the weather with torrential rain for most of the 2 1/2 hours. There were plenty of Marshall's to keep the riders on the right track. There were hill climbs, steam crossings and a run up the Quarry road, quite technical in places.
Stewart Mawbury won the sportsman class easily, he would have been placed in the top 5 had he ridden the later A and B event. Phillip Dalton and Graham Watson finished second and third a lap down.
The 'A' race started at 1.00pm with the B's 20 seconds behind, the Experts got away cleanly with Murray Thomson, Craig Stevenson and Paul Chatham leading the way. Craig disappeared into the lead but the demanding course plus a tangle with the tapes dropped him to 4th. Murray took command until the refuel stops and Paul took the lead after 1 1/2 hours and never looked back until the finish. Paul was over 3 minutes ahead of Murray at the finish, Murray would have liked to push Paul harder to the finish but he had hit a tree and was lucky to get away unhurt then a tangle with some rope slowed his progress. Ian Sheddon rode strongly to finish a lap down in 3rd.
The 'B' race started 20 seconds behind the A's with a crash, three riders including Duncan McCormick and Campbell Chatham had a big off on the second corner. Duncan and Campbell remounted after a few moments but the shock put an end to their day after just one lap each. The race was won by Ian Paterson who revels in these conditions and was seen smiling during most of the event through a mud covered face. Alan Lauder finished second, although he looked like he was running second on the course, but he was a lap down from earlier in the race. Third place went to another mud master Dougal Walker who rode consistently to place himself inside the overall top 5 in the Off Road Championship.
Melville Hare and Hound and Enduro Championship 29th May 2005.
Photos by Ace Photographer James Anthony - click to enlarge
Report for the first round of the Melville Hare and Hound and Enduro Championship 13th March 2005.
Full Results - click here
Lochhouses 17th Oct 2004
A wet day gave way to dry with a drying track. The course developed several deep ruts but muddy parts were soon cut out by the travelling marshalls. A quick blast round the MX track followed by a tight track in the woods. Several lines developed which kept everyone moving. No one escaped the mud - even those at the front
Crawford Carrick Anderson emerged from the woods as the winner on 18 laps with only Brian Mackenzie able to keep on the same lap.