Builth Wells MCC
Builth Wells MC 2015 Preview
After another very successful 2104 running the ever popular time card enduros, 2015 will see bwmcc return to running hare and hound events. When last run in 2011 these events were at maximum entry level every time!! All this years events are well known to club workers and all competitors alike.
Round 1 will be at the very popular llyn-y-waun ground in hundred house, boasting flowing open hill and recently fallen woodland this event is one which is really suitable for all level of riders but is really aimed at sportsman and clubman riders alike, (all classes available to enter).
Round 2 will see bwmcc return to a venue which was one of the original builth club events 'rhydblawd motorcross track' know to most of you as 'Eddies morris' track!! After many years away from this iconic venue club members are chomping at the bit about running an event there again. With full use of the motorcross track and open flowing fields available add to that some small wooded sections this event really does have everything for all classes of riders. Look out for more info on this one leading up to the event.
Round 3 will be at bwlchilliau forest nr llanafan, as round 1 this event was last run as a hare and hounds in 2011, this event is very unique as its route is 100% woodland based, with challenging traditional Welsh forestry rides this venue will be a old school event but at the same time rideable for all capabilities of competitors. Builth motor club members have been working hard over the past months getting things in place for the up and coming 2015 season!! Look out for regular updates on all the season events
Dates again as follows
On Sunday 3rd November 2013, Builth Wells Motor club LTD held their Bwlchciliau Enduro near Llanafan, Builth Wells. The weather leading up to the event had been very cold and miserable and unfortunately this reflected slightly in the entry, as only around fifty brave souls turned up to race. It was a great shame really, as club members had spent a lot of time in recent weeks preparing the track. Around 70% of the course had been graded by a digger since the race last year, which made some of the tracks in the wood ride exceptionally well and the course was challenging, yet enjoyable to ride at the same time. The whole course was based in the forest and there were two time checks per lap - one for fuel and the test, and a challenging out check in the wood (approx. ten miles in length). Clerk of the course James Rees recognised that the conditions were going to be tough, due to the inclement weather, so check times were set to reflect this, so most people stayed clean all day.
Around five experts had entered including Aled Price of Wrexham, Andrew Bull of Oxon and also Builth Wells club member, Gethin Price from Hundred House, who had not ridden a bike since the Welsh two-day Enduro back in June. Gethin is semi-retired these days, but nevertheless he didn't forget how to twist the throttle and on the first test set a cracking time of 155.71 seconds, which was just beaten by Aled Price of Wrexham with 155.27 seconds. Gethin then stamped his authority by winning the final two tests, to take the overall victory by 28 seconds from Andrew Bull and Gareth Jones (who was a late entry in the experts). All three riders were riding KTM machinery.
The class with the most entries was the clubman. There were several local riders in this class namely Adam James of Rhayader (who really was flying), club member Colin Jenkins of Builth Wells, John Wilding of Felindre and Adam Gayther of Llanbister. Adam James took the win quite comfortably from second placed Ryan Nash of Abergavenny and third placed Phillip Nash of Lampeter. Again all three riders were on KTM machines. A small but very competitive Veteran class was won by Paul Sagar of Oswestry, from Ian Barnett of Llangollen and Phillip George of Llandeilo. The Sportsman class was well represented with Hernam Ostroznik of Llandovery taking the win from Danny Morris and Aled Rees.
This year, we decided to trial a sidecar class in the event and it was good
to see seven outfits had entered and some top crews were in attendance. 2013
British sidecar enduro expert champion, David Williams (from Llanidloes) was
riding with his new passenger Simon Brown. Neil and Mark Rowlands (also from
Llanidloes) were riding as well as Alun Davies and Rees George of Llanwrda.
Lawry and Mitchell of Berkshire were also competing, along with club members
Jon Williams and Neil James from Llandrindod aboard their KTM VMC 580. Lawry
and Mitchell of Berkshire are the 2013 British sidecar Enduro Clubman
champions, they were really flying on the first test and set the fastest time
on test one with 294 seconds. Again this pairing set a good time on test two
but got stuck on the final test which made them drop back slightly. Davies and
George got faster as the day went on and piped Williams/Brown and early
frontrunner Lawry/Mitchell to the win. We have learned a lot this year about
how the track faired for the outfits, so hopefully we can make some
improvements before next year's event to accommodate them further as they are
great to watch!
Builth Wells Motor club would like to thanks the forestry commission for allowing this event to take place, all of the marshals and supporters who helped on the checks, St John ambulance and Nigel and Nadine of Catering Cymru for keeping everyone well fed with their tasty burgers!
Tom Sagar won the opening round of the Welsh Enduro Championship at Hundred House, Mid Wales this weekend. Builth Wells;MCC only runs 3 Time Card enduros a year but what they lack in quantity, they make up for in quality and this event was no exception. Hundred House is a spectacular venue.
The 15 mile course was in the form of a figure of eight with both checks at the start. The first stage was a predominately woodland where the bleached stumps of recently felled trees threatened rads and oil pumps. The second stage was fast open moorland. It included the special test within easy walking distance from the pits. The loose weave of grass that covered the loamy soil could break away at any moment on the cambers and led to plenty of excitement for the riders and the spectators. A cold wind blew steadily all day but the threatened rain stayed away.
Tom Sagar won 4 out of the 5 test to take the Premier ahead of Carl Jones by half a minute. Joe Chambers from Doncaster was 3rd. Joe Wootton was the Best Expert. The times were generous and the going was easy. Everyone had a great day. Results - Photos - Tom Sagar
On Sunday 4th November Bwchciliau forest played host to the third and final event of the Builth wells motor club enduro calendar for 2012 and along with tradition for this venue provided the 81 entrants with an enjoyable but technically challenging lap. The first part of which encompassed a 10 mile loop within the Bwchciliau forest consisting of tight forest tracks, steep banks and fire roads before entering into a special test on adjacent land providing a mix of fast sweeping bends with soft going and camber changes ensuring the racing was kept tight and challenging for all abilities.
After a frosty start to the day riders set off in their usual groups of three led by the expert class before the clubmen, veterans and finally sportsmen on their first lap of the event. This gave riders a chance to try out a lot of new going put in for this event, which proved quite slippery for the first lap following recent rain which had more than a few riders rolling about in the mud! As the racing progressed, however ,the track soon wore in and provided an excellent stage for some good entertaining racing with the special test especially providing some good spectator action and photograph opportunities right off the start!
At the end of the sportsman's three laps local rider David Armstrong brought his Yamaha home in first place beating second place man Phillip Jenkins on test times with an impressively quick second test and third place Matt Baynham finishing up the podium with all three keeping a clean timecard on the going.
In the veteran class it was Paul Sager on his 350F KTM that took the victory over second place Alan Price and third place Karl Greenall both on 250 KTM's all managing to keep clean on the going.
The clubman class saw Aaron Martin take an impressive win over Martin Rowan in second place, with the two riders being inseparable all day on the going. The final standing came down to just six points between them over the tests, putting them ahead of third place man Adam James on his RM 125. Adam, despite dropping a minute on the going,managed a quick enough test time to put him ahead of fourth place Iwan Rees who also managed to stay clean.
After six laps of racing the final standing of the expert class proved even closer than the clubman with Wyn Hughes taking the win over second place Joe Wootton by less than 3 points with third place man Aled Price and fourth place Rob Reese cleaning the going also.
Builth Wells motor club would like to thank all of the riders and supporters for this years events and look forward to the 2013 season which should be posted early next year so keep watching!
