Glorious September weather was the order of the day for this excellent venue in and around Eller Beck at Hagg Farm in the Yorkshire Dales. Colin and Tim Pawson set 10 sections making use of some of the classic and well used features of this venue but adding some interesting and less used features to create good sections, well-suited to the 12 pre-unit machines and 30 lightweights.
The river level was quite high and a beautiful peaty colour after a wet week but not too high to prevent it being used for 8 of the 10 sections. The sections were well judged taking marks from all of the pre-unit machine riders.
Johnny Cooke won class A with just one mark dropped on the tricky blast up the slippery woodland gully of section 9. John Feather and Clerk of the Course Tim Pawson were the only riders on their magnificent rigid machines where a lack of suspension made a challenge of this rocky, rooted gulley.
Paul Preston won the non-competitive class on his James. He was the only rider to remain on zero throughout the day with Steve Thomas losing just one mark on section 8 to take 2nd place.