|SMCC ran its annual Easter Monday Enduro at land outside Castletown.
The multilap Hare & Hounds event was advertised as a fun event but over night rain added to the standing water already collected on the fields along side Castle Rushen High School making the going considerably more challenging than the field had hoped for.
The event was a fundraiser for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and riders sporting womens underwear and various fancy dress were given a front row start. One rider who capitalised on this advantage was expert rider Kieron Jones who led the first lap by a considerable margin.
Given the ‘fun’ nature of the event the committee took the decision to give electronic timing a try, with no championship points to be contended the timing was left to Graham Hughes of Manx Timing Solutions. Each competitor was required to carry a plastic ‘dibber’ which needed to be swiped each lap. With 5 classes in total a short and incredibly muddy course with over 100 competitors meant that it was a baptism of fire for the system which performed flawlessly. As it happened traditional lap scoring would have been nearly impossible due to the mud covered bikes.
Dalby teenager Kieron Jones lead the field for much of the event and made light work of the slippy logs and tyres in the harder but shorter section of the course. But an overheating bike forced him to pit and let Antony Smith take a well deserved and close win with the always fast Ben Begbie in 3rd aboard his less powerful 4 stroke 250 Husqvana.
Clubman was won by Sid Debacker from bikini wearing Matt Garside with 3rd placed Robert ‘Bodger’ Quayle proving fossils can still be fast.
Sportsman honors went to Richard Hulme, Richard Curphy and Ian Braley. Rob Temple had a nasty spill in the early stages and the club wishes him well.
Novices class was won by Aiden McDermott with a notable performance by Kathryn Sentence who brought her Gas Gas to the finish and recorded 6 laps 3 more than her boyfriend (ex Centre MX Champion Chris Stokes) could manage.
The above all recived easter eggs and donated prizes from Jason Griffith, Isle of Man Honda and Road & Track bike shops. Over all winner Antony Smith won the top prize of a Fatted Lamb from landowner Paul Costain.
Event organisor Graham Taubman and the SMCC Committee would like to thank the Southern 100 Club for use of the paddock, Willy Clucas and the team of scrutineers, Timekeepers Helen Beaumont and Michelle Turner, Jimmy Vickers for some excellent jumps and groundwork, Mark Crellin for logs and obsticles and Paul Costain for help of all kinds as well as the use of the land.
The committee would also like to thank all the club members who helped with the setting out and clearing up of the course which made life much easier for all concerned.