Yorkshire Wolds Report & Results

Yorkshire Wolds Report & Results

Control map is here

Planners Report

I thoroughly enjoyed my time planning this event especially the opportunity to explore some magnificent dry chalk valleys. My first and foremost thought was to utilise the best of the terrain. With the new event centre of Bishop Wilton the area naturally divided into two areas and I tried to balance both the number of controls and points on offer in both.
As a planner I like to see people scrutinising their maps at the start providing decision making from the off. A brief look at the results showed that there was a good balance between the northern and southern routes with the leading competitors departing both north and south from the start. All the controls were visited and there was good variance in the routes chosen. Feedback at the finish seemed to indicate that the courses were well received whilst providing a physical challenge with the ups and downs.
We were exceptionally fortunate on the run up to and for the event itself of a dry spell of weather. I don’t think I have ever seen the bridleways so rideable.
Husband Richard has been a stalwart in his support throughout the planning process and in the run up to and during the event. Dave Evans kindly helped get the some of the controls out on the Friday which certainly helped shorten our day considerably. The control collectors of Ray Morris, Dave Evans, Andrew Windrum and Graham Tibbot ensured we got home at a reasonable time after our long day. This has all helped to make planning the event one of the most enjoyable I have been involved with.
Jens provided another excellent map and I couldn’t finish without thanking all those who give time and effort to making this a successful event.

Karen Clark

Organiser’s Report

Thanks to Karen & Richard Clark for an excellent course, Frank & Sandra, Geoff, Karen & John and the 4 control collectors, Dave, Andrew, Graham & Ray who made everything run smoothly yet again and Jens for another excellent map. Congratulations to Edwin Oliver-Evans on a brilliant ride who passed me on numerous occasions while he visited all but one of the controls – unbelievable. We will all score more NYMBO points next month once he’s gone back to university. Congratulations to the other leading riders, Men – Andy Conn M50-499, Andrew Windrum M40-474, Dennis Jaques M60-355, Ray Morriss (on his birthday) M70-354, Ben & Steve Collins Gen-295. Ladies – Sue Booth W50-316, Sheila Pearce W40-305, Karen Blackburn W70-260. Mixed – Andy & Corinne Parsons T50-285, Andrea & Steve Foster X50-274.
I thoroughly enjoyed my ride especially going down the amazing dry chalk valleys (despite knowing about the climb out of each one). Some of the views were spectacular and reminded me why I love our sport so much. Despite that, I will be stepping down after our last event in October so don’t forget that if you want the NYMBO League to continue someone or a few of you are going to have to step forward. Jens has also told me that the Nidderdale map will be his last after 15 years so if you have any cartography skills please let me know.
However, I will be at the next event in a fortnight so I’m looking forward to seeing to at Brandsby village hall and riding on Jeff Harris’ course in the Howardian Hills. I hope they are as dry as the Wolds were yesterday.


Map for Bishop Wilton event on Saturday 22nd now available

Next event – Saturday 22nd April – Yorkshire Wolds – Enter now!


VENUE GR 798 553 Bishop Wilton Village Hall YO42 1ST (1 mile south of the A166 at the foot of Garrowby Hill):


REGISTER 09.30 – 10.45 STARTS 10.00 – 11.00

Click here to enter this event – online entry closes Wednesday 19th

Entry Fees: SENIORS £13.00 JUNIORS/STUDENTS/NOVICES £6.00 (ONLINE ENTRY – deduct £1.00; Own SI card – deduct £1) Details here

Blank Map for April 22nd 2017

Cropton Forest Comments

Cropton Forest Organiser’s Comments

Dave Lloyd planned an excellent course with plenty of route choice avoiding the worst of the muddy single tracks. I imagine that most riders will have gone further than they normally do in a 3 hour forest event. It was forecast to be windy but it was nice and sheltered in the forest.
Thanks as ever to Jens for another excellent map; Dave Lloyd for putting out all of the controls; Geoff Moorhouse, Karen Blackburn, Frank & Sandra Appleton for their help on the day; then Dave Lloyd, Ray Morriss, Andrew Windrum, Tim Evans, Dave Evans, Adrian & Luke Parker for collecting them in so that we could leave by 6.00.

It was great to see nearly 70 riders for the first event of the season including quite a few newcomers. Congratulations to Andy Conn (M50) for winning overall and nearly clearing up with 513 points; Andrew Windrum M40-480; Adrian & Luke Parker Gen-392; Dennis Jaques M60-385; Sheila Pearce W40-381; Ray Morris M70-375; James Martin M21-365; Karen Blackburn W70-270; Ben Houlihan M18-250  You can follow all of their routes using the splits file and course map on the NYMBO site.

I enjoyed my ride as I was able to miss out the low value controls and  the Hartoft valley so that I got back in time to download the first finishers.
Unfortunately, 2 controls (47 & 57) were put out in each other’s location and #49 had been incorrectly programmed as #31. I have hopefully adjusted all of your scores but please let me know if yours is still incorrect.

Thanks also to the staff at Keldy Cabins for accommodating us. The cafe made an excellent event centre and I managed to avoid seeing the rugby scores before I got home.

Please note that the Gilling MTBO event planned for May 6th has been cancelled so you can now save your energy for the Howardian Hills event in the afternoon.

Don’t forget that I will be retiring at the end of the season after 20 years so the Nidderdale event will be my last. I would like to hear from someone who is interested in taking on the coordinators’s role or a few people who would like to manage the events between them. I will still plan an event every year and ride whenever we’re not on holiday, seeing the family or playing golf!!

The next event will be a 4 hour Score event on the Yorkshire Wolds based at Bishop Wilton village hall. Karen & Richard Clark have planned an excellent course so I hope to see you there.

Planner’s comments

After my first planning visit in January, slithering and sliding about on some of the smaller tracks, I decided to put all controls on or near to a road or track which would be reliable whatever the weather. So, to make it competitive for the elite riders, I stretched the area almost to the limit. I didn’t really expect anyone to score over 500 but as ever Andy Conn proved me wrong.

Quite a crowd built up eager to be off as soon as possible after 12:00. I couldn’t decide if they were keen to get back in time for the England /Ireland match or wanted to give themselves a chance of picking up a spot prize. As it happens not one of the 15 people who visited #37 claimed that particular token.

My thanks go to Keldy Cabins who made us most welcome at an excellent venue and as ever to the collectors; Dave, Andy, Tim, Adrian, Luke and Ray.
Dave Lloyd. Course planner

Cropton Forest – Saturday 18th – entry on the day available

56 riders have entered for our first event tomorrow, and there will be 24 maps available for anyone who wants to enter on the day – the weather forecast is overcast (and a lot better than much of the rest of the country) and the Cropton course looks great.

The blank map and entry details are here, if you want to reserve an EOD maps drop me an email nymboevents@btinternet.com today!

Look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!