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Updated Knut Trophy Results, Congrats to Jon & Matt, Wells ” ‘Mike Cornish’ T/Trial Results” & more NB NSMSC RICHARD SAGE RUNS NEXT SUNDAY. NSMSC Eco Angus T/Trial Regs …

Afternoon all,

We went out to the Knut Trial today, wondered whether we wanted to or ‘ought to’ in the end the vote was yes lets go! Easy enough for us to get there via Langridge Lane where we caught up the Norwegian registered van at the top, just two small fallen trees on the Bradford > Bath A  Kitted up in overtrousers etc before leaving home bearing in mind the forecast snow at 12:00hrs At the start it began around 10:20hrs, although several riders had driven through or around (impassable) snow on their way! Thanks to the band of hardy Observers which included Nipper Allen, Mike & Chris Fear, Gary Scrivens, Andy Jefferies Dean & Colin Hassall, ourselves only until 12:00hrs , thanks to Mark Talbot who relieved us, I expect Theresa Talbot Bob Burt & Colin Noad were as well. Heard the North Somerset Time Trial was cancelled & events over towards Oxford were cancelled as well.

Full wet weather gear was the order of the day as the snow settled but as it was above freezing it became sloppy & gooey mud so grip & throttle control was at a premium in Section 11 where we were. Mark Elms reckoned it was maybe 40 years back when he was a schoolboy riding on Exmoor since he’d last ridden in conditions like today! All 3 routes were doable, but became more difficult while we were still there. Anyway we were back home by 12:30 for coffee from the flask, hot soup and our sandwiches. We’d got the boiler oil leak sorted (new pump – I suspect oil leaking through the bearings – but last night another problem showed up maybe play in the motor bearings as well allowing the fan impeller to chatter on the casing. So when we got back I decided I’d only run it in extreme emergency i.e. sub zero temperatures.

So I’ll sit back & wait for the Results & post them later.

Meanwhile, Congratulations to this years National Sidecar Expert Champions, Jon Tuck & Matt Sparkes who clinched it a fortnight ago in the Final Round by winning the final Round. Josh & Luke Golding were 3rd there & 3rd overall in the Championship as well as winning  becoming Southern Experts recently. David Tuck & Joe Newman were 3rd on the day which secured their 3rd place in the Intermediate Sidecar class.

Now for the Wells&DistTC Mike Cornish TTrial 031217 Results which Martin Lawford has sent over with this resume of the day, ”

Apologies this is so late in the week! ( More apologies the Boiler saga has slowed things a bit this week – Ed.)

Please find attached results of last Sunday’s Mike Cornish timed trial at Maesbury Rings.

The event attracted almost a full entry, which certainly made for a busy hr’s riding on a fairly compact course. Charlie Frost came from the back to set standard time and in the process took the non trials class win, but it was Jason Hamblin who took the premier from Pete King and Paul Manning.

The non trials class was hotly contested with Nick Shephard and Nathan Newman keeping Charlie on his toes and the top 6 only separated by 13 marks.

Regards,   Martin

NSMSC Richard Sage Electrical T/Trial will run next week  – Message from Jerry Walters

“Afternoon Frank,

North Somerset MSC were forced to cancel today’s Richard Sage Electrical Time Trial at Scars Wood, Lulsgate, due mainly to a waterlogged parking field.

We’re hoping to run in  a week’s time (Sunday 17th December) at the same venue, weather permitting. All entries will be carried over automatically, unless riders contact Paul Manning to cancel their entry. Entries remain open for anybody who hasn’t entered but would like to ride on the new date.

Best regards   Jerry”

Here are the NSMSC’s Eco Angus T/Trial Regs & Entry form for 14th January: NSMSC Eco Angus T:Trial Regs & Entry Form 140118

Last but not least, I’m confident you will all want to acknowledge the work that Permit Secretary Mike fear has put in for you all since 1980 as our Centre Permit Secretary. That’s 37 years worth, I know that Mike couldn’t have done it for so long without Chris’s help. They also organised the Centre’s Fixture Card. Thank you both.

