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Steady Eddy X-treme Round Two, Cowm Quarry

Report by Christine Parkes
Photos by Ashleigh Blunt.

Well the weather gods were not kind to us for this final round of the Steady Eddy X-treme series at Cowm Quarry but despite this we had a good field of keen, mainly novice and beginner, extreme riders.

With the new wood section making the track a super long lap as the pack came through the finish on the first lap out in front was Matthew Thompson (who was actually riding for no points and acting as the expert hare to the extreme hounds as Jack Spencer had done in round one) closely followed by Jamie Williams and Robert Crayston.

Lap two and Robert came around in the lead with a lead of less than a second from Matthew with Jamie around 40 seconds behind them. By lap three Matt was back in the lead and pulled a little lead out on Robert and this is where they stayed for the next few laps. The end of lap five saw Jamie Williams head for the pits and this meant he dropped down the order quite a few places leaving Robert Allen to take over third spot in the Clubman class.

Meanwhile veteran extreme lover, Mark Houson, was sat comfortably in fifth overall and first in the Sportsman Vets class. He was followed by Andy Harvey and Mark Fenwick (Sportsman Vets winner from round one). In the Over 50's class Rob Elston took the early lead from Geraint Rogers with Rob Gregory in third. As they started lap six Geraint had pulled his way to lead the class with Rob Elston in second and Rob Gregory in third which is where they stayed until the flag.

The early lead in the Sportsman class was held by Ben Hurley with Chris Tennant in second and Joe Quirk in third. By the end of lap five Joe Quirk took the lead with local Cowm rider Brendan Whittle in hot pursuit. Early leader Ben Hurley once again suffered mechanical failure as he had in round one. Third place was now taken over by Dean Pallister and this is the way it continued straight through to the finish with Joe Quirk having nearly a two minute lead over Brendan and Dean being a good six minutes plus behind Brendan.

Top Novice was Mark Fletcher with Steve Horgan in second and Mitchell Cooper in third. By the end of lap five Mark Fletcher had pulled a superb seven minute lead over second place Steve Horgan. Top Youth honours went to local lad Dylan Adshead who was determined to complete the race after having dnf'd in round one. In second place was Bert Boam and third place was Hayden Stansfield who was taking part in his very first extreme event.

As the event progressed the battle for first place overall continued between Matt and Robert with the gap between them being less than a second most of the time. As they past the finish at the end of lap 9 Robert had crept past matt to take the lead but as they crossed the chequered flag Matt had regained the overall lead by less than five seconds from Robert. Both heartily congratulated each other for such a good battle and obviously with matt only riding for fun, Robert took the event honours which gave him the overall series win in the Clubman class. It was not a good day for early contender Jamie Williams, who suffered throttle trouble during the event as was having to visit the pits frequently to have it adjusted. He managed a well deserved 13th overall and seventh in class in the end giving him third place in the series. The final third place event honours in the Clubman went to Robert Allen which gave him second in the series.

The weather and conditions did play their toll on the field of riders as the event progressed. We saw numerous mechanical breakdowns due to water getting where it shouldn't and several punctures. Some tried to last the bulk of the event with flat tyres, even the likes of Liam Done who was running a very creditable 31st overall with a flat tyre from the first lap. He lasted to lap five and then had to pull out before he killed his wheel totally.

As the flag went out after the full two and a half hours there were some very happy faces, Cowm at what was a very wet and cold day and they had completed the full time. It didn't matter to any of them whether they had done one lap or ten they had completed, what was the first time for some, an extreme endure in very extreme conditions.

Once again a very hearty well done must go to everyone who rode including Abbie Piggot who was once again the only lady rider, Haden Stansfield for his first ever adult race and he chose an extreme to do it and of course Bert Boam who will be catching his Dad, veteran extreme and trials champ Mick, sooner than he thinks. Oh and not forgetting John Whittle who was still smiling from ear to ear as he passed the chequered flag after two and a half hours.

Results Round Two:

Overall Pos

Pos in class

No.

