Evening caper at Clawthorpe
Promoting Wednesday evening trials is a good way to get riders out for a bit of mid-week exercise, so there was a decent entry on August 11 for the Sedbergh Club’s trial at Clawthorpe.
However, the planned four laps of the ten sections over the predominately limestone pavement sections had to be cut short by a lap when torrential rain hit the hill top venue about half an hour after the 46 riders had begun the event.
Inevitably there were a few retirements, but the bulk of the entry stayed the shortened course where Martin Peck proved to be the only rider to go clean. A fair achievement in the circumstances as the rocks proved mighty slippery once the rain began.
The much easier course attracted a good number of riders looking to get the hang of the sport before venturing onto the main clubman course and it was Dale Wilson on a very tidy monoshock Yamaha who proved the best.
A small number of Youth C and D riders enjoyed the event as well, riding four laps of the first six sections – no mean achievement in the conditions, with Matthew Kendall, Lilly Perie, and Jack Mason all hoping to soon challenge Cameron Batty for the win. George Dixon in his first event did well to finish, encouraged by his dad Chris who is himself a very good rider.
The Sedbergh club had only reformed a couple of months earlier, but straight away they have sprung into action and have attracted a good collection of riders to their South Lakeland venues.
The full results are on the Results Page.
Dale Wilson is pictured.