Bath & West of England Knut Trophy Final Centre Championship Results (added 20:00hrs 10th Dec)

Here they are:  Bath&WoE Knut Trophy Centre Champ Trial Results 101217  Centre Champ Kurt lost 29, but visitor Tom Moss just dropped 16 to take the win. I suspect he diverted to ‘our’ trial as a result of a cancellation? Kevin Hart rode AB losing just 42 with Henry Pym second on 62. A tough day for the B class where Morgan Blacker was best on 99! Charlie Newman was second on 106. The yellow route C class was bested by Sean Donagy on 38, runner up Ian Newcombe parted with 90,. John Roberts was best o40 on 83 with Richard Elliott R/up on 92 Kevin Miller outdid the other o50’s losing 24 and Dai Clothier was R/up on 34 Chris Wrigley pushed Dai hard though & ended up just 1 mark back. Thanks to Janet for looking out for Phyllis when she was struggling back for section 11.  Neither of us recognised rider 21 who was first Expert through 11 with a stylish ride. Now we know it was Tom Moss, with luck we’ll remember him for next time. Section 7 was the most difficult of the day with no Expert cleans, Tom lost 6 here, the best Expert aggregate score and the only AB clean was from Kieran Reeves, who also was best aggregate score on 8. As Theresa says on the Results “blizzard conditions”, so i think the organisers were sensible for abandoning the two sections on the way out to Shackles they are very exposed & would have been very unpleasant for anyone to Observe

Frank   ps Todays Provisional Knut Results amended by Secretary. and posted to website @22:15hrs

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Regs Available: Bath & WoE’s Knut Trophy Centre Champs Trial on Dec 12th

Afternoon all, The Regs & Entry Form are available for the last Centre Trials Championship Round, the Knut Trophy Trial promoted by the Bath & West of England Club. Online Entry is also available if you navigate to the ACU Online Event Entry page. Here are the Regs, Bart & WoE Centre Champs Knut Trial Regs 101217 & here is the Entry Form, Bath &WoE Centre ChampsKnut Trophy Trial 101217

See you soon: Frank

NSMSC Results & Regs available update, next BSSA Centre Time Trial Champs Regs

Hello again,

Just info in this post!

Here are the Regs for the next  Centre Time Trial Championship Round, the BSSA 4th Alan Brown TtrialChamp Regs 051117 that Jan watkins has sent over, & she says congratulations to Ricky and wife on the birth of their new baby!   (who was spectating at Sundays  Wells Champ Round – Ed.)

A little while back, the Results of the last NSMSC event are here, the NSMSC RT Keedwell T:trial Results 240917.xls & Jerry Walters says  “Results of Sunday’s North Somerset Club’s RT Keedwell Transport Time Trial, held at Stanton Wick Lane are attached, where some tight and twisty observed sections and increasingly slippery conditions resulted in a relatively high scoring event.”  Regards – Jerry

The Regs for their next Event, a 90minute chase on the 22nd Oct, can be found (click) here: NSMSC Gordon Brown Chase Regs & Entry Form 221017

Encouraged with 21 entries (Thank you – Ed.) after Wednesday’s post had been delivered WWMC has had a working party out sorting several fallen trees Thanks from West Wilts to the Mendip & Wells members who helped us then & will on Sunday. All known entrants have been contacted re the change of venue – all necessary behind the scenes stuff to keep your sport running!

Frank

 

 

Wells Presidents T/trial Results

G’morning all

Please find Results of yesterdays Wells “President’s Championship Timed Trial.   Wells Presidents Champ T:trial Results 011017  Thanks to the Club for putting on an excellent – but difficult, due to the weather – Championship Event. Thanks to the 24 entrants. It was a most disappointing entry for the organisers who, I understand were very close to cancelling as only a handful of Entries (less than 10) had been 3 days before the event.

Theres another Championship trial on Sunday – the WWMC Errington Cup at Perrys near Bath & I’ll just remind you that the Regs say it will be cancelled if 15 entries haven’t been received by  Wednesdays closing date. No organiser wants to cancel events, but they do want to know that there is support out there for them.

