ACU British Extreme Championship Third Round: Eds Of The Valley. February 26th

The 2017 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship
Round 3. Ed’s Of The Valley. Mid Wales. February 26th.

The third round of the 2017 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship, titled Ed’s Of The Valley in Mid Wales, is now full.

Situated on Forestry Commission land close to Saints Well (postcode LD1 6PT) the venue will provide a long lap of around 30-45 minutes. The course will consist roughly of 80% forest tracks with 20% fire roads.

Because the land is Forestry Commission controlled there will be no camping available at the venue and it is expected that most riders will turn up on Sunday morning.

Although an extreme series, organiser Paul Edmondson describes this round as a proper traditional forest-based Old School Hard Enduro.

For more information call 01543 370070 or 07889 924560 or email: fasteddyracing@hotmail.com

Winter Series R3 Play & Race Butts Quarry. Hornshaw Battles for Great Clubman Win. Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH-Images

The Final Winter Series Play and Race Format event was staged last Sunday at the Compact Butts Quarry Venue.

After a record number of entrants at Winter Series round 2, Clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook took the decision to limit the number of competitors at Round 3 to ensure a good quality event played out for this the final combined adult classes Winter series event of the 2016/17 season.

Youth riders had a 15-minute open practice session followed by a one-hour race. RAW Enduro Academy rider Richie Moorhouse was in great form taking the Youth A win from Sam Hogg in second. Sam kept the pressure on Moorhouse right to the end. Jamie Williams has shown he’s a serious contender for Youth A honours in 2017 after moving up from Youth B.

Sam Boyd topped the Youth B class with a cool calculated ride, Bert Boam surprised lots of spectators by netting second spot with a very stylish ride. Josh Knight earned himself a great third place in class finishing just 2 minutes behind Boam.

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Cotswold Enduro Club. AMCA Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship. Pics: Tilde Tighe. Report: Tim Tighe

Matt Porter began the new season where he left off in 2016 with another definitive win at the opening round of the CEC AMCA Rock Oil H&H Championship, mounted this year on a John Lee Beta machine that never missed a beat.

Cotswold Enduro Club got its 2017 season underway in great style at Wymeswold on Sunday. A full entry, a rain-free day and nearly five miles of challenging cross-country terrain that included the excellent Wymeswold MX track saw the race run for the full three-hours, despite some concerns from organiser Pete Carter at one point but the riders were having a great time so he let it flow.

The race came as a shock to the system for many riders who hadn’t competed since last October in many cases, a full three-hours in testing conditions proved to be a real wake-up call. For mid February conditions could have been much worse. The dry day really did help to improve a greasy surface around much of the course but could do nothing to prevent several water–filled ditches from turning into mud holes.

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Jarvis Wins Cowm. ACU British Extreme Championship

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Racing duo of Graham Jarvis and Billy Bolt tightened their grips on the 2017 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship at Cowm Quarry on Sunday by taking the top two spots in the Pro class around the toughest course ever laid out at the venue.

Usually the steep hillclimb at the heart of the venue is the centre of attention but for the afternoon race it was quite the opposite as crowds gathered at an perilously deep hole that the Pro, Expert and Clubman riders had to negotiate and it didn’t fail to deliver the thrills and spills everyone anticipated.

It wasn’t the only new section. Site operator John Whittle had been busy over the last few months making considerable adjustments to the course and adding new rock gardens everywhere.

The start area had a very different layout with riders leaving the line, hitting a sharp right-hander, negotiating a log section at speed before entering a narrow tunnel before exiting onto the course proper. Watching over 100 Sportsman riders squeeze through in the opening race was literally getting a quart into a pint pot!

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Fast Eddy Awards Evening

What an evening! The Fast Eddy Racing Presentation Evening at the Holiday Inn Telford was the best yet.

Apart from the dozens of awards presented by Paul Edmondson, James Jackman, Jack Edmondson and Lee Sealey, the auction organised by Lee Eddy and Claudette Chater raised over £2300, which will be donated to the local Air Ambulance

Several top named riders had contributed items to the auction including Jonny Walker, Graham Jarvis, Billy Bolt, Nathan Watson, Steve Holcombe, Jamie Lewis, Paul Bolton and Fast Eddy himself, with many other items donated as raffle prizes.

Brilliant! Big thanks to everyone who donated items for the auction but Fast Eddy's 1996 ISDE top took the highest bid! Still got it Paul Edmondson!

For the first time, a disco was included in the evening’s entertainment and it was worth every penny as Rich Cookland and Mick Boam will agree with.

A cracking evening, shame we have to wait 12 months to the next one.

Gallery on www.foto-x.co.uk

Double Top for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing at Tong

The 2017 ACU Fast Eddy British Extreme Enduro Championship opening round at Tong certainly lived up to its billing by providing the toughest and longest course ever built at the venue but it was a course that Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Graham Jarvis bonded with as he put in a masterclass to take the first win of this Championship series.

Teammate Billy Bolt backed him up in second place with a much more mature and determined ride than last year's frantic display while Eurotek KTM's Paul Bolton returned from injury to take a well-deserved third spot.

The entry was massive in both races. The early rain made the course tough in places but, as ever, Tong supplied a great spectacle.

