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All in a Knights WOR-k – WOR Events Putoline National Hare Scrambles Round 1 – Highlights Video, Race Report & Results
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All in a Knights WOR-k – WOR Events Putoline National Hare Scrambles Round 1 – Highlights Video, Race Report & Results

by adminMarch 19, 2018

The 2018 Putoline National Hare Scrambles started last Sunday for both solos and quads as WOR Events kicked off their spring and summer campaign in …You guessed it… Snow and freezing arctic conditions! Baden Hall in Staffordshire was the setting and this superb, classic, decade old, exclusive WOR venue, took on the crazy Mid March weather and won, as Hundreds of riders still managed to get to the event with massive snow falling all over the UK and interrupting lots of events and people’s lives. WOR’s careful planning and preparation had hired in plant machinery and Road Sweepers and an army of dedicated staff all fired up and ready to get the 2018 season going in full swing ….

Report by Keith Williams – Images courtesy of AJ Photography

The unique Baden course is like a mini version of a GNCC track from the states and was its usual mix of twisty, winding woodlands linked with open grass sections, bomb holes, drops and climbs and old concrete military roads from back in the day when it was an MOD bomb making facility. The weather made it muddy, gloopy, rutty and very tough indeed to say the least with all riders that battled to the finish deserving a massive pat on the back for their efforts.

Solo Race 10.30am

The old Staffordshire bomb site had another massive explosion last Sunday and that was called Word Enduro legend, David Knight. The” Knighter” on his GGUK GASGAS 300 was like a bomb had gone off to his fellow competitors as he exploded from the drop of the union jack start flag to the waving of the Chequered flag at the end of the 2-hour Hare Scramble. The most decorated British Enduro rider of all time was simply unstoppable as he lapped the entire field and made light work of the treacherous conditions, almost seeming to revel in them, being the only rider to complete 10 laps and win by over 15 minutes from his next challenger. The aggressive Knight looked fit and lean, and fast and smooth and this really was a top performance from a man approaching his 40th Birthday and returning to a speed and form that is customary to him. The Humphreys brothers, Owain and Gethin where once again at the head of the pack, if you exclude the Phenomena that is David Knight, and the North Wales based brothers once again where not far apart come the end of the race. Owain on his CF Racing Husqvarna FX 350 4t was running in second place for most of the race with his younger Brother Gethin on the MRS Sherco 300 2t solid in 3rd place. This is how it finished at the end but not without a bit of drama as Owain derailed a chain, not once, but twice, allowing Gethin Through to second spot with a lap to go, but a determined Owian reeled him back in and managed to take a 15 second advantage over his younger sibling, Both on 9 laps. Tim Forman and Jon Hunt both Beta mounted made the top 5 and the only other riders to do 9 laps. For the first time in a long, long time, there was not a single orange KTM in sight of the top 7 riders at a WOR event.

Paul Engerlen showed his class in the Clubman group as he used all his years of experience and determination to complete 8 laps and take a 6-minute winning advantage over Runner Up Nathan Rogers. Rogers was going well on his return to WOR racing too as he just shaded the silver award from 3rd placed Steve Mercer, they too where on 8 laps each. Former TT racer Steve Mercer deserves a special mention too, riding on his 36th Birthday and again travelling all the way up from Kent for a WOR event, Mercer took the lead and stayed in front of the clubman class comfortably, he then ran out of fuel and had to push bike in the slop to the pits… a valuable lesson learned there indeed and one not to be repeated in the forthcoming season that’s for sure.

Gary Mccoy (KTM) is a battle hardened, veteran rider from Devon and has done many a WOR Tough One in the past, always putting in a solid shift, this event was no different, Overnight travel in Snow from Devon? No problem! take on the Top-Level Veteran group in a two-hour mud fest? No problem!!, A start to finish lead had the likeable 50 plus year old as the winner, but he was pushed hard all race by the Runner up, Anthony Griffith, whom in turn was only 39 seconds down as both riders where the only ones in class to complete 8 laps each. Really good riding there from the sharp end of the VETS A’s. Third place on the podium belonged to Rick De Fue as he used all his top-level MX style, pace and experience to take the bronze award aboard his Gas Gas 300 albeit on 7 laps.

