Bishop Wilton report & control map

The results have been updated; the league table after two events is here; and I’ve finally had time to post the race report, sorry for the delay.

Bishop Wilton

Thanks to Steve Willis for doing the course planning for the Bishop Wilton event, which was then organised by Brendon.

Here’s Steve’s report:

Congratulations to David Lawrance (M40), Mark Daniel (M40) and Ifor Powell (M50) who cleared the course and a special mention to the Generation team of Al & Jake Powell who only missed one 5 point control. Congratulations to the other category winners – Sue Booth W50 410, Tim Bull & Kathryn Jones X40 335, Tony Brand Barker M60 465, Ray Morriss M70 451.

I hope you enjoyed the dry trails and rolling Wolds scenery. Thanks to Brendon Smurthwaite for checking all of the control sites beforehand then putting them out on Friday with help from Ralph Defty and Dave Evans. He and Ralph then looked after the Start and Finish before collecting in the controls with help from Tim Evans, Adrian Parker, Simon Coiley and Dave Collins.

I didn’t ride because we had to go to our youngest grandson’s first birthday party in Sheffield so thanks to John Dixon for looking after Download and the Results afterwards.

Do spread the word about this season’s events – only 43 riders was quite difference from the first event – hopefully we will see you and a few more at Ingleton on June 8th.


Bishop Wilton Course Map – Saturday18th May – enter online by Wednesday

Here’s the course map for next Saturday’s event at Bishop Wilton.

Enter online by midnight Wednesday please (save £1, ensure we print enough maps)

NYMBO 2019 Events v2 Flier with all the details NYMBO 2019 Events v2

Hopefully the weather will have warmed up by then!

The map picture has lost some resolution, click on the map for the full pdf file.


Click on map or link below for full map

20190518 – Bishop Wilton

Washburn Valley Event Report

Thanks to Adrian Parker for his first event planning and providing a testing course – which also included our switch from poly bags to waterproof paper for the maps, a welcome change. Here’s Adrian’s report:

The Washburn Valley score event on Saturday 27th April was the first event of the summer NYMBO season. Not that the weather knew. Although the ground was generally firm after the dry and warm late Easter, Saturday was breezy with a brisk Westerly over the moors and the day was punctuated with heavy showers.

The Washburn Valley is deceptive. As those taking part in the race will now have experienced, it has a lot of gradient and close attention to the contours lines was required. While planning I kept bringing the control spread in and in – in the end staying true to the event name and confining control sites to the Washburn Valley and ignoring the South West quarter of the map in Wharfedale. What remained was challenging enough – with 450 the highest score on the day. Without the wind, scores would have been a bit higher I am sure, but clearing would I think always have been a tall order. I had planned for the event to look like it could be cleared, but for it to not quite be achievable – forcing all riders, including the fastest riders, to have to make route choices and control selection.

Looking at the results there was a gratifying variety of routes taken. The highest scores were achieved by going out anti-clockwise and clearing the South East corner of the map first and then coming North through the middle of the map. After that there was a great diversity of successful options. Planning I had envisaged the best route as the reverse, with the roads to the East of Norwood providing a fast finish. However riders who set out clockwise seem to have been bogged down in the complex route finding and choices in the North of the map and then not been able to complete an efficient loop. The multiple crossing points of the valley and complexity of the road/bridleway and track network made for difficult route choices if both sides of the map were to be linked.

I was pleased that all controls were visited, including those on the moor West and North of Timble – and gratifyingly Graham Tibbot’s winning score included the moor loop (clockwise) – which was always going to be a gamble. The far moor has not to my knowledge been used in a NYBMO event before. While it does not (if you stick to legal rights of way) offer much in the way of route choices it has some technical riding and some good views. Even nearer points such as the 25 pointer on Cote Hill give a different view and perspective on the area.

I developed something of a love hate relationship with point 16 on the moor over the course of last Friday/Saturday, when I visited in on three occasions. On the first occasion I discovered I did not have enough wire to secure the control to the boundary stone – so I had to cycle back to the car on the far side of Timble and do the climb again – but on the other hand I did see a Great Grey Shrike on my way back up. I revisted the control again at 6pm on Saturday evening control collecting, at which point the heavens opened and I was battered and drenched by a hail storm that pursued me off the moor.

A few thanks are in order. Firstly to all the control collectors who went back out having completed a challenging course (and sorry Simon for sending you to collect a control that would already have been collected by the time you got there!). Thanks to Steve Willis and Geoff Moorhouse for manning download and sorting out the results, and Tim for sorting the maps.  Many thanks also to John and William Anderson, who while their wife/mother Jo Anderson was out riding set up a café – which provided welcome cake and tea and a sociable atmosphere – and raised over £70 for a local woodland planting charitable fund run by the Rotary Club – planting woodland in the local area as a carbon offset.


Next event – Saturday 27th April – Washburn Valley – course map available –>

The first event of the 2019 league is next Saturday 27th April in the Washburn Valley. It’s a 3 hour event planned by Adrian Parker, and whilst we guarantee weather like the Easter weekend hopefully the tracks will still be nice and dry! Full details and course map below.

Enter now –> Online entry is open until midnight Wednesday

NYMBO 2019 Events v2 (this is the updated version of the full events flier)

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20190427 – Washburn Valley