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SACU 2002 National ENDURO
ELRAT Shiplaw Forest Enduro

26th May 2002

Far from discouraging riders - the lay off caused by foot and mouth in 2001 has resulted in oversubscribed entry lists to both Scottish Enduros this year. So a full entry turned up at  Shiplaw Forest north of Peebles for the 2nd round of the Scottish Enduro Championship.

The ELRAT club had set out an event which hopefully all classes of rider would get round on. The special test - a fully taped MX test in a field at the start   has proved very popular with riders over the last few years and contained the "Big Leap" where committed riders can grab some big air. So far no one has tried a "superman" yet probably due to the weight of mud on the bikes .

With the riders starting in dry sunny conditions the club hoped the course would not cut up too much - but heavy rain by the second lap caused a couple of the hills to turn to mud and queues quickly developed. The experts and more experienced riders still got up the hills but the clubmen and sportsman struggled - so by the third lap the hills were cut out by Clerk of the Course Ian Patterson, resulting in fairly easy laps for the rest of the event. The smiles on riders faces as they realised they could turn left and miss the hills showed how tough they had become. Scotland lived up to it's reputation for producing genuine Enduro country - finish here and you can finish anywhere in the world.

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The Test - when it was still dry
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All smiles - but they haven't seen the course yet
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Ready for the off

The special test proved a real challenge as the day wore on. All riders times getting slower as the ruts developed and the ground turned slick in the corners. The hardest part of the course eventually proving to be the last ten yards up to the end cards. A chicane followed by a step up a small hill causing problems for some very tired riders.

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Dougal Walker - Over 40 Ace
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Jose Before
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Jose During
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Stu Young - first season and getting quicker
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Stephen Palmer - looking good
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Graeme Chalmers on the 450F Honda
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Stephen Scott Clubman winner
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Del Boy and Woody with the club mascot.

Several riders boiled their engines on the hills - one rider standing in the pouring rain quoted " Me engines dry - where will I get some water"!! If he stood still for ten seconds the rain would soon fill his radiator.  Andrew Flockhart on his WR400 was braking for a hill out on the course  when his front caliper suddenly flew off and disappeared into the forest. After locating the wayward item he retired deciding discretion was called for. However he still set a fast test time with only a back brake - which isn't bad considering the hills on the test.

No 90 Gavin Douglas - a sportsman from Alnwick was going to hand his card in when  Caroline Thomsons gentle persuasion at the start check decided him to carry on. He finished the event with a big smile - saying "best ever" back next year. Probably didn't understand what she actually said to him. See you next year.

Two of the young and upcoming riders Joe Gilroy and Ricky Mair produced very fast times on the first test but the worsening conditions caught them out and their times slowed when the more experienced riders pushed on. Two riders to watch out for as they gain experience in the mud.

Dougal Walker produced am impressive ride to win in the over 40 class - for once having no bad luck and despite disliking the MX style of test he pushed on for a well deserved first place. Geoff Pennycook riding hard for 2nd place ahead of Alex Kirk.

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Derek Little - Expert Winner
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Malcolm Bisset with Del Boy taking cover from the roost, before he destroyed the Gazebo on the next lap.
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Kyle Deswert - preparing for a fast lap
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Mark Anderson - did I say it was wet ?

In the Clubman class Stephen  Scott produced some very fast times to clich the win from Alan Lauder. Both riders posting expert class test times over the flowing MX style course. Richard McVicker produced times not far off the pace but not quite enough to win - but he was still smiling at the end of the event ( Anyone ever seen him not smiling ? ). A couple of riders got caught out with the short later laps and came in to the time checks early - they won't do that again !

Overall a tough event and a worthy event to finish - most riders ended up with a smile on their face and will be back next year.

A thank you to all the riders who donated money to pay for the ambulance which was hired at short notice due to unfortunate cancellation by our previous first aiders. But at least you had Paramedics - seriously well equiped to deal with injuries. Glentress Paramedic Team.

Shiplaw Enduro 26th May 2002 ( 3/6/02- amended - K Spence Clubman not Over 40))

The finish test times were only recorded to +/- 5 seconds - only evident at collation of the results. These results have been produced consistently by giving every rider the 5 second mid point of their time.

NAME

NO.

