Lincs go on Parkwood pilgrimage! Lincolnshire Enduro Championships Round 4 – Race Report and Results
For the third time in the clubs short history, Lincolnshire Enduro Club ventured abroad for round four of the Gear 4/LEC 2019 championship. Well, up a bit and along a bit, and into neighbouring Yorkshire!
Report by Martin Southwick – Images Courtesy Matthew Rudd Photography
In perfect weather, nigh on 100 riders headed to the well known Parkwood off road centre at Tong, near Bradford, and whilst the weather on the day was good, the terrain itself was what can only be described as tricky!
Big rain in the two days leading up to race day saw some very slippery conditions over the 3 mile, mainly wooded lap. A few niggly tree roots made an appearance during the race as riders swept round and compacted the race line. Combine those with some nasty little slabs to negotiate, some stream (river !) crossings, and fallen trees to climb over, and there certainly wasn’t much in the way of rest for the riders over the 3 hours.
With a view to give riders of all abilities a challenge, once again the club set up easy/hard routes in two places throughout the course. (In truth, the hard route at section one looked negotiable for most riders. Section two’s hard route was probably a complete different story though, and best left to the experts/brave/unaware/foolhardy !)
Overall race winner Joe Deakin seemed to perfect the conditions though, and indeed seem to revel in it. (He had been practising though, in a recent low key event, The Erzberg rodeo. And highly placed too incidentally !) By the end of race one Joe had eked out a four minute lead over his nearest challenger Matthew Thompson and whilst the time difference was a lot less at the end of full race difference, Joe had completed that all important extra lap. George Birchall made up the top three. The biggest class of the day was the Over 40’s group and possibly provided the closest racing. Darren Bedford was the clear winner by a good few minutes but the first four lads were all on the same amount of laps. A very large blanket could have been thrown over 2nd, 3rd and 4th place riders as they were all covered by under 90 seconds (Mark Vardy, Andres Cook and Jules Croft respectively)
Shaun Woffinden had a clear win in the Over 50’s, as did Oliver Fortune in the Clubman class. Ethan Champion lived up to his name as he sealed a second consecutive victory in his class, the Sportsman 2T. Dan Green was victor in the other Sportsman group, the 4 bangers, whilst Kev Bartle Sr sealed another win in the Trail/Classic/Over 60’s. Hats off to Andrew Gallacher who was the only Beginner on the day but persevered through what would have been a fairly tough introduction to the sport.
Class leaders in the 2019 championship so far are as follows. Experts…Lee Hattersley/Clubman…Benjamin Clark/Sportsman 4T…Dan Green/Sportsman 2T…Dan Wheat/Over 40’s… Jules Croft/Over 50’s… Andy Jackson/Trail/Classic/Over 60’s… Kev Bartle Senior.
An extra Thank you should go to all Marshall’s, Helpers, First Aiders, Scrutineers and Ticktock Timing etc who helped to put the event on. Some of these guys not only put many hours in but travelled hundreds of miles to assist. The club salutes you.
LEC’s next event is on July the 14th at Willingham (Market Rasen). Entries are already open on the ACU website. Full details of the club can be found at the clubs Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LincolnshireEnduroClub/
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