Name

Class

Laps

Total Tm

Diff

Gap

Best Tm

In Lap

1

1

75

Robert Crayston

Clubman

10

31:31.4

 

 

14:31.4

2

2

1

75

Mark Houson

Sportsman Vets

10

40:22.3

08:50.9

08:50.9

15:21.0

9

3

2

150

Robert Allen

Clubman

10

40:47.7

09:16.3

25.472

15:47.5

3

4

2

112

Mark Fenwick

Sportsman Vets

9

27:10.3

1 Lap

1 Lap

14:09.7

2

5

3

18

Lee Thomas

Clubman

9

28:45.0

1 Lap

01:34.7

15:50.1

9

6

4

39

Danny Calkin

Clubman

9

29:17.7

1 Lap

32.763

16:15.2

7

7

5

852

Paul Clarke

Clubman

9

29:26.2

1 Lap

8.499

15:56.6

8

8

1

53

Joe Quirk

Sportsman

9

30:04.9

1 Lap

38.706

15:08.3

2

9

6

350

Chris Brown

Clubman

9

30:31.0

1 Lap

26.112

16:12.3

7

10

3

333

Andy Harvey

Sportsman Vets

9

30:51.8

1 Lap

20.766

14:00.4

2

11

2

99

Brendan Whittle

Sportsman

9

31:57.0

1 Lap

01:05.1

15:55.9

8

12

1

57

Geraint Rogers

Over 50's

9

34:42.9

1 Lap

02:45.9

16:30.6

6

13

7

7

Jamie Williams

Clubman

9

34:52.3

1 Lap

9.36

15:21.8

2

14

4

8

Neil Crayston

Sportsman Vets

9

35:36.5

1 Lap

44.259

16:32.1

7

15

8

23

Richard Wozencroft

Clubman

9

36:39.6

1 Lap

01:03.0

15:52.9

2

16

9

9

Michael Harris

Clubman

9

37:52.9

1 Lap

01:13.3

14:17.6

2

17

3

82

Dean Pallister

Sportsman

9

38:14.7

1 Lap

21.834

16:53.7

3

18

10

21

Alexander Watt

Clubman

9

38:49.1

1 Lap

34.41

14:52.0

2

19

1

26

Mark Fletcher

Novice

9

38:50.4

1 Lap

1.263

17:00.3

9

20

4

17

Chris Tennant

Sportsman

9

39:05.3

1 Lap

14.935

17:06.2

7

21

5

204

David Williams

Sportsman Vets

9

41:49.0

1 Lap

02:43.7

17:39.3

8

22

11

88

Darren Heyes

Clubman

9

42:44.9

1 Lap

55.887

15:23.3

2

23

6

119

Jonathan Ellis

Sportsman Vets

8

27:41.2

2 Laps

1 Lap

17:40.6

8

24

5

34

Eddie Benson

Sportsman

8

28:46.2

2 Laps

01:05.0

16:59.9

7

25

2

79

Rob Elston

Over 50's

8

31:55.7

2 Laps

03:09.5

15:17.2

2

26

6

54

Guy Jarvis

Sportsman

8

32:04.8

2 Laps

9.07

17:51.7

4

27

3

86

Rob Gregory

Over 50's

8

33:05.6

2 Laps

01:00.8

17:44.8

5

28

7

349

Max Varty

Sportsman

8

33:35.3

2 Laps

29.766

17:57.1

2

29

8

42

Gavin White

Sportsman

8

36:04.8

2 Laps

02:29.5

18:49.3

5

30

9

31

Dave Askham

Sportsman

8

36:29.0

2 Laps

24.17

18:39.6

8

31

4

1

John Malone

Over 50's

8

38:07.5

2 Laps

01:38.5

18:49.5

7

32

2

424

Steven Horgan

Novice

8

38:26.9

2 Laps

19.369

18:31.9

8

33

12

38

Rob Halliday

Clubman

8

39:29.5

2 Laps

01:02.6

18:51.2

3

34

5

107

John Whittle

Over 50's

8

40:03.0

2 Laps

33.498

19:24.1

5

35

6

106

Carl Tennant

Over 50's

8

40:46.3

2 Laps

43.243

17:34.2

2

36

3

107

Bill Price

Novice

8

45:41.1

2 Laps

04:54.9

18:38.0

5

37

7

46

Nigel McKenzie

Over 50's

8

46:13.1

2 Laps

31.952

20:01.7

6

38

4

822

Jack Broxup

Novice

7

27:39.7

3 Laps

1 Lap

