Ladies battling for prizes

First published in Sport

THE final Ladies and Girls Trials Championship comes to a climax on Sunday morning on the rugged unforgiving rocky crags of Fremington Edge.

Five out of the eight classes have yet to be resolved. Isle of Man police officer Saskia Baxter has sealed the Ladies Inter class leaving Katy Bullock and Charly Kimber to dispute the rostrum places. Louise Alford heads Class A from Bristol’s Victoria Payne and Beth Waite with North Berks talented Millie Ray poised to pounce if either challengers falter.

Class B is also hot with Hookwood girl Hannah Moore on 100 points but Megan Savage, a member of a distinquished South Yorkshire trialling family can bridge the six-point gap to Hannah.

The ever determined Alice Minta will not settle for third place either. Consett’s Olivia Pearson requires a good result to take the Girls Inter class from Fran Tattersall. Class C contains Amy Turpin and Spen Valley contender Libby Cook but only 11 points split the girls and there is a drop score to take into account.

That leaves the non-championshp Ladies where any one of four contenders could win the day. Nice to see Berkshire girl Leah Robinson back in action in the Yorkshire Dales on Sunday. That leaves the hundred dollar question. Will Emma Bristow lift the title? The Louth MRS Sherco teamster has just had a taste of Swaledale at the Reeth Three Day Trial.

Becky Cook will test her on Sunday as will Scottish star Bronwyn Palmer and Chloe Richardson. The Skeeby teenager has really taken to her 300 Beta, and uses all the power, to the full. The Richmond club stage this championship finale on Sunday and move across the valley to Cogden Hall for the Youth C and D finale.

ASKRIGG’S Robyn Anderson and Skeeby teenager Chloe Richardson were beaten by Paul Pattison on a single penalty on Sunday at the Forresters Arms Trial in wet and windy Coverdale.

Downholme Beta rider Paul Pattison was tested by the two championship contenders while Hurst student Ellie Braithwaite missed a top six result by just two marks finishing behind Bultaco mounted Will Reynolds and Catterick’s Chris Laws. Beth Watling, Niamh Richardson, Beth Waite and Emily Anderson all survived a battering of rain at Carlton on Sunday where despite the adverse weather Event Secretary Sandra Fowler signed up an amazing 93 competitors.

The results across the board were interesting.

Adrian Harrison, Gary Clement and Mark Simpson tied for the top spot in the over 40’s. Ben Simpson and Harry Wills tied but Ben had it farthest clean. It do not stop at the big boys classes when Sam Armstrong cleaned the Small Wheels E.D. course.Even more amazing, ten small wheelers rode a separate course under the watchful eyes of Richmond’s small wheel guru Ted Harston. Not one of those small girls and boys retired and rode three laps of five sections.

Clerk of Course Chris Dale had opted for four laps but the weather was so severe that he decided three laps was quite enough, for all classes. All the easy course classes missed the first two sections so their contest started at section three. The two opening sections were totally different.

The first dropped down a grass bank into a greasy stream bed While the second which featured the three foot rocks step with a landing on exposed tree roots. The third followed the water theme with a small tidal wave. Fastest time of day through the section was former local resident Will Reynolds who rocketed his old Bultaco round at speed. The second part of the course was across two meadows where the small wheelers had their own separate course.

BETA teamster Ian Austermuhle was at his absolute best on Sunday, producing a faultless ride in a very wet Northallerton DMC trial to defeat a determined challenge from Richmond rider Richard Sadler - out on a sparkling new MRS Sherco - by one mark for the Premier award.

Held at the Sun Inn, Bilsdale, scene of many great trials over the years, the tail end of Hurricane Bertha did its best to thwart the event, but the four lap, ten section moorland course held up well.

SCARBOROUGH DMC and Hull AC hit glorious weather for their popular Youth 2 Day Trial at the weekend held at the old army camp, secreted away in the spectacular setting of Harwood Dale. Local ace, 14-year-old JST Gas Gas rider Jack Peace and Lochaber`s Duncan Mccoll dominated Youth A and B classes from the off, but Reece Gazzard and Oset maestro Harry Hemingway, C and D class winners had to fight hard as a determined Alice Minta and Henry Stephenson put up a great fight, Hemingway finally pulling away with a superb ride on Sunday.

GLEN QUINN took the honours at the recent Weardale Club’s Joe Patterson Memorial Trial at Harthope, near St John’s Chapel in County Durham. The Sunderland rider dropped ten marks over his four laps to beat Carl Shaw by one mark, while Richard Hawes completed the top three on forty four penalties.The Green Course saw James Black and Tim Longstaff battle it out for the win..Jason Scott was in a class of his own on the Clubman route with a mere three marks to his name. Richmond Youth B rider Oliver Rouse took top place on the Easy Course with thirty three marks, with Paul Hanley and Andrew Black not far behind.

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