Darlington & D.M.C. Trial, Pen Hill, West Witton, Sunday.

ONE hundred trials riders climbed Pen Hill to compete in Darlington Motor Club's trial on Sunday – plus caterer Nicolla whose catering unit was towed up on the end of rope by organiser Graham Sanderson and his trusty pick-up. The most important vehicle in attendance.

Richard Sadler won as usual just ahead of Wickham's John Crinson and Embsay motor cycle agent Aran Drachenberg. Tom Middleton was the top novice competitor. The trials route at Penn Hill was plotted with a dozen sections and three laps in fine weather.

Fellbeck farmer Richard Shepherd won the Green route class riding a Montesa rather than his pristine Honda. Tony Holmes was in fine form and won the easy Clubman class on a mere three penalties. Adrian Harrison rode faultless laps to win the Over 40s category. The fall of the day was down to ten-year-old Josh Dent who flew off his Beta machine in section one.

It was a big crash and the youngster was on his way to win Youth Class C. They breed them tough in Coverdale.


Hard course. Experts: 1 Richard Sadler (Vertigo) 2, 2 John Crinson (Beta) 8, 3 Aran Drachenberg (Vertigo) 12. Inters: 1 Richard Kendra (Gas Gas) 21. Novices: 1 Tom Middleton (Vertigo) 8, 2 Elliott Laws (Vertigo) 12, 3 Ryan Brown (Beta) 20. Green course: 1 Richard Shepherd (Montesa) 7, 2 Darren Gill (Vertigo) 7, 3 Roger Williams (Beta) 9. Easy Clubman: 1 Tony Holmes 3, 2 Will Handley 11, 3 Neil Gaunt (Beta) 12. (All Beta). Over 40s: 1 Adrian Harrison (TRS) 0, 2 Darren Fowler (Beta) 1, 3 Ian Haigh (Beta) 1. Easy Twin Shock: 1 Andrew Denis (BSA) 17, 2 Mike Minns (BSA) 34. Easy Class A: Sam Quinn (Beta) 54. Easy Class B: 1 Joe Younghusband (Beta) 6, 2 Charlie Astwood (Sherco) 10. Easy Class C: Josh Dent (Beta) 72.