Bai­ley’s the cream of youth club crop

Egham News - - SPORT -

BOLD Bai­ley Tid­bury was the star as 13 girls and boys aged from four to 16 roared into ac­tion at Swin­ley For­est.

Tid­bury, 11, mas­tered the con­di­tions to win the Novice Shield on his Beta ma­chine, los­ing a mea­gre five marks with dabs at sec­tions two, six, seven and eight. He was fol­lowed home at some dis­tance by 12-year-old Euan Coul­ter on his Clipic, with sev­enyear-old Rowan Ste­wart in third place on his Oset.

The young­sters had gath­ered for Sur­rey Youth Motorcycle Tri­als Club’s Tony Bab­bage Shield, where they had to com­plete six laps of eight ob­served sec­tions set out by Jim Brook­man.

The course was set out in an old brick pit which has been dis­used for a num­ber of years. It is cov­ered in pine nee­dles and fo­liage and mainly con­sisted of climbs and des­cents on the banks of the old brick work­ings, in­clud­ing turns around tree stumps, with the odd fallen tree to jump over.

Teddy Thomp­son, aged eight, was vic­to­ri­ous in the Be­gin­ners class with nineyear-old Cameron Coul­ter sec­ond and six-year-old Theo Percy in third, all mounted on elec­tric Osets.

In­ci­den­tally, they all had trou­ble with sec­tion six.

Win­ner of the Ex­pert class was Jonathan Ban­nis­ter, 16, who hand­i­capped him­self by rid­ing a Yamaha twin­shock ma­chine but was still well clear of Liam Brook­man, 14, and 10-year-old Joe Snelling, both on Be­tas.

There were nice feet-up rides for Ban­nis­ter at sec­tion three, up and down the sandy banks.

The next round of the club’s Ge­off Woodger Novice & Be­gin­ner Shield will be held on Satur­day at Brack­endene, Chert­sey with the Christ­mas fun and games start­ing at noon, fol­lowed by the last round of the cham­pi­onship.

New mem­bers and spec­ta­tors are al­ways wel­come at a club that caters for chil­dren as young as three, with all-year round en­ter­tain­ment in a con­trolled, friendly and com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

Con­tact Ed­die Ren­ham on 01784 452225 for de­tails.

Chris Roll

Master class: Bai­ley Tid­bury won the Novice Shield on his Beta ma­chine at Swin­ley For­est, drop­ping just

five marks along the way.

Smith: Pos­i­tive think­ing.

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