Geoff and I enjoyed planning the course this year after Chris Wildman couldn’t find anyone to replace Andy Murphy. We did use the pick of his controls from the last 6 years, reduced the size of the competition area and didn’t put any controls on the Arncliffe road. You seemed to enjoy it and the weather made the riding perfect.
Thanks as ever to Jens for another excellent map; Geoff Moorhouse, David & Zoe Cowgill and Simon & Jack Coiley for putting out the controls on Friday; then Kevin Smith, John Dixon, Ray Morriss, Michael Connor and David & Zoe Cowgill (after her 4 hour run) for collecting them in before the rain started on Saturday.
Congratulations again to Graham Tibbott M21-439 for holding off Alex M40-409 (with a lot of local knowledge) and Andrew M40-404 (who doesn’t need to know an area to score well) by over 30 points. The other leaders were Conrad Ellison M50-364, Roger de Faye M70-324, Heather Tufts W21-322, Ray Morriss M60-320, Angela & Tony Brand Barker X50-279, Sue Austin/Alex Davies W40-278, Clare de Faye W60-240, Jill Ellison W50-213, Karen Blackburn W70-195, and Jeffrey & (10 year old) Laura Barber Gen-164. You can follow their routes using the splits file and course map on the NYMBO site.
I enjoyed both rides because the scenery is always fantastic, the weather was perfect and the tracks were mainly remarkably dry after the recent rain. However, I would rather compete so please volunteer to plan the course if you want the event to continue next year. I wanted to go for a short ride to take a few photos once you had started but couldn’t because the NYMBO computer wouldn’t recognise the BMBO Splits printer. Geoff and I had to recreate the whole event on the BMBO computer before the first finisher returned – and the generator kept cutting out!! I also couldn’t work out how to create the age classes which is why the results are just on one page. It never quite goes right at Malham!! Finally, my apologies to Denis for getting his age wrong!
The next NYMBO event is on Monday, 29th August where you can sample Dave Lloyd’s excellent course in Dalby Forest which is also part of the Eborienteers White Rose weekend. Don’t forget to print the flier so that you get the reduced FC toll charge of £4.
The 9th & 10th events in the NYMBO league are part of the OMM Bike weekend at Cropton on September 17th/18th. All 4 courses count on both days and you can enter the 3 hour option on the BMBO site. However, you need to enter the longer courses on the OMM web site and the event is nearly full so don’t leave it too late.
Hope to see you at another event soon