Sheffield & Hallamshire MCC hosted the final round of their 2017/2018 series, plus the first round of their 2018 Oset series at their new venue Offerton Hall near Hathersage in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District. A venue previously used by the club as a group of sections in the Peak Trial, the venue has never been used for a club trial, however thanks to the efforts of the club and the enthusiastic land owner the use was secured, a very welcome result for the club and riders. Early morning showers cleared leaving a dry if chilly day for the 82 riders, consisting of 14 Osets and 68 main course riders.
On the hard route, Gavin Black was the surprise winner on 20 marks ahead of Corey Dubik on 25 with Richard Timperley rounding out the top three on 32. Section 3 was the first mark taker for the experts, a 4 foot step at a 45 degree angle with an awkward run up taking marks off all the riders bar Corey Dubik on his Acklams Splat Beta who was the only rider to go clean here all day. Section 4 was the only section where no expert went clean all day, the closest being Gavin Black having 2 sterling clean rides on the narrow slate waterfall.
The Clubman route was an ever close affair, topped by Davy Morewood on his Beta on 19 ahead of Fantic 240 mounted Paul Rose on 27. The fight for third place went down to a most cleans decider, with both Josh Atkinson and Sam Atherton dropping 32 marks, Josh pipping Sam to third by virtue of 22 cleans to Sam’s 21. Just 1 mark behind on 33 was Rob Bowyer in fine form on his mighty Triumph Twin, getting in some last minute practice before the Pre-65 Scottish. Section 4 again proved to be the toughest for the Clubmen, with just 3 cleans recorded all day, two from Morewood and one on his first lap from 6th place Andy Turner.
As always the easy route proved a popular choice, topped by Stephen Bisby on his Ossa Gripper, who stayed in single figures on 9 marks, ahead of Gas Gas mounted Andy Foot on 19 and Phil Sibley on his Honda TLR a further 7 marks adrift on 26. Section 2 was the major mark taker here, the very narrow gully took 5 from Bisby, and only 5th place man Paul Spivey recorded a clean here all day on his second lap.
The Oset riders tackled 9 sections under the support and guidance from Jonny Carr, who set out 3 routes for the 14 riders to choose from. On the hard route, Max Perry took top spot ahead of Jack Owen, who was attempting the hard route for the first time. On the middle route, Finlay Widdows reigned supreme just 6 marks ahead of Max Howarth, whilst on the easy route Grace South took the honours ahead of Rhys Finlay. It is great to see the future of trials enjoying their days out, long may it continue!
The club would like to say a big thank you to the organising team, the observers and the land owner for the use of his excellent venue and his superb hospitality on the day. Sheffield & Hallamshire’s next event is their ACU British Youth Championship round to be held on 10th June at Stonedge Quarry, entries are now open on the ACU website.
Gavin Black, Sherco – 20 marks
Corey Dubik, Acklams Splat Beta – 25 marks
Richard Timperley, JST Gas Gas UK – 32 marks
Davy Morewood, Beta – 19 marks
Paul Rose, Fantic – 27 marks
Josh Atkinson, Splat Montesa – 32 marks
Stephen Bisby, Ossa – 9 marks
Andy Foot, 6T9 Gas Gas – 19 marks
Phil Sibley, Honda – 26 marks
Oset Hard Route
Max Perry – 47 marks
Jack Owen – 66 marks
Oset Middle Route
Finley Widdows – 40 marks
Max Howarth – 46 marks
Leon Curry – 53 marks
Oset Easy Route
Grace South – 55 marks
Rhys Finley – 64 marks
Hudson Cooper – 66 marks