20:11.8

6

39

5

111

Mitchell Cooper

Novice

7

28:23.1

3 Laps

43.364

19:13.6

7

40

6

105

Alfie Glizeman

Novice

7

29:31.8

3 Laps

01:08.7

19:16.1

3

41

7

63

Paul Howarth

Novice

7

29:47.3

3 Laps

15.521

20:25.0

5

42

1

113

Dylan Adshead

Youth

7

29:58.8

3 Laps

11.438

18:45.0

3

43

10

28

Max Dent

Sportsman

7

31:07.0

3 Laps

01:08.2

20:25.5

2

44

8

911

Michael Smith

Novice

7

33:09.0

3 Laps

02:02.0

20:36.8

7

45

9

84

Lee Robson

Novice

7

34:32.3

3 Laps

01:23.2

21:00.4

2

46

10

246

Abbie Piggott

Novice

7

39:28.1

3 Laps

04:55.8

20:33.7

3

47

11

2

Tommy Tait

Novice

7

46:26.7

3 Laps

06:58.6

22:05.1

4

48

2

210

Bert Boam

Youth

7

51:15.0

3 Laps

04:48.3

22:07.8

3

49

12

77

Danny Mutch

Novice

6

30:13.7

4 Laps

1 Lap

24:13.7

3

50

11

116

Curtis Tansley

Sportsman

6

33:11.4

4 Laps

02:57.6

23:27.1

6

51

8

10

Steven Hewitt

Over 50's

6

33:24.4

4 Laps

13.006

24:19.8

3

52

3

345

Hayden Stansfield

Youth

6

33:29.4

4 Laps

5.082

22:32.6

3

53

7

15

Craig Smith

Sportsman Vets

6

47:53.0

4 Laps

14:23.5

24:11.5

3

54

12

310

Luke Graham

Sportsman

5

28:26.7

5 Laps

1 Lap

22:29.5

2

55

13

20

Callum Vickers

Novice

5

32:51.2

5 Laps

04:24.4

24:56.1

5

56

14

350

Steve Mcewan

Novice

5

40:19.1

5 Laps

07:27.9

29:25.8

5

57

15

815

John Challis

Novice

1

50:41.3

9 Laps

4 Laps

 

0

DNF

DNF

3

Matthew Boulter

Clubman

6

56:57.6

DNF

 

14:45.0

2

DNF

DNF

66

Chris Cook

Clubman

5

28:37.4

DNF

 

14:31.7

2

DNF

DNF

5

Liam Done

Sportsman

5

35:56.0

DNF

 

15:34.8

2

DNF

DNF

369

Ben Hurley

Sportsman

4

10:28.0

DNF

 

17:12.8

2

DNF

DNF

170

Oliver Sharp

Clubman

4

13:46.2

DNF

 

16:58.5

2

DNF

DNF

93

Steven Dean

Sportsman

4

19:19.3

DNF

 

19:11.2

4

DNF

DNF

58

Liam Watts

Novice

4

40:10.7

DNF

 

23:46.3

3

DNF

DNF

98

Ryan Crayston

Clubman

3

50:31.8

DNF

 

16:19.3

2

DNF

DNF

301

Aden Overend

Sportsman

3

53:50.8

DNF

 

16:53.8

3

DNF

DNF

59

Stephen Tarren

Sportsman

3

06:21.0

DNF

 

18:31.1

3

DNF

DNF

2

Phil Airlie

Sportsman

3

10:23.1

DNF

 

20:28.5

2

DNF

DNF

11

Ryan Malcome

Novice

3

11:07.7

DNF

 

22:32.7

2

DNF

DNF

927

Ashley Brown

Novice

2

50:10.1

DNF

 

24:42.9

2

DNF

DNF

62

Jordan Jones

Clubman

1

16:19.5

DNF

 

 

0

DNF

DNF

40

Dean Williamson

Clubman

1

19:19.1

DNF

 

 

0

DNF

DNF

41

Jake Holder

Novice

1

29:44.8

DNF

 

 

0

DNF

DNF

27

Carl Bryce

Novice

1

30:38.2

DNF

 

 

0

DNF

DNF

999

Taylor Hampson

Novice

1

59:38.9

DNF

 

 

0

DQ

DQ

373

Matthew Thompson

Clubman

10

31:26.3

DQ

 

14:36.8

2

 

Series Overall Class winners:

Clubman: Robert Crayston

Sportsman Vets: Mark Fenwick

Over 50ís: Geraint Rogers

Sportsman: Brendan Whittle

Novice: Steven Horgan

Youth Bert Boam

Results