Steffan Butterworth was the top rider in the Vets B group, completing 7 laps and holding off Runner Up, Andy Harvey by 1 minute and 1 second. Paul Lightfoot kept things tight at the top in the Vets B as well bydoiung 6 laps and taking 3rd place ..

Chris Wagstaff has done a fair bit of winning at WOR in the Expert Vets over the years but now time has moved him into the Over 50’s group and making his debut in there saw a very familiar result, a class win for the Shrewsbury based builder as he was the only rider in class to complete 8 laps. Waggy was chased down hard though by Duncan McCormick, whom had made another long trip down from Scotland and battled his big 500 KTM around the tough course to secure 2nd place I the group with a 7-and-a-half-minute advantage over Triple D Motorsports Boss, Neil Crayston who took a lovely looking and sounding new Honda 250f to the final spot on the podium.

Jake Shepard was the man to beat in the Sportsman group as he upped and left the rest of the field from the off. Jake was the only rider in class to complete 7 laps and fully deserved his win after moving up from last years Novice group. Adam Bates was another rider promoted up from last years Novice group and he too rode well to take the Runners Up spot with a 2-and-a-half-minute advantage over 3rd placed Phil Foster in 3rd. Bates and Foster completing 6 laps each.

Top Novice was Richard Marr from Rob Moreton and Chris Cannon in 2nd and 3rd place respectively with Marr completing 6 laps and Moreton and Cannon on 5 apiece. Frank Skillin and Haydn Rainford completed 4 laps each with the advantage going to Skillin, both riders doing brilliantly in the mud on their little wheels.

Summing up this event is easy, a massive well done to all the super hard working WOR staff and team for taking on the horrendous conditions and making sure that such a high profile and busy event ran like clockwork and injury free. The biggest thanks as always must go to all the riders that attended and supported the event from all 4 corners of the UK and further making it a true National Hare Scramble indeed.

This Putoline National Hare Scrambles series is shaping up to be a cracker if the support and atmosphere from round 1 is to continue throughout the year and with the WOR Events Michelin Cross Country Enduro series about to start and the clubs new Extremism Hard Enduro championship kicking off in May, it all looks like being a cracking year ahead for Enduro riders and dirtbikers with WOR as they continue to be the most Pro Active Enduro promoter out there with such variety of venues and formats of both racing and play riding for all ages and skill levels.