Builth Wells MC
Lee Edmondson wins Cwmowen
Ashley Wood set the fastest first test on his ET James KTM 125.- 2 seconds ahead of Lee Edmondson. On their 2nd test Lee bounced back with an 11 second lead over Yamaha's Dylan Jones. Andrew Edwards defied the techno buffs by setting the 3rd fastest time on the Maico. He would have been in contention if he hadn't dropped the bike on the 3rd test and the old girl stubbornly refused to fire up for a couple of minutes. There were 4 laps for the Championship/Experts with 2 tests back to back at the finish. Lee Edmondson was the overall winner on the Edmondson Racing HM moto. The grassy test broke up as the day progressed and Ashley Wood had a couple of moments to contemplate the breathtaking landscape when the volatile mix of 125 power and loose loam left him sitting in the grass but he was quick to restart and he was a well deserved 2nd. It was good to see Dylan Jones riding and riding so well. He finished 3rd. Gethin Price was unlucky to miss the podium when he dropped 10 seconds on his final test. Dakar bound Tim Forman was 5th.
Shaun Buchan was the best Expert. His overall score of 1227 would have placed him 4th in the Championship class. David Brick was 2nd and Rob Reese was 3rd. Sprint champion Gethin Francombe moved up into the Experts but unfortunately he left his clutch behind him. He did well to finish. Gethin's brother Tommy also did well to finish 5th in his first enduro. David Price was the best Vet. Mark Perrott was the runner up and Peter Lewis was 3rd. Paul Davies tore a quad muscle in his thigh. In the still misty air the sound carried for hundreds of yards. This was Paul first dnf since a gasgas mechanical in 1999. Peter Lawry was also in the wars when he drifted off the line and got bogged down in the details. All the best to you both for a quick recovery. In the Clubman class Martin - the name is on the shirt - Rowan was the winner. Adam (ET) James was 2rd and Aaron Martin was 3rd. Clublady Katie Walker was 4th. Kevin Buffton accumulated 3800 route points but still kept going to finish which is what it's all about. Well done. Results - Photos
Wells MCC Round 1
Sunday 22nd April saw the first of three Builth Wells motor club timecard enduro's to be held this year as a change from the usual hare and hound type series. 70 riders in all took up their positions at Llyn Y Waun wood near Hundred House on a cold predominantly dry event in preparation for the off in the usual enduro format.
The track itself followed much the same going as the previous years h+h with the addition of some extra loops and a special test prior to completing the lap. After passing the start/finish riders took off into the tight and technical wooded area where the freshly watered roots from the overnights rain catching out more than a few unsuspecting riders however most made it through the first lap without dropping any time. Next came the open hill which provided a welcome rest from the tight going and a chance for riders to de-mist their goggles while they traversed rocky gullys, open going and some steep banks before leading into the special test at the far end of the lap which crossed back and fore between a number of small ditches and gullys providing a tight and challenging test with some jumps for riders to style it up for the cameras!
As the race progressed the tight wooded section claimed a number of riders including Ashley Woods who had to retire due to a damaged clutch and local rider Chistian Prynne who suffered a puncture. These were by no means the only retirements as heavy rain showers passed over a number of riders were forced to pull out due to the tough conditions in the woods and by the end of the race only the expert class remained with its full complement of riders.
When all the remaining riders finally made it to the finish it was Jamie Lewis that took the win for the championship class followed by Aled Price for the Experts and Martin Rowan winning the clubman class. The veterans class was won by Wyn Hughes closely followed by second place Jason Rees and the Sportsman class was won by club member Matt Baynham on board his 200 KTM.
Good reviews all round were received from both riders and spectators regarding the race with champion Jamie Lewis describing the special test as 'Awesome' and Why Hughes comparing the event to some of the best one day endures he'd ridden.
Builth Wells would like to thank all competitors and marshals for making the event a success and we hope to see all the riders back at our next enduro which will be held on the 12th August at Cwmowen and if previous years are anything to go by promises to be a great event.
Amendment to the previous Builth Wells Motor Club pre season
2012 Season Preview
The morning of Builth Wells 3rd round hare and hound event held last Sunday at Bwchilliau forest started uncharacteristically dry and even sunny, a combination which hasn't been seen at this event for many years. This sunshine, plus the events strong reputation in the past helped to entice 47 keen riders and a strong contingent of spectators to make the early morning dash to catch the 11am start.
The start got underway without any issues with Mark Perrot taking the
hole shot for the experts followed closely by Tim Foreman, Neil Thomas
and Shaun Buchan but by the time they re-emerged at the lap scoring
Forman and Perrot had switched positions and over the remainder of the
race Forman continued to open the gap from pole position being chased up
by Neil Thomas who went on to finish 2nd after overtaking 3rd place man
The first lap of the sportsman race was led by David Armstrong on the 103 machine before he unfortunately suffered a puncture after only completing 2 laps letting Kevin Jones take the lead and go on to win the sportsman class ahead of Richard Holland and 3rd place man Matthew Bowen.
The veteran class managed to finish the 3 hours without losing a rider to the dreaded DNF and saw Jason Reese win the class, completing a total of 9 laps ahead of Martin Paosila Jones in 2nd place and Paul Davies in 3rd.
Good reviews all round were received about the course which proved challenging but entertaining even to the best of riders, though the water holes did manage to catch out more than a few riders during the early stages of the race! The rest of the 3 hours went well with the flowing track ensuring plenty of overtaking and good spectating along with a few spills along the way. In contrast to the previous year the track remained rideable throughout the 3 hours with the exception of a short hill climb which had to be cut out in the last half an hour due to it becoming impassable by almost all riders.
Tim Forman riding aboard his GB Front row KTM was first to congratulate clerk of the course James Reese on a brilliant track with more positive comments received following the race. Builth Wells motor club would like to thank all competitors and marshals for making the event possible and congratulate Wayne James on completing his first event since his horrific sidecar accident 6 years ago.
Wells MCC Round 2
Riders competing in round 2 of the Builth Wells H+H series woke to a damp start on Sunday at the Church farm event following a night of rain and a morning which did not improve conditions on the 5 mile course just south of Crossgates. Still a good turnout of more than 80 hardy riders arrived on a variety of machines and proceeded to waterproof themselves and bikes ready for the 11am start.
Eventually after some last minute safety alterations to the track the race got underway on time with Gethin Price leading the experts off the line with Tim Forman closely following into the tight and technical first part of the track which involved negotiating steep slippery hills and off camber sections before leading into a narrow rocky gully with steep sides and a number of stream crossings before riders made it out into the more open and flowing section of track. Tom Crump got the holeshot for the Clubmen race with Aaron Martin first through the technical section aboard his KTM for the sportsmen.
Due to the wet conditions on the previously bone dry ground the usual flowing smooth lap became relentless with riders having to compete with ice like conditions managing to catch out more than a few riders on the first lap as they negotiated the second part of the course which consisted of some open and twisty special test type going with the occasional slippery bank and tight forestry sections thrown in for good measure, before leading through a boggy section prior to reaching the end of the lap. This in particular proved good for spectators who seemed to enjoy watching exhausted riders attempt the bogs using various techniques and styles, some more successful than others!
As the race progressed the changing of leaders settled down and Tim Forman took the lead and held off second place Alan Jones for the remainder of the shortened two and a half hour race with Tom Crump aboard the number 41 RM250 holding on to his early lead to win the clubman beating second place Danny Morris by one clear lap. Aaron held on to the lead in the sportsmen race for all 9 laps beating second place Jason Thomson by 14 mins by the time the chequered flag dropped.
