Obituary Geoffrey Clay

Geoffrey Clay, a former secretary of our club, passed away peacefully on December 12th 2019, at the age of 90. Geoff did many jobs for the club but was also well known for his verses, featuring club members, which he recited in Lancashire dialect at many club dinners. Geoff is survived by his wife, Margaret, and his two sons.

2020 26th January Harry Harry Robinson Trial

All Classes

Club Championship 1 of 5

Venue Cowm Leisure

Start 10:30

Secretary Margaret Whitlow.

2019 Boxing Day Trial Charity Trial

Results rochdalemc2019.12.26

The Boxing Day Trial Charity Trial was run once again at Back Cowm, this raises money in conjunction with John at Cowm Leisure, last years worthy causes were, Men in Sheds, and Cancer Research. This years charities have not yet been chosen, we have a meeting early next year, but if anyone has any ideas, please get in touch.

        We tried something a bit different for this years trial, 10 sections instead of 8, and a wheelie section, just as a bit of fun, Keith Goodwin surprised me on this especially as he is a beginner rider on my old Fantic 240, he showed up many others as he carried on towards the national gulley on his back wheel….
        I had help on christmas eve setting out, Andy Cripps, Charlie and Harry, along with Colin Blunt, much appreciated and always welcome, we were short of observers on the day, but a big thanks to those who did pick up a board, especially Bill Francis who made the trip from Diggle to help out.
         Thanks to Charlie Cripps, Harry and Harry Bayman for putting out route markers and bringing in those sections which had no observer, John at Cowm Leisure for the use of his land, and  the riders, for your support throughout the year.
        Our next trial is the 26th Jan, The Harry Robinson Trial, @back cowm, until then, have a happy new year and all the best for 2020….

13.11.2019 Club AGM

Last Wednesday we had our AGM, attended by 7 people, the outcome from this was, entry fees and membership will stay at £15 and £5 respectively, everyone stayed on in their current roles, with Michael Whitlow as your club President and Alan Lord as your Chairman.
We will continue to run our club championship and the charity trial on boxing day, as for the beginner series there was a lot of debate, support for this has dwindled over the last couple of years, and we have found ourselves asking if it is worthwhile continuing, we do not want to cut trials, especially those that encourage youth in the sport. So we have a piece of land booked for the first one in February, based on the entry and feedback we will decide after that trial what we are doing.
To sum up, the reason why we stayed on in our roles was simply because there was no other volunteers at the meeting, we were spread a bit thin at the trial on Sunday and had to be helped out by George and Jack, there is no doubt at all, that if nobody new takes an interest clubs will fail and the sport will suffer. Come on lads, please don’t let this happen….
Anyway, rant over, thanks to everyone for supporting our events during 2019, everyone in the club for their efforts, and all of you that have observed at our trials…

2019 17th November Pennine Trial Club Championship 5 of 5

Pennine Trial, North West Centre Championship round, results rochdalemc2019.11.17 Updated

The best part of 70 riders turned for this years trial, which was once again at Lee Quarry. Jack Spencer and George Morton helped set out on the Saturday, with our Chairman Alan Lord, we were short on numbers, so the help from both these lads was very much appreciated. Having a new set of eyes put a new slant  on the trial, with some long sections in areas that have not been used for a long time, which provided a different challenge for the riders. It was slippy but that was to be expected because of the time of year and the amount of rainfall, this resulted in some tired looking individuals by the end of the day, but all in all a good trial was had by most…