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Results

Position  Number  Class  Name  # Laps  Penalty
1 101  EXPERT  DAVID KNIGHT 10  02:02:51
2 1  EXPERT  OWAIN HUMPHREYS 9  02:04:19
3 24  EXPERT  GETHIN HUMPHREYS 9  02:04:36
4 866  EXPERT  TIM FORMAN 9  02:09:27
5 824  EXPERT  JON HUNT 9  02:13:20
6 2  EXPERT  RYAN SHACKLADY 8  02:03:03
7 848  EXPERT  MATT SILVESTER 8  02:04:34
8 212  EXPERT  DAN BOAM 8  02:07:43
9 908  EXPERT  ROB FRANCOM 8  02:09:35
10 9  EXPERT  CONNOR BOLSOVER 8  02:09:59
11 931  OVER 40s A  GARY McCOY 8  02:11:54
12 61  CLUBMAN  PAUL ENGELEN 8  02:12:02
13 802  OVER 40s A  ANTHONY GRIFFITH 8  02:12:33
14 855  EXPERT  PHIL JENKINS 8  02:14:06
15 259  EXPERT  BEN MARTINDALE 8  02:14:17
16 199  CLUBMAN  NATHAN ROGERS 8  02:18:16
17 852  CLUBMAN  PAUL CLARKE 8  02:18:39
18 281  OVER 50s  CHRIS WAGSTAFF 8  02:20:12
19 278  CLUBMAN  STEVE MERCER 8  02:22:30
20 711  CLUBMAN  LIAM BELFIELD 7  02:04:08
21 837  CLUBMAN  LIAM CROWE 7  02:04:30
22 868  CLUBMAN  TITUS BLACKWELL 7  02:05:46
23 889  CLUBMAN  ROBERT CRAYSTON 7  02:08:30
24 112  CLUBMAN  SION JONES 7  02:08:51
25 203  OVER 50s  DUNCAN MCCORMACK 7  02:09:21
26 81  OVER 40s A  RIICK DEFEU 7  02:10:09
27 179  OVER 40s A  JASON IAN CLARKE 7  02:10:18
28 876  EXPERT  WILL EMERY 7  02:12:45
29 840  EXPERT  LUKE FISHER 7  02:15:15
30 142  OVER 40s A  RYAN FALLOWS 7  02:15:21
31 550  CLUBMAN  CARL THOMAS 7  02:15:43
32 879  OVER 50s  NEIL CRAYSTON 7  02:16:53
33 327  OVER 50s  MICK BELCHER 7  02:19:14
34 844  OVER 50s  MARK SAUNDERS 7  02:21:09
35 67  SPORTSMAN  JAKE SHEPPARD 7  02:24:10
36 444  OVER 40s B  STEFFAN BUTTERWORTH 7  02:25:11
37 800  OVER 40s B  ANDY HARVEY 7  02:26:12
38 819  CLUBMAN  GRAHAM HILL 7  02:26:29
39 316  CLUBMAN  STEVEN FARTHING 7  02:26:37
40 816  OVER 40s B  DYLAN EDWARDS 7  02:26:55
41 25  CLUBMAN  COLE ELLIOTT 6  01:40:07
42 100  OVER 40s A  DARREN SKILLIN 6  02:03:43
43 805  CLUBMAN  CHRIS BRAZIER 6  02:03:51
44 804  CLUBMAN  CHARLIE GODDARD 6  02:05:04
45 19  SPORTSMAN  ADAM BATES 6  02:05:59
46 814  OVER 50s  DAVID SMITH 6  02:06:22
47 974  SPORTSMAN  PHIL FOSTER 6  02:07:29
48 857  CLUBMAN  RAIFE MACDONALD 6  02:08:16
49 461  OVER 50s  GARETH LLOYD 6  02:08:35
50 127  SPORTSMAN  THOMAS LAWTON 6  02:08:48
51 7  OVER 40s B  PAUL LIGHTFOOT 6  02:11:21
52 3  OVER 40s B  ANTHONY FOULKES 6  02:12:04
53 980  CLUBMAN  DAN ROBSON 6  02:20:39
54 888  OVER 40s B  MICK MILLS 6  02:21:53
55 134  SPORTSMAN  WILLIAM WYNN 6  02:21:58
56 175  OVER 50s  GARETH JONES 6  02:23:38
57 14  SPORTSMAN  CYNAN SHARP 6  02:26:18
58 44  SPORTSMAN  DAN JOHNSON 6  02:27:29
59 53  OVER 50s  ANDY MYERS 6  02:28:16
60 30  SPORTSMAN  BRAD BURRELL 6  02:28:39
61 847  SPORTSMAN  MATT DAWSON 6  02:33:55
62 52  NOVICE  RICHARD MARR 6  02:36:00
63 131  SPORTSMAN  LEON DEAN 5  02:03:10
64 111  SPORTSMAN  WAYNE BRENNAN 5  02:03:18
65 806  CLUBMAN  CHRISTOPHER HEDLEY BATES 5  02:04:16
66 20  SPORTSMAN  SION HUGHES 5  02:04:50
67 292  OVER 50s  LEE SEPHTON 5  02:05:00
68 860  NOVICE  ROB MORETON 5  02:05:38
