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Course map for the Cleveland Hills event on Saturday 2nd October now available (online entry closes Thursday)

Our final league event for 2021 is next Saturday October 2nd – it’s a 3 hour event, based at Kildale Village Hall. Conrad and Jill Ellison have planned a fantastic course to finish the season.

Online entry closes midnight Thursday 30th September

This event will use MapRun (and not SI controls), so if you’ve not used that before you can check out the details in the previous posts. As always, any issues, please get in touch.

There will be spot prizes too on 5 controls for the first rider to reach that point.

Registration is 09.00-10.15 and start times between 09.30 and 10.30

The updated league after 5 events can be found here – your 3 best events of 6 will count for the final league position.(You may need to refresh the page by pressing F5 is a previous version is cached)

As it’s the final event, league prizes will be awarded at the end of the day when the results are in, so please try to stay around for that if you can!

Winter league for November to March should be available soon – but we could really do with some more planners – please talk to Tim on Saturday if you might be interested or drop him a message.

Tuesday update: map updated to show forest tracks and road north of Kildale village, click on the map to view.

Swaledale Report and Control Map

Thanks to Steve Willis for planning yesterday’s event, here’s his report and the control map:

Thanks to the Dales Bike Centre for hosting our event (and the coffee & cake), Tim Evans for his hard work with the map as well as the 4 gamekeepers for raising no objections to the event taking place and allowing us to use a number of their private estate tracks.

Using Maprun instead of SportIdent worked well for most riders and hopefully it will improve in the near future as it saves so much time putting out and collecting the controls as well as removing the problem of controls going missing. The main problem is not being able to load an OS map on the Maprun App so there were slight (ie 50m) differences in the locations of 4 controls. Hopefully it didn’t spoil anyone’s ride.

I thoroughly enjoyed checking all of the control sites over the previous 2 months as it’s a cracking area with stunning views and great trails. It was reassuring to see that the leading 4 riders all went to different first controls – and surprising that winner’s first control was at the top of Fremington Edge!! Most riders also visited most of the controls on the excellent Swale Trail which, despite the gates, is so enjoyable as it is fairly flat.

Congratulations to the Gents winners Harry Kingston M21 400;Stuart Pigg M40 380: Conrad Ellison M50 365: Chris Swift M60 340; David Day M70 325; Ladies – Angela Brand Barker W60 275; Mixed – Dean & Molly Ralphson X40 330; Generation – Jeffrey & Laura Barber 320: John Hollows Ebike 380. Final congratulations to the 5 riders who won the Spot prizes which were at Controls 1, 2, 3, 17 & 21

I hope you can all make it to the final league event of the season at Kildale on Saturday 2nd October. Please stay afterwards when the prizes will be presented to the League winners.

We will be running a series of Winter events again starting in November. Please contact Tim Evans if you would like to plan one in your area from your local pub!

Hope to see you at another NYMBO event soon

Steve Willis

Course Planner

Swaledale Results (1st)

Swlaedale control map (click on the map for the pdf version)


Swaledale Event Information

If you’re coming to the Swaledale event, here are some extra bits of information. You should have had this by email, but just in case you haven’t received it it’s replicated here.

Thanks for entering Sunday’s four hour MBO event at the Dales Bike Centre in Fremington. Here are a few extra bits of information on MapRun.

In addition to Steve’s Spot Prizes there’s free coffee and cake for all finishers.

Any questions or problems, please get in touch.


As you know we are using Maprun for this event so please can you ensure you download the app ( Maprun 6 for phones or MaprunG for Garmin users) older versions will get the points wrong.

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL – Please can you also ensure you download the map file as 4G can be a bit iffy depending on network and whilst we will have the Dales Bike Centre Wifi it will be easier if you have done this .

This can be downloaded using QR code at the bottom or if you click on select event then UK then North Yorkshire then NYMBO then click on Swaledale2021 it will download the event.

ON THE DAY – if you click on go to start you will be asked for a PIN code that Steve will give you.

This will bring up the course on the screen with a background map from OpenOrienteering which is georeferenced,  The controls are placed in google earth not on this map as it isn’t spot on as the extract below shows. The control is on the path not in the river.  We have left the track visible option on so if you think you are at the control and it hasn’t bleeped look at your phone to see if it thinks you are anywhere near and go towards the control if possible, if your phone GPS and the ground think differently we can adjust using the HITMO function after you have finished this increases the search radius and often picks up the odd stray control.

A quick word about the start and finish below is the map and google earth extracts . For the start Steve will give you the map you will enter the PIN get yourselves set up then leave the DBC and it should Ping as you leave or get to the exit, please do not abuse this by planning your route before you approach the start ,

The finish has been kept away from the road so that if any of you cycle past to get that last control you shouldn’t trigger the finish if you do trigger the finish as you pass let us know and we will credit the extra controls and make a judgement on how late you would have been but hopefully this should not happen, and it won’t trigger if you go one way , change your mind and go back as you have to visit a control first .

Please upload your results before you leave so we can see who has won

Steve and Tim are out testing the course tomorrow and will be checking for the finish issue

Swaledale Blank Map now available – online entry closes on Thursday night

A small tweak to the map to clarify that it’s a 4 hour event (not 5 as on the previous version)

Here’s the blank map for next Sunday’s event in Swaledale.

Online entry here by midnight Thursday please, all other details in the previous post

Steve says “Don’t forget to download Maprun6 onto your Smart phone before you arrive as we are not using SportIdent. Free coffee and cake to all finishers. Spot prizes to the first riders at 5 controls


Malham Report | Swaledale Entry for Sunday Sep 12th is open

Here’s Simon’s report for the Malham event last weekend.