David Knight, riding for Eurotek KTM, crashed hard on the opening lap and injured his shoulder, his race was over before it really started but Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Danny McCanney put in a great performance for fifth spot, just behind Keelan Hancock in fourth.

Full report. & pics. Galleries later at www.foto-x.co.uk

For more information go to www.fasteddyracing.com

Enduroland: Mud, Sweat & Gears at Deepdale

Enduroland’s 2017 season got off to the best possible start with a full entry, great weather conditions and an excellent venue.

The Mud, Sweat & Gears event was in memory of Nik Fisk, a great friend and long-time supporter of Enduroland. It was held at the superb Deepdale venue, which was in great shape despite heavy rain throughout New Years Day. Aylesbury Husqvarna supported the event along with Acerbis

The sand based quarry had just a couple of wet patches to start with but as racing progressed the course improved to near perfect condition. The quarry floor and start straight were tricky to start with but improved throughout the day, as did the tight and technical woodland section and the hill sections linking the two areas.

A terrific turnout of young riders saw over 40 take to the start line for the first race of the day and despite the initial tricky conditions the youngsters were soon banging in fast laps around a slightly shorter course than the adults, the woodland section and tricky hills were not included in this race but it was plenty tough enough, especially for 50cc Auto riders and some 65cc’ers.

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Keith & Eddy’s Xmas XC at Ashby Moto Park

The annual pilgrimage to Ashby Moto Park just after the Christmas festivities dust has barely settled was a chance for a laid back outing for two XC races and an early finish then off to the pub!

Keith Staines and Paul Edmondson run this small event for the dedicated few who are missing getting muddy on a regular basis although the track was in pretty good shape and even the woods were not too difficult compared to other years.

The day started with a one-hour Youth race that was won by Jack Sandland, who battled his way through to the lead position and tackled the two new huge mounds in the centre of the MX track with ease, much to the surprise of dad Kev.

Tradition dictates that there is always a slight delay before the start of the adult’s race. This is to accommodate site owner Keith Staines who is never prepared and also likes to make an entrance, although he spent quite some time taping his trousers around his waist, unable to find any traditional bailing twine long enough to do the job, he did eventually make the start, unrecognisable in a new shirt and helmet.

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Fast Eddy Racing Winter Series Final Round.

A last-minute venue change paid dividends for the fourth and final round of Fast Eddy’s Winter Championship on Sunday.

Moving from a saturated Hilton Park to Bicton Farm the event enjoyed almost perfect conditions as the track improved lap after lap for the six moto-duro races throughout the day. A slightly shorter course than usual made for some really close racing as both the open fields and woodland section dried out quickly to provide plenty of grip.

The plan was for two 45 minute youth races, two 50-minute outings for the Novice, Sportsman and Vets B with the same for the Experts, Clubman and Vets A. It worked really well and ran bang on time except for a slight delay waiting for the oversleeping Cookland crew at the start of the day.

The youth riders started proceedings and Adam James was on fire right from the moment the start flag dropped.

He never put a wheel wrong at the front of the SW85cc class and thoroughly deserved his victory in both the first and second youth races taking to impressive wins. Cory Cookland was also on form and took two second places, battling hard throughout each race, while Lewis Hurdsman nailed two third places.

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Raw Enduro Play and Race Day Winter Series Moves into 2017

RAW Enduro continue their Winter events campaign with round two of the Play and race series at Ellington Banks near Ripon on January 8th. This popular northern all weather venue will see a little bit of everything thrown into the mix for round two.

Clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook is going to include some HARD enduro loops which are OPTIONAL, and if ridden well will save time around the lap. Add in Hard Standing paddock and a great course, which stands any weather, and you have a great winter event from RAW Enduro.
First on track Sunday morning at 8.30am are the youth classes who will get 30 minutes practice, then at 9:15am the Youth 1 Hour race will be flagged away. After that at 10:30 all adults will get a one hour practice session followed at 11:45 by a 1.5 Hour race.

The paddock is situated around two miles from Ripon centre, sat Nav Postcode of HG4 3JZ gets you on the right road, Ellington Banks training area is well signed from the main road near Sutton Grange.

ALL Litter MUST be taken home, please don’t just drop it on the ground in the paddock or as you leave the area. Please book in early so we can give our caterers an idea of how many riders to expect on the day.

To get entered riders can send a text to 07802 572023. Information needed is NAME, CLASS, RACE NUMBER, AND LICENCE NUMBER or Day licence is available at a cost of £5. Online Entries www.rawenduro.co.uk 2017 RAW club membership subscriptions can be taken on the day by event staff.
For more info see the Raw Enduro Face book page or visit rawenduro.co.uk

Wild Westwood. 2017 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship Final Round. Report: Tim Tighe. Pics: Tilde Tighe, Jack Fleming.

As the year draws to a close the long-awaited finale of the 2016 BEEC arrived at Westwood near Sheffield to provide a surprising conclusion to this outstanding series, one where the Experts outshone the Pros for once to provide a nail-biting finish over the final few laps.

Always eager to provide great value for money, Paul Edmondson added a night race just for fun once the extreme championship had been settled and it proved to be hugely popular with both the riders and onlookers who witnessed the hundreds of small lights bobbing about in the Westwood woodland.