The sidecars had a tougher time with the technical and demanding track taking its toll on a number of the teams with only half of the 8 outfits getting a finish. The class was however eventually won by Alan Davies and James Ferguson completing a total of 11 laps.
At the end of the two and a half hour shortened race 75 of the original 87 riders finished showing dedication in some challenging conditions with a number of positive comments received on a successful event. Results
MCC Rd 1
The early Summer sun continued to shine for the opening round of Builth MCC's 2011 championship at Hundred House on Sunday 17th April. The club had planned a 7 mile route but a lower than expected entry allowed the team to cut out a couple of the rocky gullies and leave a fast flowing 5 mile lap.
At 1500 feet Llyn y Waun is a spectacular location with the rolls and folds of the Cambrian Mountains laid out all around like a misty green quilt covering the land.
The race started at 11.00am and Shaun Buchan took the holeshot with Tim Forman - on a Steve Plain GasGas UK 250 - in a close second. The start at Llyn y Waun is important as the riders sweep down the hill before funneling into a narrow gully. The early arrivals can get away quickly but the late arrivals have to wait their turn to ride over the body of some unfortunate ffallen rider. Ricky Rees from Builth was the quickest of the Clubman off the line although Rhian George also had a flyer.
The course was a figure of eight with the start/finish at the centre. The southern loop clambered and cambered it's way around an open hillside while the northern loop weaved it's way through woodland After weeks of low rainfall the ground was very dry - even in the woods where the loamy soil fluffed up into soft berms over the roots.
Although much of the course was visible from the start, the spectators were given the added bonus of a log and tyre extreme section next to the burger van. Many riders launched themselves at the timber but few got as much air time as marshal Gethin Price on a quad.
For the first 2 laps Shaun Buchan led with Tim Forman on his rear wheel but on his 3rd lap Shaun hit a rock and cartwheeled. He was winded and he snapped his exhaust but he was able to carry on. Shaun's dad Dave was also riding in the race and he was able to help Shaun patch things up in the pits.
Tim Forman took the lead and rode a faultless race with 2 smooth pit stops. Brickie Neil Thomas from Kenfig Hill laid a sound foundation for the series by cementing second place in the opening round. Aled Humphries from Corwen was 3rd. The pace was blistering and so were the rider's hands. Andrew Cooper from Welshpool had his hands full wrestling a Husqvarna 450 through the trees but he made the most of the power on the open going to win the Clubman class. Aled Price was 2nd and Chris Bailey was 3rd. The Vets class was won by David Griffiths who clocked up an impressive 12 laps on a mighty KTM 530. Lea Pugh was the runner up on a only slightly less impressive 450. The biggest class was the Sportsman. Aaron Martin was the winner ahead of Huw Wozencraft and Gwyn Probert. Will Barstow from the Forest Fields Caravan and Camping Park rode his Yamaha 250f to start in true Sportsman style. He had a slight oil leak but he finished in 5th with 10 laps. Sadly Rhian George crashed on her 8th lap and injured her wrist.
After the event Tim Forman said "It was a good event. I enjoyed it. The ground was very dry and hard but at least I won't have to clean the bike. It's a pity there wasn't a few more riders. The club have done a great job and they deserve more support".
Round 2 is on Sunday 12th June at Church farm, Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells
Builth Wells Motor Club LTD
After much discussion at the recent club AGM, it had been decided that for 2011 Builth Wells Motor Club will run a total of 5 events this year. The good news is that for this year, we will be introducing a new four round Hare & Hound series, for which the best three rounds will count. We felt that this was a good idea as in previous years a lot of riders have not been able to commit to the three rounds, now by dropping one, with best three to count, this should spice the championship up a little and enable riders to still have a shout at the championship by even missing one round. We will still also keep our £1500 prize fund for our series, which has been very successful for us and help attract some top quality riders. The rounds will be as follows:
Round 1 - Sunday 17th April 2011 -Llyn y Waun H&H, Hundred House,
Rounds 1 & 2 are the well known events which BWMC annually run. Llyn Y Waun H&H is traditionally our season opener and is run just outside Hundred House. The event is based in both woodland and open hill, with a course length of approximately 7 miles. Last year we reversed the course which seemed to work very well. Along with some lovely weather it was one of our best events we have run up there to date. Round 2 at Church Farm just outside Crossgates is always a firm favourite with riders and spectators alike. Following some of the Welsh Two days special test, along with some other adjacent fields and woodland, this event is a real cracker and although it is quite technical to ride it is extremely enjoyable and rewarding as well! Church Farm H&H will also be a round of the 2011 Welsh Motorcycle federation Sidecar Enduro Championship. For round 3 after a lay-off of 6 years we are back at Llandegley. We have decided to try this event as a Saturday evening H&H and we are hoping to get a date in late August / early September. This event was last run in 2004 as a Wednesday evening H&H. We had a good entry of over 60 riders and even attracted a certain top Kiwi rider namely Paul Whibley. Whibley will best be remembered by British Fans from riding for the Fast Eddy racing Honda team in 2004. He was also runner up in the 2008 GNCC series in America to the big Manx man David Knight. A year later when Knighter returned to Europe, he was crowned the 2009 champion! It was good to see him at this event last time we ran it. Llandegley H&H will have a short course of around 2-3 miles. The loop will be very short and sharp but is great fun to ride. Round 4 will then be The Bwlchciliau H&H which we will run, as always in November and will be a round of the 2011 Mid Wales Centre H&H championship. This event is usually pretty wet and muddy due to the time of year, but the stony nature of the ground in the wood allows us to rum this event late, as the course always stands up well. Its one of our tougher events but usually most riders finish with a very muddy smile on their face!
Unfortunately, we will not be running the Cwmowen Enduro due to unforeseen circumstances. We do however plan to again run it in 2012, bigger and better than ever! On the trials front, BWMC will also be running its annual Frank Jones Pre 65 Trial - which is a round of the 2011 Sammy Miller British Championship. This event will be run on Sunday August 21st 2011.
So just to remind you all the 2011 dates for Builth Wells Motor Club are below. We hope for another successful 2011 and hope all you riders who have supported our events previously will again be able to in 2011!
Hare & Hounds
Entry forms for round 1 at Llyn Y Waun and round 2 at Church Farm will be out in the next few weeks so keep an eye out and enter early!
Hare N' Hounds
The 3rd and final round of Builth MCCs Hare and Hound series took place amid the grandeur of one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of Mid Wales. Despite the views, the great weather and a generous prize fund the event only attracted a small entry but for what it lacked in size it made up for in quality.
The 3 hour race started at 11.00am. Jon Hinam took the holeshot from Robert Rees with Kalem Hicks in 3rd. Wyn Hughes was last but one of the Experts away. The deep tone of his Husky 450 was reminiscent of the music from Jaws as the Great White closed in on it's unsuspecting prey. Late entry Stephen Williams was last off the line. Rob Craig from Buryport was the first of the Clubman away followed by Ashley Stokes. Shaun Price from Swansea was the quickest of the Vets off the line and Jason Rees was second.
The lap was 5 miles. Asked to describe the course Gethin Price said it was "wet". Asked to expand on his answer Gethin considered for a moment and said it was "very wet". Close to the start there was a deep pool for the spectators to observe the wetness. Matt Williey was one of several riders who found the water before they had time to find their feet. If fact the Bwlchcillau is very shaily and it maintains good grip even in the wet.
