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Next event – Richmond – October 3rd

When we finished the Ilkley event on March 14th, I don’t think anyone expected that our next event would be in October (panic supermarket buying seems a very long time ago!).

However, it’s great to be able to announce that our next event will be on Saturday October 3rd, based out of Richmond Golf Club and planned by Steve Willis.

Enter online here by midnight Thursday October 1st

It will be a ‘treasure hunt format’ event, and there will be a maximum of 40 riders. Entry will be online only (i.e. no entry on the day and no spare maps).

Riders will set off solo or in pairs at 2 minute intervals between 9.30 and 10.30. When you enter, you can choose one of 3 waves (9.30 – 9.50 | 9.50 – 10.10 | 10.10 – 10.30). We’ll allocate individual start times when people enter, and then publish the list on the website a few days before.

  • The blank map will be posted here a week before (no printed versions at the event)
  • You’ll need a pen to write down your answers
  • Solo or in pairs every 2 minutes between 9.30 and 10.30
  • Please arrive just 20 minutes before your start time but don’t go to the start until 2 minutes beforehand.
  • You can use the toilets beforehand but no cycling shoes or helmets in the club house please and use the hand sanitiser
  • You will mark your own answer sheet when you finish then give your score to Steve Willis.
  • Refreshments will be on sale afterwards but you must sign the ‘track & trace’ list, use hand sanitiser, maintain social distancing and sit in groups of no more than 4

There will be no prizegiving but the 5 category winners will receive a free entry for the next event.
A Senior Men
B Veteran Men (M50+)
C Women
D Mixed Pairs
E Generation/Junior Pairs

Hopefully, we’ll also be able to run similar events from November through March – details to follow soon!

Hope to see you there – check back for updates over the next couple of weeks


NYMBO Events Postponed

All our 2020 league events are cancelled – we are investigating the possibility of a Winter 2020/21 Treasure Hunt Series with the appropriate Covid-19 procedures in place.

Stay safe and well everyone!

Ilkley –> Updated results and event report

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.

Tony Thornley”

Ilkley showing winners routes


Ilkley Results

Ilkley Moor 14th March 2020

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.


Are you receiving NYMBO emails?

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Recent email about Saturday’s event

Blank map for Ilkley – Saturday March 14th – now available

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 by Thursday 12th with choice and approx time, or you can order on the day. There is Main Menu and a Vegan Menu available.

  • The event map is 1:40000/10m contours based on enhanced OS25000 (NB not the usual NYMBO style!).
  • All main and ‘yellow’ road overprinted for clarity.
  • All bridleways marked in magenta (if obvious on the ground) and graded with dashes – longer dashes = more rideable. Bridleways not easy to see on the ground marked in blue.
  • All feasible river and canal crossings emphasised on the map.
  • Safety: your route is likely to follow stretches of the A65 and A6034 in places. Please take care – these are busy roads.

Ilkley Blank Map 14th March 2020

East Rounton event results

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.

Northallerton Results final (updated Monday 17th)

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:

Northallerton Results distribution



Next event – Saturday 15th February – course map now available

**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

You can also reserve a map and pay on the day here

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:


Grewelthorpe results & control map

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:

  • I allowed #3 – Roselea Tea Room must not open in Jan but the sign was there in Dec! #7 has 3 mirrors but only 2 visible from a distance,
  • #23 any flower allowed [even sweet mango, onion, pineapple but definitely not cow!]
  • #29 was Cookery school but the sign ~ 1k NE says Forest School.

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 –

If you used the email entry form  you may have spotted that it said “Ilkley” rather than “Grewelthorpe” for January – Apologies for any confusion!

First event of the decade! Saturday January 18th – Grewelthorpe – enter online now –>

Happy New Year!

Our first event of 2020 is a winter treasure hunt event based at The Crown in Grewelthorpe on Saturday 18th January.

Enter online here

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: