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Albert Glover Trial Report 11th March 2018

Report on the Nene Valley Motorcycle Club Annual Albert Glover Trial

Venue: Glendon Quarry.      Date: 11/03/18

 

A healthy entry of 56 riders braved the mud at Glendon quarry for the 2nd round of the 2018 club championship.

The Albert Glover Trial was traditionally a road based open to centre event and the trophy features many great riders from the club’s history. Fitting then that the Expert win was a closely fought battle between two long standing members whose fathers are both past winners. Steve Bird took the win holding his nerve finishing on just 1 point, clearly enjoying riding his new TRS. Jonathan Lee narrowly lost out on the furthest cleans tie break and showed his liking for the conditions, being the only rider to clean the tough section 6 every lap. Another tie break was required for 3rd and 4th with Joe Collins getting the nod over Dan Greeves, both on 5 marks.

Best Inter was Martin Greeves making good use of the 300 Beta’s power.

50/50 Winner was the photogenic T&MX regular Dean Devereux who also set the lowest score on the middle route, riding his lovely Honda TLM260.

Alfie-Ray Turner was the Youth C class winner. Riding the 50/50 route Alfie impressed many people with some great rides on the screaming little Beta 80.

The Clubman class is always closely contested, Nick Boxall using all his experience took a well deserved win on his Beta. Section 6 again proving the toughest as the conditions worsened with Nick losing 8 of his 12 here. Just 3 marks behind was Christopher Jones who finished 2nd.  Chris had a costly 3 on section 3, Observer Craig Wilford doesn’t miss much.  Gary Priestly was 3rd with some great rides but a couple of 5’s proved costly.

Ryan Brown took the Novice class and Ryan Brown Jnr will be annoyed that he didn’t quite manage to beat his Dad whilst winning A Class. Marcus Anthony took the A class easy route win.

Brian Ayres was out for only the 3rd time on his new Beta 200. Brian was riding really well and had a smile on his face all day taking the win on the Easy route from Chris Aylott.

Always great to see Tony Jones and passenger Jamie Howe out on the Beta sidecar outfit, getting some valuable practice in for the British Championship next week.

A recent and very welcome addition to the Nene Valley trials is a separate route for youths on Electric bikes. Deep mud and small wheels don’t make things easy, however they did a fantastic job. William Sparkes was the winner on the green route dropping just 17 marks. Caelan Hanvey was 2nd and Harry Hunt 3rd.

Jake Tanfield was the winner on the Orange route. Jake only lost 14 points which is very impressive with such difficult conditions. James Hunt and Dexter Eckert had a very close battle for 2nd and 3rd with James just edging it by a single point.

The club would like to thank all the riders and observers and hope to see everyone at Geddington on 22nd April.

Awards Presentation

We will be presenting last years (2016) awards at the June 25th Trial at Geddington. It would be great to see all of the winners there to collect their awards.
Congratulations to our 2016 championship winners –
Expert – Joe Collins
Inter – Tom Bishop
Clubman – Paul Davies
Novice – Graham Bishop
Sportsman – Ryan Brown
Easy – Dave Watson
Youth B – Ryan Brown Jnr
Youth C / D – Alfie-Ray Turner

Classic Video

I recently discovered some classic video footage on of an old Nene Valley Trial on YouTube which is well worth a look.

The Trial was around 1987/88 at Desborough Quarry. There are some familiar faces on there, many of which are still riding.

Click here to view the video

Turn your sound off though as the audio was corrupted during the transfer.