A damp misty morning following heavy rain greeted the sombre riders briefing as Roger Chaplin the President of Sudbury MCC paid tribute to the Late Queen Elizabeth II before a 2 minutes silence.
This last event in the Dave Barkshire championship series concludes a difficult summer with events being cancelled or postponed due to fire risk and excessive dust, with final places being decided.
Saturdays downpours created perfect going and presented enough challenges for the most experienced rider as they tackled changes of terrain, ditches, bridges, bogs, logs and stubble with long fast straights for each riders 4 half hour timed sessions. With a few mechanical issues troubling a number of partnerships it made for challenging handovers and time was key to getting the laps in and clocking up as few penalties as possible. With the course reversed for the afternoon sessions and a special test for the first rider out the beautiful hot autumn afternoon guaranteed some keen sport for the good turnout of supportive spectators to enjoy.
Before checking out the results, here's another one of Paula's Puzzles. This time Toby Morley gets the jigsaw treatment.
1st Jamie Roper & Craig Roper
2nd Jack Sheppard & Toby Morley
3rd Byron Jenness & Tom Braddock
4th Jake Nichols & Joe Blacker
5th George Eustace & Duncan Eustace
6th Joe Henthorne & Shaun Leggett
1st Jack Berry & Steve Mason
2nd Barnaby Knight & Archie Gunton
3rd Richard Squirrel & Dean Smith
4th Jack Gatland & Mason Miller
5th Jonathan Finch & Daniel Hills
6th Chris Ballard & Paul Spurgeon
1st Oliver Brinkley & Dale Brinkley
2nd Jonathon Masters & Russell Kenward
3rd Lloyd Barker & Wayne Barker
4th Paul Belton & Will Belton
5th Terry Griffiths & Connor Ward
6th Tim Ford & Paul Bennett