Ashley Wood on a borrowed KTM 250 started 7th but by the end of the 2nd lap he had taken the lead. Ashley's ability to adapt to the KTM is a good omen as he will be replacing Edward Jones as an ETJames sponsored rider in 2011 on a KTM125. Close behind Ashley was Jon Hinam who will be exchanging his KTM for a Midwest Husaberg in 2011. Ashley and Jon raced for 2 hours with only yards separating them until just before their second fuel stop Jon's rear wheel began chattering. It appeared to be the chain adjuster but the swinging arm bearings were also loose. Jon dropped 2 minutes on the spanners while Ashley made a smooth departure with the assistance of Lee Edmondson in the pits. 45 minutes later the club dropped the finishing flag and Ashley won the overall. Jon was the runner up. They had both completed 11 laps. There were no dramas for Rob Reese who finished 3rd. Jamie Burroughs had a mechanical problem and pushed home. Chris Bailey was the best of the Clubman. Rob Craig was the runner up and Matt Willey was 3rd. Jason Rees from Pontadawe won the Vets. David Stokes also squeezed in a 9th lap to take the runner up and Dennis Harrison was 3rd. Young Rhian George retired when she got wire caught around her sprocket on he fourth lap. David Rickards must have found his dad's GasGas 300 a bit heavy so he disguarded some excess plastics. Despite the wet conditions the course remain very rideable and there were only a handful of retirements. This was a good event which deserves a good entry. Results . Photos
And finally.... Mid Wales is the home of Alternative Technology
Builth Wells MC's inspired decision to revive their classic open moorland enduro last year on Cwm Owen was recognised this year by it's inclusion in the ET James Welsh Enduro Championship. This helped to attract some top names in the Championship / Expert classes as well as a good entry in the Veteran / Clubman class. The course was a 35 mile figure of eight with two time checks and one special test, all located near the start/ finish area. This made it more enjoyable for the riders pit crews, as there was nearly always a bike to watch around the test. It was a great sight to watch the championship riders going around the grassy test. A good sized entry of just over 80 riders turned up to ride. The weather had been mainly dry on the weeks leading up to the event, which meant the ground was pretty hard and the course was going to be all ride-able.
At !0.00am Gethin Price (above) & KORR Racing's Greg Evans led the field away from the start on the southern loop. Thirty minutes later they were back for the first of their 5 tests. Greg was the last championship rider off the ST line. He had to replace a complete rear braking system before he could start but he still set the fastest time. The flat corners & the loose loamy soil of the Special Test were a real challenge to the riders ability to lay the down without the back end breaking away. The speed and precision they had was superb to watch, and there was only a few seconds separating the riders at the end of each test! There was plenty of time on the time checks for riders to take it easy as the times were very slack. But the constant rough terrain meant that riders were slowly getting worn down as the day went on. There were two road crossings in the event where riders had to get off and dismount. Alan Ryland decided that his wife's KTM 125 was too heavy at one point near the one road crossing. He decided to take a break but then realised his legs were hooked up with the bike. The end result being both rider and machine on the floor with one very dented exhaust pipe! I'd like to be a fly on the wall when he goes home to tell the wife Alison about that one!
On his 3rd test Greg Evan's throttle cable began to fray and he had to replace it. The work took 8 minutes out of a 35 minute allowance but he still cleaned the check and - with all 5 fastest tests - he took the overall win Ashley Wood of Llandrindod Wells on the Steve Plain GasGas was the runner up and Championship leader Edward Jones from Llanidloes was 3rd. Alun Jones set championship times to win the Expert class ahead of Wayne Price of Hundred House. Wayne was having a few problems starting his KTM XC 250f. First his electric start packed up, and then he lost his kick start half way around the lap! Anthony Griffiths took 3rd by less than a second from Robert Reese. Who was that masked stranger in 5th? It was Paul Herbert (right). "Hi Ho Silver away".
Shaun Buchan from Llanbister aboard his KTM XC 200 took the win in the Clubman class from Chris Bailey, with Matt Willey of Llandrindod Wells riding a Gas Gas 250 coming third. The veteran A was won by Paul Davies. Jason Rees was second and Peter Lewis third. The Veteran B was won by Allan Price. Phillip George was second and Nigel Pugh third. Joe Griffin was the winner in the sportsman class. Garry Standon was runner up and David Farmer was third. The majority of the entry finished on gold. Robert Hamilton returned for a second year to give his old PE an airing.
Near the end of the opening lap Ross Morgan crashed into a ditch and he was helicoptered to hospital. Ross's dad Darren was competing in the Vets on a new 2011 KTM 250 & he was hoping to do well but he naturally retired to assist his son. All the best Ross.
Edward Jones still leads the Championship but with Greg Evans missing the Welsh to compete in Europe, he is ahead under the "less 2 " rule.
"A great event, friendly people and probably some of the best open moorland going left to ride. Thanks to the Builth wells club for all the hard work they put in to make this one of the most enjoyable enduros of the year. Again, thank you." Tony Brabazon.
Church on Sunday for Ash
An excellent entry of nearly 110 riders including both solos and sidecars lined up for the start of the Church Farm H&H, just outside Crossgates, near Llandrindod Wells last Sunday. Members of Builth Wells Motor Club had been very busy in the weeks leading up to the event, and all their hard work was worthwhile as what a great event it turned out to be!
The weather over the days leading up to the event had been dry and on the day it was to be no different. Even so, there were still some very soggy patches on the course, which would test the riders and keep the marshals very busy.
It was very encouraging to see such a large entry again at a Builth Wells Motor Club event. The club must be doing something right as the amount of people that commented on the professionalism of the events and the excellent courses was very high!
There was also an excellent entry of Championship and Expert riders on the day. Some top riders like Ashley Wood, Jon Himan and Andrew Edwards had entered as well as other top riders including club members Gethin Price (Hundred House), Tom Knill (Llandrindod Wells) and Neil James (Crossgates). To spice things up as well there were also three sidecars in the event. It was a shame a few more chairs hadn't entered as they are very entertaining to watch!
The riders all lined up for the start at 11am and were given some final
instructions on the loud hailer before they set off. They were released in
their respective classes of Expert, Clubman, Veteran, Sportsman / Ladies and
then the sidecars.
The race soon flew by and it wasn't long before 2pm came and the flag went
out to signal the end of the race. No sooner had the last bike finished the
skies opened and the rain started to pour down. It was good timing to say the
least because all the marshals who then went out to take the course down could
not believe how slippery the course had become and some parts had become
Neil Williams of Brecon took the win in the veteran class having completed
17 laps to his credit. Neil is always near the front and didn't put a foot
wrong all day and deserved the victory. In second was Jason Rees of Pontardawe,
third was David Stokes of Newbury and fourth local rider Wyn Hope of Rhayader.
