The 2015 British Ladies & Girls Trials Championship got off to a great start at Seymours Arena this weekend, the promised rain stayed away but the brisk wind was cold.
The main Ladies Championship riders were first away and after a few easier sections to get the riders started, things got harder with some nasty tight turns and rock steps.
Emma Bristow, current champion on her Sherco and Becky Cook on the Jotagas, both went clean on the first 7 sections before Becky dropped some marks. Donna Fox dropping an unfortunate 3 on the first section was riding well until section 9 when she dropped another 3. Emma ended the first lap on clean, followed by Becky on 3 and Donna on 7.
On the second lap things were much tighter, Emma was riding clean until section 10 the stair case, where she dropped 2, Donna was matching Emma’s cleans until she also dropped 3 on the same section, followed closely by Becky who only dropped 4 singles.
It was all to play for on the last lap, Becky only dropped a single mark to try and close the gap but Emma only dropped 2 more marks on the tricky double step on section 10. Donna unfortunately dropped a couple of 5’s to drop away from Becky but it was Emma that won the day only dropping 4 marks over the 36 Sections. Becky came in 2nd with 8 and Donna 3rd on 23. Jess Brown on her Scorpa had a steady ride in 4th.
The girls A 50/50 on the second route which also included riding 6 of the harder sections was a much closer contested affair. Only 7 marks separated the 3 competitors, Beth Waite took the win on 73, followed by Gabby Whitham on 78 with a chasing Megan Savage on 81 taking 3rd place.
The Girls A Intermediate class was won by Niamh Richardson on 45 who was only 1 mark ahead of 2nd place Chloe Baker. Olivia Pearson struggled on the unforgiving sections but battled through to the end to finish 3rd.
Girls B route: The winner of this class was Sophie-May Hardie on 17 marks lost, she was chased hard in the final lap by 2nd placed North Berks member Alicia Robinson dropping just 4 to give her 20 marks. Taking 3rd spot was Kira Beardshall on 57 lost marks..
Girls C: Elizabeth Tett took the win on 16 marks only dropping 3 marks on lap 2 & 3. Sophie Bailey riding the electric Osset had a storming ride and finished 2nd on 27. Amelia Mayhew took 3rd on 32.
Ladies Sports Person Non Championship. An easy win for 125cc Jotagas mounted Izzy Saunders with 29 marks, followed in 2nd place by Sharon Elkins on 55 and 3rd place to Chloe Cross on 66.
Girls Sports Person Non Championship. This was the closest fought class with only 5 marks separating the top 4 girls. North Berks member Leah Robinson took the win with a clean round on the last lap. 1 mark behind in 2nd place was Izzy Watmore on 12 and Emily Page 3rd on 15.
The Club would like to again thank everyone for making the event so successful. As always particular thanks go to the observers and club members who had to endure a bitterly cold day. Thanks to Rock oil for the prizes. Of course we must also say thanks to all the mums for giving up their day for us.