Ingleton Organiser’s Comments
Thanks to Graham Fielding for planning an excellent course at his first attempt, Jens for another excellent map and the helpers as ever for making the event run smoothly. Sorry about the slight change of venue but the old middle school made a better centre than the primary school and the new bakery was very popular before and after your rides.
It was brilliant to ride in warm, calm summer sunshine on dry tracks after the previous 2 days and brilliant to see 85 riders on the day. There was plenty of route choice with Alex and Andy clearing 90% of the controls. Congratulations to all of the category winners who Graham has included in his report below.
I enjoyed my ride and decided to push up Twistleton End then take advantage of the tailwind over Scales Moor before the brilliant Pennine Bridleway followed by the lovely tracks above Austwick. It also meant that I saw lots of riders heading the other way which was probably the optimum 5 hour route.
Full results have already been posted on the web page along with the competition map if you couldn’t make it to the event and want to follow anyone’s route.
The next events in both leagues are both 3 hour events with a mixture of forestry and moorland. The NEMBOS event is at Kildale on Sunday 9th June and the NYMBO event is at Thirlby near Sutton Bank on Saturday 22nd June where there will also be refreshments on sale in the sports pavillion.
Hope to see you at one of these events or at the social ride at the Black Horse, Tollerton this Thursday 30th May.
Ingleton was my first attempt at course planning & in 5 hours one can cover a lot of ground. I didn’t want a clear up but I did want plenty of route choice. When we put out the controls on Friday afternoon it was hell & high water but when I awoke at Ribblehead on Saturday morning all was calm & sunny. I arrived at the event centre at 9am & a steady stream of riders was hitting the start dibber from 10am onwards. Shortly after 11 o’clock all competitors were out on the course.
I rode over to Feizor for a coffee & saw a few riders who were in that area then returned via GBH & Clapham tunnels to the event centre. Surprisingly first back with over an hour to spare was Duncan Stuart who’d backed himself into a corner in Kingsdale. Eventually, riders started to arrive in droves all seeming very happy with their day’s riding in the stunning Yorkshire sunshine.
For a long time it looked like Ben Martin(M21) was going to take overall victory with 373 points but then Andy Conn(M40) 436 & Alex Pilkington (also M40) 441 came in to win it & take 2nd place with Ben finishing an impressive 3rd overall. John Rawden took the M50 honours with Dennis Jaques winning M60. Ladies winner was Sheila Pearce, best pair were Jeff Barber & Paul Scott & Generation team winners were once again the Vestys. Congratulations to all & well done to everyone who took part.
I would like to thank everyone who helped out at the start/finish & also the small band of willing volunteers who helped put out & collected controls. A special word of thanks to Paul & Samantha Leight who, after 5 hours riding selflessly volunteered to collect the distant #57 high up on the shoulder of Whernside.
Many thanks, Graham Fielding