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2007 Championship ENDURO
Round 4 Melville MC Selkirk 2 DayEnduro
28th/29th April 2007
With the weather holding on the Saturday it was a still a tough event with some long laps and tricky tests to keep the riders busy all day. By the end of the event several sections had to be cut out to ensure riders could get round and the land didn't get destroyed. Clerk of the Course Hugh O'Neill kept riders moving with course changes and made sure everyone got home. There were a few dead bikes but Johnny Flockhart and his quad did a taxi service across the moors delivering them back to the start.
One rider had a shocking day as he had his bike trapped under an electric fence - a live one - I know as I helped move the bike. Advice for next year stay away from the fences at Selkirk.
The Melville club under the direction of Kenny Donaldson had put in a lot of new sections on the course after a lot of hard work and made a very enjoyable course. The rain of recent months made some parts tricky but most riders got through. There were quite a few retirals and Out of Times - but at least the event was able to go ahead.
In the Experts Grant Smith claimed his first victory just beating Murray Thomson on a very tricky test. Mark Godfrey came in third with Derek Little having to take 4th after an off in the test.
Sean Wooley had to pull the stops out in the over 40's to beat Andrew Flockhart and Ian Paterson - but his test times were just too quick and improving once he got to grips with the test. The Championship is a long one and needs concentration in every round.
Stuart Mowbrey pulled off a great win in Clubman to push Neil Chatham into 2nd for the first time this season and keep the championship open. Gavin Henderson and Duncan McCormick battled it out for 3rd and 4th.
In Sportsman class the first thing was to finish and Liam Beaty managed to keep going to take the win over Iain Bell and Dougie Meek. A tough race for Sportsmen with a lot of retirals - sure to change the points there. The more experienced riders getting the better of the course.
With constant rain overnight the decison was made to postpone the Sunday race to save the course (and the riders). It is hoped to run the next event at Selkirk as a 2 day ( weather permitting)
Thanks to all the helpers at Melville MC for another tough round - your hard work is much appreicated