At midday the start flag dropped and the final two race-filled hours of the championship began around a course that looked fairly straightforward but proved to be anything but as the race progressed.

Tight, technical woodland filled with bomb-holes and streams, fallen logs and rock outcrops bought the race into sharp focus for riders right from the start as the inevitable log jams dotted the early part of the course, allowing the fast boys to gain ground while lesser riders toiled with their machines over slippery logs.

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The 2017 ACU Eddys X-treme Championship: ENTRIES OPEN FOR TONG ON JANUARY 15TH

The 2017 ACU Eddy’s X-treme Championship has officially opened its entries for the first round on January 15th.

With a fantastic five-round Championship series planned for 2017, riders will get a taste of extreme venues from the North to the Welsh borders and experience many different terrains and even styles of events that will provide a full championship which will cater for Sportsman riders all the way to Pro’s and some of the World’s best.

An ‘all-new’ entry system has been put in place for the new season with riders who pre-enter and pre-pay for the first round automatically retaining their race number and entry details for the remaining four rounds where they will be able to pay on the day. This option is only for riders who pre-enter round 1, at Tong.

Paperwork will be completed for the rider for all other rounds and Fast Eddy Racing will only require and email or a phone call to either enter or let us know if they cannot make it for the next round. This has been set up to make paperwork easier for both the riders and the organiser for this prestigious ACU British Championship series.

Entries are on a first-come-first-served basis and will close when full or by December 24th 2016. There is no price increase from the 2017 season. For more information and entry details please go to www.fasteddyracing.com. To enter by email contact fasteddyracing@hotmail.com or call 01543 370070 or 07889 924560.

RAW Enduro Play & Race day

Raw Enduro Play and Race Day Winter Series dates Confirmed.

  • Round 1 December 11th Carlton Grange YO62 5HH
  • Round 2 January 8th Venue TBC
  • Round 3 February 19th Butts Quarry S45 0HW

RAW Enduro start their 2016 Winter Series events program when they roll into the market town of Helmsley in North Yorkshire on Sunday December 11th. Originally the date was secured for a HARD Enduro, however due to circumstancies beyond the clubs control the original planned event has had to be cancelled.

Not an organisation to simply sit back and do nothing, event Director Wayne Braybrook quickly rallied the troops to make sure the clubs Carlton Grange venue was prepared ready to run a Winter Play & Race fixture on the same date.
Carlton Grange is a superb traditional woodland Enduro course, the ground which has a good solid base offers an all weather ride. The woodland will be fully graded so it’s in great shape ready for riders to have one last ride out before the festive season kicks in.

First on track Sunday morning at 8.30am are the youth classes who will get 30 minutes practice, then at 9:15am the Youth 1 Hour race will be flagged away. After that at 10:30 All adults will get a one hour practice session followed at 11:45 by a 1.5 Hour race.
The paddock is situated half a mile above Carlton village, accessed opposite the fuel station on the road out of Helmsley towards Pickering. All competitors PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY through the village and respect the residents, they are very cooperative and as such we should respect the area they live in.
ALL Litter MUST be taken home, please don’t just drop it on the ground in the paddock or as you leave the area.
To get entered riders can send a text to 07802 572023. Information needed is NAME, CLASS, RACE NUMBER, AND LICENCE NUMBER or Day licence is available at a cost of £5.
2017 RAW club membership subscriptions can be taken on the day by event staff.
For more info see the Raw Enduro Face book page or visit rawenduro.co.uk

Enduroland Timber X

LAST CHANCE SALOON. Enduroland has had a slow response to this years Timber X indoor event which it is putting down to it being 2 rounds over one weekend so in order to try and make this fabulous indoor event work they have changed the schedule:

The event will now be just Round One. with Round 2 now taking place in March 2017, so 2 rounds both to count .

WE STILL REQUIRE ALL ENTRIES IN NOW BY THE 30TH NOVEMBER 2016 . Its up to you guys now ! Saturday 17th December 2016 Round One Timber X Youth Race Series and general Timber X practice Kids indoor practice only session - 9-12.

For kids and youth that want to try it £30 early bird (book by 23rd November 2016) In class sessions. Auto-65cc-85cc SW-85cc BW Any youth who havent previously booked for the race can then enter to race on the day after trying the track -subject to min entries for the race already being booked (please note this will be an additional £25 on the day)

Kids/Youth Race & Practice package Includes all the Round one races as per original schedule & the morning extended practice 12-4 £50 early bird (book by 23rd November 2016) 4pm Youth Presentations for 2016 season and Timber X awards round one Adult novice practice only package .

For any riders/racers not doing the Sunday Race who just want to try the indoor track PLUS Sportsman/Novice riders racing Sunday in the Sportsman/Novice class only ! 4-8pm £35 early bird (book by 23rd November 2016) So just one day for Youth Round One but other options for other riders ! Sunday 18th December Adult Timber X Round One 10am Practice in class order .

