The May 16th NYMBO Event is cancelled.
Subsequent events will remain under review, and we’ll make a decision on these as required.
Stay safe and well everyone!
Tony Thornley ran an excellent event yesterday, which included some great mapping.The updated results are here.
Here’s his report:
“Thank you all for coming and for the many kind comments.
An especial thank you to my beautiful assistants, Pete and Ali, and to Tim for printing the maps.
The church car park donations raised £50 for which thanks to all who contributed.
I hope the map worked well for you. I’ve always felt it would be better to make the viable routes, whether road or off-road, clearer for MTBO events, and to give more cyclability information. From the routes (below) you can see that both Ian and Al did their best to avoid the really miserable tracks across Ilkley Moor and around points 16 and 26. I don’t think anyone got to 16 but one or two made 30 by the Twelve Apostles.
The challenge was to decide the best route at the outset. Most people opted for the North loop and then used the road route via 25 towards Riddlesden. Very few people got down to the canal, although it is very fast going. Rob King gets the prize for the longest distance cycled without getting any points – from 26 to the finish.
I hope no-one had too many problems with the awful bit of bridleway down from Langbar at point 24 back to Addingham. I deliberately extended the map to give the option of using the road to the NW; although a lot longer and not flat I suspect it may be quicker.
Hope to see you all, virus permitting, at the Washburn Valley event on April 18th.
Updated Sunday 20:45
Here are the results from today’s challenging Ilkley event – great turn out for a treasure hunt event, I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. Full report to follow tomorrow. Any problems with the results please comment below or email.
Hopefully you’re getting our regular email updates, but it’s worth making sure that you save both our regular email address into your contacts to stop email being treated as spam.
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Our next event is in Ilkley on Saturday March 14th – online entry here. It’s the usual treasure hunt format, but note this event is 2.5 hours rather the usual 2. Online entry closes midnight Wednesday 11th. Runners also welcome as per our last few events.
Planned by Tony Thornley, the event base at the Ilkley Moor Vaults, Stockeld Road, Ilkley LS29 9HD
Registration and parking are 400m west of the centre of Ilkley on the A65. Turn North off the A65 onto Stockeld Road, just East of Pelican crossing. Ilkley Moor Vaults is on the left. Please do not park in the pub car park as it’s tiny and will be busy with start/finish. Best parking is in the church car park 20m down the hill on the opposite side of the road. Donation (£2 suggested), payable at registration, for parking. You can park on the road for max 3 hours but it’s often full and there are traffic wardens all over Ilkley nowadays. Registration in the pub. Start/Finish in the pub car park.
Food: you can pre-order food in advance – email Tony (tonythornley at btinternet.com) by Thursday 12th with choice and approx time, or you can order on the day. There is Main Menu and a Vegan Menu available.
Here are the results and the control map from Saturday’s event at Roots Cafe, East Rounton – thank to John Dixon for planning a stretching course, and Storm Dennis for laying on some extra special riding conditions!
john says “I may have been a bit disingenuous about at least one of the bridleways, the one west of 27! I think all those who rode it regretted it, some more than others!
Apart from that, and one or two slight quibbles about the wording or the position of controls, I think all you brave souls seemed to enjoy yourselves? It was sheer hell sitting in the cabin with nothing to do but try and work out an optimum route 🙂
And drink coffee and eat cake : (
And thanks to Roots for being good hosts and thanks to you for leaving a good impression.
John’s analysed the answered sheets “Nobody went to No.2, west of Appleton Wiske, 5 points can’t have been enough temptation? And only 1 went to No.18. But there is a fairly even spread of visitors to the NE & SW, generally 7 visits to the bulk of the controls.” You can see the spread of controls visited here:
**update – be sure to read John’s comments below**
Our second of event of 2020 takes place on Saturday 15th February, and is based at the Roots Farm Shop & Cafe at East Rounton.
Online entry is open until midnight Wednesday February 12th
If you’re planning to come, please do try and enter online – we ran out of maps at the last event! It’s great that we’ve got more people coming along, but we’d like to make sure everyone gets a quality map!!
All details on the flier here – usual 2 hour winter format with registration between 0915-1015 and starts between 0930-1030.
John Dixon has planned the event and the blank course map is here:
It was a beautiful winter’s day with fantastic views from Grewelthorpe Moors, 46 competitors came & we ran out of maps so the last arrivals had hand marked blank maps.
Thanks to David Day for planning an excellent course, which I hope everyone enjoyed (the map annotation for “deep ford” proved to be accurate!)
The results are here: 20200118 – Grewelthorpe v2 (version updated 20-01-2020 18:44)
David has taken time to put the results on a more detailed spreadsheet showing the controls visited which is excellent.
The control map is below, here are David’s event comments:
If your score is different to the score you thought you had when you finished, I have checked the arithmetic & disallowed some answers/guesses:
There was a first ever entry from a pair on foot – well done Kevin & Vicky for undertaking this challenge; they had a good route but struggled to find some of the farm footpaths so ran out of time, Vicky was first lady at the night O event later that day.
Class leaders: M open – Chris Dodd/Duncan Archer on the same points 316, M50 – Adrian Parker 265, W – Jo Anderson & Jemima Parker 215, Mixed – Andrea & Steve Foster 203, Gen – Charles & Rebecca Mayes 140. Any queries to David Day – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you used the email entry form you may have spotted that it said “Ilkley” rather than “Grewelthorpe” for January – Apologies for any confusion!
Our first event of 2020 is a winter treasure hunt event based at The Crown in Grewelthorpe on Saturday 18th January.
All details on the flier here – usual 2 hour winter format with starts between 0930-1030.
This event has been planned by David Day, who advises “car parking is through the arch alongside the Crown pub until full, then it will be village main street. Food & drink available at the pub.”
Blank course map here:
Thanks to Richmond Golf Club for hosting the event and to the riders who all came back safely and still smiling. Most riders chose to go down to the Swale before heading east towards Skeeby, north towards Whashton before deciding whether to head west onto the Feldom Ranges and over the racecourse or just back to the finish and the bridleways were much better than expected after a wet week.
Merry Christmas, enjoy celebrating New Year and hope to see you in 2020.
Next event – Saturday 18th January at The Crown in Grewelthorpe near Ripon.