High Fives at Kilburn! Motul Long Edge Series 5 Hour Round 3 – Race Report and Results
Sunshine was the order of the day on Sunday at the awesome Kilburn XC venue for Edge Offroad hosting the Motul 5 Hour Solo/Team event. The conditions were remarkable, a new graded course plotted by the Edge crew was laid on to give the venue a completely different feel for the third round of this new Series. With the temperature around 24 degrees, the track rode perfectly albeit dusty, yet in the woodlands it was warm but shaded, just what the riders needed!
Report by Phoenix Media – Images courtesy of AF Photography
The first action of the day was for the Youth riders who were in for a two hour long battle. With a quiet entry for the 2 Hour event, it was still going to be a challenge for the Juniors. With Ailbe Oconnell taking an early bath, top spot went to little Sam Thompson who completely two laps on his little Auto. It was tough going for the little wheels, but none the less he still won! Billy Haigh suffered a puncture late on into his event but limped around on his last lap to make sure he secured the winning spot in the Youth category completing 12 laps. NEXC rider Sam Boyd loved the track and grabbed a solid second spot equalling Billy’s lap tally, and Edge rider Alex Leadbetter took the final step on the podium on nine laps.
The Motul sponsored 5 Hour Adult Ironman and 2 Man Tag Team event had a poor turnout of riders again but none the less, the Edge crew still put on a professional event regardless. The Expert/Clubman team class ended up with a good bunch of riders competing. Having the live timing certainly created a massive buzz for all riders and their pit crews alike.
John Steeples teamed up with Edge Course Designer Dan Bewlay; John got giddy and grabbed the holeshot! But it didn’t take long before Edge rider Joe Deakin got in front followed by Acklams Spike Gilby. Joe is in training for Sea to Sky so the hot, dusty conditions were perfect! In the end Will Hoare and Gav Houson both had a blinding ride, absolutely awesome to watch, and took the overall win on 26 laps, it was fantastic to see these two riding at Edge again. Joe Deakin and Dan Leadbetter had a steady result taking second just over a minute up on third place team Harrison Utley and Declan Halliwell. Harrison certainly is starting to shine this season, keep up the good work kid! The Team Vets class was better supported this time round, and Tim Reynolds and team mate Simon Nutter took a brilliant win a lap up on second place Nick Thompson and Dave Trenholme. David Barrett and Ian Shingler were chuffed to bits to take third place. Team Downs/Balfour took the win in the Team Sportsman class with Edge riders Jade Gordon and Sam Gregory in second and Ian McMahon and Dave Askham rounding out the podium all finishing on 21 laps. In the Team Novice class it was a family affair with Morgan Gilby and her dad taking the winners trophies home – Morgan has never won a trophy before so she was ecstatic! Team Beadle/Greave finished in second and Colin Pearson and Tony Harvey won their first ever trophies in third place!
The Ironman Solo 5 Hour riders are always the brave ones! Ste Presland was shocked to win the Solo Novice class a lap up on second place Stevie Fitzsimmons, and Daniel Allan has been working hard all year to finally get on the podium and secured third. After another hard week at work, Steve Butterfield took a well deserved and easy win in the Solo Sportsman class on 20 laps, with Paul Freeman in second on 19 laps and Steven Buckthorpe in third place on 18 laps. In the Solo Vets class, a very happy Martin Allen took a solid win, with Paul McKie in second and Jason Clarke happily took third place home. The Solo Clubman class was won by a determined Chris Davis who has returned to form after going back to a two stroke! Darren Cousins made a return to XC riding and took the second spot, and Jetson Racing supported Alistair Griffin also returning from retirement took third – all finishing on 22 laps.
Regardless of the hot conditions, the event ran like clockwork and it was fantastic to see many smiling faces with such a great atmosphere. With 2018 being the first season for the Long Edge series, we’re hoping next year it will take off. Riders were surprised at how much fun is had, not having to ride for too long as you can swap with your team amte whenever you want, so therefore keeping quite fresh for the day meaning you are able to put in better laps without the tiredness setting in!
