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WOR EVENTS WULFSPORT WINTER ENDURO SERIES
RD 2 DECEMBER 2018
@BALA WOODLANDS

Report: Keith Williams
Photos Doc Ward

Gethin Humphreys stormed to the overall win on his Brand new GasGas EC300 2t as his debut ride went exactly how he would have wanted it too after 12 months of bad luck and frustration in the sport. It nearly wasn't so cut and dried though as he was 6 minutes behind the start as the expert riders blasted off and Gethin had to change a plug that had failed him on the start line. The 6 minutes did not matter though as the super strong and fast Welshman put the hammer down and by lap 3 was in 3rd place and by lap 5 was out in front and never looked back. A superb display of riding from the Youngest of the Humphreys trio of Brothers.

WOR Events had set out a brilliant lap of nearly 7 miles in length that despite the really wet December weather and the awful run up to the event, of rain, wind and nasty conditions to say the least, saw the riders enjoy a cracking days Enduro sport with 3 separate races. The Kids solos kicked off the day with a 1.5hr race followed by a 2hr Quad Adult race then the Adults 2hr solo race rounding out the day .. A full an exciting schedule of races rammed into the small winter hours of daylight.

Kids Race

The kids did a 2-mile lap that was designed especially for them and catered for 7-year olds through to 14's. The top Rider was Sam Hughes as he blasted his way through the puddles to a class and overall win with Lewis Taylor and Jack Williams in 2nd and 3rd place in the 13-14's group.

Lewis Hurdsman was winner of the 11-12's as he was a fine second overall and the nearest rider to Sam Hughes's 26 laps on 24. Runner Up in the 11-12'2 was Gethin Thomas on very creditable 18 laps.

William Barnett, Aled Owen and Louie Young where the 1,2,3rd in that order in the 9/10 yrs group and all rode superbly to secure their trophies on the day.

The 7/8's was topped by the flying Jack Brooks with Luke Ireland, 2 laps down as the Runner Up.

Quad Race:

Not long after the little ones had all thoroughly enjoyed their race it was time for a 15 strong, competitive Quad line up to take to the full 6.5 mile plus, proper Enduro track and do battle for 2hrs.

Leading from start to finish and looking very fast all around the course was the flying Local rider, David Tokarz …Tokarz on the big Can-am looking very good for his win as he completed 9 laps. John Robson in the Runner's Up spot was equally as impressive and in fact, quicker in some places as he matched Tokarz on 9 laps and was only 12 seconds adrift at the end of 2 hrs and 2 minutes of flat out racing. Very close indeed in that 4x4 Expert class. Third spot went to Tom Jones going very well indeed on his CAN Am and praising his heated grips so much as he crossed the line!!!

4x4 Clubman was topped by Kev Jones as he battled long and hard for the duration to shake of Runner Up, Shaun Wealleans. Shaun in the end was 4.5 minutes down on Jones with both riders on 8 laps each. Rounding out the podium was 3rd placed Dean Jones with a solid 7 laps and making it a Can -Am 1/2/3 in that class on the podium.

Neil Sweeny was the only 2WD Quad to finish and did 7 laps for his Gold award.

All the quad riders enjoyed their challenge and look forward to rd 3 on 6th January.

Adult Solo Race:

As mentioned earlier the master of the solo race was the impressive Gethin Humphreys as he smashed his way from the back of the race through each and every rider to claw back a 6-minute disadvantage and storm to the win in the Experts from Runner Up and round 1 winner, Sean Eckersley. Top MX rider Eckersley was leading and having a real battle with Robby Francom for the early laps in the race until they where both hunted down by the snarling Humphreys. The top 3 all finished with 10 laps each.

Lincoln Brewster was one of only two other riders in the race to complete 10 laps as he topped the Expert Vets from Runner Up, Mark Mealham and Mark Tebay. Mealham had made a super long trek with 3 other riding buddies from Kent that morning for the race and his 9 laps and silver award was his rewards for doing so. Tebay also did 9 laps and earned his bronze finish a further 6 minutes down on Mealham.

Top Clubman A rider was Sion Jones and he was the other rider that brilliantly scored the magic 10 Laps to his credit as he took the win in class and a superb 5th Overall from Runner Up, DK Off road Husqvarna rider, Chris Neesam and 3rd placed Titus Blackwell, both on 9 laps. Blackwell another true Enduro warrior as he faced a massive drive home back to Surrey for his efforts.

Clubman B victory belonged to Aaron Boundy with Leon Dean in 2nd place, both riders on 8 laps.

Over 40's glory was Husqvarna mounted 250 4t rider, Anthony Foulkes as he won the group by being the only 9 lap rider. Runner Up was Jason Clarke, so nice to see the likeable Brummy Clarke back on the podium after having suffered a nasty shoulder and arm injury earlier this year. 3rd place Over 40 was Keith Jones whom was only 39 seconds down on Clarke with both riders on 8 laps each.

Colin Griffiths was the main man in the Over 50's with a smooth 9 lap ride that took Gold and he had a 6-minute advantage over Runner Up, Lee Sephton whom also achieved 9 laps. Gareth Jones was on 8 laps in 3rd place.

Top Ladies rider was Glesni Jones as she beat Annabelle Brewster by a couple of laps. Slightly disappointing to see only 2 ladies take part in Rd 2 when round one had 5 in the class.

Sportsman Victory went to the Youngest Player on the pitch as the ever-Improving Hayden Rainford blasted to the top spot on 9 laps and had a 2-minute cushion on Runner Up, Nate Parsons. Rainford is certainly one to watch for the future and has cut his teeth since being a 9-year-old on the WOR tracks… Still not 13...he's raging on indeed. 3rd placed trophy went to Chris Kent with a solid ride and 9 laps.
Neil Strong took his first ever win and first ever Podium as he stormed the Novice class. 3 minutes was his advantage over Runner Up, Ryan James with Adam Bromilow in 3rd spot ...all on 8 laps.

As each rider from all the races crossed the line at the chequered flag, Race Boss Steve Ireland was there to congratulate them and thank them for supporting the event and a brilliant touch, showing the slickness of the organisation of the event was that riders that had won a trophy, received the award on the finish line , with steve and the flag with the ace WOR photographer, Doc Ward there to snap the memory and presentation, cool stuff.

Results

As always Steve and the team wish to thank the staff, land owners, sponsors, medics and most of all the riders for supporting the events and making them happen, even on horrible wet weekends in the middle of a wintry December in deepest Welsh forests.

The WULFSPORT WINTER ENDURO series 3rd round takes place on Sunday January 6th but before then WOR Have the festive timecard enduro special this coming weekend on 16th December to sort out and also the Xmas Forest playdays and extreme fun days specials on 29/30th December .. More details on all things WOR Events at www.worevents.com  "