Washburn Comments


Washburn Organiser’s Comments

It’s a pity the weather changed for this event – cool and damp wasn’t what I had in mind when I was packing the car – but at least the tracks were firm after the dry weather for the last month. Neil planned an excellent and challenging course at his first attempt which everyone seemed to enjoy and it was great to be riding a relatively unknown area.

There were 2 main choices – clockwise or anti-clockwise and work out when to visit the controls in the valley. Anti-clockwise seemed to be better as you could ride quickly across Askwith Moor and down to Denton. I’m glad I chose that way after visiting Timble and Beecroft as I hadn’t been there since I stopped orienteering in the 90’s. I wonder if it may be big enough for an MTBO event next year?

Congratulations to Graham Fielding (M50) who won overall with an impressive 427 points but I think he could have got even more if he had chosen similar routes to Ray Morriss and Martin & Max Vesty who were only 10 and 7 points behind for second overall and to win M60 and M21 respectively.

This was Ray’s 4th consecutive win despite a nasty injury in Stainburn Forest which required 14 stitches at Otley Hospital before he could go home. It was great to see the Vesty’s back at NYMBO events after Max’s exams. They are riding in M21 now so look out Rik & Ben as they have enough events left to catch you up.

Phill Collings won M40 for the first time with 411, just 2 points more than Conrad, while Charlie Somers Cocks won W50 with the best women’s score of 371 points – 6 points ahead of Sue Booth who won W40. Adrian & Luke Parker won the Generation class with an impressive 370 points but 40 points behind Nathan who was the first and only Youth with 415 points and 5th overall. Steve & Fionnuala won the Mixed category at their first attempt with 245 points

Thanks as ever to Jens for another excellent map and the helpers who made everything run smoothly as well as Norwood Village Hall for an excellent event centre. Thanks to the Forestry Commission and Yorkshire Water for letting us use lots of private tracks free of charge. We have been able to donate £1 per rider (so £83) to the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association.

Final thanks to everyone who stopped to help Roger Tyler, especially Jenny Sutton who took him to Harrogate Hospital and was with him all afternoon until his wife arrived. Unfortunately, he has a fractured hip so he is still in hospital so I am sure you will join me in wishing him a speedy recovery.

Someone left a pair of clear glasses so please contact me if they are yours

Our next event is a ‘treasure hunt’ MBO at Ripon on Sunday 6th July as part of the Tour weekend. Then it’s over to Cropton the following weekend for 3 events. MTBO on Saturday morning (12th July) then a 3 hour score event in the afternoon in Cropton Forest. Free camping overnight at the New Inn (no need to book) then a 4 hour Score event in Rosedale and Farndale on Sunday.

They are all part of the BMBO National Championship weekend as well as events 6 and 7 in the NYMBO League.

Hope you can make it one, two or all 3 events.



2 thoughts on “Washburn Comments

  1. Alistair Copeland

    I’d just like to record my thanks to Ralph Defty who took time off from his desk duties to sort out my brake problems when a mechanical glitch cut short my first attempt after only 25 meters! Once I eventually got underway, only half an hour later, I really enjoyed the event and Neil’s course took me to some areas that I hadn’t previously ridden even though it’s on my doorstep. Despite local knowledge I still managed to managed to end up riding up to the finish from Lindley Wood reservoir!


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