Wark Forest Results

Wark Forest

Updated results here Wark results

and original splits on the Ebor page at

Planners Comments

Blazing sunshine greeted the 52 lucky souls who ventured to Stonehaugh on Sunday for the final NEMBOS event of the year. This being the 4th event held in the forest in the last 5 years, I tried to mix up the trail choices and challenged anyone to clear up. If it hadn’t been for a downpour on the Saturday night the trails would have been a lot faster, especially the bridleways, however everyone seemed to enjoy the day and the bar in the Community Centre afterwards. Congratulations to all the category winners. A big thank you to all who came along especially those who travelled quite a distance to be there. We planners really do appreciate it. A further big thank you to all the control collectors.

Organiser’s Comments

Thanks to Steve Watson for planning another excellent course and Jens for another excellent map. Steve decided to use the southern half of the forest to avoid the muddy track linking the northern half. The weather was perfect and the forest roads very fast so it was difficult to believe that we were riding in an MBO event in Northumberland in the late summer of 2012. Thanks to all of the helpers as usual but especially Andy, Andy, Dave, John who helped us put out the controls on Saturday and Martin, Matt, Ray, Leigh who helped collect them in on Sunday afternoon.

Unfortunately #53 was put out on the track bend instead of the footbridge as Andy misread the descriptions. I hope it didn’t spoil your ride and that you have been given the points if you couldn’t find it and/or the time allowance if it made you late. The forest tracks will be resurveyed for next year as some of them are very overgrown, others are much improved and there are a few new ones (as Ray discovered).

I enjoyed my 2 hour ride as I decided to head east on the bridleways I had never ridden before. I also ignored my own advice about not going too far for 5 point controls when I rode 6k to visit #34. It was worth it as the views were stunning and I could then ride the bridleways through #58. Unfortunately I checked the bird hide thoroughly at 58 and decided that the control had been stolen until I rode another 50m to the fishing lodge – so another building to add to the map.  

Congratulations to Bryan Singleton who just pipped Andy Conn (despite Andy hiding some of the controls); Henry Syska winning M60 ahead of John and Ray; John Rawden beating Steve Foster by 4 points in M50; Max & Martin Vesty winning the Generation category and 7th overall with 360 points; David Blair in M21; Karen Blackburn as first woman and Karen & Steve outscoring Andrea & Geoff.

Congratulations to the 2012 NEMBO Champions and I will post the final League table as soon as John Dixon has updated it.

M40 Andy Conn (Men’s Champion)                 300 pts

M50 Graham Fielding                                       285

M60 John Dixon                                                267

Gen  Max & Martin Vesty                                  249

W60 Karen Blackburn (Women’s Champion) 212     

X50  Andrea Foster & Geoff Moorhouse          210

M21 Martin Edwards                                         210                             

 There are another 2 events this weekend so please enter online or send me an email.

Saturday, 8th September Dalby & Langdale Forest

4 hour NYMBO League event starting at High RiggFarm Early start at 11am and don’t forget to print the flier for a 50% reduction on the forest toll. Unfortunately the campsite is full so you will need to book elsewhere if you want to stay over to ride in the Marathon the following day

Sunday 9th September North Yorkshire Moors MTBMarathon

100/75/50/25k Routes and all proceeds going to the Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team. 45 pre-entries and only 60 engraved glasses available. Early start at 8.30 and don’t forget to print the flier to avoid paying the forest toll. 

It’s a good forecast for the rest of the week so hope you can make it to one or both of these events.

Steve Willis

PS Don’t forget that the Polaris is in the Yorkshire Dales on Saturday/Sunday 22nd/23rd September and there will be 5 options – 7&5 hours with overnight camp, 5&4 hours without overnight camp, 4 hours on Saturday or 3 hours on Sunday, 45/30k fixed routes on Saturday and 30/20k fixed routes on Sunday. Plenty of choice for all abilities and Jens has drawn the map so why not enter!! You can now enter the shorter courses online at www.bmbo.org.uk but you have to enter the 2 longer courses online at http://www.polarischallenge.com/event-entry.html

If you don’t want to compete, I would be glad of some help putting out the controls on Friday or Saturday and collecting them in on Sunday!! One free ride for one day’s help!!


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