69 400  NOVICE  CHRIS CANNON 5  02:06:27
70 714  OVER 50s  JOHN CITRINE 5  02:10:28
71 968  OVER 40s A  LYNDON CONNOR 5  02:11:39
72 96  SPORTSMAN  DOMINIC LOWE 5  02:12:25
73 863  OVER 50s  STEVE DENT 5  02:15:59
74 864  SPORTSMAN  STUART REYNOLDS 5  02:16:21
75 832  SPORTSMAN  KRISTIAN ANKRITT 5  02:17:33
76 822  SPORTSMAN  JASON CHILDS 5  02:17:42
77 368  NOVICE  DAN FARTHING 5  02:19:00
78 916  SPORTSMAN  MAX DENT 5  02:19:45
79 333  SPORTSMAN  WILL BATES 5  02:23:33
80 873  NOVICE  STUART BELL 5  02:24:17
81 909  NOVICE  DILLON EMYR 5  02:27:36
82 303  SPORTSMAN  DANIEL WALKER 5  02:29:37
83 247  SPORTSMAN  SIMON CORNER 5  02:34:23
84 399  SPORTSMAN  KEITH JONES 4  01:55:42
85 122  NOVICE  TIM JONES 4  01:58:09
86 27  SPORTSMAN  JORDAN BLACKMORE 4  02:02:49
87 211  YOUTH  FRANK SKILLIN 4  02:03:55
88 232  SPORTSMAN  ADAM WICKS 4  02:04:00
89 116  CLUBMAN  CURTIS TANSLEY 4  02:04:21
90 915  NOVICE  LEIGH JOHNSTON 4  02:06:15
91 401  NOVICE  JORDAN SMITH 4  02:06:38
92 155  NOVICE  MATTHEW WILCOX 4  02:15:31
93 843  OVER 40s B  MARK GODDARD 4  02:15:40
94 513  NOVICE  SIMON JONES 4  02:17:10
95 34  YOUTH  HAYDN RAINFORD 4  02:18:41
96 815  EXPERT  DEREK BAWN 3  00:39:58
97 38  CLUBMAN  CRAIG ULLIOTT 3  00:55:22
98 18  SPORTSMAN  DANNY GRIFFITHS 3  01:05:16
99 143  SPORTSMAN  JOHN CARTER 3  01:05:21
100 859  EXPERT  ROB HIGGS 3  01:07:49
101 84  NOVICE  MATTHEW BLACKBURN 3  01:07:52
102 69  OVER 40s B  NIGEL LYNN 3  01:07:55
103 133  NOVICE  LEE ANDERTON 3  01:26:44
104 875  NOVICE  JON HUMPHRIES 3  01:52:10
105 807  NOVICE  DANIEL JAMES HUGHES 3  01:55:22
106 818  NOVICE  GAVIN CHELL 3  01:55:34
107 990  NOVICE  RICHARD CHRIMES 3  02:03:25
108 170  OVER 50s  DAVID KEATES 3  02:03:38
109 82  SPORTSMAN  LEE TRUMBLE 3  02:04:39
110 917  OVER 40s B  STUART DENT 3  02:06:53
111 500  NOVICE  KATE LLOYD 3  02:15:48
112 838  NOVICE  LOLA STACEY-JONES 3  02:19:24
113 13  NOVICE  STEVE MCEWAN 3  02:26:07
114 823  NOVICE  JAY HIRST 3  02:35:01
115 874  NOVICE  NIGEL HASLAM BATES 3  02:36:16
116 97  NOVICE  CONNOR  RYAN 3  02:48:30
117 877  CLUBMAN  EDDY EMERY 2  00:30:40
118 28  CLUBMAN  TONY CADMAN 2  00:37:50
119 869  CLUBMAN  TOM BRAZIER 2  00:39:28
120 222  OVER 50s  BARRY WHITTINGHAM 2  00:51:53
121 717  SPORTSMAN  DAVE LARGE 2  00:53:06
122 600  NOVICE  IAN OWEN 2  00:56:00
123 166  SPORTSMAN  ANDRZEJ PIESZKO 2  01:09:19
124 420  NOVICE  CALLUM  TAI HOGAN 2  01:14:53
125 882  NOVICE  CRAIG JONES 2  01:18:08
126 37  NOVICE  GRAHAM HOWARD 2  01:20:03
127 742  OVER 50s  MARTIN GRAVE 2  01:21:08
128 853  OVER 50s  PAUL FISHER 2  02:03:31
129 919  OVER 50s  MARK EILLEDGE 1  00:18:37
130 880  OVER 40s B  ANDREW LATHAM 1  00:20:16
131 99  SPORTSMAN  MAX EILLEDGE 1  00:21:37
132 363  SPORTSMAN  DANNY SHORTER 1  00:28:48
133 75  OVER 40s B  JAMES HILL 1  00:29:38
134 23  OVER 50s  GUY STANDRING 1  00:38:28
135 886  NOVICE  ROBERT TOMLINSON 1  00:43:13
136 357  Unclassified  UNKNOWN RIDER 1  00:47:11
137 811  NOVICE  CRAIG MATHEW COOKE 1  01:19:31