Rob seals home victory

A WOOLER mountainbiking team held a club championship at their local track near Wooler on Sunday, May 1.

The weather was perfect with glorious sunshine and the track was dusty, dry and running really fast. Again there was a great turn-out of Team Cheviot Hill Riders members, with each category hotly contested.

Rob Tait took the overall title of King of the Hill and received the Richardsons Repairs Shield for the second year running, pulling it out the bag with a storming second run after being in second place after first runs.

The individual category results were: 16 and under: 1 David Blackie; 2 Mark Egdell; 3 Johny Shiell. 30 years plus: 1 Leigh Robinson; 2 Alan Turnbull; 3 Michael Strangeways. 17-29: 1 Rob Tait (fastest time of day); 2 Shane Craig; 3 Thomas Pollock.

The club thanked Richardsons Repairs for sponsoring the overall winner’s shield and everyone who took part, helped with timing or came along to watch.

l The downhill race season started a little bit later for Team CHR this year with their first race being Round One of the Scottish series at Ae forest, near Dumfries, on April 18.

The team had a great tur-out at this one with no less than 11 riders competing in the field of nearly 300.

The weather was dry and sunny and the track had great variation with enough to keep everyone happy with rocks and roots, fast, open sections and a few jumps mixed in. With it being bone dry, it was running very fast.

On the whole, it was a good start to the season for most of the team in a very competitive field, with Thomas Pollock and Rob Tait the unlucky ones, both crashing on their two timed runs. Especially for Thomas, it was a case of what might have been, finishing in 11th place, with a crash out of more than 100 riders in the senior category and just five seconds off first place.

A mention must go to young Joe Mallen who put in a great time in his first proper race competing in the youth category. All the CHR times and positions were:

Experts: Steven Turnbull, 13th, 2.19.784. Youth: John Shiell, 17th, 2.42.072; Joe Mallen, 24th, 2.53.094. Senior: Thomas Pollock, 11th, 2.20.474; Rob Tait, 50th, 2.29.123; Gordon Shiell, 52nd, 2.30.034; Michael Gregory, 95th, 2.57.928. Veteran: Alan Turnbull, 12th, 2.52.101; Michael Strangeways, 13th, 2.52.322; Kevin Clark, 17th, 2.58.430; Dave Gregory, 18th, 2.59.544.

l Round One of the Northern Series was held at Alwinton the following weekend on a very steep and technical track.

The team had a very successful weekend, with three riders competing and three podiums.

Rob Tait had his first ever win in the Senior category, with a time of 2.13. Steven Turnbull took second in the Experts, with a time of 2.09, and this was after breaking a finger in a crash during practice. Alan Turnbull completed the success with third place in the Veterans, with a time of 2.40.

l Full details of races, club get-togethers and some helmet-cam footage of race tracks are on the club’s website