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Delays and Cancellations made this years Edinburgh a Difficult Trial
last years medal feast there were no Golds awarded on this years
Edinburgh, the only clean sheets going to John Kenny (Beta Alp) and Murray
Montgomery-Smith (Marlin) who received the premier awards and Michael
Weeks (MG Midget) the Class 5 award.***
It was a difficult trial for both the organisers
and competitors. With old favourites like Haggside, Great Hucklow and the
traditional Litton Slack unavailable it was a very different route to
usual. However, rain in the week leading up to the trial caused further
problems and Grangemouth was cancelled at the start and Litton after the
bikes had gone through.
Most of the severely diminished entry enjoyed the trial
although there was a feeling that some of the sections were too rough for
an MCC event.
With signing on
nearly finished Peter Chantler contemplates his duties in the course
Keith and Claire
Oakes getting their Class 0 Eagle scrutinised by Ted Holloway.
After a wet few days it was dry without much wind when competitors gathered for the start at
Tamworth Services. Unfortunately, despite the clubs
warning, a few arriving to early got a
nice surprise a few weeks after the event when they got a parking ticket
for staying too long!
After a main road run to Ashbourne there was a holding
control at Carsington Water before the first section. There were some
delays here, giving Michael Weeks time to sort some issues with the
exhaust of their Midget.
The first section at Haven Hill had a common restart
for all, omitting last years controversial deviation. This didn't cause
any problems for the main trial but some of the lower slung cars in Class
0 had problems with ground clearance causing a few delays.
Murray Montgomery-Smith was the only car to go clean in the main trial
and was awarded the John Tucker-Peake Cup (Photo by
Dawn has broken as David Murrell tries to sort his over-heating
problem. He got the Marlin going and finished. David Child's Pop was
not so fortunate (Photo by John Salter)
Rise was a new section this year. It was slippery, which caused
problems for some of the motorcyclists who found difficulty staying on
their machines. The section itself wasn't to troublesome for the four
wheeled brigade, but getting to "Section Begins" was a problem for some
and there were long delays for later numbers.
E, 0 and 1 didn't attempt Rileys Rise and went directly to a special
section for them, Deep Rake, the first of three sections in the
quarry complex south of Stoney Middleton. There was a restart on slippery
grassy bend but this didn't cause too many failures.
Deep Rake Special Test was just up the track. A figure of eight with a
very large puddle just before the end. This produced a few failures with
competitors over-running the line. John Parsons was one of these. John's
VW Buggy was not running well and running later and later he retired a few
sections after, only to have the transmission fail just before home.
many miles of nice green laning though the quarry complex to get to Black
Harry, where a 10mph speed limit was in force on the section. Everyone,
including Class 0, had to restart before exiting the summit. Trojan driver
John Whilton was mashalling the start, warning of a big rock just round
the corner where some lower slung cars had grounded. In the main trial
most cars went clean but the experienced Nick Farmer, didn't get away in
his Class 1 Astra. The restart proved a challenge for Class 0 and Verdun
Webley (Rickman Ranger) was one of many to loose his clean sheet here.
Class 0 went for their breakfast at Bull I'th Thorn the other classes went
to the horror that was Putwell. Sadly this much loved section, with
his magnificent views across to Monsail Head, has become rougher and
rougher and is reckoned by sum to be past its sell by date. Michael Weeks
had two punctures on his way to cleaning the second section, although the
results show a fail, depriving him of a clean sheet. (This was amended in
the published final results***) Michael and Colin
were appreciative of assistance received from Duncan Welch, Brian
Alexander and John Parsons that enabled them to finish the event. Steve
Kenny was one of many others to puncture here but the delay between the
two sections enabled him to change both a wheel and a tube.
should have been after the break. It was for the motorcyclists but not the
traditional section which is not available. The hill was approached
through by turning off the main road at the Anglers Rest and following the
river valley to Litton Mill. Then, from approximately the usual start
line, the hill went up the normal approach road before picking up the
grassy Class 0 section and finishing in the usual place. The bikes were OK
and so were the initial experienced competitors in well prepared cars.