Followed by new race day format with more races included . Entry £65 early bird (book by 23rd November 2016) 2016 Adult presentation and Timber x Round one awards # The NEW schedule will still need to be at MAX entries by the new cut off date of 30TH NOVEMBER 2016 ## Any current bookings will be sorted/moved or refunded as required. Spectator fees and camping will remain as per original schedule .This goes to the venue and not the club !

Enduroland Remembrance Day at Q1. Winter Series.

Remembrance Day events tend to polarise opinion, whether they should be running or not but when done right they can be a fitting tribute of remembrance and show the respect deserved by such a significant day.

Nigel Wheatley  ran his annual Enduroland Remembrance Day quarry event at Q1 and with Tilde Tighe playing the Last Post, Andrew Perring reading the immortal words that accompany the ceremony and all riders and spectators observing two-minutes of silence the event could not have been more poignant.

Well done to all involved

P.S. Luke Flack won in great style 

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Spectacular Sunday at Bicton for Fast Eddy Winter Chasmpionship third round

Round three of the Fast Eddy Winter Championship saw some terrific racing at Bicton Farm near Shrewsbury on Sunday.

Six races around a fast and flowing course saw the Moto-duro format at its very best, especially when newly crowned European Enduro Champion Brad Freeman put in an appearance and dominated the field in both of his races.
Lee Sealey and Ben Murphy had an outstanding battle in the final race of the day for second and third spots.

In the other adults race it was David Williams who was firmly in charge throughout both of his races as he rode smoothly and quickly to post two wins. Shaun James had a great ride in the opening race to take second with Frankie White-Edwards third while Nick Whitehead got it together to take second in the next race as Sean Taylor followed him home.

In the Youth races it was Sion Hughes who did the double although Jamie Williams put up a really tough battle trying to catch the leader. Scott Draper took third although the second race saw an impressive comeback from Cory Cookland to grab third after DNFing the opening race

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The 2017 British Extreme Enduro Championship. Dates and Venues announced.

Extreme enduro fans get your diaries out!

The dates and venues for the 2017 British Extreme Enduro Championship have just been released and the series now has five events spread across eight months.

Paul Edmondson’s reputation for putting on top-notch events, especially extreme enduros, has seen the popularity of both extreme and hard Enduro rise sharply over the last few years and the four rounds of the 2016 British Extreme Enduro Championship were all extremely well attended so the coming season now holds five very different challenges and locations.

The championship kicks off with Eddy’s Xtreme at Tong on January 15th. This foundation stone of the series always packs in riders and spectators and is a cracking venue to start the ball rolling.

Just over three weeks later the venue is Cowm Quarry for Eddys Xtreme Cowm on February 5th. The open and flowing rock-strewn quarry has proved to be more than up to the task over the past few years and is in complete contrast to the tight and wooded Tong venue.

Next up is a new event and new venue to the series. Set in Mid Wales the Eds Of The Valley event will be the third round on February 26th, which can be classified as a hard enduro in the Welsh forests and has the hallmarks of being as big hit with ‘old school enduro’ fans.

John Kerwin’s Extreme Ravines, running on April 23rd, is a Northern favourite and really pulls in riders and crowds for a great atmosphere. As the fourth round it will possibly be significant in deciding the final outcome of the championship.

The series culminates with the H2O Extreme Classic on August 19th. This seasons first running of the Extreme Classic saw H2O prove itself as a proper extreme venue with challenges that tested the very best riders and gave the crowds a real treat with the mix of woodland, streams, rocks and ravines providing plenty of entertainment.

Entries open just after the final round of this seasons championship is completed at Westwood on December 3-4th.

For more information call 01543 370070 or 07889 924560. More info is available at fasteddyracing.com or email fasteddyracing@hotmail.com to secure your place.

Enduroland Scrambles at Seals Hill Farm.

The Scramble proved a big hit with all concerned . The Club took a bit of a risk with its new Scramble format aimed at both enduro and mx riders alike and it paid off.

An outstanding 6 races took place over the bumpy field and hill of dreams at Chacombe with the feedback being absolutely outstanding . The track was set for around 8-10 minute laps with the clock cutting off at 20 minutes-all riders in after this time received minimum points but not a dnf .

The flag was dropped at 30 minute intervals with one minute splits between each class/group so there was no real let up over the 3 hours and 6 races .

'It was my most enjoyable event as a race director in a long time'- Boss 'You should patent it -it was excellent' -Ross Dover "Just brilliant' -Alan King And so the comments went on throughout the morning with the weather also playing a huge part in the proceedings.

Points got scored for each race per class with 30pts for the win,followed by 25pts 2nd.24pts 3rd,23pts 4th and so on.with all points to count towards the overall top 3 in each class . All results are at racesplitter as usual and became live on the day after each race timed out .