T2

T3

T4

T5

Total

Penalties

Event

seconds

seconds

seconds

seconds

seconds

Start

Course

Total

EXPERTS

Derek

Little

1

180

180

200

200

760

760

Graeme

Naismith

16

180

195

210

215

800

800

Murray

Thomson

7

195

210

210

215

830

830

Malcolm

Bissett

2

195

200

215

235

845

845

Mark

Anderson

12

195

210

225

215

845

845

Paul

Watson

4

200

220

220

240

880

880

Nicky

Beavitt

11

180

200

235

215

830

60

890

Kyle

Deswerth

5

205

245

220

225

895

895

Neil

Boyd

13

185

210

220

395

1010

1010

Tim

Sleigh

10

205

215

220

245

885

240

1125

David

Beal

15

220

230

235

245

930

480

1410

Martin

Pennycook

3

210

240

255

460

1165

600

1765

Alastair

Lauder

14

195

200

0

0

395

RET

Jim

Wightman

8

830

0

0

0

830

RET

Martin

Bell

6

220

250

0

0

470

RET

CLUBMAN Over 40

Dougal

Walker

25

200

210

225

0

635

635

Geoff

Pennycook

21

215

230

240

0

685

685

Alex

Kirk

24

215

240

250

0

705

705

Hugh

O'Neill

32

220

220

280

0

720

720

John

Francis

28

230

250

250

0

730

730

Andrew

McConnell

29

225

235

270

0

730

730

Kenny

Donaldson

31

210

300

270

0

780

780

Dougie

Meek

30

245

260

385

0

890

890

Andrew

Flockhart

20

215

0

0

0

215

RET

Tom

Noble

26

225

0

0

0

225

RET

CLUBMAN

Stephen

Scott

75

190

200

215

0

605

605

Alan

Lauder

57

195

235

210

0

640

640

Richard

McVicker

44

205

240

245

0

690

690

Duncan

McCormick

74

220

245

235

0

700

700

Keith

Spence

27

215

235

255

0

705

705

Adam

Lynam

50

225

240

240

0

705

705

Tom

Anderson

55

215

215

275

0

705

705

Joe

Gilroy

60

210

255

240

0

705

705

Keith

Carson

66

225

245

270

0

740

740

Stan

Peterson

53

240

250

275

0

765

765

Rab

Moir

54

230

260

275

0

765

765

Chris

Stewart

59

245

245

275

0

765

765

Ricky

Mair

41

215

340

220

0

775

775

Alex John

McGowan

42

225

255

265

0

745

120

865

Duncan

Jamieson

46

230

305

285

0

820

120

940

Paul

Ferry

49

260

345

300

0

905

240

1145

Finlay

White

76

270

315

405

0

990

480

1470

John

McGaff

62

250

310

390

0

950

540

1490

Colin

Cunningham

61

255

275

285

0

815

900

1715

Stephen

Palmer

48

225

240

255

0

720

1500

2220

Kenny

Thomson

56

250

250

285

0

785

3360

4145

Allan

Ritchie

43

265

0

0

0

265

RET

Bob

Laurent

45

0

0

0

0

0

RET

Stephen

Gilhooley

47

310

0

0

0

310

RET

Stuart

Young

51

0

0

0

0

0

RET

Greig

Walker

52

550

0

0

0

550

RET

Graeme

Chalmers

58

0

0

0

0

0

RET

Chris

Hickey

65

0

0

0

0

0

RET

Davy

Campbell

68

0

0

0

0

0

RET

Ian

Macpherson

69

445

0

0

0

445

RET

Jose

Vega-Lozano

70

0

0

0

0

0

RET

Billy

McGregor

72

0

0

0

0

0

RET

Colin

Armitage

73

300

0

0

0

300

RET

SPORTSMAN

Stephen

Calvey

85

250

0

0

0

250

250

Steven

Goodall

92

305

0

0

0

305

305

Jim

Goodall

91

415

0

0

0

415

415

John

Pollock

98

445

0

0

0

445

900

1345

Nial

Patton

96

355

0

0

0

355

1020

1375

Les

Gamble

87

465

0

0

0

465

1620

2085

Gavin

Douglas

90

575

0

0

0

575

3540

4115

Brian

Abel

84

0

0

0

0

0

RET

Derek

Fortune

82

0

0

0

0

0

RET

Gary

Buckett

88

0

0

0

0

0

RET

George

Patterson

89

0

0

0

0

0

RET

Graeme

Crawford

94

0

0

0

0

0

RET

Ian

Bell

93

0

0

0

0

0

RET

J

Ballantyne

95

0

0

0

0

0

RET

Jim

Mair

81

0

0

0

0

0

RET

Mike

Young

97

0

0

0

0

0

RET

 

 

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