Unfortunately the earlier delays meant that some Class 0 cars were running
towards the head of the four wheeled brigade. Several had problems getting
to section begins and nervous of PR issues the Chief Official called a
halt to proceedings. Julian Lack and David Bache were amongst the lucky
few to get an attempt and reported it was a good section.
John Kenny on the way to cleaning all the sections and winning the
Lowe Award.(Photo by John Salter)
numbers were diverted from breakfast directly to Bamford Clough,
where there were more delays for later numbers. This is inevitable for
such a long hill, surely the highlight of the trial, and competitors are
used to waiting for their turn. This was another section reckoned to be
rough, caused by water eroding the loose material where the concrete
patches end, creating "steps". There was a restart as well for the higher
classes and this claimed many victims. When Dudley Sterry fails a section
its got to a be a tough one!
After Bamford the main trial headed south to join class 0 at
Everyone except classes E and 0 had a restart on polished stones and
around 40% of the cars couldn't get away. Some in Class 0 had issues as
well and neither Mike Westbrook (Dellow) nor Verdun Webley (Rickman
Ranger) had enough momentum and stopped. John
Beaumont had transmission problems with his rear engined, A series powered
Reliant. It took John a while but he worked on the car on the windswept
summit and went on to finish the event.
Nigel Hilling is happy. He cleaned Bamford Clough this year after
breaking his axle in 2009
(Photo by John Salter)
Michael Weeks won Class 5 in his MG Midget.
The provisional results showed Michael as failing Putwell B but this
was amended in the finals. ***
(Photo by John Salter)
and cakes at Hollinsclough Village Hall the main trial went to the short
Rakes Head section while Class 0 went direct to Excelsior
where, unlike the rest of the trial, they didn't have to restart. The
section comprises exposed rock and toughened up as the day went on and the
loose covering material was burnt away. Steve Lister was giving his ex
Geoff May Dellow its first outing and was one who spoilt his clean sheet
on those polished stones.
had their own section at Moneystoneswith MCC Secretary Peter Lawley in charge. This is a
super section for Class 0 who appreciated Peter and his team standing out
in the cold just for them.
Alan Bee's Austin
Seven strains every sinew as it passes the A Boards for a clean. The
gallant little car retired on the last section.
Andrew Berry urges
his Wasp through the ruts as the track gives out towards the summit.
section at Grangewood inaccessible after the rain and cancelled
before the start the route followed an unfamiliar path to Darley Bridge
and the Clough Mine/Clough Wood complex. There was some confusion here as
the "Enthoven" sign isn't visible from this direction and a lot of people
missed the turn.
sections at Clough Mine were muddy affairs. Everyone did the first
one, in front of Dave Cook's lens. Dave was the MCC's official
photographer for the event and as I am not sure of the arrangement he has
with the club I have not used or linked to his pictures here. The nature
of these sections was different to the MCC's traditional Derbyshire Fayre
but with all the problems with officialdom may well have to feature in the
future if the old favourites are denied.
trial then used Clough Wood while Class 0 went directly to the
Dudwood Complex on private land.
1 was a muddy horror and the A boards came into the reckoning for all
accept Class 8 where Robin Preedy went clear in his special.
2 went up into a wood and was attempted by everyone. After a gentle
start it became rutted and rough. It was possible to blast up but it was
far to damaging for Class 0 which was a shame as the rest of the event had
been ideal for those who like to be gentle on their pride and joy.
finally we came to the Dudwood Special Test. A simple blast round
in a circle, only it wasn't so simple as it was on heavily rutted loose
material. This caused a lot of problems to Class 0 and cost Richard
Andrews his Tin. Clean up till now, even though he had done some damage to
his Dellow on the last section, Richard floundered in the mud and that was
the end of his medal hopes.
there was very little wind back at the BullIth Thorn finish,
so competitors could stand outside and chat while they
watched the stragglers drift in, some quite a few hours behind time.
The day finished with
a club supper in Buxton. Once again thiswasn't very well supported, and with no words from the management,
provided an anti-climax to the event. Trialling in
Derbyshire has a special atmosphere but with a thin entry list and
problems obtaining the use of the old sections it is becoming an
organisational challenge. Lets hope the MCC can rise to these challenges
so the event can continue.
29 October 2010
9 Novmber 2010 - *** amended to reflect changed final
results. Michael was previously shown as failing Putwell B