The sidecar class was won by Steve Price & Aled Jones of Newtown. They
were really flying and showing a lot of the solos the way to go! They made
some of the more difficult parts of the track look effortless! Second were
Neil and Marc Rowlands of Llanidloes and third were Richard Chandler and Liz
Next event for Builth Wells Motor Club is the Cwmowen Enduro on the 8th August. Entry forms are now out for that event! If the Cwmowen is as good as Church Farm it will be a real cracker of an event. See you there! Regs
Ash aces Hundred House
GasGas UK's Ashley Wood won the first round of Bulith Wells MCC's 2010 Hare & Hounds series at Hundred House on Sunday 18th April. The weather & the views were superb. The 7 mile figure 8 course consisted of two thirds of open moorland & one third of forestry. The start - at the centre - had an extreme section of logs & tyres to keep the spectators interested but the riders could bypass the section by a longer easier route
The start was at 11.00am. Mark Roberts - on a KTM 450 - took the holeshot ahead of Wayne Price with Ashley Wood in 3rd. Martin Rowan was the quickest clubman off the line followed closely by Gareth Delehey. There were plenty of "gates" on the open moorland to keep the riders on a safe line. 0ne hundred yards from the start there was a double jump with a kick. Luke Edwards' venerable KTM collided with another rider's bike & he snapped the front brake caliper bolt which ended his day prematurely. The course then dropped into a rugged gully. There were plenty of marshals to direct the riders but sportsman Ray Davies hit a deep hole & veteran Graham Middleton hit Ray. They were fine but it was the start of a tough day for both riders. A couple of steep hills benefited from the recent dry weather but on the down side there was a fair bit of dust about.
At the end of the first lap Ashley Wood led from Mark Roberts by 20 seconds. Everyone looked to be enjoying themselves although some of the older regretted not softening their suspension. At 11.50am Ashley made the first of his 3 refueling stops. He had enough time to pit without losing his lead & by the halfway stage he had extended his lead to 4 minutes. When Mark retired with brake problems & Jon Hinam - on a single stop strategy - moved up into 2nd. Andrew Edwards was 3rd. Lee Edmondson has recovered well from his broken foot & he couldn't resist the temptation to give his Putoline Fast Eddy Suzuki plenty of air. Reluctant spectator Tim Foreman has still got a few weeks before his foot will have healed.
The going was fast & demanding. As the discomfort of armpump diminished it was replaced by the tingling of blistering hands. Jamie "chipper" Jenkins retired with a hole in his radiator. David Taylor had a big off that split his helmet but he carried on the finish. As the clock counted down to 2.00am there was a bit of lingering at the gate. Dan "Goldentyres" Phillips was cajoled into another lap. 16 year Hanna Hope - riding in her first adult race - didn't need a lot of encouragement from her dad Wyn. Billy "Bad Boy" Johnson had a bad thumb & finished early.
Ashley Wood was the winner by a minute & a half from Jon Hinam. Andrew Edwards was 3rd, Robert Reese was 4th & David Brick was 5th. Gareth Delehay was the best clubman ahead of Matt Willey. Neil Williams won the Vets & - despite a moment in the tyres - Carl Davies was the runner up. Chris Lloyd was the best of the Sportsmen by a lap ahead of Tom Crumb.
A good gauge of an event is the time it takes for the riders to pack up. The better the event. the longer people linger & no one rushed to get away after Builth's Llyn-a-Waun. The race & the sun left them all with a warm glow that no one was in a hurry to leave.. Results Report Wayne James Photos Mike Davies
2010 Hare & Hounds series
Entries available for our H&H this weekend which is round 1 of 3 of our 2010 H&H series. We have a £1500 prize fund up for grabs again this year, split between the top six all classes after three rounds.
The course this year is some 7 miles in length with two thirds on open moorland and the remaining third in the wood. The course has also been radically changed from other years with new rides included and we have also reversed the entire course. Entry forms can be downloaded from enduronews.com or ring secretary Nick Morgan on 07968331152.
Round 2 of the series is on Sunday 13th June 2010 at Church Farm, Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells which is also a round of the Mid Wales H&H championship and entries are expected to fill up very fast for this one! Round 3 is at the Bwlchciliau forest near Llanafan Builth Wells in November, we also have the Cwmowen Enduro as well this year on the 8th August which is a round of the 2010 Welsh Enduro championship. On the trials side we have the Frank Jones Pre 65 trial on the 15th August. More details on all of these other events to follow nearer the time.
Prizes for H&H series 2010
Builth Wells Motor Club- Round 3 of 2009 H&H Series
After an initially turbulent and torrential start, it momentarily seemed that Round Three of the Hare and Hounds series had been Halloween jinxed, with the only access road leading up to the event partially submerged under water. Nevertheless, vans and cars crept through at a snail's pace, and the event went ahead as smoothly as could be expected, considering the extreme monsoon weather conditions.
By 11:00 am, conditions had improved slightly and all riders, stewards and spectators were kitted out in waterproof gear, as the rain gradually eased off and the wind died down . The weather had obviously put a few competitors off as just over 50 of the planned 70 riders had turned up to brave the conditions!
Fresh from their excellent ride at the recent International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Portugal, Builth Motor Club's Chairman, Gethin Price (Hundred House) and Tim Foreman (Llanidloes), were lined up for the start of the event, and it looked as if the days honours was going to be fought between these two riders.
The Clerk of the Course, James Rees, briefed the riders' just before the start, stating some alterations had been made to the course since the previous day due to the severe weather conditions. Riders were advised to take it steady on the first few laps as deep puddles had formed over night.
As the flag was dropped, the Experts roared away, closely followed by the Clubman, Over 40s, and Sportsman riders. The course proved challenging for some of the lesser experienced riders, nevertheless, everyone managed to plough on and complete the first lap. Out in front and relishing the wet weather conditions was Gethin Price aboard his KTM EXC 300, closely followed by Tim Foreman who was also aboard a KTM, both riders had a very healthy lead over the chasing pack behind. Neil Williams (Brecon) was leading the Over 40s, and also in front of all of the Clubman riders with a healthy lead. The Sportsman class was led by Chris Pryce.
After the first hour of racing, it appeared the track was constantly changing and deep ruts were appearing in places. New lines were forming nearly every lap, proving challenging for all, even the most experienced riders. Fortunately, there were lots of Marshals around, both riding and on foot, to assist riders and give advice if needed. They were constantly updating the Clerk of the Course of any changes to the track. One section of the course was identified as being quite hazardous due to the fast-flowing water and erosion that the bikes had now caused. So, it was decided after a discussion with Eric Williams who knew this forestry like the back of his hand, to re-route, and cut this part out.
On the racing front things were still as hot as ever! Tim Foreman had passed Gethin Price after refuelling and was now leading. These two were really motoring and there was never much to separate them as the day wore on. Rhys Davies was looking strong in the Clubman class and as ever Neil Williams was looking good in the over 40's.
As the three hour mark approached a lot of rider's were beginning to tire and were digging deep into their reserves to get to the end of the event. Some decided that, as there was only a few minutes left till the clock turned to 2 O clock, they would sit and wait to save doing another lap.
The flag went out signalling the end of the race and riders came into the lap scoring to cross the finish line. Some were obviously very glad and it was a big well done to all riders that finished.
Club Chairman Gethin Price was the first expert to finish having re passed Tim Foreman with about a hour to go. Gethin had completed 11 laps of the course and built a lead of some 8 minutes over Tim, who finished as runner up, also completing 11 laps. Third in the experts went to Barry Furber and fourth went to Neil Thomas, both riders doing 10 laps. In the Clubman class Rhys Davies took a well deserved victory with 9 laps to his credit. Rhys had also won the Clubman class at Round 1 of our series at Llyn Y Waun, so well done to him. Second went to Barny Moore of Newton and Third to local rider Aled Price of Rhayader.
Neil Williams proved yet again that he is the rider to beat in the over 40's. Neil completed 10 laps of the course and I'm sure enjoyed the wet, muddy conditions. His nearest challenger was Brian Collins of Ystradgynlais ,who always goes well at Bwlchciliau and he completed 9 laps of the course. Jason Rees came third with Builth Motor Club Secretary Nick Morgan coming in fourth aboard his brand new 2010 Gas Gas 300.
