Howardian Hills event – updated results and comments

Howardian Hills event – updated results and commentsUpdated results here

 Jeff Harris planned an excellent course with plenty of route choice and the dry weather meant that the fitter riders were going to have to cover the whole of this beautiful area and no-one would have to spend much time cleaning their bikes afterwards. The tracks were the driest that I can remember so that even the ploughed field north of Terrington was rideable.

Thanks as ever to Jens for another excellent map; Jeff for putting out all of the controls; Geoff Moorhouse, Alistair Copeland; Michael Brough for their help on the day as well as the control collectors (see below).  Congratulations to Edwyn Oliver-Evans (M21) for winning again and visiting all of the controls with 8 minutes to spare. Andy Conn (M50) did the same but was 42 seconds late so only 524 points this month. The other leading riders were Andrew Windrum M40-520, John Rawden M60-390, Steve & Andrea Foster X50-385, Sue Booth W50-375, Ray Morriss M70-361, Stuart Pigg; Jake King Gen-351

You can follow all of their routes using the splits file and course map.  I made a mistake with the SI programme as I copied the Cropton file where I had to change the values of 47 and 57 around. Unfortunately, I forgot to change them back again which didn’t matter if you visited both controls. I’ve amended the results and posted the correct version on the web pages. Please let me know if there are any other errors.  Apologies also to 2 riders who tried to find the start at Gilling East. I changed the event centre a few months ago and thought I had updated the web pages. Sorry you didn’t see that but glad that you made it to Brandsby in time. I thoroughly enjoyed my ride as usual on my newly serviced bike and skinny tyres. (Thanks John). Having already seen the map, I had already decided to get the climb over first so headed for Gilling Woods. I reached Hovingham in under an hour so decided to visit all of the controls in the woods before heading back through Terrington and Scackleton. It was very obvious why this area has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Don’t forget that I will still be retiring as an organiser at the end of the season so the Nidderdale event will be my last. I would still like to hear from someone who is interested in taking on the coordinators’ role or a few people who would like to manage the events between them. I will still plan an event every year and ride whenever we’re not on holiday, seeing the family or playing golf!!

The next event will be a 5 hour  Score event in the Yorkshire Dales based at Gill Garth Farm in Selside, Ribblesdale and it’s an early start at 9.00am. Alex Pilkington has planned an excellent course but unfortunately I won’t be able to make it so I hope to hear lots of excellent reports.. Steve

Planner’s comments From the comments I received at the finish everyone enjoyed the event, I really enjoyed planning the event, did anyone have time to admire the views from one of the ridges in the area and the Brandsby Village Hall made a great event centre, although the parking was a bit tight at the end. There was plenty of option for riders to plan a route back to the start, you just had to decide at which point to cut back through the middle of the area or stay on the outside of the area, for anyone going for all the controls the main decision was when to pick the controls in the centre of the area, congratulation to Edwyn who managed to clear all the controls with over 8 mins to spare, I knew the area was fast and with ground being so dry there was every chance that someone would clear the area in under 3 hours. Many thanks to Ray, Andy, Andrew, Adrian, Tim, Edwyn and John, for your help collecting in the controls at the end after their rides.

All the best, Jeff

Map for 6th May event – Howardian Hills now online

3 hours in the Howardian Hills – Saturday May 6th 2017

VENUE Brandsby Village Hall YO61 4RF 200m NW of the B1363 at the foot of Brandsby Bank (Bing maps) GR 588 724

FACILITIES Registration and toilets in the hall COURSES 3 hour SCORE event (with a 2 hour option for NOVICES)

REGISTER 11.30 – 12.45
STARTS 12.00 – 13.00

Enter Online Here by Wednesday 3rd May

SENIORS £13.00
ONLINE ENTRY – deduct £1.00
Own SI card – deduct £1

Howardian Hills Map  6th May 2017

Yorkshire Wolds Report & Results

Yorkshire Wolds Report & Results

Control map is here

Planners Report

I thoroughly enjoyed my time planning this event especially the opportunity to explore some magnificent dry chalk valleys. My first and foremost thought was to utilise the best of the terrain. With the new event centre of Bishop Wilton the area naturally divided into two areas and I tried to balance both the number of controls and points on offer in both.
As a planner I like to see people scrutinising their maps at the start providing decision making from the off. A brief look at the results showed that there was a good balance between the northern and southern routes with the leading competitors departing both north and south from the start. All the controls were visited and there was good variance in the routes chosen. Feedback at the finish seemed to indicate that the courses were well received whilst providing a physical challenge with the ups and downs.
We were exceptionally fortunate on the run up to and for the event itself of a dry spell of weather. I don’t think I have ever seen the bridleways so rideable.
Husband Richard has been a stalwart in his support throughout the planning process and in the run up to and during the event. Dave Evans kindly helped get the some of the controls out on the Friday which certainly helped shorten our day considerably. The control collectors of Ray Morris, Dave Evans, Andrew Windrum and Graham Tibbot ensured we got home at a reasonable time after our long day. This has all helped to make planning the event one of the most enjoyable I have been involved with.
Jens provided another excellent map and I couldn’t finish without thanking all those who give time and effort to making this a successful event.

Karen Clark

Organiser’s Report

Thanks to Karen & Richard Clark for an excellent course, Frank & Sandra, Geoff, Karen & John and the 4 control collectors, Dave, Andrew, Graham & Ray who made everything run smoothly yet again and Jens for another excellent map. Congratulations to Edwin Oliver-Evans on a brilliant ride who passed me on numerous occasions while he visited all but one of the controls – unbelievable. We will all score more NYMBO points next month once he’s gone back to university. Congratulations to the other leading riders, Men – Andy Conn M50-499, Andrew Windrum M40-474, Dennis Jaques M60-355, Ray Morriss (on his birthday) M70-354, Ben & Steve Collins Gen-295. Ladies – Sue Booth W50-316, Sheila Pearce W40-305, Karen Blackburn W70-260. Mixed – Andy & Corinne Parsons T50-285, Andrea & Steve Foster X50-274.
I thoroughly enjoyed my ride especially going down the amazing dry chalk valleys (despite knowing about the climb out of each one). Some of the views were spectacular and reminded me why I love our sport so much. Despite that, I will be stepping down after our last event in October so don’t forget that if you want the NYMBO League to continue someone or a few of you are going to have to step forward. Jens has also told me that the Nidderdale map will be his last after 15 years so if you have any cartography skills please let me know.
However, I will be at the next event in a fortnight so I’m looking forward to seeing to at Brandsby village hall and riding on Jeff Harris’ course in the Howardian Hills. I hope they are as dry as the Wolds were yesterday.