Moors Marathon Photos

Here are a few photo’s from last weekend’s Moors Marathon. If you have any of your own you’d like to add to the gallery please send them to

Don’t forget to add any comments about either of last weekends events too!


Marathon Comments
It was great to see 57 riders setting off in the sunshine on Sunday morning which was twice as many as last year. Everyone seemed to enjoy their rides and the tracks were much drier than they have been all year but the westerly wind was tough to ride against across the moors.
Thanks to the Fox and Rabbit who allowed us to park for free, FC for not charging the permit fee and Jens Strain for drawing an excellent map. Thanks also to Keith Butler at Whitbourne Mugworks for providing the excellent commemorative mugs at an excellent price. I ordered 36 originally and he had 18 more delivered within 24 hours on Friday and has also posted an extra one to Phil Moorhouse, the 55th finisher.
We had decided to change the route after Louven Howe to avoid the muddy bridleway but most riders missed the left turn in Sneaton Forest and took the next left along a forest road which meant they had to find their way out onto the bridleway on the moor. I’ll probably tape it next year. We had also changed the route across the Murk Esk to avoid the slippery ford and the narrow footbridge and steps near Grosmont Church, I hope you didn’t curse me too much on the climb up the road from Esk Valley. I also moved #7 west of Yatts Farm so that C course riders weren’t tempted to use the road – and there was also a convenient fingerpost to attach the control. Unfortunately, a few riders missed it!! I will mark the manned and unmanned controls next year and change the text at the junction north of #7 where the 300m of muddy track confused a few riders. Hopefully, none of the above spoilt anyone’s ride and you’ll be back next year with even more mates!!
The mountain rescue team had to leave the control at Bloworth Crossing to deal with 2 incidents. So I was very grateful that they went back to collect it in afterwards.
We have donated £350 to the Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team who’s Just Giving web page is at
We also donated £50 to the Northern Congenital Hyperinsulinism Service (NORCHI) in support of Matthew Streets’ fundraising efforts on behalf of his daughter Grace. Their web page is at
Thanks also to everyone who helped on the day. Barbara at Registration and the control marshals – John Dixon, Jens & Eileen Strain, Michael Brough, Roger Hartley & SRMRT plus Brendon Smurthwaite who collected 6 & 7 when you had all finished.
Hopefully, we will repeat the event next July so I hope you will be riding again and bringing more mates – as well as a few more to NYMBO events in between.
Steve Willis
Event Organiser

Wykeham & Broxa Comments

Wykeham & Broxa Organiser’s Comments

Thanks to Jeff Harris for an excellent course in these 2 mature forests separated by the steep sided Derwent Valley. The wet winter and spring followed by a mild, damp summer meant that the vegetation had grown vigorously so some of the tracks were quite overgrown so that I can still feel the effects of the thistles and nettles. Also, most of the smaller tracks were soft so the going was tougher than usual. However, none of this stopped Graham Tibbot from visiting all bar one of the controls!!

Thanks as ever to Jens for another excellent map, Geoff Moorhouse, Karen Blackburn and John Dixon for helping on the day and Tim Evans, Edwyn Oliver-Evans, Adrian Parker, Michael Brough, Dave Evans and Graham Tibbot who collected the controls after they had finished.

Congratulations to Graham Tibbott and the other leaders were Andrew Windrum M40, Mark Rowley M50, Roger de Faye M60, Sheila Pearce W40, Jill Ellison W50, Clare de Faye W60, Angela & Tony Brand Barker X50 and Chris & Roy Partington (Gen). You can follow their routes using the splits file and course map on the NYMBO site.

I enjoyed my ride despite the mud and nettles but just stayed in Wykeham Forest so that I didn’t have the dubious pleasure of the byway at Thompson’s Stepping Stones.

The next NYMBO events are on the August Bank Holiday weekend at Malham and Dalby. On Saturday, 27th August, Geoff Moorhouse and I have planned a course based on the best of the controls used over the last 6 years. On Monday, 29th August you can sample Dave Lloyd’s excellent course in Dalby Forest which is also part of the Eborienteers White Rose weekend.

Hope to see you at another event soon


Wykeham results now online

You’ll find the results and splits from Saturday’s event here.IMG_2865

The full report should follow tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s a reminder that events at this time of year are a constant battle between rider and the undergrowth – thistles on the bridleway between controls 46 and 36.

2016 Wykeham and Broxa 25000 Working Drawing with Controls 11th July


Moors Marathon

Here is the map for Sunday. No need to print it out as you will get your own copy on Sunday morning and riders on the 2 shorter courses will get a larger scale copy.

2016 Moors Marathon Working Drawing with Courses 11th July.jpg

Here are the route descriptions and paper copies will be given out at registration. There have been 2 changes to the 3 long courses in Sneaton Forest and south of Grosmont.

2016 Marathon route

There will be refreshments available at checkpoints 2,3 and 4. We have got 44 entries so I have ordered another 18 commemorative mugs so there are still 10 spare for online entries tonight and any late entries on Sunday. Let’s hope the weather stays dry for the next 4 days. It’s a great area so I hope to see you there.

Wykeham & Broxa Forest map now available | Event 16th July |Enter now!

Here’s the map for the next MBO event on Saturday 16th July.

The event centre is SAWDON VILLAGE HALL YO13 9DY,  1 mile north of the A170 at Brompton by Sawdon details on the flier here

REGISTER 11.30 – 12.45  – STARTS 12.00 – 13.00

Enter online here by Wednesday 13th

The annual Moors Marathon is on Sunday 17th, details here July – Marathon Flier and entry here – spread the word amongst your mountain biking friends as this is a great day out biking!

2016 Wykeham and Broxa 25000 Working Drawing without Controls 5th July

2016 Wykeham and Broxa 25000 Working Drawing without Controls 5th July