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Steady Eddy Extreme Series Rd 1 2018
Photo credit Ashliegh Blunt
The Steady Eddy Extreme series was designed by Paul (Fast Eddy) Edmondson to give riders who have never tried extreme events before, both young and old, an opportunity to have a go at this popular form of enduro sport.
The 2018 opener, at the very popular Cowm Quarry, saw some excellent racing for the full two and a half hours of the event. With young Jamie Williams, in his first extreme at Clubman level, and Ryan Crayston battling for the hole shot off the start the scene was set for what was an action-packed race. The vets/over 50's holeshot went to 86 Rob Gregory with D3 team leader, Neil Crayston, in hot pursuit. Our youth class holeshot went to 222 Harvey Williams with 210 Bert Boam, son of popular extreme and trials champion Mick Boam hot on his back wheel. Both youngsters were making their debut at extreme events as was our youngest competitor on the day number 25 Harry Walker.
Cowm Quarry, which always seems to have its own eco system and weather no matter what the weather is elsewhere, was damp and a little muddy after the overnight rain. This made a few of the climbs and descents a little trickier to tackle than usual and gave the spectators some brilliant viewing.
First past the finish on lap one was Jamie Williams closely followed by the youngest of the team D3 Crayston family Robert in hot pursuit, Nils Ogden in third and young Dan Leadbetter in fourth. For the first few laps the clubmen led the way round but as the traffic built with back markers the first two of the Sportsman Vets Andy Harvey and Mark Fenwick and the first Sportsman, Ben Hurley, began to break in to the top ten overall.
As the event progressed, we lost a couple of the front runners along the way with mechanical errors. The Sportsman vets was led up until have way by 333 Andy Harvey but on lap 5 he was reeled in and overhauled by 112 Mark Fenwick who kept his first place right up until the finish flag. Running in a consistent third was Neil Crayston.
The Over 50's class was also hotly contested with the initial lead being held by Geraint Rogers. Geraint seemed to battle backward and forward between first and second place throughout the event swapping places with no 86 Rob Gregory nearly every lap until Rob managed to put a bit of space between them and built up a bit of a lead that he carried through to the finish. Third place was held throughout the two and a half hours by 79 Rob Elston.
The initial Sportsman leader, Ben Hurley, was forced to retire with mechanical problems after three laps. The lead was then taken by Aden Overend, number 117 who in turn was forced to retire after "swimming" in one of the deeper water holes on the track. This gave Liam Belfield, 711, and James Marwood, 48, chance to come forward and take over the lead. James Marwood pulled through to first place on lap 4 and this is where he remained right to the flag with Liam dropping down to third and Phil Whelan taking second.
The Novice class led from the beginning by Steven Horgan and Joe Clancy with Paul Howarth hot on the back wheels. They remained in these positions right up until lap the last lap when Joe Clancy managed to get past Steven and take the lead to the flag with one additional lap. The Novice star of the day must go to number 83 Abbie Piggott, the one and only girl riding and this being her first extreme event. She finished a very creditable 10th out of 26 in her class.
Our youth class was full of new up and coming riders and the well-deserved honours on the day went to Bert Boam, 210. Throughout this, his first real extreme, he doggedly kept going and completed 8 laps by the end and this was two laps more than both second and third place.
A final mention must go to Jack Spencer who asked if he could take part in the event and score no points as he is an expert rider. Fair play he was in front for the whole time, but I will say this he did prove to be a superb hare for the extreme hounds to chase, especially in the first few laps.
After a good event, with excellent
competition is all classes, everyone seemed to leave with a tired happy smile
on their faces. We are now starting to plan and prepare for an action-packed
round two in early December and hope to see you all there.
Fast Eddy Crew
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