Recent experience in the Centre is that, with a Wednesday closing date, a very similar number of are made on the day, so please at least express your interest in riding to WWMC’s Chris Kelly on 01225​ ​865497.   Diary note for you – WWMC (Chris again!) have arranged a skittles evening at Tuckers Grave on Friday 27th Oct

 

Apologies to both Bath & WoE, & Wilts Border Clubs as, in a previous post, I noted the Knut Trophy Trial as a Wilts Border event. Brain fade I guess, I did get it right in a later post though!

tbc after apple picking : Frank

Hi all,

We’ve just got back from a fortnight away driving to a Saab rally in Luxembourg & there’s a fair few things to update you all on.

Firstly, a reminder that the Wells Centre Championship Presidents Trophy Time Trial is on this Sunday at Rookham. The Regs are here:- Wells Presidents Champ TT Regs 01117 & the Entry Form is here:- Wells Presidents Champ TTrial Entry 011017

The Centre Trials Championship Calendar has become a bit confused this year with Rounds being cancelled, & replacement Rounds being approved, so following the last Board Meeting, the remaining rounds are

08/10/17    WWMC           Errington Cup
05/11/17    W Border       Autumn Trophy
26/11/17    NSMSC           Presidents Trophy
10/12/17    Bath & WoE   Knut Trophy
Further from the Board Meeting, the Wilts Border Endeavour Trial scheduled for this Saturday is Cancelled.
Mike Fear has given notice that he’s done his last Centre Fixture Card, but will ‘point the way’ & advise as required to his successor – You could Volunteer to do this couldn’t you? Mike has quietly & conscientiously done this for so many years that it was easy to take the Fixture Card for granted. All your thanks to Mike ( & to Chris who I am sure got involved as well
Good News (from my point of view) is that Gareth Talbot, who need no introduction from me, has agreed to take over the Centre web-site with effect from the Centre’s AGM. I gather he is likely to introduce a Centre ‘Facebook’ presence as well, an obvious extension to the service the Centre gives Riders, which I expect will extend the reach & immediacy of  Wessex Centre ACU information – oops the branding now is “Wessex ACU” isn’t it
Frank

 

NSMSC Tattoo Time T/trial results, Centre Trials Champs – dates of upcoming Rounds

Good morning allIt’s all been a bit busy lately, we had to go up th Doncaster for a couple of days to help out Brother in Law after he’d been discharged from the Infirmary after a near three week stay. still he’s sorted now i hope, so what’s new?

Jerry Walters has sent across the Results of Saturday’s North Somerset Club TattooTime Chase, held at Frys Bottom Lane, Chelwood which are here: NSMSC TattooTime T:trial Results 050817

We’ve also had some enquiries about forthcoming Centre Trials Championship Rounds.  The current situation is that they are as published in the Centre Fixture List with the addition of Mendip Vale’s Brockley Cup on 17th September. So the remaining Rounds for this year are  :17th September Mendip Vale MC&LCC Brockley Cup,                                                                     24th September Kingswood MCC Hawkesbury Cup,                                                                              8th October West Wilts MC,Errington Cup,                                                                                         26th November NSMSC Presidents Trophy & the last Round is on                                                   10th December Wilts Border MC & LCC Knut Trophy.

Gary Scrivens has sent over a Press Release that tells you all you need to know about the additional Round the Valers are running

“The Mendip Vale Club are coming to the rescue of the Wessex Centre Championship and organising a replacement round on 17 September 2017, to replace previous cancelled events, in the Centre. As it is a round of the Wessex Centre Championship it will run under the “no stop” rule, but even if you are not a fan of “no stop”, go along and give it a go, as the Club will be putting a lot of effort into ensuring the sections will suit all the Championship Categories.

The course will be entirely off road and cater for Expert, and Youth Expert on the “A” Route. Clubman, Over 40 and Youth A on the “B” Route. Novice, Over 50, Youth B and Twin Shock on the “Sportsman Route”. The Clubman Expert Course will be a 50/50 A and B routes combination.
Thanks to the assistance of the Frome Club, for the use of the land, the venue will be at Weston Town Farm, Wanstrow, Somerset, signposted from the A361, Shepton Mallet/Frome Road, at Nunney Catch Roundabout. Start time 10.30
Please note, entries close on 13 September, but will be accepted on the day for an additional charge.
 
