WOR EVENTS 4HR ENDURO SCRAMBLE MANOR PARK – WELSHPOOL SEPTEMBER 2016.
“Manor Park near Welshpool, Powys was the setting last weekend for the WOR Events 4hr Enduro Scramble. The event did what it said on the tin with an endurance event over a scrambles track proving very popular with the riders indeed. It was a 5 mile lap that had challenges aplenty and offered the riders fast open fields, twisty woodlands, an old railway line and plenty of slippery mud as the heavy rain of the previous day left a very wet course to start off the day. The Sunday race day itself was dry and by halfway into the race at the 2hour mark the track was in a much improved and very grippy state with lap times getting quicker and quicker.
Overall winners on the day was the 2 man team of Alex West and George Price with a lap advantage on Paper at least, 21 circuits to their credit and an 8 minute cushion over Runners up, Andrew Edwards and Paul Herbert. 3rd spot in this top class going to Simon Wright and Ted Bailey with 19 laps to their name.
In the 2man Clubman ranks it was a close affair with the top 3 teams all doing 18 laps each and all relatively close on time. Iuean Brooks and Cole Elliott were the top team with Jamie Carroll and Scott Hughes in the Runners Up spot and Lee Thomas and Chris Berry securing the final podium place.
The Vets 2man was topped in style by Colin Griffiths and Kev Freeman as the only team in their group to complete 18 laps. On 17 laps and second place, was John Jones and Duncan Humphreys with the Parry brothers, Neil and Stephen in 3rd place on 16 laps.
Tomkins and Harris were run away winners in the Novice / Sportsman teams as they racked up17 laps around the brilliant Manor track with Runners Up, father and son duo of the Eilledge’s completing 15 laps to take the silver awards. 3rd spot went to Woodwood and Brooks although Woodwood was out very early on and left Aaron Brooks to pace himself and ride most of the race solo managing 14 very creditable laps.
The small but committed entry list of 4hr Ironmen was topped by Ross Davies whom also took a well earned 4th place Overall finishing best Expert with 19 laps. Alan Jones took best Clubman Ironman from Jimmy Mcanna as Runner Up and Chloe Richards in 3rd spot with all of them on 15 laps each.
Top Ironman Sportsman was Leon Dean with Mick Kuzmicz in the Runners Up spot as only those two finished the 4hrs. Tom Brazier was the top Novice Ironman on 15 laps.
For the riders that did not wish to ride in the team or ironman groups there was a separate 2hr race that joined the event at 12.30pm and finished in sync with the main event. Top rider in this challenge was the smooth and fast Harry Houghton, a relative newcomer to Enduro Scrambles from Trials, showing that he will be one to keep an eye on as continues to improve. Runner Up was David Wright as he matched Houghton’s 10 laps. 3rd spot went to Mark Plain.
Special mention to Steve Hughes who had pushed himself to the front of the 2hr race but an unfortunate off and a broken collarbone put paid to his day. The recent Rider of the Day award that WOR present at each meeting was awarded to Dan Hallam, a simply inspirational character that has took to off road battling with only one arm! His determination and commitment are truly fantastic as he battles his way around the course on his Honda.
So the event went off brilliantly and all those that took part seemed to really enjoy the 4hr team/ ironman format. This format used to be really popular but seems to not interest folk anymore so WOR will try one more of the 4hr’s in the future before maybe , sadly having to put the format to bed, which on yesterdays showing would be such as shame as the atmosphere and general feeling of the event was superb, We will watch this space. WOR wish to thank all involved in the running of this event.
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