There are no plans to run a NEMBOS League in 2014, but the NYMBO League will be extended to 11 events that will hopefully be of interest. There will also be both winter and summer events, and the Moors Marathon in September 2014. You can sign up to the mailing list here, and find all the details for NYMBO here.
See you at an event soon!
Final NEMBOS League Table
Congratulations to our 2013 Champions
M40 Andy Conn 300 points
M50 Graham Fielding 297
M60 Ray Morriss 257
Gen Max & Martin Vesty 246
M21 Rik Thompson 238
W50 Angela Brand-Barker 229
X50 Andrea Foster & Geoff Moorhouse 210
W60 Karen Blackburn 175
X21 Paul & Sam Leight 138
Prizes were awarded immediately after the event at Wark Forest but you can colect yours at Dalby next weekend if you weren’t there or couldn’t stay.
Thanks to Tony Harker of Muddybums for the tee shirts and Chris Lightfoot for the cut-price engraving.
Thanks to the planners who made the events possible – Martin Edwards, Conrad & Jill Ellison, Neil Hymer and Steve Watson.
Thanks to Jens Strain for another excellent set of maps; Karen Blackburn for running Registration; and John Dixon for running Download as well as calculating the results.
As you will see from the results there were very few riders who managed to get to all 5 events but thanks to everyone who has ridden in the north east for the last 3 years. Hope to see you at the last 3 NYMBO events of 2013 or the Moors Marathon.
Wark Forest Organiser’s Comments
Thanks to Steve Watson for planning another excellent course, Jens for another excellent map and the helpers as ever for making the event run smoothly – especially the control collectors – Steve, Jim Imber, John Rawden, Adrian Baskerville, Clive Parkinson, Barry Philipson & Crispin Hoult. John Rawden also helped put controls out on Saturday with John Dixon, Steve & Jim. This meant that I could turn up at 8.00 for a full English breakfast at Stonehaugh Social Club which I thoroughly enjoyed but regretted later.
The Social Club made an excellent event centre with refreshments before and after the event. Congratulations to the category winners – Bryan Singleton (M40) was the overall leader with 433 points on a rare foray over the Pennines, John Rawden (M50) 385, Max & Martin Vesty (G) 375 and 3rd overall, Carl Poulter (M21) 370, Angela Brand-Barker (W50) 340 and first woman, Adrian Baskerville (M60) 325, Andrea Foster & Geoff Moorhouse (X50) 280.
Although we have ridden in Wark regularly for the last 5 years Steve had added new areas to the competition map and altered enough locations and values to create a different emphasis. The map nearly reached Kielder Water so some of the views from the ridges were magnificent in the glorious Autumn sunshine. I was able to enjoy a full 4 hour ride for a change with John Dixon looking after Download. I decided to go round anti-clockwise so that I rode down Chirdon Moor then got to the northern cluster of controls. It was well worth it but I was well off the pace of the leading riders.
We held the prizegiving at 3.30 thanks to John Dixon’s efficiency with the results and the generous sponsorship of Muddybums for the tee shirts and cut-price engraving from Chris Lightfoot. Unfortunately, there were only 12 people there, which sums up my dissatisfaction with the NEMBOS league. The planners have done an excellent job over the last 3 years and the riders have enjoyed the courses but the numbers at 3 of the events do not justify the effort that the planners have put into each event. Unless we can think of ways which will encourage more riders to enter, I won’t be willing to organise a NEMBOS League next year. It is more likely that I will extend the NYMBO league to 11 events including a couple of events around Guisborough and Richmond. There is also the chance that the OMM Bike/Polaris might be heading to the north east next year.
Full results are here and the competition map is below if you couldn’t make it to the event and want to follow anyone’s route.
The next NYMBO events are a 3 hour MBO Score event in Dalby Forest on Saturday 21st September followed by the annual Moors Marathon on Sunday. The event centre is at the Fox & Rabbit on the A169 5 miles north of Pickering this year where camping is available both nights.
The splits for the 34 competitors who took part in the event at Wark Forest can be found here
The final 2013 NEMBOS Event is at Wark Forest Sunday 8th September Hopefully there will be plenty of late entries for this event as there are only 10 online entries so far.
There are a variety of excellent tracks and bridleways in this mature forest.Venturing further North,West and East than previous years….with the addition of a little moorland riding too!
Planner Steve Watson along with Jim Imber have been out recently re-checking the course and promise a complex and ” interesting ” mix of trails.With 13 new control locations this will be a good test even for those who know the forest from previous years. Dont miss this one !
This event is also part of the SMBO league.Hope to see a few friends from North O’ The Border too.
Camping is available at Stonehaugh Campsite. Cooked breakfasts are available at Stonehaugh Social Club if you email in advance firstname.lastname@example.org
Prizegiving afterwards (with Tee shirts provided by Muddybums) as this is the final event of the season.
Enter online here (by Wednesday 4th please)
Here’s the map (a big file, may take a moment to download)
2013 Wark Map without Controls
2013 Hamsterley 25000 Working Drawing with Controls 5th August
Thanks to Neil Hymer for planning another excellent course and putting out the controls with Barry & Steve. Thanks to Karen & John for helping with Registration and Download so that I could get a ride and to John Rawden, Michael Brough, Sam & Paul Leight who helped to collect the controls so that I was home by 6.30. Thanks also to Jens for another excellent map. There have been a few changes which need to be added to the map file but I hope you noticed the accuracy of the single track which Neil updated using GPS.
Neil planned the course at just the right length with Andy Conn not quite being able to clear up. Congratulations to Edwin who was only 15 points behind but more importantly 30 points ahead of his Dad. Max & Martin posted another excellent score, Ray won the battle of the M60’s, Andrea & Geoff outscored Karen & Steve while Karen was the only solo female rider. John Dixon will update the league so comments about that when they are posted and we will see which categories are still to be decided at Wark.
I thoroughly enjoyed my ride once I worked out how to use the gears on John Dixon’s spare bike. (My son-in-law has borrowed mine)! I just planned to link together some of the singletrack so enjoyed the route down from 48 to 31 until I got a puncture, enjoyed the track after 37 but didn’t have time to ride the section from 53.
Just one comment about navigation although I’m not going to check who it was!! Those riders who took the route from the road corner at Maryland Gate to #37 need to check the map more carefully in future. Unless the law has changed, I don’t think it is acceptable to follow a fence, parish and FC boundary!! Just for you, it has now been marked as OOB!
After 3 years, Neil doesn’t want to plan an event next year and we are getting to know Hamsterley rather too well. Also, with only 33 riders, the league isn’t viable so it is possible that the Wark event will be the last NEMBOS event ever. If so, I may extend the NYMBO league to 11 events next year without extra events in the summer holidays – apart from Malham and the White Rose. Please let me know what you think?
Simple results have been posted below and splits available on the NEMBOS web page.
PS Someone left a pair of clear wrapround glasses. Are they yours?
Next NYMBO events at Malham on August 24th and Ampleforth on August 26th. Final NEMBOS event at Wark on September 7th.
Hope to see you there
You can find the results and splits for today’s Hamsterley Forest event here nembos.mountainbikeorienteering.org.uk