Alwinton 2 Day
Bedlington Motor Club staged the second Alwinton 2 day on the 8/9th September this year. Thanks to Gordon Imrie for publishing the results shortly after the trial on TC, this article just provides a little more information and includes the winners of the hotel prizes.
In total over the two days the club had 78 entries which was up on last year.
John Crinson set the best performance on the Expert Course over the 2 days dropping 30 marks, well ahead of anybody else on the hardest route. Only four experts finshed from the nine starters. Lewis Peart was in second place on Saturday night but managed to hurt his ribs during a failed supercross demo late in the day and retired part way through Sunday. The remaining retirements were due to mechanical failures. As promised John Crinson will shortly be receiving a voucher from Clennel Hall hotel for Dinner bed & breakfast for two, quite timely as John has recently got engaged.
Darlington visitor (veteran ??) Kevin Chapman managed to stay off the whiskey on saturday evening and set best performance on the middle course dropping 37 marks. Ian Stephens was only 3 marks behind but had the satisfaction of setting best performance in the bar on Saturday night, Lewis Grey was third. The club provided a spot prize for middle course and easy course riders, the middle course prize of Bed and Breakfast for two goes to Tweed Valley club member Tony Hodgson.
Beta mounted Rob Lowery was the winner on the easy course on 25 marks over the two days despite severe heckling from partner Rachel who kindly observed. It was a close finish though with Jack Slassor dropping 26 marks on his tidy BSA and Ossy Byers finishing on 32 on his equally tidy Fantic. The easy course spot prize of Bed and Breakfast at Clennel Hall for two goes to Richmond visitor Guy Barnes.
Overall the club are pleased with the general positive feedback regarding the event and were delighted to have more riders from outside of the North East Centre. However the club recognise some issues need to be addressed. Route marking could have been better, on the saturday in particular. The club could not secure enough observers and in the end a section was missed on Sunday whilst a couple had to be observed by riders on both days, this was dissapointing but younger members of the Quinn family are currently in training for next year.
The club are intending to hold a post event meeting and to look towards next year. Any additional feedback, good or bad is welcome please send via the Bedlington Motor Club Facebook page. The Club are also intersted in further developments such a starting from the hotel, having a lunch check, changing the date and possibly a single lap next year on one of the days. However if you would like to recommend other changes please let us know through the facebook page.