CONDITIONS were treacherous at Dob Park in Otley on Sunday morning where 59 riders and 20 young children competed in the tenth and final Yeadon-Guiseley Motor Club's pre-Christmas event.

After torrential rain both Dob Park and the adjacent Brown's Wood were treacherous under foot and wheel.

The contingent of small wheels class contenders certainly had a tough time in the dankness of Dob Park and spills and skids were the norm.

Cookridge girl Poppy Fletcher was showered with mud from a spinning rear wheel and her left eye required swift attention from her father Sean removed mud from her eyes and the girl went on to win the Inter class riding her Oset machine.

Harrison Lightfoot won the hard route from local lad Jimmy Crabtree and Alfie Carney.

Aiden Richardson just managed to foil Longwood's Alanna Eagleton who had quite a few slips and slides.

The youngest and smallest girl was Isabella Addy who stuck to her task and got her Beta through all six observed sections.

The main adult and youth trials course was in Browns Wood where ten very testing sections sorted the men from the boys.

Ironically Richard Sadler, who switched from top level national trials to the club championship event, was tested by Dan Hemingway, Guy Kendrew and Sam Beecroft-Penny.

That quartet were well clear of Bradford youth Charlie Smith who had Buxton's Harry Turner and British Class Youth champion Harry Hemingway right on his case.

Only Sadler and Hemingway senior mastered the hard 'Crosser's Rocks' where Kendrew and Beecroft-Penny dropped a mark.

Kendrew has shadowed, and beaten at times, Sadler who is British S3 Parts and British Expert class champion.

But for dropping a third lap penalty in section four Hemingway would have won a tie-breaker for the top spot.

Fewston electrician James Noble hurled his Beta home ahead of Paul Kettlewell and Jamie Stephenson, who was also minding his youngest son Freddie, who contested Clubman B class.

Ride of the trial came from Alice Minta who took a splendid fourth place in Clubman A.

The Telford schoolgirl was a mere six penalties behind Jamie Stephenson.

Tony Holmes won the Clubman B from Phillip Hammond and Karl Greaves. That class fielded a total of 27 starters.

Full marks to the organising team on the day. The amount of rain overnight and the depth of fallen leaves concealed many from soft patches that could, and did, unseat a few competitors.

Despite the conditions, scorelines in all classes were respectable.

The Julian Ford Memorial Trial ran in atrocious weather conditions at Birstall on Saturday where 55 competitors braved Arctic conditions at the Bumpy Ltd headquarters.

Competitors had a choice of four courses in the woodlands surrounding the instructional centre.

Big names in the trials world homed in the join the party.

Fourteen-year-old Telford girl Alice Minta contested the hard route as did Buxton's Harry Turner.

Resident instructor Dan Thorpe assisted in the trial course preparation then competed and won the hard route category from Thomas Moss and Leeds rider Chris Hunt who journeyed from his workplace in the Midlands to compete.

Three laps and ten section sufficed to test and find the class winners.

In the Inter route class motor vehicle specialist technician Michael Ward ruled over Paul Hobson and Andrew Kershaw while Stephen Jarman headed the novice class over Russell Kenward and Steven Fowler.