Elite . After an epic crash in Race 1 the battle was on for Luke Gorse going into the final race with Dan Boam taking 3 wins and leading up to Race 6 .The winner was to be decided on the final race and Luke Gorse took the win. Race 6 decided it by just 1 point ! In the Clubman Plus -our expert class,again some close action with club regular Josh Buckley taking the win and overall first rider home in Race 1.Aston Day then stamped his mark on the event taking all but one of the remaining 5 races .Aaron Bloomfield winning Race 2. Our only 85cc Bw rider was Archie Date obviously taking max points .nice one for entering Archie. In the ladies Rachel Smith had a Race 1 adventure over the bars on the infinity jump which ruled her out for the following races leaving Hayley Rilings to take the ladies win . We hope you'll return soon Rachel. The Youth 12-16 class had some fast youngsters and James Palmer revelled in the new race format taking 6 wins from 6 starts closely followed by George Yardley . All three remaining riders had just 1 point splits for 3rd,4th and 5th .James Dover eventually taking 3rd . The Vets are always close at our XC racing and the scramble was no different with Tom Griffiths and Mick Belcher swapping wins and Tom coming out the winner eventually with 4 out of the 6 to take it .Jason Frieberg took a well deserved 3rd place overall. On to the more 'experienced' guys and the Masters .Taking a win from Race 1 and two 2nds in Race 2 & 3 Chris Day decided to take Boss's advice and use the final log section to overtake a fellow rider -and subsequently had a rather massive off ,ending his day.We did say it was an ideal place to leap into the lead however Chris took the chance but didnt land his impressive leap as well as expected .get well soon mate. Again close racing with a fast field of 'experienced' racers. Joe Beard took the overall followed by Keith Patstone and following a recount we have a joint 3rd place of Greg Frieberg and James French .both on 131pts . The last race counts in the event of a tie however awards went out on the day so James French will also be given a 3rd place award .well done fellas . Last but not least the Sportsman . With some big crashes in these races we wish all the riders a speedy recovery and hope you are not to 'Scrambled' namely the Sinclairs and our own Gary Curtis . Great racing here with Adam Carter shining through to take the overall through a packed field.

Great fun and good fast action so look out for more in the not to distant future . A big thank you to all the riders that came and gave it a go and as always to the staff.medical and catering without whom these events wouldnt happen. Innovation in racing from Enduroland .

RAW Enduro Rock Oil Championship Round 8 Finale. William Hoare Takes the final win in a Talent packed Expert Class.
Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH-Images

The Finale to an awesome year of RAW Enduro competition was held at the superb Driffield Training area last Sunday.

In its first year with Lubricants Giant Rock Oil as headline sponsor, the RAW Enduro Hare & Hounds Championship has seen riders battle through highs and lows, as well as providing some of the best races on the most thought out courses which RAW Enduro have to offer. Wayne Braybrook has provided a platform for events in the north of England to run from which are second to none.
In a fantastic line up of Youth riders, RAW Enduro team riders Saul Hirst and Richie Moorhouse had a winner takes all race ahead of them. Hirst had the better of Moorhouse at this event and his larger 125cc bike certainly gave him the advantage over the Driffield lap.

Taking the win and championship was a great end to his first competitive racing season. Richie Moorhouse was pleased to place runner up having given his all, Race 2 rider Archie Wakefield held onto a credible final podium place. Jamie Williams a trials covert in his first year of enduro action dominated the Youth B and took the championship.

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Fast Eddy Racing Winter Championship. Second round. At Hilton Park. Wolverhampton. WV11 2BE.

The second round of the Fast Eddy Racing Winter Championship saw a new venue in use; Hilton Moto Parc near Wolverhampton.

It provided a very different set of challenges to the usual 'countryside' courses. Just over half of the course was sand based MX but very carefully marked out so it wasn't just flat out MX racing, while the other half of the course made excellent use of the surrounding woodlands.

The 90-minute Youth race started the day and a new rider to the Fast Eddy series, Ryan Mundell (related to Dan Mundell but nowhere near as mad!) absolutely blitzed all opposition, leading from start to finish. Mitch Parkes made a welcome return and took a solid second place with Cory Cookland riding exceptionally well on his SW85 to take third overall.

The adults race started then was stopped following an injury to Jacob James off the start. We wish him a speedy recovery. Once racing resumed there was a mix of front runners initially; Sam Nunn, Ben Murphy, Jack Ditchfield and Henry Yardley but the tough course took its toll and Jack Ditchfield took the hard-fought win with Nunn second and brother Max Ditchfield third.

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Rock Oil Championship Round 7 Ripon. Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH-Images

Ellington Banks training area at Ripon hosted round 7 of the RAW Enduro Rock Oil Hare & Hounds championship, the north Yorkshire venue was in perfect condition for race day, and once again clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook paid attention to detail when planning a completely fresh new course to test all riders.

A fantastic line up of youth riders saw Jamie Williams take a strong win in youth B, Christina Palmer make the long journey from Scotland and open everyone’s eyes placing runner up on her Rock Oil supported KTM65, and Sam Boyd was third on 10 laps. RAW team rider Saul Hirst got the job done in youth A despite pressure in the closing stages from Richard Moorhouse, Archie Wakefield was on great form on his Race 2 Off Road KTM taking a fine third place trophy home.

With lots of day entries due to the almost summer weather conditions, the efficient RAW sign on staff had all day entries in the system ready to go 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time. Neil Myers took a great start in the sportsman vets, he was unchallenged all race despite riding the last 3 laps with a flat tyre. Darren Kendal was the man in form taking a surprise runner up place in class with Andy Kirby taking third place just ahead of Mark Vardy who was having a rare ride out for fun.

