Bishop Monkton Results – Updated!

The results for Bishop Monkton are finally updated with the missing riders who finished before the download problem was spotted. Click here to check yours.

Please let me know if there are any problems by email. I know there are still a set of results missing for John Birtwhistle – hopefully I’ll be able to fix that as soon as I get hold of the actual dibber as it looks like it wasn’t downloaded.

Apologies for the time taken to get this done – a combination of holidays and logistics got in the way. Also grateful for excellent support from the team at SportIdent to fix the files.


Bishop Monkton Report

Neil Reed planned an excellent event at Bishop Monkton, his report is below.

Results here and current League here – still with a couple of missing riders to include. Please let us know if any changes to Age categories etc are needed in the League scores. We’ll update this again when the missing riders are included.

After planning a couple of events in Nidderdale in 2017 and 2018 it was felt worthwhile planning an event in a slight different area hence Bishop Monkton near Ripon.

This is an area that I generally don’t ride in but I enjoyed my planning rides in February to May. I liked the more gentle undulating topography and variety of farm tracks, bridleways, single track together with some flat fast roads. I hoped this would provide an enjoyable challenge and the opportunity to cover a reasonable distance. I also hoped to see some high scores and aimed to set up the course accordingly.

When setting the controls I was surprised at how much vegetation growth had occurred and needed to clear several area of nettles etc to place the controls, however the ground rode hard and fast.

I was conscious of the limited crossing points of the River Ure and the need to tempt riders I into the north east segment of the map which I felt offered fast flat riding but am aware some riders struggled with navigation around CP27.

Also CP7 caused some issues, on collecting this control after the event it was clear that someone had moved the red and white tape approx 10 m south of the control causing some riders to assume the control was missing. If you think your score is not correct please let me know.

In terms of feedback this seemed favourable with many positive reports which are always most welcome. In terms of scores perhaps the area was still on the large side with 3 riders scoring 400 +. Anyway congratulations to all the riders who took part and I hope you enjoyed your ride.

The event was made possible by the contributions of many individuals so at the risk of missing someone out I would like to thank Steve W for advice, Dave R and Shelia P for helping with registration, John D for managing download and the control collectors: Michael C, Dave C, Ray M, Tim and Edwyn E and Simon C. Also thanks to Gill E and Tony BB for helping out with the download, I am aware there were some issues initially but believe these were sorted out on the day*.

*Editors note – final results are still being fixed as it’s a little bit tricky, should be sorted soon

Provisional Results for Bishop Monkton

I hope everyone enjoyed today’s course – Neil did a great planning job with plenty of options. There was an issues with two controls (#7 and another one) so if you haven’t let us know, get in touch and we can amend you score.

The main results are here.  These are provisional due to a small problem at download with the first few finishers. We sorted some but I think the following people are missing off the current results list:

C Adams 375
D Jaques 355
M Barnard 247
R Walton 226
M Knight 225
J Evans 204
D Brown 155

If you can’t see your above or on the main list, let me know and we’ll look into it.

Full report form Neil to follow later.

Blank map for Bishop Monkton Saturday 13th July

NEXT event is Saturday 13th July at Bishop Monkton, near Ripon.

It’s a 4 hour event; registration is 10.30 – 11.45 and starts from 11.00 -12.00.

Event centre is Bishop Monkton Village Hall, HG3 3TN

Neil reed has planned an excellent course on  the lanes and bridleways south of Ripon

Online entry is open until midnight Wednesday, link here

Please try to enter online so we print enough maps – there was a bit of late surge in email requests and entry-on-the-day riders at Boltby which led to a bit of a map shortage!

Event map

Boltby Planners Report

Thanks to Conrad and Jill for planning Saturday’s event, their report is below, and the league table is now updated after the first four events. Photo credit to Brendon (I’ve nicked his Strava photo of the view from Control 27). Event results and map are on yesterday’s post.

Planners update:

This year Jill and I took a break from the Cleveland Hills to revisit the area where we cut our teeth planning in 2005.  We’d like to thank Ginni at High Paradise Farm for letting us stage the event there.  With all the animals running around and the weather we got it could’ve been a scene from the Durrells.

We got a fantastic day on Friday for putting the controls out allowing us to take in the amazing views from the top of the Black Hambletons.  The tracks were also remarkably dry given the rain we’ve had over recent weeks.

Thank you very much to Steve for training Jill up in the set-up/ download at Ingleton and to Tony BB and Sheila for providing much needed support for her first solo flight.

With the great weather we were faced with a big ‘entry on the day‘ contingent which proved challenging with the number of maps available.  A huge thanks to Neil R and Brendan who marked up spare base maps with controls before starting.

Thank you also to the control collectors – Simon C, Tim, John R, Ray M and Andy C.

As for the event itself – #24 proved difficult to find for many of you and there wasn’t a simple way to do Silton.  In planning we decided to stick #13 out on a limb for the big guns to have to think about but that didn’t deter Andy C who managed the ‘bag up’ with 3 minutes to spare.  Also, well done to Angela who had a storming ride.

Next event at Bishop Monkton on July 13th!

Results for Boltby Saturday 22nd June

Here are the results from yesterday’s event at Boltby – hopefully everyone had a great ride. Please add comments to this post or email if any results queries. Full report from Conrad and Jill will be posted soon, along with the league table.

Control map below:


Ingleton – results, control map & report (all dried out now!)

That was quite a change from last year. Cold, wet and windy instead of a heatwave. Congratulations to everyone for finishing safely – and still smiling. Well done to Graham Tibbot for clearing the course with 40 minutes to spare ahead of David & Mark who didn’t quite manage it. There were lost of high scores with plenty of riders over 400 points. All the results are here

The Yorkshire Dales are stunning but I’m not sure how much the riders were able to appreciate the views. Most riders went around the course clockwise heading up to the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct which was just about visible in the low cloud and driving rain. They then had to weave through the Three Peak walkers before heading down the excellent Pennine Bridleway before deciding how many controls they could visit in the Wenning valley and in which order. It was just head down and try to keep going but at least they knew that Seasons Bakery was there at the finish.

Thanks to the control collectors who made it possible for me to get home by 6.00 – Alex Pilkington, Mick Connor, Sheila Pearce, Tim Evans, Ed Oliver-Evans, Graham Tibbot. Unfortunately, #17 was stolen but at least it was after everyone had visited.

Our next event is at Boltby & Silton Forest on Saturday June 22nd – enter online now. Conrad & Jill Ellison have planned an excellent course so hope you can make it.

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.