Many thanks to everyone involved, especially to all the Edge marshals and staff for helping out all weekend. The next event weekend is the Play Day & Protect My Income Round 6 at Tong Parkwood Offroad Centre, BD4 0RR on Saturday and Sunday July 14th & 15th – Please book ASAP to secure your entry – Event Mobile is 07557 447084 or via the website www.edgeoffroad.events – all details are on the websites “Contact Us” page.
|1||52||Ste Presland||Solo Novice||17||05:13:22.76|
|2||147||Stevie Fitzsimmons||Solo Novice||16||05:06:36.16|
|3||59||Daniel Allan||Solo Novice||13||05:02:03.06|
|4||58||Simon Cardis||Solo Novice||12||05:11:26.36|
|5||1||Jason Sharpe||Solo Novice||9||05:00:58.53|
|247||Carl Meredith||Solo Novice||DNF|
|1||22||Steve Butterfield||Solo Sportsman||20||05:15:07.04|
|2||167||Paul Freeman||Solo Sportsman||19||05:01:58.21|
|3||619||Steven Buckthorpe||Solo Sportsman||18||05:15:07.25|
|4||545||Jake Smith||Solo Sportsman||9||05:01:44.56|
|5||95||Dan Hart||Solo Sportsman||6||05:01:41.00|
|1||214||Martin Allen||Solo Vets||21||05:08:39.62|
|2||127||Paul McKie||Solo Vets||18||05:01:44.77|
|3||188||Jason Clarke||Solo Vets||17||05:11:43.39|
|4||47||Lee Hutsby||Solo Vets||16||05:01:06.45|
|5||257||Steven Epworth||Solo Vets||13||05:04:14.04|
|20||Mark Kershaw||Solo Vets||DNF|
|1||637||Chris Davis||Solo Clubman||22||05:00:12.63|
|2||43||Darren Cousins||Solo Clubman||22||05:00:21.97|
|3||23||Alistair Griffin||Solo Clubman||22||05:15:00.35|
|6||Ben Brierley||Solo Clubman||DNF|
|12||George England||Solo Clubman||DNF|
|143||Philip Ball||Solo Clubman||DNF|
|1||30||Morgan Gilby/Mick Gilby||Team Novice||18||05:09:46.90|
|2||888||Jimmy Beadle/Kris Greaves||Team Novice||17||05:08:23.77|
|3||8||Colin Pearson/Tony Harvey||Team Novice||16||05:10:25.70|
|77||Andy Booth/Brody Harris||Team Novice||DNF|
|280||Rikki Brough/ Andrew Davis||Team Novice||DNF|
|1||169||Ricky Downs/Jonny Balfour||Team Sportsman||21||05:00:47.99|
|2||35||Jade EDGE Gordon/Stu Gordon||Team Sportsman||21||05:11:51.21|
|3||105||Ian McMahon/Dave Askham||Team Sportsman||21||05:14:21.45|
|4||517||David Peel/Jamie Peel||Team Sportsman||20||05:02:22.82|
|5||555||Jordan Maxwell/Bobby Dazler||Team Sportsman||19||05:00:10.83|
|6||119||Will Howe/Bill Howe||Team Sportsman||18||05:02:47.72|
|7||199||Michael Mcguinn/Billy Lumb||Team Sportsman||17||05:08:52.50|
|8||89||Ryan Freeman/Ben Sharman||Team Sportsman||15||05:00:05.61|
|9||194||Peter Kaye/Richard Holdsworth||Team Sportsman||12||05:06:59.59|
|1||198||Tim Reynolds/Simon Nutter||Team Vets||21||05:09:22.27|
|2||98||Nick Thompson/Dave Trenholme||Team Vets||20||05:11:38.60|
|3||46||David Barrett/Ian Shingler||Team Vets||18||05:00:56.25|
|4||9||Matt Baldwin/Scott Cocker||Team Vets||17||05:01:08.57|
|5||60||Andy Taylor/Steve Johnson||Team Vets||17||05:07:34.11|
|1||80||Will Hoare/Gav Houson||Team Expert/Clubman||26||05:11:10.01|
|2||94||Joe EDGE Deakin/Dan EDGE Leadbetter||Team Expert/Clubman||24||05:00:52.20|
|3||489||Harrison Utley/Declan Halliwell||Team Expert/Clubman||24||05:02:04.47|
|4||971||John Steeples/Dan EDGE Bewlay||Team Expert/Clubman||24||05:05:07.33|
|5||70||Dan Harrison/Spike Gilby||Team Expert/Clubman||24||05:07:02.95|
|6||4||James RG Racing Gamble/Luke Owen||Team Expert/Clubman||23||05:06:27.58|