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Fast Eddy Winter Championship at Bicton Farm

With the regular season done and dusted the Fast Eddy crew launched straight into the winter series of events last Sunday. Heavy rain throughout Saturday didn’t bode well for the opening round of Fast Eddy’s Winter Championship at Bicton Farm near Shrewsbury but by Sunday morning the course was in pristine condition and the event turned out to be one of the best ever at this favourite Fast Eddy Racing venue.

Sunshine throughout the day saw the well-tendered track produce excellent racing and it was hard to believe that this was the start of a winter championship series. In a change to the normal schedule, the adult race started the day with the youth race starting around lunchtime. There was a slight delay to proceedings as the Yardley camp experimented with red diesel in Henry and George’s bikes. There was a significant saving on cost but performance suffered to say the least. Once the mistake was rectified and the smoke cleared racing began.

Another significant change was the absence of a Youth class. This saw several youth riders entered in the Clubman ranks and Henry Yardley in the Experts. Their results are testament to just how fast the Youth class riders are and the quality of the up-and-coming riders in the Fast Eddy stable.

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Rock Oil XC Championship final round at Brake Hill Farm. Report: Tim Tighe. Pics: Tilde Tighe/www.foto-x.co.uk

The regular Fast Eddy Racing season ended with a bang at Brake Hill Farm, Northants, last weekend. Saturday’s Husqvarna Demo-day, combined with a FED practice day, saw the venue packed to near capacity as riders enjoyed the cracking course laid out by the Fast Eddy crew.

Sunday was a slightly more nervous affair as many of the class titles were up for grabs at the final round of the 2016 Rock Oil XC Championship. Virtually all the regulars were out in force and they were joined by plenty of new faces that could see just how good the venue was.

Overnight rain forced a slight delay to the start of racing on Sunday, Fast Eddy’s lap inspection saw him return with tyres caked in mud but with the sun shining and a slight breeze the course was improving as each minute passed so a 30-minute delay proved to be a very smart move. By the third lap the ground was absolutely perfect.

Brake Hill Farm has an excellent MX track, combined with flowing woodland sections and a large undulating field section that gave riders a course that was simply a pleasure to ride.

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Eddy's Xtreme Enduro. The ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship. Final round announced.

The 2016 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship is three quarters done. Just when you thought it was safe to put your bike away approaching Christmas, Fast Eddy has confirmed the final Eddy’s Xtreme Enduro of the season, round four of the ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship.

Westwood near Sheffield is the venue. A light bulb clicked on in Eddy’s head at the recent ACU GBXC Sprint at Westwood when he realized just what a cracking extreme venue the place is and the variety of tough sections it has to offer.

The Grand Finale is on December 3-4th. Westwood is the perfect spot to end the series with a bang, and there certainly will be a big bang as the format makes a distinct change with a two-hour afternoon race followed by a one-hour evening race where the woodland will be floodlit.

Times from both races will be combined to give an overall winner. To celebrate this final round of a superb championship series there is a marquee and hog roast planned, in addition to all the usual facilities.
Watch this space because there is plenty more to come about this event.

Entries open on 1st November and you can secure your spot by calling
01543 370070 or 07889 924560 after that date.

Rock Oil Championship Round 6 Lee Dell Rochdale. Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH-Images

As the Indian summer weather continued to grace Lancashire with its presence, despite the heavy thunderstorms that the UK experienced during the week, the hill top venue of Lee Dell was in great shape after a nice six month rest since the last event there.

Wayne Braybrook crammed in extra hours to ensure his job as clerk of the course provided the very best track for this a vitally important Rock Oil Championship enduro. The super long lap around the reservoir headland meant that he could make the course really wide fast and flowing, viewing for spectators is awesome at Lee Dell, meters from the start the hillside gives a safe birds eye view of over half the course.

A small but talent packed Youth event ran over a slightly shortened course, Saul Hirst was once again the man in form as he begins to get to grips with his Appleyard Husqvarna 125, his training partner Richie Moorhouse, a self confessed lover of Lee Dell couldn’t match Hirst’s pace on the day, riding a big wheel 85 now shows a slight disadvantage for the lad from North Yorkshire. Jack Winn took his Race 2 off road KTM to a solid third in class. Jamie Williams overcame a damaged throttle to take the Youth B class win.

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ACU GBXC British Sprint Championship. Final Rounds September 3-4th.

The final ACU GBXC British Sprint Championship weekend of the season saw the Fast Eddy entourage head north to Westwood near Sheffield to a pure woodland course that was tight and technical, which certainly suited Brad Freeman as he took six out of the seven test wins on Saturday and ten out of ten on Sunday

Westwood provided yet another different challenge as the series reached completion, something Paul Edmondson has strived for all season long.

The opening rounds at Rogers Hill Raceway really suited the speed merchants, while round two at H2O was big and flowing and had a great mix of MX and woodland terrain. The third round at Ashby Moto Park was tight but flowed well through a small woodland and MX course.

Westwood was made for technical riders with just second and third gears necessary for most around the six-minute test.

Twisting through the trees the course encompassed a terrific stream section, quarry bowl and several snaking loops up and down tricky hillsides where the thinking riders took their time walking the test to spot hidden lines to save a few seconds here and there.