Chris Pryce from Leominster aboard his Yamaha YZ 125 took the win in the Sportsman class completing 9 laps, one ahead of second placed finisher Aaron Wells of Coleford. Third was Joe Gittins Jones who also completed 8 laps with Simon Hamer of Kinnerton taking fourth with 7 laps to his credit.
All in all the event went well and most riders enjoyed the challenging course and were extremely pleased to finish! A big well done to all who did, it certainly sorted the men from the boys! Many thanks to the forestry commission for allowing us once again to have this excellent venue. The St John's, Marie's catering, marshals and also thanks to you riders for once again making our series a success.
The final series results will be posted soon and all prizewinners contacted in due course. Thanks once again!
More photos by John Davies
Builth Wells Motor Club - 2009 Hare & Hounds
After months of preparation and hard work by members of Builth
Wells Motor Club, the second round of the 2009 H&H series was
held last Sunday 7th June. In the weeks leading up to the event the
weather had been extremely hot and sunny, however, conditions were
very different on the day. As Sunday morning dawned, the rain pelted
down very hard making parts of the track considerably boggy.
Nevertheless, members of the Builth Wells Motor Club did all they
could to try to make the day a success.
The track at Church Farm was around some 4 miles in length, with a
variety of going including woodland, fast open fields and tighter
technical sections. Some alternations were made to the course on the
morning of the event to try to make the track a little easier.
One hour into the three hour race, it was decided by The Clerk of the course - Emrys James, to cut the duration of the race by an hour. This was due to the tough conditions and the fact that it was getting very hard for some of the Sportsman and Clubman riders to get around. At the front of the pack though and still leading was Edward Jones. He was really flying and making light work of the slippery conditions. There was a good battle going on for second place between Andrew Edwards of Wrexham, Dylan Jones and Tim Foreman of Llanidloes.
No sooner had been announced that the race was to be cut, the rain
stopped and the sun began to shine. The riders kept battling to get
around and most people seemed to be enjoying themselves.
The veteran class was won by Brian Collins aboard his KTM who
completed 10 laps. Local man Martin Paosila Jones was second and Neil
Williams third. Arran Wells from Coleford won the Sportsman class
from Andrew Cooper and Colin Griffiths.
Well done to all riders that finished, we hope you all enjoyed it and we were sorry about the weather. We promise we will book sunshine for next year!! Also many thanks to all the hard working club members and marshals who all helped to keep the event running smoothly and without any major problems. Finally thanks to St John's, Marie's catering and landowners - Jim and Gareth Griffiths and families.
Photos available from Keith Bowen
Next event Builth Wells Motor Club is running is the Cwmowen Enduro on 9th August. Entry forms for this will be available on line shortly.
2009 Builth Wells H&H series. Round 1 - Coed Llyn Y Waun-, Hundred House, near Llandrindod Wells- Sunday 19th April 2009
Glorious sunshine and a great track of just over 6 miles greeted the riders at the Round 1 of The 2009 Builth Wells H&H Series, held on Sunday 19th April. Club members had been very busy preparing the track over the past few months and with warm and dry weather in the weeks leading up to the event conditions were spot on.
This years track incorporating both woodland and open hill. Some new loops had been added on the hill part of the course in the effort to slow riders down, and this seemed to work really well. The wood section of the track had two separate parts. One was fallen, which was quite technical due to the stumps, routes etc and the second part consisted of mature trees. This part of the course was again quite technical and also a little damp in places, but had some nice flowing rides as well. The number of entries for the event was good, with nearly 100 riders signed up. It was great to see some top Championship riders competing like Andrew Edwards of Wrexham, Tim Foreman of Llanidloes, Jon Hinam of Llancarfan, David Brick of Knighton and Carl Tiley of Blackwood.
At 11 am, the flag dropped for the Expert riders and the race got under way! The Clubman and Veterans soon followed, along with the Sportsman. No longer had the last Sportsman rider disappeared out of sight on the hill, the first Expert came back into view and it was none other than Carl Tiley. Carl was really flying on his TM 300 and was showing the younger riders how it should be done! He had a good lead over the following pack of Forman, Hinam and Edwards. As they went through lap scoring and into the woods it was clear that the top riders were really on a mission and all looked stylish and fast through the tighter, more technical sections of the wood. Shortly after the Clubman and Veteran riders came into view, followed by the Sportsman riders.
After the first hour or so the lead had changed several times with Experts, but now out in front was Tim Foreman on his E T James Kawasaki 250. Jon Hinam was right on his tale aboard his KTM and Andrew Edwards was going well in third. Carl Tiley had dropped to fourth but was still looking good and staying with the leading bunch. By now, the track was drying out very quickly. There was even dust kicking up in a lot of places and some good lines were forming. There was always plenty of room to pass and most places on the track seemed to have a variety of lines to choose from- which did make overtaking a lot easier. The sun was still shining and there was a cool breeze which was added bonus for the riders to catch their breath. As the end of the 3 hours approached, Clerk of the Course, Gethin Price put the flag out and signalled the end of the race. Everyone waited at the finish line and was eager to see who was going to take the win. Foreman and Hinam had been having a great race all day and as they came up the final bank into the finish it was Foreman who was leading and took the win, just ahead of Hinam. Both riders had completed 10 laps to their credit. Still on the same lap, but 11 minutes down on them was Carl Tiley who took third. David Brick had a good solid ride finishing in fourth place.
Winner of the Clubman class was Ryan Golding aboard his KTM. Ryan completed 9 laps and finished just under 5 minutes in front of second placed rider Rhys Davies. Local rider Shaun Buchan from Llanbister came in third spot also completing 9 laps. Brian Collins from Ystradgynlais took the win in the Veteran class ahead of Neil Williams of Brecon and Paul Davies from Neath in third. All three riders completed 9 laps of the course. Chris Price of Leominster took a well deserved win in the Sportsman Class, ahead of Gavin Jones with both riders completing 8 laps. Steve Thornton of Preston came in third with 7 laps to his credit.
It turned out to be a great days racing and most things seemed to go to plan. The weather was perfect, the track rode well and had a little bit of everything in it to keep all of the riders happy. We had a lot of pleasing comments from riders and spectators alike. Many thanks to all riders who rode, to our long list of enthusiastic club members who helped in any way, the St John's, Landowners Mrs S Fisher and Mr Garry Price, Marie's Catering and also all of this year's sponsors namely Llandre Sawn Wood, Bradford Racing, T Hire, Rees Agri and E T James .
Pictures are available to buy from Keith Bowen and also a DVD is available from Frank Morgan Tel- 01597 822642.
