Bewdley MCC - Clubmans Trial

The Bewdley Motor Cycle Club ran the second of their three round series of Beginners and Clubman Trials at the popular Shatterford venue and the club was once again rewarded with a bumper entry. The riders competed over a four lap, eight section course and the course plotters once again provide a superb


Competing on the harder of the three routes, Bewdley club member William Stansbie (Beta) and Nigel Spronson (Gas Gas), could not be separated at the finish, both completing the event, losing only one mark each, but it was schoolboy Stansbie, who took the winning position, by means of the tie break. Third position was claimed by Kidderminster's James Pickering (BSA), who cast away his two mark total on the second section, observed by former works trials rider, Norman Crump. Local riders Josh Bawden (Gas Gas) and Bob Jones completed the top five, again being only separated by a single mark.


The Clubman route provided a three way battle for the top podium spot, between Dave Taylor (BSA), and father and son pairing of Bob and Guy Taylor, riding Gas Gas and Beta machinery respectively. It was a very nervous trio who began their last lap, but at the finish of the event all three could not be separated, all having the perfect ride of not losing any marks. Nick Beddoes threw away his chance of becoming the fourth rider to go clean, when he lost his solitary mark on the very last lap, on the sixth hazard, a left hand turn on a loose surfaced climb. Schoolgirl Elizabeth Tet (Beta) continued her improving form, by claiming a top five finish, just one mark down on Bedews.


The Beginners class was again a three way battle for supremacy and as with the Clubman route, three riders finishing without loss of marks. International Grass Track rider, Stourport's Rob Fortune (Beta) who was competing in his first ever trials event, Andrew Richardson (BMX Royal Enfield) nd Tom Deely (Sherco) all had the perfect evenings ride, but Steve Calcutt's loss of concentration on his opening lap and his final lap, saw him demoted to fourth position, behind Marc Lane (Beta).But it was a close run thing. Lane began the event nervously dropping a single mark on lap one, but he regained his composure to clean the remainder of the event.