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RD 5 - RUTHIN , NORTH WALES MAY 2019
Report: K. Williams Photos Doc Ward

"WOR Events laid on a superb event last weekend for riders of all ages as the WES 2019 got to the halfway point in the championship. This event was Round 5 and it was held in the majestic setting of Llywn Ynn Hall, Near Ruthin in North Wales. The track is held in the old gardens and parklands of the fallen 16th century mansion and the stunning paddock and event camping area are something to behold indeed. The track is in two halves at this venue, fast and flowing on the grass field sections with a traditional enduro "grass special test" type feel to it then the ancient woodlands are simply brutal, like no other terrain, rocky, rooty and very slippery no matter what the weather is doing, equating to a really demanding and challenging competition for all the riders. The sunshine made this event a scorcher and the track was in perfect condition for the very healthy turn out of racers that support this series.

This year at WOR Events has seen a massive increase in popularity for the Kids Enduro racing scene and the atmosphere, variety in tracks, professional attitude and general good feeling around Steve Ireland's kids races have been the main factors in the upturn in the now booming junior off road scene at the WOR… Again over 50 kids turning up to this round 5 to enjoy the challenge.

The Auto's where the first race of the day and they had a superb, mini track and a 1 hr race that was simply fantastic for the parents and spectators to watch. The series so far has been dominated by little Ceri Williams and he pushed that further with another start to finish winning performance. Ceri managed to win by one clear lap from his nearest rival, Curtis Mealham. Harlie Tebay was a solid 3rd place a further lap down on Mealham. All of the Auto riders must get a special mention though as they take on all the different courses and terrains with great endeavour and determination and they really do put on a good show for the series.

The bigger kids' race was for 1.5hrs and ran on a bigger circuit with more challenges thrown in the mix and again due to the nature of this super spectator friendly venue the action was right on hand for all to see.

Jayden Jones is some talent, this youngster came good in this event and took the overall win in the event, Very impressive coming from the 9/10-year-old group. Jones has a style and skill level well above his tiny tally of years and on Sunday he took the overall lead around the 35-minute mark and then never looked back, he pulled a clear 3 lap advantage in his class and a 1 .5-minute advantage over the whole race. Runner Up in the 9/10's was William Barnett with Edward Short taking the final podium placing.

Jack Brooks won the 7/8's Group with another strong ride as George Sheldon showed fantastic determination to come back from a first lap disaster to get on the second spot on the podium. Liam Dobbing did brilliantly to claim his first podium and trophy with a solid third place.
The 11/12's are a fast group and the front runner is Lewis Hurdsman, he was the man to beat again in that class as he took a 2-lap advantage to the podium over Runner Up, Alfie Barber. Archie Short was not far away and claimed a solid 3rd spot in class.

Billy Austin rode his best yet in the series and was onfire in the 13/14's group as he eventually took the class win by 53 seconds from Runner Up, Ryan Maudsley with both riders on the same laps. Billy Austin was a brilliant 2nd overall in the entire race and indeed was flying early on as the hare the hounds where chasing down. Lewis Taylor continues his weekly rider improvements with a solid 23 lap, 3rd place ride and fully deserved his efforts with his speed and skill levels.

12.30 Noon saw the Adults take to line for the 2hr, full lap race. The sun was hot, and the challenging woodlands lay in wait for the hardy racers. This was a full-on Hare Scramble with all the ingredients of a national level event. Race Boss Steve Ireland dropped his Union Jack flag and the big front row of Expert level riders blasted away. Row after row in the classes followed and the track was alive with racing action.
Owain Humphreys was the man to beat, back from injury and pushing his CF Racing 350 to its max, the strong and super quick Welshman was out in front from lap one and was never really challenged. Owain finished the event a complete lap ahead of Expert Runner Up, Aled Price and 3 and half minutes over Event Runner- Up, Expert Vet Winner, Lincoln Brewster. 3rd spot in the Experts went to Craig Reynolds with a solid ride on his Manchester Xtreme GasGas.

Event Runner Up Overall was WOR Stalwart Lincoln Brewster, Lincoln smashing the Expert Vets class by a clear lap from Runner Up, Paul Lightfoot and 3rd placed Darren Skillin with both Skillin and especially Lightfoot looking very smooth and strong in the slippery woodlands.

Top Expert B rider was Liam Belfield on his Manchester Xtreme Yamaha YZ250. Belfield finishing a very narrow 7 seconds ahead of Jeremy Callow after an Epic battle between the two riders. 3rd spot in the Exp B's going to Paul Engerlen.

Sion Hughes is another young rider that is flying at the moment and was on top form in the Clubman class as he took the win by 47 seconds from Rhys Evans. Evans is a strong competitor in this Class, and he matched Hughes' 12 laps. Ieuan Brooks was his usual consistent self and blasted to 11 laps and a podium place making sure he scored some valuable championship points.

Jason Clarke secured the Over 40 class victory with 12 laps to his name as opposed to second place Rider, Andy Jervis. Jervis the ERS suspension technician completed 11 laps to finish a lap clear of 3rd placed Gavin Barnett, Himself riding determined and strong to get his valued podium spot.

The Over 50's is dominated by Chris Wagstff and his class win and brilliant 6th place overall was well deserved indeed. Runner Up Over 50 was the massively experienced and superb all-round off-road rider that is Allan Price. The tougher the conditions the more Price will be on the podium and he took on the gnarly, unforgiving woodlands with his usual feet up, classy style. 3rd place was Martin Wells with a solid 10 laps.

Young Hayden Rainford is turning some heads this year as he blasted to the Sportsman class win with a lap clear advantage, on paper at least, from Runner Up, Max Eilledge. Eilledge himself is really improving with every ride and looks to be one to watch coming through the ranks. Haydn Tyrer rounded off the very youthful Sportsman Podium just a minute adrift of Eilledge. Rainford did 12 laps, the other two completing 11 each.

Sam Hughes keeps putting in those solid rides that win him the Youth class as he continues his progression through the ranks. Riding his 125 to 11 laps and pushing Frank Skillin and Cameron Games into 2nd and 3rd place respectively on 10 circuits each.

Glesni Jones, former British Ladies Enduro champion took 11 laps home and the ladies class win from Izzy Skillin and the super determined Kahlen Tyrer.

James Short topped the Novice group from James Gore and Alun Evans with all 3 going well in the group.

Summing up is easy, the venue, the event, the organisation, the atmosphere, the weather, the people and the general vibe was all top drawer and all you could want or expect from an event from one of the UK's most proactive and experienced race promoters, a massive well done to all involved.

WOR Events as always send out a big thank you to the landowners, staff, medics, caterers, sponsors and event supporters with the biggest thanks of all going to the riders that support the events and make them happen.

RESULTS: Overall - Auto Laps - Kids Laps - Adults Laps - Photos - Standings

The next WOR event is now the big Ludlow weekend on the Bank Holiday 25/26th May, this is a simply amazing venue and one not to be missed. Enduro Playday Saturday, Tiny Warriors Saturday ..Quads and sidecars Saturday .. Followed by WES rd 6 Adults and Kids on the Sunday .. More info at www.worevents.com