Bradford & D.M.C. Trial, Skyrakes Farm, Skipton.

AGAINST all odds the Bradford Motor Club overcame diabolical weather conditions to stage their trial at exposed, rain swept Skyrakes Farm on Sunday.

After braving the heavy rain on Saturday, when Sam Boocock and Brian and Anthony Ayrton plotted the two-mile moorland course aided by Alan Mudd and Lucy Ayrton, the team were rewarded on Sunday morning the change in the weather.

The club followed Covid-19 rules and seven competitors were dispatched to different sections along the entire trial route thus avoiding any bunching of riders.

East Keswick teenager George Hemingway dominated the hard route class. Skipton’s James Moorhouse won the middle course class while Culingworth former sidecar ace Robin Luscombe completed the easy route penalty free riding his BSA Bantam machine.

The trial route tracked previous events with the opening sections affording a fine view of Gargrave from high.

The first six sections were on the skyline ridge then plunged down into the ravine. The final section featured a near-vertical climb through heather and that tested all classes. Dedication by the course planners salvaged the trial.


Hard course: Inters: 1 Anthony Ayrton (TRS) 22, 2 Sam Boocock (Beta) 29, 3 Mathew Baldwin (Beta) 32 Novices: 1 Tom Middleton (Beta) 10, 2 Phillip Howlett (TRS) 34. 3 Max Chadwick (TRS) 4. Youth Class A: Ethan Chapman (Scorpa) 99.Youth Class B: 1 Harry Hemingway (Beta) 6, 2 Jasper Fox (Beta) 67

Intermediate course: Novices: 1 James Moorhouse (Beta) 6, 2 Philip Blacker (Vertigo) 8, 3 Alan Mudd (Beta) 15.Youth Class B Josh Pearson (Vertigo) 32, 2 Harrison Lightfoot (Vertigo) 62.

Beginner’s course: Novices: Mike Frizzell (Beta) 4, 2 Chris Mitchell (Beta) 33, 3 Andrew Walter (Montesa) 9. Over 50’s: 1 Robin Luscombe (BSA) 0, 2 Richard Taylor (Montesa) 6, 3 Jason Dunning (Beta) 13.

Youth Class A: 1 Mason Carter (TRS) 6, Lucy Ayrton (TRS) 26.

Youth Class B: 1 Charlie Petty (Beta) 62, 2 Will Slater (Beta) 159.

Youth Class C: 1 Ruby Lawrie (Oset) 34, 2 Jimmy Crabtree (Beta) 55, 3 Oliver Petty Beta) 103.

Pickering & D.M.C. Trial, Riseborough, Sunday.

A COOL dry day provided some decent riding conditions for the Pickering club’s trial at Kilburn but a lower entry than usual the usual numbers of competitors. For most of the competitors it turned out easier at Riseborough rather than the recent Kilburn event. Sections six, ten and 11 tested the competitors, and consequently the penalties rose. Section six tested the field.

The club thank all who supported the trial. The numbers served to reward the organisers who underwent a soaking during Friday’s mark out session. Pickering will run again on October 11, at Riseborough.


1 Andy Thorpe (Scorpa) 1 (f/c), 2, 2 Mark Snowball (Gas Gas) 1. 3 Adam Robinson (Beta) 3, 4 Jake Snowball (Gas Gas) 4, 5 Chris Dale Gas) 7. White adult route: 1 Adrian Dawes (Beta) 29, 2 Dave Caruthers (Beta) 78. Twin Shock: Bill Gamble (Yamaha) 17.Youth: Reece Woodmansey (Suzuki) 17. 2 Leah Hare (Beta) 209.

Weekend Fixture List.


Horsforth & D.M .C. Simon Green Championship trial, Galloway Pastures, Greenhow, 11am.

Spen Valley M.C.C. R.A.S. Championship trial, Parkwood Offroad Estate, Tong, 12pm.