Full details for this event are in TMX Regs Available or on the web site www.mendipvalemcc.co.uk                                              
Keep those feet up: Frank
ps don’t you just love those little extra jobs to sort? Last night the microwave timer gave stopped working so we can’t use it – but its an analogue one so there’s the chance that I can sort it

 

Wilts Border: Border Cup Results 8th January, North Somerset Centre Champs Terry Bunn Time Trial Regs & Entry Form for 5th February, Franks Mutterings …

Hello again,

we’ve a few things for you to take note of:

First the Results for the Kington Cup Wilts Border Trial last Sunday, w-border-kington-cup-results-080117-1  – good to see an excellent entry!

And next the Regs & Entry Form for the North Somerset Terry Bunn Trophy Centre Championship Time Trial on The 5th of February, nsmsc-ttrial-champs-terry-bunn-050217

Didn’t we have a battle for the 2016 Centre Trials Champion where it ended up all change after the last Round. Just how a Championship should be, in doubt until the final Round. I know there weren’t as many riders contesting the Expert Class as we would like but I’d like to thank all those guys who supported us & who were in  with a shout at the Knut Trophy. At the end of the Knut, the Result of the Trial & the Championship had to come down to the last tie breaker!

I did see a comment somewhere about a ‘works’ rider being able to score points ( I presume because whoever made the comment thought it had affected the Championship positions) but it made no difference to the final Result. The “works” rider in question has to be Toby Martyn & I think we should all be pleased that Toby chose to enter one of our Events. It’s a bit like saying that the Rules should be ‘bent’ i.e. the Rules should be changed to exclude Works Riders from the Championship, think about that, then someone would want to exclude riders not Resident in the Centre, then …  Well the Centre wants to encourage our own Riders to improve, & how do we encourage that, not by running a “closed” Championship I’m sure, the one restriction placed on Entrants is that they are Members of a Club Affiliated to the Wessex Centre.

If I recall correctly, Toby was announced as a Vertigo contracted rider this year (?) & I for one wish him all success in future Events, hope he stays injury free & fulfils his undoubted potential. I’m sure that all of you out there do as well & just wish a little bit of Toby’s skill rub off on us or if we don’t compete these days that we can at least admire them at home & abroad.

Frank

ps: My 2017 ACU Handbook came with todays Post

Centre Trials Championship after the Knut, Knut Trial 11th Dec 2016 Results, NSMSC Richard Sage T/trial Results, NSMSC Regs/Entry Forms Eco Angus T/trial 15th January, Wells Miller Cup, 1st 2017 Round Trials Champs. Regs & Entry Forms 22nd January.

Good morning to all,

The Knut Trial was a close run thing for the Expert Class.  The Results are here: bath-woe-knut-trophy-results-111216

The event at “Perrys’ up by Bath Racecourse on Lansdown was a 3 lap 15 section affair & included a Group at “Shackles’ which hasn’t had permission for use since it was a conventional [for us who have long memories] Road Trial. The Experts Champion spot was up for grabs as previously commented, & had the largest Expert entry all Series, with 12 riders, including one of the best young riders in the country, Toby Martin, who, at the end of the day was winner on 17 marks lost with just 1 5, 3 3’s & 3 dabs, last years Champion, Kurt Brain was closest to Toby on 38 ml. So that was 15 & 12 points unavailable to the 3 Champion contenders. Ben Skinner was 3rd on 56 m/l for 10 Championship points & Lee Hassall 4th on 68 m/l for 8 Championship points. Ollie Humphris didn’t have a good day with103 m/l & 9th place for 2 Championship points. So that means with 5 best scores to count, Ben & Lee have 60 points each & Ollie remains on 59 points. So it’s tie break time & Pete Dury has to look at all the Rules to break the tie & declare a Champion. Expect that table soon!

Now Available The Final 2016 Championship Points Table: 2016-wessex-centre-champs-2016-final-positions

Trials recorder Pete Dury says “Attached is the final 2016 Wessex Centre Championship table following Sunday’s Knut Trial.

Congratulations to Ben Skinner taking his first Wessex Centre Championship in an incredibly tight finish. Ben finished on equal points with Lee Hassall and the tiebreaker had to be used to separate the two.

