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West Glos & Dean Forest
Motor Cycle Club

Celebrating 64 Years of Motor Cycling 1953 - 2017

Boxing Day Trial 26th Dec 2006

Report by Ben Falconer

Section Statistics, Full Results

LESS than half the number of maximum five mark losses than his nearest rivals saw Barry Husband win the annual Boxing Day trial in the Forest of Dean.

He beat Dan Bishop and Rob Breakwell by recording just three maximum five mark losses in three attempts of 14 observed sections. But two youngsters, Lloyd Price and Ben Bowkett upstaged the battle for main honours.

Price pipped Gloucester rider Husband by two marks, a remarkable feat considering his 125cc machine is less than half the capacity of Husband's. Youth riders cannot take overall honours in adult events, so Price had to be content with the Youth A award.

Bowkett, from Cinderford, split Husband and sole first class award winner Dan Bishop, from Coleford. Dan beat last year's winner Rob Breakwell, from Monmouth. This was the last round of the Western Centre Championship and the title had already been wrapped up for the third time by Simon Welch, who was absent from this event.

Dan's brother Ben made an impressive move up from the alternative route to the clubman/expert route, which allows riders to attempt half of the sections on the toughest, standard route and half on the easier alternative route.

He lost almost half the number of marks of the next rider, another youngster, Alex Hall with some committed riding. Tim Wheeler recorded the only clean sheet of the day with a flawless ride to take the alternative route honours.

That Simeon Price, Richard Fowler and Nigel Tompkins all lost 20 marks or more put the standard of Wheeler's ride in to perspective.

More than 60 riders were attracted to this tough but popular event, set out by the Bishop family for the West Glos and Dean Forest Motorcycle Club. There were 14 retirements but brave Matthew McLean stuck to the task in hand and took the Hangover Award for last finisher.

Thanks to all 14 observers, the Forestry Commission and Forest Stone for their assistance in making the event a success.

Results.

  • Standard route.
  • Premier: Barry Husband (Sherco 290), 51 marks lost.
  • 1st class: Dan Bishop (Gas Gas 280), 65.
  • Youth A: Lloyd Price (Gas Gas 125), 49.
  • Clubman/expert route.
  • 1st: Ben Bishop (Beta 250), 16.
  • Alternative route.
  • Best novice: Tim Wheeler (Yamaha 250), 0.
  • Best over 40: Simeon Price (Beta 250), 20.
  • Youth B: Nathan Pekala (Gas Gas 125), 90.

Statistics from the Sections. (eg Section 1 on Alt route took 6 Threes.)

No:0:1:2:3:4:5:Tot:
Alternative
17514460250
2914030118
3601547012104
44917411018148
5816839025274
64117811018156
74117711019159
82827152202133
9521631508107
106142032020250
11521377011103
1217191427015203
13734260761
14491361707111
Alt Tot:64220610221401651877
Clubman Expert
1182210114
220210004
3801201268
4181210113
5117030226
696320123
7134120327
80011101085
9172120115
1077350133
1186330231
12134230017
13702201165
14162200216
C/E Tot:165432437047437
Standard
125411015121
235200002
3155260972
401115019143
5118270873
6189350030
7934801190
8167160593
96334019116
104432022126
11218310437
12145380770
131234401598
1403218013126
Std Tot:148654110501471197
All Tot:95531416735603593511