Next Club Trial : 4th March
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Above: 2016 Club Champion Stuart Hampson, caught by photographer Barry Robinson in a rare moment with a foot down.
Friday the 10th of February was the date for our annual prize presentation, once again organised and administrated by the husband and wife team of John and Jean Kershaw, John also acting as compère for the evening and doing a fine job still not fully recovered from his bad accident of last summer. A buffet type meal was in store this year with plenty of choice. A queue quickly formed as soon as the announcement was made that the servers were ready.
Following the meal the prize presentation began with the West Leeds winners being announced first. Yorkshire Centre President, Carolyne Kenzitt doing the honours of handing over the awards to the lucky recipients.
For the presentation of the Horsforth & DMC awards the new Horsforth president Russ Brodie announced the winners also doing a fine job imitating some of the popular game show hosts from the TV. The Horsforth presentation was a more protracted affair primarily because after the main awards had been presented it was the turn of Nige Pearson to take over and present the awards to the youngsters whom had won awards in the TrialsUK Kids Conducted class.
Shortly after the presentation had ended the sales of the raffle tickets began with sales girls Rachael and Natalyia doing a sterling job running around with the ticket books. It would seem that one table in particular bought most of the tickets as that was the table that won most of the prizes of which there were plenty, thanks to all for donating same. John Kershaw conducted the raffle draw ably assisted by some “terrorists” as he referred to them! As in past years the star prize of a rear trials tyre, which was once again kindly donated by our new chairman Nigel Crowther was left until the last ticket drawn. With bated breath the audience waited, but again the winner came from the aforementioned table in the shape of Horsforth member Tom Green who proudly carried off his prize.
Following the recent heavy frosts and a rain shower in the morning Post Hill was lying in wait for the 23 competitors who turned up for our first club trial of 2017.
Making the best of the slippery conditions was Vertigo mounted Chris Hunt with an 11 mark advantage over his nearest rival Danny Cockshott.
Over on the clubman route it was Dave Lamin who just got the decision over club secretary Mark Chippendale by virtue of having scored 6 cleans more than Mark, both on 24 marks lost.
At our AGM on the 12th the problem of our absent secretary was finally resolved, Mark Chippendale is going to take over the job and has already commandeered two assistants in the shape of Howard Gulley and Steve Arnall. There were also some other changes to the club officials. The full list can be seen here.
Some other good news from this meeting was that there are no changes to the club fees, so they will remain at 2016 levels.