Online entry for Swaledale on SUNDAY September 12th is here


Despite the unfortunate cancellation of Bank Holiday Monday’s event, it was great to see nearly forty riders heading off in glorious weather at Malham. Even better was seeing so many smiling faces and hearing so many positive comments upon their return four hours later. Conditions were near perfect with nearly everywhere on the map riding superbly.

My main planning aim was to try and provide a few alternative tracks to compliment some of the usual Malham ‘classics’. I also wanted to try and shrink the total area slightly whilst still giving a variation of routes. Those who ventured to the southeast corner of the map seemed to enjoy these ‘new’ Bridleways.

Things turned out very competitive throughout the results and particularly close at the top despite a good variety of routes. It looks like experience triumphed over youth this year as M50’s filled the top 3 places.

Overall honours and the splendid Malham Show Mbo trophy went to Ifor Powell who scored 395 points just piping Conrad Ellison by 4 points with David Cowgill just 2 points behind Conrad in third.

Ian Furlong was top M21 finisher in 4th overall after Nuno Cerqueria suffered a few too many lateness penalties. John Hollows took the Ebike class in 5th overall while Chris Smith took the M60 honours in 9th. Ray Morriss pipped John Dixon in M70, top Mix pair were Molly & Dean Ralphson with Jeffrey & Laura Barber taking the Generation class. Not only did Karen Blackburn triumph in W70 but she was also the top lady overall with Jill Ellison taking W50 and Helen Bagley W60.

Full results here

Overall honours and the splendid Malham Show Mbo trophy went to Ifor Powell (presented by Tim)

If there was a prize for commitment it would have to go to poor Mark Rowley who upon discovering that he’d left an mtb shoe at home still managed over two hours wearing just one! Commiserations Mark.

I’d like to thank the many people who contributed as usual to make the event possible:

Chris Wildman and the Malham Show team for their help with the venue. Tim Evans, Steve Willis and Dave Robertson for their invaluable help with organisation ,Tim again for another great map and Tony Brand-Barker for his help at both the finish and tracking down the ‘missing’ rider who didn’t download after finishing.

Finally, massive thanks to all the control collectors below who helped ensure we were all home before dark:

Ifor Powell, James Chilcott, John Dixon, Ray Morriss, Tony Brand-Barker, David Cowgill, David Collins and Tim Evans.


Blank map for Malham on Saturday 28th now available – entries close Thursday 26th

Here’s the blank course map for the Malham event next weekend.

Online entry is here (closes midnight Thursday 26th)

It’s a four hour event, with registration from 09.00-10.15 and starts from 09.30-10.30.

Entry includes your ticket for the Malham Show, which you can enjoy after your ride!

Remember, there’s no NYMBO event on the Bank Holiday Monday this year, so Malham offers a great opportunity to ride in the Yorkshire Dales.

Next event – Malham – Saturday 28th August

Our next event is on the Bank Holiday Weekend, and is back at the Malham Show, as usual your entry fee into this event also includes entry into the show after your ride.

Online entry is here and is open until midnight Thursday 26th – the blank course map should be available on the website this weekend.

Sadly, this year it’s not been possible to also run an event on the Bank Holiday Monday as part of the Ebor White Rose weekend.

There are two more events for this years NYMBO league – the four our event in Fremington on Sunday Septmber 12th; and at Kildale on Saturday October 2nd.

Updated flier is here

Grantley Race Report

Thanks to Neil and Graham for their hard work in putting on the Grantley event, which following the pandemic delays finally went ahead on a hot July day. Their race report is below.

The results from the event are here; and the updated league after three events is here – thanks to John Dixon for managing the league.

Next events: The next NYMBO events are scheduled for the August Bank Holiday weekend, at Malham on the Saturday and the Ebor White Rose on the Monday. We’ll confirm both those events just as soon as we have details available.

Grantley 17th July 2021 – Race Report

En route to control 24

It was great to see such a good turnout given the blistering hot weather and the need to pre enter online.

This event was originally scheduled to take place in May 2020 from Sawley Village Hall but was obviously cancelled due to the pandemic. As we were unable to rebook Sawley we decided to move the event centre to Grantley which we last used in 2017.

Graham and I had hoped to plan a course with a variety of route choice and terrain. We also hoped that given the right conditions and riders it may have been possible to clear up. In that respect thanks to overall winner Andy Conn who almost proved us right, by visiting 27 of the 30 controls and finishing with 482 points. Congratulations also to the other category winners  Harry Kingston, ( M21 – 459 points), Paul Dobson (M60 – 360 points), John Dixon (M70 – 375 points), Naomi Malkin (W21 – 250 points), Carmen Elphick (W40 – 210 points) , Jill Ellison (W50 – 305 points) and Angela Brand-Barker (W60 – 265 points).

Despite our initial fears on seeing the majority of rider head north from the start, thereafter it appears there was a wide variety of route choices. Despite the heat, a few mechanicals and nettle / bramble scars it appears most of you enjoyed your rides and thanks for the positive comments.

It was good to see some new faces and hope you make to the next events and spread the word.  

Thanks to Dave Robertson for web support, Steve Willis for running the registration and Tim Evans who eventually arrived to oversee the download !

Also many thanks to Shelia Pearce, John Dixon and Tim Evans for volunteering to collect controls along with Graham and myself.    

Apologies for anyone I may have missed

Best Wishes

Neil Reed & Graham Tibbot (Planners)

20210717 - Grantley w controls
20210717 – Grantley w controls