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Round 9  - Melville MC Yarrowford - Selkirk September

25th September 2005

Results for Selkirk September - click here

For photos of the day  see - www.lesphotos.zoomshare.com

Report by Campbell Chatham

The sun shone on the Melville Motor Club for the penultimate round of the Scottish Enduro Championship. Once the mist cleared in the morning a brisk breeze blew the clouds away and the competitors enjoyed a dry day out over the hills at Yarrowford, Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. The organisers were relieved to have a trouble free day following the Ian Bell tragedy that befell the event in July. The only hitch was a few riders who lost their way. The majority of riders found their way around, up and down the 1500 feet climbs and descents. The time schedule was set at a semi-wet pace in case the conditions changed but as it did not rain most riders finished on time. A few riders even managed a short stop to admire the stunning views from the top of the hills.

selsep0530.jpg (153138 bytes) In the Expert Class Derek Little won with some stunning times on the short twisty special test. Out on the course Derek overtook Paul Chatham in mid air, with some incredible rolling jumps the brave were rewarded with some low level flying that the Red Arrows would have been proud of. Mark Godfrey came back from the south having enjoyed himself back in July,finishing second. Paul Chatham had his best result in his first year in the Expert Class with a trouble free run to third place. Grant Smith lost the bolt for his silencer on the first lap but managed to complete the lap on time. Grant and Paul swopped test times throughout the day with Paul just three seconds ahead at the finish. Jeff McCleary had a consistant run to fith thoroughly enjoying himself in the process. Murray Thomson prefers the mud to the deep heather, all riders had to be cautious as there were many hidden boulders lurking in the heather. Murray fell in the first test at the last event and he was keen to make amends, unfortunately history repeated itself and Murray finished in a frustrated 6th.

Sean Wooley won the over 40 Class, his first special test as good as won the class for him as it was only 2 seconds slower than Derek Little's time in the Expert Class. Sean and Andy are building up to a close finish for the Championship.Double Over 40 Champion Andy Flockhart has had his share of problems this year which has allowed Sean Woolly to challenge for the Over 40 Championship. Andy was struggling for grip and slipped to third behind Campbell Chatham. Campbell Chatham finished second despite carburettor problems
selsep0519.jpg (139750 bytes) which kept him busy during the event. Dirt in the fuel caused the float needle to stick and caused fuel starvation on the steep climbs. Campbell managed to clear the problem and it did not affect his special test performance. Ian Paterson's throttle jammed open as he climbed one of the steepest hills and wiped out the back end of his KTM, he struggled on but had to admit defeat and retire. This probably puts an end to his Championship hopes.

Alan Lauder won the Clubman Class which means he is uncatchable in the Clubman Championship this year. Alan has dominated the class this year, he is looking fit for a challenge in the Expert Class next year. When Craig Jagla competes he is always a force to be recconned with and he proved this again with his second place at Selkirk. Douglas Page was just 4 seconds behind in third. Ryan Bruce was hard charging on the course and arrived at the check with plenty of time on each lap finishing 4th, Duncan McCormick finished 5th.

There was a large Spotsman entry, word is spreading that most riders can complete the course despite the steep hills. The Melville Club organised a pre race breifing for first time riders. David Fergus won by just 4 seconds from Alastair Crocket in second. Garry Scotland finished third to keep the Scotland name high in the results as brother Allyn is grounded due to a broken arm sustained at the Elgin round.

This event at Yarrowford is becoming well known as a great day out, if a little daunting for first time riders. Kenny Donaldson and his team have organised a great experience for all the riders whichever class they ride. The farmer is an enthusiastic supporter and he is looking forward to welcoming everybody next year.

Photos by April Marr, Sarah Innes and Michael Humpage - Many thanks to you all !
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Too much orange ......

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Acerbis 2006 and Honda 1986

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Mark Ewing gets under way

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The very first corner

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Sean Wooley - Over 40 winner

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Quck splash and off

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Michael Rathbone all the way from Alnwick

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Ryan Bruce

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Dave Ramsay heads for the hills

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Reuben Welch gets the power down

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Keeping the front wheel dry

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Graeme Crawford on the final hill

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Ally Gordon - revenge !!

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Gary Millburn from Newcastle

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Reuben - tough eh ?

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Sean Scollay practices meditation between laps ....

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Gordon Black takes to the water

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Campbell Chatham - moves in to 2nd

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Steep or what !

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Paul Chatham nears the end and 3rd place.

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Mike Robertson on his way

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Craig Jagla blasts the hills

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Robbie Moir

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Just a nice view - up hill and down ....

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Campbell Hearton on top of the world

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Jim Lauder in the woods

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Gentleman racers over 40 ++

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Ian Clarke finishes another lap - while No 57 lets his bike have a wee rest