Lee was unlucky to not at least take a share of the championship and with Oliver only one mark further back, the 2016 Championship will go down as one of the closest ever.

Well done to all the other class winners as below –

Clubmen Expert – Henry Pym, Clubmen – Dean Bines, Novice – Zac King, Over 40 – Rich Elliott, Over 50 – Dai Clothier, Twinshock – Tim Wheeler (although only one round was points scoring)

Unfortunately none of the other classes i.e. Youth Expert, Youth A and Youth B had enough riders in any round to award any points.

Pete. ”

Frank comments, all our thanks to Pete for so diligently & quickly updating the Points Table after each Championship Trial, we all owe him our thanks. Thanks from all of us Pete! This last  Experts Table really needed checks & double checks it was so tight!

Jerry Walters has sent across the results of Sundays NSMSC Richard Sage Electrical Time Trial, here: nsmsc-richard-sage-ttrial-results-111216 & says

“Despite some heavy rain the previous day, the course held up well resulting in a fairly low scoring event. Jason Hamblin took another easy overall win, cleaning all the observed sections and losing just 2 marks on time. Paul Manning just pipped Kye Steel for the runner up spot, dropping 14 marks against Kye’s 16.

In the scrambles class Andy Frost also took a comfortable win on 25 marks. Behind him it was a close battle for 2nd spot between Tom Smith and Nathan Newman with Tom just clinching it on 33 against Nathan’s 36.

This was the final round of the 2016 North Somerset Club Time Trial championship and congratulations go to Jason who easily won the Trials class, and Andy who secured the Scrambles class.

Cheers: Jerry”

Jerry also sent the Regs & Entry Form for the NSMSC Eco Angus Club Time Trial to be held on 15th January which are here :nsmsc-eco-angus-tt-regs-entry-forms-150117pdf

The First Round of the 2017 Trials Championship is the Wells Clubs’ Miller Cup Trial on 22nd January, the regs & Entry Forms are here: wells-miller-cup-regs-220117 & here: wells-miller-cup-champ-trial-entry-form-220117

Frank

[tbc]

Royston Claude, NSMSCs’ Presidents Trial, NSMSC’s Ivan Manning T/Trial Results, NSMSC’s Richard Sage T/trial Regs, Bath & WoE Knut Championship Trial Regs, Wells Miller Cup Champ Trial Regs, Frank Mutters

Hello all,

Several of us were at Royston Claude {Roy} Mantells’ cremation at Westerleigh yesterday afternoon. A simple Humanist celebration of Roys’ 91 years life & times. Roy had the last word, having written his own epitaph contained in one of his rhyming ‘poems’. Perhaps you will understand that it was a celebration when I tell you that the last music played was ‘Right said Fred’ We hope it gave comfort to Roys’ widow, Velma, & all his Family.

Turning now to various past & future Events noted in order of submission. Goodness me, we’ve some Regs for a 2017 Event already, I s’pose that means it’ll be Christmas soon?

The Regs & Entry Forms for the first Centre Championship Trial of the 2017 season, the Wells & District “Miller Cup Trial” on 22nd January are here: wells-miller-cup-regs-220117 and here: wells-miller-cup-champ-trial-entry-form-220117

NSMSC’s Ivan Manning Championship Time Trial is reported on by Jerry Walters, who says:

“Morning Frank,

Results of North Somerset Club’s Ivan Manning Trophy Time Trial, held at Malthouse Farm, Chelwood on Sunday 20th November, are attached for the website.

This event was the final round of the 2016 Wessex Centre Time Trial Championship, and as seems to be the norm at this venue, the weather tried it’s hardest to disrupt proceedings. Fortunately storm Angus moved away just before the start, but the course still had to be drastically eased and shortened.

As usual the battle in the Trials class was between Jason Hamblin and Andy Frost, and this time it was Jason who got the upper hand. He lost just 21 marks on observation plus 2 on time to take the class win and overall premier from Andy, who lost 28 on observation plus 3 on time. Kye Steel made one of his rare appearances to take third place losing a total of 53 marks.

