2005 Championship ENDURO
Round 5 and 6 - Melville MC
Yarrowford - Selkirk
23rd/24th July 2005
Results for Selkirk Sunday
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Ian Bell passed away on the course during his first lap with a suspected
heart attack. Ian Bell was a seven time Scottish Scrambles Champion and a Gentleman racer.
He will be greatly missed by his motorcycling friends he left behind.
The organisers had to abandon the event to allow the emergency services access to the
The Melville Motor Club and Ians family would like to thank the riders and emergency
services who tried in vain to revive Ian. The Club would also like to thank Kenny
Donaldson, Campbell Chatham, the ladies at the checks and the Marshals for their part on
this difficult day.
The Club was given consent by Ians family to go ahead with the second day of
competition. Just before a short speech by Campbell Chatham and a minutes silence there
was an unexpected flypast by the The Red Arrows, there could not have been a more fitting
tribute to the Grandfather of Scottish off road motorcycling.
The weather was perfect and all the riders were looking forward to one of the best events
of the year. Many of the riders chose to wear black armbands as a mark of respect.
The course was fantastic, although some riders found the special test quite tricky until a
clear line and berms built up. There was a mixture of wide-open moors and some narrow
forest tracks. The brave riders were able to get completely air born over the smooth
Richard Hay emerged as the winner overall although Grant Smith had pushed him all the way
until the final test. Richard must have pulled out all the stops to win by six seconds.
Mark Godfrey travelled up from the south to finish an excellent third. Derek Little
finished fourth with the two young guns Scott Maxwell and Paul Chatham just behind in
their first year in the Expert Class. Murray Thomson was subdued following a fall in his
final special test but his result places him at the head of the Championship table.
Andrew Flockhart continued his current run at the top of the Over 40 Class with another
win over arch rival Ian Paterson. Ian finished second despite a few moments spent winding
himself up before starting each special test. Sean Woolley was delighted to finish third
despite a fall on his second test. Campbell Chatham was disappointed to miss out on third
place by just one second although he had a very enjoyable day. Campbell was relieved that
the day went ahead without any major incidents. Alex Kirk and Kenny Donaldson rode
together for most of the day as they had when they set up the course, finishing 4th and
The Clubman Class was won by Alan Lauder who is now leading the Clubman Championship by 28
points. Allyn Scotland must be disappointed that he missed the Newton Stewart round as he
would be closer to the top of the Championship if Sundays performance is anything to
go by. There is still hope if he competes at every round until the end of the season. Paul
Scott was back on form with a great ride to third place. Paul was delighted that the event
went ahead. Gavin Douglas was fourth and Stuart Young fifth.
Matt Betts won the Sportsman Class by 20 seconds with Scott Harvey second and Graham
Barron just 2 seconds behind in third. David Fergus was forth and Garry Scotland fifth.
Garry wins the James Young Memorial Trophy for the fastest special test time by an under
25 year old Sportsman. This new Trophy will be presented at the Melvlille Motor Club
Annual Diner Dance.
A few snippets from the pits
The gentleman wearing the lovely hand knitted woolly jumper for the entire days racing was
Brian Eland who beat the ladies in the village hall down from £2 to £1 for
it and there was some talk of a bet about him wearing it. Very stylish if not
as hard wearing as his normal race shirt. I dont think he was able to resell it at
the end for a £1 but he did try !
Two riders were seen struggling to get a tire changed mid race the problem
they were struggling to fit an 18 tube onto a 19 rim. They managed and with
time to spare well done lads.
One bit of advice if you cable tie your tool bag to the handle bars DO NOT
tie the brake hose as well it will last about ½ a lap. And this was one course you
did not want to lose your brakes on. April Marr also lost her brakes and did well to get
back to the pits in one piece.
Barry Davis No 36 was unfortunate enough to fall off his bike and then get trapped
under it beneath a working electric fence. It may only be 12 volts but it still
Thanks to the Melville Club for another superb event flat out all day and no rain!
It takes a lot of work before and during the event to organise the races. For those of you
who have never helped set out or help at an event speak to the organisers or your
club secretary and offer a hand next time. The more helpers we have the more events we
Thanks to Stu Young and Shug for the