SILSDEN teenager Gabby Whitham competed in the Bradford Motor Club's Timperley Cup Trial on February 10 and two days later was a patient in Airedale General Hospital recovering from an appendix removal operation.

Her mother Kim said that she was ill on Monday and took her 18-year-old daughter to the hospital on Tuesday evening where the operation took place.

Gabby is recovering well and hopes to be back on her Hipple Racíng Beta as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, East Keswick landscaper Ben Hemingway cruised to an unopposed victory at Dob Park on Sunday where the Yeadon-Guiseley club staged their second closed to club championship trial for 77 contenders.

Hemingway was the only expert ranked competitor on the championship course.

Yeadon Montesa competitor Louis Haley trailed by 20 penalties and ahead of Tom Middleton by a large margin.

Only youths Harvey Taglione and Frankie Rhodes braved the hard route.

The main course was confined to Dob Park while 15 small wheels contenders contested a six-section route at the top of the east end of Brown’s Wood.

That area was dry and featured gradients that required good throttle control.

The 50/50 route was on the hard side and several riders covered a lap and elected to drop to the Clubman B class.

The legendary ‘Bombhole; opened the action where Brian Ayrton totted up the fives.

The easy route was fine but the off-camber drop after circling the remains of a tree brought about a lot of slithering wide of the blue flags.

From that points those who beat the camber faced a near vertical 15 yards to hit he skyline. Only Hemmo beat the climb on his final lap.

Paul Gravestock’s Fantic opted to select its own gear for navigating the tight turns round the large tree.

Over in Brown’s, the six sections were ideal for the small wheel contingent. The opener twisted round rocks with a step for the hard route trio.

Only Aiden Richardson rode the middle route clean on all four laps. The second and third sections dropped off the track and turned on the steep hillside.

Middle route winner Jack Pullan had the exit line sorted on the second section. In the easy class Koby Smith failed the first and sections on lap one, and the final two but then got his act together to beat a non-stop Eddie Abram and Ella Webster Results Hard course.

Experts: Ben Hemingway (Beta) 24. Inters: 1 Louis Haley (Montesa) 44, 2 Danny Cockshott (Montesa) 90, 3 Anthony Ayrton (TRS) 103.

Novices: 1 Tom Middleton (Beta) 70, 2 John Lydamore (Beta) 100, 3 Jamie Stephenson (Montesa) 100.

Youth Class A: 1 Harvey Taglione (Gas Gas) 138, 2 Frankie Rhodes (Beta) 171.

Clubman A: 1 James Noble (Beta) 50, 2 Shaun Hazelwood (TRS) 69, 3 Paul Kettlewell (Sherco) 73.

Clubman B: Novices: 1 Karl Greaves (Vertigo) 11, 2 Ben Yeadon (Beta) 31, 3 Josh Snowden (Beta) 47.

Over 40s: 1 Phillip Hammond (Sherco) 30, 2 Paul Gravestock (Fantic) 36, Over 50s: 1 Neil Wright (TRS) 9, 2 Tony Holmes (Beta) 19, 3 Mark Chippendale (TRS) 24.

Youth Class B: 1 Adam Sharp (Beta) 67, 2 Lucy Ayrton (TRS) 95. Youth Class C: 1 Freddie Stephenson (Beta) 111, 2 Harrison Lightfoot (Beta) 161, 3 Maxton Young Beta) 161.

Small Wheels: 1. Hard route: 1 Bobby Crabtree (Oset) 12, 2 Alfie Carney (Oset) 22, 3 Jimmy Crabtree (Oset) 44.

Middle route: 1 Jack Pullan (Beta) 12, 2 Jimmie Graeme 22, 3 Ruby Lawrie (Oset) 44. Easy route: 1 Koby Smith (Beta) 23, 2 Edward Abram (Oset) 49, 3 Ella Webster (Oset) 50.