In a smaller than usual Scrambles class field, the battle for the win was between Dad and his lad. In the end age and experience proved decisive and Gary Newman narrowly took the win on 87 marks, from his son Nathan Newman who lost 90 marks. Although Tom Smith set standard time, he lost 98 marks in the observed sections which dropped him down the third spot.

Cheers Jerry”

The full Results are here: nsmsc-ivan-manning-tt-results-201116

Regs for the NSMSC’s Richard Sage Electrical RTC T/trial on 11th December are here: nsmsc-richard-sage-ttrial-regsandentry-form-111216

Don’t forget the NSMSC Presidents Trophy penultimate Centre Championship Trial is on Sunday – See you there competing or Observing?

The Regs & Entry Forms for the last Centre Championship Trial of the 2016 Season, the Bath & West of England Knut Trophy Trial are here: bath-woe-knut-trial-champ-regs-111216 and here bath-woe-knut-champ-trial-entry-111216

Frank mutters: The last Wilts Border Trial at the Piggeries had 36 Entries a vastly greater number than the previous Event at the Piggeries which had a miserly feeble Entry of just 7 of you. Letting you all into a little secret, the 36 of you have saved Events at the Piggeries, the Club were within a knats’ whisker of giving up on the Venue. You can’t afford to dishearten the Club Officials by not supporting them if you want to keep on having something to do on Sundays!

The Centre Expert Championship is by no means decided as Ollie Humphries, Lee Hassall & Ben Skinner are all still able to be the winner, current Champ Kurt Brain will vacate the Title as he can gain a max of 42 points if he enters & wins on Sunday & again at the Knut, Ollie is leading on 59 but has to finish 2nd or better in the Presidents & the Knut to improve his current points total of 59 [i.e. he could get to a max of 69], Lee on 42 & Ben on 38 can add to their points total at both Events as they’ve both only ridden three Rounds. Ben’s in good Form having won the Hurran last weekend where Lee & Ollie rode as well, so I reckon it’ll be decided at the Knut. If any ‘spoilers’ enter – Tom Culliford ? Toby Martyn? Tom Hooper? it’ll complicate things even more! Three Championship classes are decided already as Richard Elliott, Dai Clothier & Henry Pym will be O40, O50 & Clubman Expert Champions as they can’t be overtaken in these last two Rounds, so congrats to all three.

Its been a busy two or three weeks for us as our Clive is under the weather, i think everything that contributors have sent in has now been posted, but let me know if I’ve missed anything.

Now to start marking the Trials Officials Licencing Seminar Questionnaires!

Frank

ps I hear Scott Trial Charity Team rider Barry Roads had his bike impounded – whoops

Centre Trials Champ tables, No S/car Class in NSMSC Presidents Trial, WBorder Autumn Trophy Results,

Good Morning to all.

The current Centre Championship Trials Tables, showing positions before the last two Rounds, the NSMSC ‘Presidents’ on 20th November & the Bath & WoE Knut Trophy on 11th December are here: 2016-centre-champ-tables-as-at-091016   Thanks as usual to Trials Recorder, Pete Dury. As a couple of Rounds have not run, we should [as last year] have a Championship run over 7 Rounds with a Riders best 5 results to count.

The Results of yesterdays Wilts Border Autumn Trophy are here: autumn-trophy-res-061116 Before you ask (!), this Event did not run as a Centre Championship Round, notably, winner Gareth Talbot was clean all day.

NSMSC have revised their Regs for the Presidents Trophy Trial on 27th Nov. The Sidecar Class won’t run – for the very good reason that the final British Championship Sidecar Trial Round is running the same day – and a s we all know the Centre has a very strong presence in the National Championships – its Main Sponsor is the Wessex Plant Hire business whose Director Phil Sparkes is a Member of the Trials & Enduro Committee. nsmsc-presidents-centre-champs-regs-271116

The Board Meeting last week noted the passing of Penny Ludgate, someone well known  in the Trials world although she lived in Yorkshire. Her sons Ben & Sam both rode schoolboy Trials in our Centre when they lived here. Penny became poorly on her way to the Scott Trial where she was due to be Centre Steward. Penny, RIP, you will be remembered. {Funeral Pontefract Crematorium 14th Nov 10:30hrs}