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Cotswold Enduro Club. Rock Oil H&H at Tyn Twll.

Tyn Twll, or Berwyn Leisure as it is also known, is a valley in North Wales that has some size to it, from meandering stream in the valley floor to the mountains on either side, it is big and steep, covered in ferns and grass, dotted with rocks and has tracks running in every direction.

Cotswold Enduro Club’s Rock Oil H&H course last weekend was nine miles in length with a lap of around 20 minutes, even for the fastest rider, which was, of course, Matt Porter who did manage a 19 minute lap first off with no traffic ahead of him.

The course went to the top of both mountains and back, climbing steadily across slopes but one downhill in particular caused many riders to ask themselves why they were there. It was a very steep descent with a rut in the centre and the best idea was to stay out of the rut. If you dismounted then it was a long walk to the bottom of the slope as re-mounting was nigh on impossible. Many riders lowered the pressure in their rear wheels to cope with the grass sections but many paid dearly as they suffered punctures on the rocky tracks. The valley floor provided an MX section and two stream crossings over bridges, which also caught out more than a few riders who hit the gas too early and spun out in spectacular fashion.

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Rock Oil Xc at Green Hall Farm . Jack Cad Nails It!

The pen-ultimate round of the Fast Eddy Rock Oil XC Championship saw a new name at the top of the results sheet. Jack Cadwallader nailed the overall win in what proved to be a tough, uncompromising, muddy and testing race on Sunday.
Green Hall Farm, Llanfillin, is on the large side with terrain to match its size. Everything is big, especially the climbs, so following several downpours on Saturday night the venue was on the slippy side as much of the course was across fields and through woodland that didn’t have a flat or level spot anywhere.

In an effort to try and get some lines appearing the adult racers went first for once to give the youth racers a slightly easier time later on in the day. It worked a treat!
Just after 11.00am the Experts left the start line into a short U turn before heading into the great outdoors and almost immediately disappearing into the woods. The first section was tough but it did little to prepare riders for the large climb in the second section where only a dozen riders made the summit at the first attempt. With some riders turning around a coming back down the hill as others powered up it the course became sketchy so Paul Edmondson sensibly cut the section, much to the relief of most riders.

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Walker Wins H2O Classic

Factory KTM Extreme rider Jonny Walker rocketed back onto the Hard Enduro scene with a terrific win at Fast Eddy’s new extreme venue, H2O near Oswestry. Coming back from injury Walker showed no signs that he had ever been away from the sport as he dominated the two and a half hour race ahead of Paul Bolton and Billy Bolt, lapping virtually the entire field of riders in the process.

H2O has been used in many guises but never before had riders seen it as an extreme venue and there was plenty of choice for sections. The huge motocross track was untouched as the course concentrated solely on the large woodland hillside and the steep-sided valley adjacent to it.

Dipping briefly into the valley off the start the course continued on to an open field section before the tough stuff really began as the woodland section approached. Once into the woods the twisty track plummeted straight downhill before U-turning back towards the top of the hillside and into the large rocks. Surviving the rocks, it continued on to a series of logs that increased in difficulty and finished with a flourish over a waist-high monster although there was a longer easy route for riders not in possession of exceptional skills.

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Cotswold Enduro Club at Llansillin. Rock Oil H&H Championship plus Slow Pete series.

Cotswold Enduro Club’s Rock Oil H&H Championship rolled into Llansillin last Sunday to what can only be described as Monster Mountain. The venue is dominated by one very large outcrop reaching into the far distance with tracks zig-zagging down the side of it which riders attacked with great care throughout Sunday’s three hour race.

Matt Porter made it look easy as he took the overall win but it was far from easy for most riders.

The gulley to get to the top of the mountain had two routes, steep grassy banks or wet stone lined river bed and if riders thought that was the hard bit then they had a shock coming, the downhills were harder than the uphills in most cases.

The sheer scale of the venue and where that track went was daunting just looking from the bottom of the course, it increased in hardness as the altitude increased!

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RAW Challenge Iron Man Series R3 Driffield. East Coast Survival…. RAW Style! Report: Imprint Media – Images: CH-Images

The Final round of the RAW Challenge Series was held at the superb Driffield MOD training area in east Yorkshire, a return to the long lap saw average lap times around 15 minutes which was perfect for the 6 hour gruelling event, this was the final test for competitors wanting to scratch their name on the first running of this popular combination of events.

The brainchild of Wayne Braybrook an ex Hard Enduro winner, who wanted to create something which, until now hasn’t been done, was to have a series of events which got gradually harder in race distance, 4,5 and 6 hours in the saddle to see who had the character to survive.

At precisely 10.30am the packed start line was unleashed onto one of Driffield’s Gravel roads once used for MOD truck testing, this filtered riders into the first large woodland. Ben Hamilton got his Husqvarna TX300 off the line first to lead the Expert pack away with series leader Brad Lilburn, Alex Owen and Husqvarna Factory Technician Damo Butler jostling for positions. Clubman holeshot bragging rights went to Ian Shannon partnering his son Doltan on their Colin Appleyard Husqvarna’s, Wayne Braybrook forgot to tell Shannon senior the bike he was using for the event had MX engine settings in, the words “I’ve never started so fast in all my life” were ringing around the pits at the first team handover! Report & pics

Ben Murphy Rocks H2O

H2O once again proved to be a formidable place to race on Sunday for the sixth round of the Fast Eddy Racing Rock Oil XC Championship.

