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Hovingham Saturday – event is ON – but snow is forecast –>

The event is definitely ON but snow is forecast all night at Hovingham. Please make your own decision as to whether to travel once you have seen the early morning forecast and road conditions. If you decide not to travel then you will get free entry into the next Nymbo event at Harrogate. Hope to see you in the morning!


Next event – Saturday 19th January – Hovingham –> Enter online now –>

Our 3rd event in the 2018-19 Winter League is at Hovingham on Saturday 19th January . Blank course map below

Pub event centre is the Cricketers Bar, Worsley Arms Hotel, Main Street, Hovingham. YO62 4LA.
Usual format – 2 hour event. Registration: 9:15-10:15. Start times: 9:30-10:30.
With the option of sandwiches and light lunches after the event.

The trails around the Hovingham area, which were rather wet in places in December when I planned the course, are now drying up nicely.
If the weather holds we should have a nice fast course.

Only 5 online pre-entries so far, so if you do want to kick start the new year with a bit of friendly competition please get your online entries in by next Wednesday so we can print enough maps.

Online entry here – closes midnight Wednesday 16th

Don’t forget to renew your 2019 BMBO membership

Hope to see you there.

Thanks Brendon


Ripon Results & Comments

South Lodge, Ripon comments

Results are here: 20181215-South Lodge

Well done all those who turned out on a very chilly morning. A few hours later & it was chucking it down with rain too!

I did not see the final map that the later starters got – apologies for not spotting that some of the control numbers were ambiguous so that some of you wrote down the answer for a different control. To be fair to everyone I have disallowed all wrong answers. Early starters received a map from a previous event which did not have that problem. We are still learning the foibles of Purple Pen so this will not happen again with me hopefully.

Well done to the high scoring vet men, Martin Vesty would have got them all but could not find his way through the Econ housing estate plus he got #8 & #20 mixed up; he nearly let in Tim Evans who again had a full answer sheet but like Morecambe & Wise not necessarily in the right order.

Jenny Sutton was the lady winner & some good performances by the Generation teams with Steve & Ben Collins dominating a high scoring class.

Thanks to the South Lodge for hosting the event although I’m sure the young lady who opened up thought we were all quite mad. I had used a previous bike O map from 2014 which was planned to avoid muddy bridleways, the week had been dry so that made the going even faster.

David Day


Saturday 15th December = Ripon winter event – map and details –>

The second NYMBO winter event of the season is next Saturday 15th December. Our pub event centre is the South Lodge, Harrogate Road, Ripon HG4 1ST.

Online entry available until midnight Wednesday here; after that use the webform to let us know you’re coming and we print enough maps.

Map below for this two hour event – Registration 0915 – 1015; starts 0930 – 1030. Usual format, all the other details here

See you there!!

12th December 2018 - Ripon

12th December 2018 – Ripon

Ellerton Lake – Report, results, and control map

It was great to see Andrew Windrum and Andy Conn riding for the first time this year as well as lots of regulars. It’s a lovely area of undulating North Yorkshire countryside with lots of pretty villages, beautiful houses, quiet country lanes and a few gravel bridleways. They weren’t quite as dry as when I checked them last month but everyone seemed to enjoy their rides. Surprisingly there were very few punctures despite the hedge trimmers best efforts.

I would like to apologise for the map. Not the 45 degree tilt which worked but because I printed the all controls map instead of the course map so you didn’t have the values and the numbers were too small. This was my mistake, not Tim’s. I’ll post the one you should have had on the web page!! As always I thoroughly enjoyed checking out the bridleways and controls from the Lakeside café which made an excellent event centre. Congratulations to the other category winners Zac & Richard Hutchinson (Gen), John Rawden (Vets) and Karen Blackburn (Ladies).

Hopefully, we’ll see you at David Day’s event at Ripon on December 15th

RESULTS: 20181011 – Ellerton Results

MAP: 20181110 – Ellerton Lakes

Ellerton Lake Saturday 10th November – map now available

Next Saturday (10th) is the first our our five winter “treasure hunt” events.

Enter online here, by midnight Wednesday, or reserve a mail by sending an email here

The blank map for the event is below – Tim’s created a unique format for this event, although I’d need to get my old school protractor out to determine the exact angle of the map. Whether the course map is in the same format remains to be seen…


Winter Events start on November 10th

SAT 10th NOVEMBER 2018 Ellerton Lakeside Cafe, Scorton, Richmond DL10 6AP
SAT 15th DECEMBER 2018 South Lodge, Harrogate Road, Ripon HG4 1ST
SAT 19th JANUARY 2019 Worsley Arms, Hovingham YO62 4LA
SAT 16th FEBRUARY 2019 Squinting Cat, Harrogate HG3 1QE
SAT 30th MARCH 2019 Deramore Arms, South York Area
COURSE 2 hour Mountain Bike Orienteering Score event
MAP Pre-marked 1-40,000 A4 colour extract of OS Sheet
REGISTER 9.15 -10.15 STARTS 9.30 – 10.30
FEES ADULTS – £5.00 JUNIORS – £3.00
Save £1 by entering online at
FACILITIES Parking and toilets at the pub

You must wear a helmet and pairs must stay together at all times.
Please obey the highway and country codes
At registration you will receive your control card and description list
There are 30 controls worth 525 points – and the usual penalties for lateness
Controls are signs/dates etc on minor roads and bridleways
You will need a waterproof pen to write the answers on your control card
Small prizes for the winning solo or pair in each category at each event
Bar meals and refreshments in the pub afterwards.
Please order your bar meal at registration before you start
Please join BMBO (only £6) on line beforehand and save time and money at registration
Results will be posted on the NYMBO & BMBO web pages
Only 5 classes
M21 Senior Men M50 Veteran Men W21 All Women
X21 Mixed Teams Gen Generation Teams