Builth Wells Motor Club LTD
Further to Builth Wells Motor Club releasing details on the return of "The Cwmowen Enduro" on the 9th of August 2009, we are now pleased to announce our plans for our 2009 Hare and Hounds series. After yet another very successful series in 2008, it has been decided to keep the 3 Round format, along with the same venues as we used last year. The £1500 prize fund will also be up for grabs again, for the top six riders in each class - overall, with Expert, Clubman, O-40 and Sportsman classes applying. Round 1 of the series will be on Sunday 19th April at Coed Llyn Y Waun, Nr Hundred House, Llandrindod Wells. This has been an annual fixture on our calendar since 2005. This Excellent Event uses open moorland and woodland, which should make a lap of around 7 miles. Plans are in place from Clerk of the Course - Gethin Price, to add some new loops in this year in the attempt to make some of the faster hill sections slower. Club members have also found some new rides in the wood as unfortunately the weather was not kind to us at this Event last year and took its toll on the rider's and the course as well! We are hoping for better weather this year! Entry form
Round 2 of the series is at Church Farm, Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells on Sunday 7th June 2009. We ran this Event last year for the first time and it proved to be a real "cracker" and was VERY popular with the riders. The track had a little bit of everything in and although there wasn't much letup, everybody seemed to have smiling faces at the end of the day! This year's track will not be too different to last year- maybe a few different loops here and there but should hopefully, weather permitting, be another great Event! Entry form
The third and final Round of our series will again be at The Bwlchciliau Forest, near Llanafan, Builth Wells. It is all based in the forest and is usually very enjoyable to ride with a nice long and challenging course. Even though this Event is on the 1st November we usually get a reasonably sizeable entry and the course always holds up well. Entry forms available nearer the event, so keep an eye out!
Finally, BWMC will also be running the annual "Frank Jones Trial"- date TBC. This event is a round of the "Sammy Miller Pre 65 Trials Championship". More information will be released soon. So remember, we have a £1500 prize fund available in our 3 Round Hare and Hounds series. You gotta be in it to win it! 3 excellent events, 3 days in the Mid Wales Countryside and the chance to win some prizes, .........................................Can't be bad!!!
BWMC Events 2009 Hare and Hounds
Builth Wells Motor Club LTD
Some good news for all you Enduro riders out there! After a long absence, Builth Wells Motor Club have managed to secure, once again, the running of the Cwmowen Enduro! The Cwmowen is an old school traditional time card Enduro and unfortunately due to land restrictions and the sheer work involved to run Enduro's these days, there are fewer and fewer of them around. Members of Builth Wells Motor Club have been keen to get this Event up and running again since it was last run in 2003, but land issues were the main problem faced, until now.
Back in 2003 the event was run on land owned by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and not on "Cwmowen" where it had traditionally been held and where some of you older riders perhaps remember! After approaching the land owners and graziers of the hill, the event has recently been given the green light by all parties involved, which is great news for Builth Wells Motor Club and Enduro riders alike.
Club member Dai Price is the man who has got the ball rolling and is keen to get this top class event running again. He is hoping to get a lap of over 30 miles, with 2 time checks and one electronically timed special test.
Dai is Clerk of the Course for the event and will be ably assisted by Assistant clerk of the Course, Tom Knill, who will primarily be taking care of the planning and designing of the special test. The course is designed with the input of a variety of Club members of all abilities, so the route is appealing to all levels of rider. We propose to have a Championship class, along with Experts, Clubman, O-40's A (Expert ability), O-40's B (Clubman ability), Sportman, Ladies and also Sidecar's.
The route will be all open moorland so should make for very enjoyable riding. The special test, fuelling area and one of the checks will be at the start area so will also make good viewing for pit crews and spectators alike.
Please note... this event is a time card Enduro and not a Hare and Hounds that we also run as part of our 3 Round series. Therefore all bikes will need lights fitted and it is up to the rider to make sure they are road legal as there are two road crossings in the Event.
Any motorcross bike without lights fitted will not be permitted!
Entry forms will become available for this event in the next few months so watch this space and remember to keep Sunday 9th August free in your diaries!
For more info on the event contact...
Builth Wells Motor Club- Round 2 Church Farm Hare & Hounds 15th June 2008 Report by Wayne James
Glorious sunshine greeted the riders for Round 2 of "The Builth Wells Hare and Hounds series 2008" at Church Farm, Crossgates, just outside Llandrindod Wells. A superb track just over 3 miles had been set out by the club. The track had everything, and even though there had not been any rain in this part of Mid Wales for over a week, the course was still very wet in places and would prove a challenge to even the expert riders.
At 11am the experts set off, followed by the Clubman, Veteran, Sportman and Sidecar classes. Some good riders turned out including Round 1 winner Tim Foreman from Llanidloes, fellow Llanidloes rider Dylan Jones, PAR Honda duo Lee Edmondson and Ashley Wood. Builth Wells Club Chairman Gethin Price was also riding on his Genus Honda 450, along with fellow club members Tom Knill and Jonathan Williams.
The course followed some of the old "Welsh 2 Day" special test and some new loops and rides had been added by the club. The course was very interesting in some places and proved to be very technical, but even though there were problems with riders getting stuck etc… there were always keen marshals willing to lend a hand. Everything seemed to run very smoothly and the track seemed to hold up well. Some of the experts were really flying around and doing laps in around 7 and a half minutes.
After 3 hours of fast and furious racing it was Dylan Jones of Llanidloes on his Yamaha YZ125 who took the win completing 24 laps of the track. In second place was Andrew Edwards from Wrexham, third place went to Mark Roberts and fourth place to Club Chairman Gethin Price, all of these riders completed 23 laps respectively.
Local rider Sean Buchan of Llanbister won the big clubman class aboard his KTM. Sean was the only rider in the class to complete 21 laps. In second, was Anthony Griffiths and Ryan Golding came third. The Veteran class was won by Paul Sagar on his KTM 125; Neil Williams from Brecon was second aboard his Gas Gas, his smooth riding style really suited the technical track. Third place in the veterans went to Chris Roberts and fourth went to Simon Evans from Wrexham. Simon was initially excluded, but was later reinstated. This was due to a misunderstanding for which we apologised to Simon.
It was Swansea rider Ryan Leary who won the Sportman class with 18 laps to his credit. Aled Price from Rhayader finished in second position, he also finished runner up in the first round so is going well in the overall series. In third place was Danny Morris. All three of these riders completed 18 laps.
To spice things up the club had decided to include sidecars in the event as well. Club members Matt Taylor and Nick Morgan were looking good early on aboard their KTM VMC 525 until they lost their back brake. They eventually finished in third place. The winners in the sidecar class were championship crew David Williams and Graham Mcphee. They had a brilliant tussle with Steve Price and Aled Jones as the race progressed. In fact Steve and Aled led for a large amount of the race but it was Williams and Mcphee who went on for the win, just three seconds ahead of Price and Jones.
Overall the event was a great success. Club members had put a huge amount of work into getting the event ready and we were very lucky with the weather as well! The course was great to ride and we had some very positive feedback. Thank you to all the marshals, helpers, St Johns and also landowners Jim and Gareth Griffiths. Hope to see you all at Round 3-Bwlchciliau H&H on the 2nd November.
Apologies to any riders who have had their positions modified, the results we released on Sunday were only provisional. Having compared the electronic results with the punch cards and manual backup we identified some corrections had to be made.
Thanks once again for your support!
Builth Wells Motor Club - Round 1 2008 Hare and Hounds Series
Tim Foreman wins Adrian Nixon Memorial Hare and Hounds Report by Wayne James
A very damp and foggy morning greeted the riders as they turned up for the Adrian Nixon Memorial Hare and Hounds. It was good to see a great turnout of over 100 riders lining up for the start, although the low mist was causing quite a concern for the organisers. The decision was made by the clerk of the course Gethin Price, to have a sighting lap on the open part of the hill for the Experts and Clubman riders. This decision proved to be a good one as the low fog was causing poor visibility, by allowing these riders to ride behind club marshals it would make it easier for others to follow when the race commenced.
