With weekly storms involving terrible weather and widespread flooding the first event of the season for Sudbury was looking dubious until the weather forecast indicated a positive weather prediction. So it was full steam ahead with a brace of tractors ready if the going got too sticky and a cautious instruction to fix towing eyes to any vehicle entering the venue.

In the end with last minute entries on the day some 81 adults and 10 youths tackled the bright challenging slippery course with the option to tackle it as an Ironman – on your own or as a 2 man to break up the 2 hour race with team or individual achieving the most laps within the 4 hours of the class categories declared the winner. The start proved telling as the sprint to the bikes – a Le Man start and first away from the rank of lined bikes was a fairly accurate prediction of final places and as always in these longer races fitness was the key.

The first hour proved tricky for many with much lapping of the back markers taking place as those more experienced riders set a fearsome pace skimming over the deep ruts and twisting through the wooded sections with ease, but as the sun came out and the wind dried the track to near perfect conditions, those with the energy pushed through and the laps quickened. Identifying riders race numbers or kit colour through the dried splattered mud became almost impossible but relieved smiles once through the chequered flag showed another great event had yielded some worthy winners with a lively awards ceremony to finish off the day.

Adult Results

Championship 2 Man
1st Will Hughes & James Jackman with 35 Laps  (no 5 & 105)
2nd Dan Willis & Jason Morland 35 Laps no 106 & 6)
3rd Joe Phillips & Ryan Allison 34 Laps (no 94 & 104)
4th Toby Morley & Shaun Southgate 34 laps (no 103 & 3 )
5th Travis Frost & Oliver Brader 32 Laps (no 107 & 7)
6th Ryan McDonnell & Jack Nicolau 25 Laps (no 102 & 2

Expert 2 Man
1st Adam Durkin & Tom Sargent  32 Laps (no 14 & 114)
2nd Doug Lote & Edward Elkin 32 Laps (no 116 & 16)
3rd Phil Roper & Ian Parker 31 Laps (no 12 & 112)
4th Jeremy Savory & Kane Fisher 18 Laps ( no 15 & 115 )

Clubman 2 Man
1st Barnaby Knight & Archie Gunton 29 Laps (no  37 & 137)
2nd Josh Fullalove & Mitchell Beagrie 26 Laps ( no 130 & 30 )
3rd Clive Smith & Richard Squirrel 26 Laps (no 134 & 34)
4th Shaun Palfrey & Daniel Cummings 26 Laps (no 144 &44)
5th Jake Lane & Charlie Baker 25 Laps (no  129 &29)

Iron Man
1st Jack berry 30 laps (no 213)
2nd Oliver Macrae 26 laps (no 202)
3rd Jason Carsbolt 22 laps (no 214)
4th Frank Newington 21 laps (no 219)
5th Chris Hart 21 Laps (no 235)
6th Simon Davies 17 Laps (no 181)
7th Toby Rogers 16 Laps (no 220)

Youth Race
Ten age 12-16 competitors fought it out with a fierce pace from the start for the hour long second race of the day. Battling over a shorter drier course than the earlier adults with no less determination and lack of air.The first away from the line Michael Wilson was soon overtaken and a lively tussle between Will Belton for the first three laps kept spectators on their toes then last race winner Will retired following a close encounter with a tree leaving Michael to take the chequered flag closely followed by Billy Sargent & Will Turtle, an award ceremony followed with the promise of another great competition at the next race in the 29th March at Halsted Hill.

Youth Race Results
1st Michael Wilson 15 laps
2nd Billy Sargent 15 Laps
3rd William Turtle 14 Laps
4th Mason Miller 13 Laps
5th Fraser Lawrence 13 Laps
6th Archie Newington 12 Laps
7th Freya Jolly 12 Laps
8th William Belton
9th Charlie Carsboult
10th Louie Curry

More photos of the event, courtesy of Paula Day (click on an image to enlarge)