Three from Westmorland and one from Barrow in the latest update

Three from Westmorland and one from Barrow in the latest update

It’s Monday morning which seems to have become the day in which this website gets updated following the weekend. So here are the current updates.

First of all, four guys were out on Sunday setting out the sections for Westmorland’s first Wednesday evening trial which will be held at High Newton, just off the A590 Levens to Barrow road. Drop into the village which was bay-passed a good few years ago, and pick up the direction arrow which leads you up the hill to the venue  about half a mile out of the village. The land has been used briefly in the past, but not for around 30 years or so.

Peter Blowers, Andrew Southward and Ryan Tipper spent a few hours deciding on the sections for the evening trial on June 28 which look to be very sensible with two routes, a main clubman course and an easy clubman course. With the weather uncertain, they have gone for 8 sections lapped either four or five times depending upon the conditions. It would be good to get enough observers as this helps speed the evening along. And there’s a pub in the village for a bit of refreshment afterwards. Start time will be from 6pm but it’s more likely to be 6.30 which is the time most folks seem to be able to get there for. Enter at the start and there is plenty of good parking and spectators can view 5 sections all close together within a couple of minutes walk from where they will have parked.

Then on Sunday, July 2 the Barrow club have Harold’s Trial,  a clubman trial at Ickenthwaite which will be flagged from the Haverthwaite crossroads just after Backbarrow on the A590. This venue is deep into the heart of the Lake District and will be four laps of ten sections starting at 10.30am with entries taken at the start. As is apparent from the trial’s title, Harold Whiteway and Angus Jenkinson will be setting out this trial with a standard clubman course and an easy clubman course. As is always the case observers are needed so support the club whenever possible.

Unfortunately Westmorland have had to cancel their planned trial for July 9 as it clashes with the same club’s classic scramble at Helsington just outside Kendal. It was last year that Westmorland negotiated the return to this classic scramble venue after a 50 year gap. They were able to plot virtually the exact same course and the meeting proved to be an incredible success, so with no local trial to ride, perhaps the trials boys as well as scramble fans will support the Westmorland venture. They run a slick meeting with practice from around 9.30 and a whole host of races during the day.

Another slick meeting is Barbon Hill climb on July 22 which is a round of the national hill climb championship and where Mick Grant is the honoured guest complete with a Velocette of the era on which he won his class back in the late ‘sixties when he first raced the hill. Entries are still being taken for this meeting and each rider gets up to nine runs of the hill so there’s plenty of action all day.