The course itself was some 7 miles in length, 4.5 miles of open-hill and 2.5 of woodland. The club members had worked hard for several months preparing the event and creating new rides. On the day it was good to see a large turnout of club members helping to manage the event. Some changes were made to the course early on the morning of the event due to poor visibility and severe weather conditions. Although the weather was out of our hands, it did not dampen the spirits of marshals or competitors alike.
By the time the Expert and Clubman riders lined up at the start line it was 11:20am. Disaster nearly struck championship rider Tim Foreman when his bike fouled a plug 500 yards from the start, fortunately enough he was able to get the bike back prior to the other riders return from the sighting lap.
The club had invited Adrian's parents, Mr and Mrs Jeff Nixon to start the event. As Jeff dropped the flag, the Experts got away at 11:25am, followed by the Clubman, veteran and Sportsman riders at 1 minute intervals. As the first riders came into view halfway along the lap, it was championship rider Tim Foreman on his Kawasaki KX250 leading the field.
The riders then descended into the forestry which proved to be more technical and tricky than the hill section of the course. Some excellent Experts had turned out for the event including Chris Tett, Gareth Hopkins, Mark Vaughan, Michael Rees, and last years' series winner David Brick from Knighton.
The course proved to be holding up quite well, although visibility was an issue all day due to the persistent low fog that never lifted. Although the course proved to be quite tricky in places, most riders seemed to keep churning up the laps.
After 3 hours of racing it was Tim Foreman from Llanidloes who took the win 25 seconds ahead of Chris Tett from Kinswingford. Gareth Hopkins rounded out the top 3 in the Expert class, all 3 of these riders completed 8 laps of the course.
In the big Clubman class it was Anthony Griffiths of Llandissilio who took the win from Wayne Golding from Blackwood, with local rider George Wozencraft gaining a deserving third place, all 3 Clubman riders completed 7 laps of the course.
Winner of the highly competitive Veteran class was 2007 series Winner Neil Williams of Brecon who recorded 7 laps to his credit. In second place was Raymond Whittle of Shrewsbury, with Dennis Harrison of Daventry in third place. Top local in the Veteran section was Club Secretary, Nick Morgan of Builth Wells who came in at 8th place. Another club member, Martin Paolsila Jones of Llanddewi came in at ninth place.
The biggest class of the day was the Sportsman class with over 35 riders. Local man and club member Simon Prince of Llandrindod Wells, took the victory with 6 laps to his credit. Simon has a brand new 2008 KTM200 awaiting him after this event, so watch out you Clubman riders! Second place in the Sportsman class went to Brian Leary of Swansea, with another local rider Chris Davies of Crossgates in third place.
All in all, the day was a great success although the weather was set to try us! Unfortunately, there were quite a few retirements due to the sticky weather conditions, we hope this has not put you off and we would like to see you at our second round at Church Farm, Crossgates on the 15th June. Well done to all the riders that finished the event, it was by no means easy but we hope you all enjoyed it.
Thanks to landowners, Mrs S Fischer and Mr and Mrs. G Price for allowing the event to go ahead. Also, a big thank you to St Johns Ambulance Service, Marie's catering service, all the marshals and helpers, and by no means least, all you riders - see you on the 15th June!
Builth Wells Motor Club 2008.
After a very triumphant Hare and Hounds series in 2007, Builth Wells MC are hoping for a repeat performance for this year's 3-round Hare and Hounds series. Using 2 of last year's venues, namely Coed Llyn Y Waun at Hundred House and The Bwlchciliau Forest near Llanafan, plus a venue yet to be confirmed, the club looks set to build upon the successes of 2007.
2007 was a great year for the club, putting up a prize fund of £1500 for the Hare and Hounds series proved to be an excellent move resulting in over 100 riders, including some top names attending our events. This year, the club are building upon the success of last year's events and are continuing with the offer of a £1500 prize fund to attract a good number of entries.
The first event of the series is at Coed llyn Y Waun, Hundred House, Llandrindod Wells on Sunday 20th April. The Club is running the event as the "Adrian Nixon Memorial Hare and Hounds" in memory of Adrian, who tragically lost his life in 1997. This event will be an annual fixture on the club's calendar, and we hope to run the event as an Enduro in 2009 - as there is a chance of a superb start location just outside Hundred House village and a generous offer of new ground to run the event on…watch this space!
The first round of the H & H series looks set to be a good one, the club is continuing to use the popular Coed llyn Y Waun venue that has been used for the past 3 years. This track has always been popular with competitors, mainly due to the varied terrain it offers riders, from Woodland to open hill, bogs to brooks this course has it all.
Since last years event a lot of the wood has been fell, however all Club members have worked hard together to create some new rides. Fortunately the owner of the wood, Gary Price, is exceptionally supportive of Builth Wells MC and is keen to conserve the track and work around it. This has created great scope for the club and enabled them to have an input in the design of the course. The initial plan is to create a 7-mile loop, consisting of varied terrain that will be great to ride. This course really does have all the ingredients to create a high quality event that will be popular with riders. Entries always fill up quickly for this event, so please get your entry in early to avoid disappointment.
The venue for the second round of the series is yet to be confirmed but will run in May or June. We will keep you posted and watch out for the reg's which will be released soon.
The third and final round will be run on November 2nd at The Bwlchciliau Forest near Llanafan, Builth Wells. This event is all in the forest and is the more traditional "Welsh Enduro" type going. The event incorporates a lot of forestry tracks as well as some more technical going. Regs for this event will be released nearer the time.
All of the events are designed to cater for all classes and are set out with every ability of rider in mind. Any more details on the series or events Builth Wells MC put on can be found out by contacting Club secretary Nick Morgan on 07968331152
Builth Wells Motor Club Ltd Hare and Hound Series 2007
We have some very worthy winners at the end of the series. Congratulations to them all and our thanks to all riders for making the series such a success. We hope that everyone enjoyed the events as much as we did.
For those who didn't enter this year's events - we think you missed the opportunity of riding in three of the best events in the country (probably). So get your entries in early for next year (which would make a change) as refusal often disappoints!
The top places in each class went to riders who competed in all three events which goes to prove -'You have to be in it to win it', so well done to them.
Once again thank you to all involved. While I am in a thanking mood………………. Thank you very much to all landowners; marshals; caterers and St John's Ambulance, without whom the events could not take place. If I have missed anyone - sorry - but you know who you are.
Last but by no means least - our sponsors. We are very grateful for your support. (We'll be around to see you soon about 2008).
Prizes will be presented at our annual club dinner which will be held on the 26th January 2008 at the Lion Hotel, Builth Wells. I hope to see you there. Invites will be sent out nearer the time. Anyone unable to attend will need to make alternative arrangements for receiving their award by contacting me on 01982 552925. I will probably make it as difficult as possible for you not to attend a wonderful night with fantastic food, good company, loads to drink and dozens of loose women (if we can afford to hire them).
If anyone has any feedback on the events i.e. complaints, criticism, general winge……… please contact me by telephone or personal letter. All feedback will be given due consideration, probably ignored and binned. Any feedback in the form of congratulations, praise, thanks ………… please contact via International or National press, websites, television etc and buy us a beer at the dinner.
The club welcomes new members so if anyone is interested in joining a young (well some of us), enthusiastic bunch (especially if you are good at putting up markers, clearing routes, picking up litter) please come along. We meet at the Lion Hotel, Builth Wells on the first Tuesday of every month - 7.30 / 8p.m. (ish).
Once again well done to all concerned!!
Yours in sport
Eric Williams, Builth Wells Motor Club