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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:

Richmond results

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.

Richmond Results

Richmond Winter TH Descriptions

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.

Blank map for Richmond event – Saturday 14th December – online entry closes midnight 11th

Here’s the blank course map for the Richmond event on Saturday 14th December – planned by Steve Willis. Click on the map to open the pdf version.

All details on the flier here – usual 2 hour winter format with starts between 0930-1030.

Online entry here until midnight 11th December

14th December 2019 - Blank map for Richmond

14th December 2019 – Blank map for Richmond


Sicklinghall results & report

33 brave souls turned out in ‘heavy drizzle’ to brave the roads and tracks around the Scotts Arms at Sicklinghall. It is over 4 years since we last started at this location and now that the Bridges over the river are open I reinstated a few controls south of the river and in doing so made use of the excellent Muddy boots cafe at Harewood on one of the sighting trips.  The event 4 years ago had high scores of 450 and given the weather and the restrictions on routes around the centre I think the slightly larger area worked. Given the amount of rain we have had over the last few months I was surprised it was only one or two tracks had gone from rideable to soft and one of these was due to Christmas tree harvesting.

Click here for the results. Congratulations must go to our Category winners, Ian Furlong on Senior Men with 375, David Day Veteran Men ( over 60 ) with 330, Andrea and Steve Foster in Mixed with 270, Phil and Olivia Ingham in Generation with 265 and Jo Anderson and Jemima Parker in Ladies with 259.  Thanks to Steve for helping with Registration and the Scotts Arms for excellent hospitality and food.

Any score queries please e-mail me at with your route and score and I will update, the result sheets were a bit damp.

Our next event is on December 14th  – another 2-hour lane quest from Richmond Golf Course Oeganised by Steve Willis. We could do with some more planners for the 2020 summer series so if you fancy having a go please e-mail myself or Steve, you will be given lots of help and advice.

23rd November Sicklinghall


Dates for the winter league

Post updated 11/11/2019

The dates for the Winter League have (mostly) been agreed, and all of the details are on the flier NYMBO Winter 2019-20 v3

23 November – Harrogate (Tim Evans)

14 December – Richmond (Steve Willis)

18 January – Grewelthorpe (David Day)

15 FebruaryNorthallerton (John Dixon)

14th March – Ilkley (Tony Thornley)

All events are the usual 2 hour treasure hunt format, with event centre from a local pub. All details, including the blank course map will be available about one week beforehand. Online entry via BMBO

Over the winter we’ll be planning the Main League events for 2020, and it would be good to get your feedback on your preferred event length from 2019 so we can see if we got the balance right or whether any changes are needed.

In 2019 we had 10 events, two were 3 hours; five were 4 hours; and three were 5 or more ( the two days at Swaledale offered options). Please vote in the poll and give any feedback in the comments box below. Thanks for your help!

Poll will close before the first winter event on November 23rd.

Wensleydale final results with control map

The Wensleydale results are now uploaded in their “usual” format – sorry for the delay, and thanks to Neil Reed and Steve Willis for sorting out the logistics that made that possible!

If you’re still seeing the provisional results, trying pressing Shift and F5 together on the results to refresh your browser and clear the cache.

Here’s the control map from the event (thanks Tim for another great map):

Wensleydale Planners report

The weather on Saturday could not have been better for an October event, and certainly better than the wet Friday that Liz had to contend with for putting out controls. Thanks to Liz and Harry for their efforts in putting together an excellent and challenging course. Here’s her report:

I’m a very slow mountain biker and took on planning a NYMBO in the hope of getting some training in while recceing the course. I was forced to go to those 30-pointers that I usually don’t bother with and I seemed to spend a lot of time pushing my bike uphill into a prevailing gale.

There are a lot of good bridleways in Wensleydale but not a lot of bridges over the Ure so having the event centre by the Aysgarth Falls bridge gave more route choices immediately from the start. We needed to have the bridges at Worton and and Wensley on the map and I wanted to take the event as far as possible into Coverdale since I don’t think NYMBO has been there recently. This made for a big map and I probably did not need to fill all of it with controls. I haven’t seen the routes yet – did anyone beside me (putting out) and Harry (collecting in) go up Stakes Allotment? Anyway we both enjoyed the decent if not the climb up. (editors note – 7 riders went up to control 28 at Stakes Allotments, although the results two riders went from control 13 but did not get control 18 which seems odd)

The weather turned out pretty well in the end – just the sight of a bit of sunshine improves morale. I thought the Falls Cafe turned out an excellent venue and thank you to them for being so helpful at short notice when the alternative was not. The organisation for NYMBO events seems quite relaxed and I was not sure how it was supposed to go but thanks to Steve, Dave and John who made that happen and to Tim for the map and rounding up a large band of helpers to collect in, and thanks to the helpers and especially Adrian and Ben for getting the tough 30-pointers. Also thanks to my partner Harry who ended up doing much more mountain bike training than me over the weekend.

I hope everyone enjoyed their day in Wensleydale – thanks for entering and turning up when the weather was not looking so promising.

Control map will follow shortly, but event results are here and final league is here

The results aren’t in their usual format at the moment – these will be updated at the weekend when the usual format will be available.

Dates for winter lanequests soon – please get in touch with Tim if you’re interested in planning one.