Howardian Hills event – updated results and commentsUpdated results here
Jeff Harris planned an excellent course with plenty of route choice and the dry weather meant that the fitter riders were going to have to cover the whole of this beautiful area and no-one would have to spend much time cleaning their bikes afterwards. The tracks were the driest that I can remember so that even the ploughed field north of Terrington was rideable.
Thanks as ever to Jens for another excellent map; Jeff for putting out all of the controls; Geoff Moorhouse, Alistair Copeland; Michael Brough for their help on the day as well as the control collectors (see below). Congratulations to Edwyn Oliver-Evans (M21) for winning again and visiting all of the controls with 8 minutes to spare. Andy Conn (M50) did the same but was 42 seconds late so only 524 points this month. The other leading riders were Andrew Windrum M40-520, John Rawden M60-390, Steve & Andrea Foster X50-385, Sue Booth W50-375, Ray Morriss M70-361, Stuart Pigg; Jake King Gen-351
You can follow all of their routes using the splits file and course map. I made a mistake with the SI programme as I copied the Cropton file where I had to change the values of 47 and 57 around. Unfortunately, I forgot to change them back again which didn’t matter if you visited both controls. I’ve amended the results and posted the correct version on the web pages. Please let me know if there are any other errors. Apologies also to 2 riders who tried to find the start at Gilling East. I changed the event centre a few months ago and thought I had updated the web pages. Sorry you didn’t see that but glad that you made it to Brandsby in time. I thoroughly enjoyed my ride as usual on my newly serviced bike and skinny tyres. (Thanks John). Having already seen the map, I had already decided to get the climb over first so headed for Gilling Woods. I reached Hovingham in under an hour so decided to visit all of the controls in the woods before heading back through Terrington and Scackleton. It was very obvious why this area has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Don’t forget that I will still be retiring as an organiser at the end of the season so the Nidderdale event will be my last. I would still like to hear from someone who is interested in taking on the coordinators’ role or a few people who would like to manage the events between them. I will still plan an event every year and ride whenever we’re not on holiday, seeing the family or playing golf!!
The next event will be a 5 hour Score event in the Yorkshire Dales based at Gill Garth Farm in Selside, Ribblesdale and it’s an early start at 9.00am. Alex Pilkington has planned an excellent course but unfortunately I won’t be able to make it so I hope to hear lots of excellent reports.. Steve
Planner’s comments From the comments I received at the finish everyone enjoyed the event, I really enjoyed planning the event, did anyone have time to admire the views from one of the ridges in the area and the Brandsby Village Hall made a great event centre, although the parking was a bit tight at the end. There was plenty of option for riders to plan a route back to the start, you just had to decide at which point to cut back through the middle of the area or stay on the outside of the area, for anyone going for all the controls the main decision was when to pick the controls in the centre of the area, congratulation to Edwyn who managed to clear all the controls with over 8 mins to spare, I knew the area was fast and with ground being so dry there was every chance that someone would clear the area in under 3 hours. Many thanks to Ray, Andy, Andrew, Adrian, Tim, Edwyn and John, for your help collecting in the controls at the end after their rides.
All the best, Jeff