The massive lap saw a new layout with several new sections that gave the adult racers around a 15 minute laptime (Pro and Expert were slightly quicker) and some really hard challenges up some of the steeper slopes.

Ben Murphy was on form in the Pro class and nailed the adult race with an outstanding ride that saw him finish nearly three and a half minutes clear of second placed Tim Forman.

Sam Davies absolutely slaughtered the opposition in the Youth race, winning by an impressive margin over Charlie Chater who had more than his share of bad luck with George Yardley having a great ride to third spot despite being on a small wheeler.

A fantasic event at a superb venue that held up really well, despite some light rain throughout the main race. It was long, technical and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Fast Eddy Freestyle Bikes Husqvarna Test Days

Fast Eddy Racing, in association with Freestyle Bikes, Mid-Wales Husqvarna dealer are pleased to announce the first chance for UK riders to test the all-new 2017 range of Enduro machines.

With a complete new look and design and recent success of Graham Jarvis winning The Erzberg Rodeo on the new model, these machines are set to raise the standard again in the off-road world and are already proved successful in the Enduro World Championship.

The Husqvarna Enduro range of machines will be getting plenty of exposure over the coming months as Fast Eddy Racing’s Paul Edmondson and Freestyle Husqvarna’s Wynn Hughes, both former Enduro champions, have teamed up to provide riders with the opportunity to try out the latest Husqvarna range at H2O, postcode SY10 7PA. Also, Freestyle and Wynn have committed to supporting all up and coming Fast Eddy events

The course will feature the whole of the massive H2O complex, including the large woodland section and also a Special Test type track that will give riders a proper chance to try these bikes in conditions they are designed for.

The bonus for riders that do attend will be the fact that both Paul and Wynn will be available all day to answer questions and talk with riders and public about the new range.

Fast Eddy however, will be getting a ‘heads-up’ as he will be attending the World launch which takes place this week in Sweden.

The test day will run from 10.00am until 5.00pm, and takes place alongside the ever-popular and value for money FED day. To book your place please contact Wynn at Freestyle Bikes on 01686 807888. Cost is £30 to test two bikes of your choice so call Freestyle to book in and take advantage of this great offer.

Raw Enduro Rock Oil Championship Round 4. Norwood Teversal. Report: Imprint Media. Images: Matt Rudd Photography

The Iconic Norwood Teversal played host to round 4 of the Raw Enduro Rock Oil backed championship on Sunday July 3rd.

Norwood has a reputation for creating a love hate relationship with riders, if the ground is saturated then conditions are always tough which some riders love, equally as the ground dries out its one of the best Hare & Hounds tracks in the north of England. Sunday was no exception as heavy rain for two hours on Saturday afternoon made conditions tough for the youth race and the first half of the first adult event. By the time the PM race kick started into life conditions were perfect which is always luck of the draw at Norwood.

RAW Enduro Rider Saul Hirst was on fire in the Youth A Class taking the win from Cole Cookland who really did keep the pressure on Hirst. Jack Winn made the long journey from the north east worthwhile taking his Race 2 Off Road supported KTM to a great 3rd in class.

Cory Cookland was the victor in the Youth B class, Cory just managed to grab the extra lap on his rivals. Jamie Williams took runner up place with local lass Jaysi Austin showing how much her MX skills are improving her riding in third place.

A newer faster signing on procedure for day entries now means race start delays are a thing of the past at RAW Enduro, at 10:30 prompt Clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook delivered the safety briefing and best advice for a competitive race to the packed start line. Report.

Team St.George ISDE annoucement.

TEAM ST GEORGE WILL BE COMPETING AT THE ISDE IN SPAIN LATER THIS YEAR, THE TEAM HAS BEEN SELECTED AND WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE FOLLOWING RIDERS WILL BE REPRESENTING THE CLUB IN THIS EVENT. FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE ISSUED SHORTLY. Click here for details

Rock Oil XC Championship Rd.5. Sunday 26th June at Castle Caerienion

Freestyle Husqvarna’s Joe Wootton returned to XC racing on Sunday with an emphatic victory at the fifth round of the Rock Oil XC Championship. Following his third place at the Welsh 2 Day Enduro earlier in the week Joe rode steadily to the front of the pack within a lap then turned up the gas to win by over four minutes as the two-hour race reached its conclusion.

Organised by Fast Eddy Racing the event was held at Castle Caerienion in mid Wales, an MX venue noted for its dust on occasions but not this time.

Heavy overnight rain saw the course in great shape although initially it was a little slippy for the opening Youth race, which began at 9.00am. Fast Eddy had made a few changes to the course to accommodate the younger riders, some of the MX track was cut or adjusted as even a four-times World Champion thought it was tricky in places following his early morning course check.

The course wasn’t solely MX based, far from it. A quarry section and massive field section plus several places where the MX infield came into play made for a really interesting and challenging course with the MX course running backwards for a change.

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