Enduro endures horrible conditions

Grant Smith and Mark Ritchie in the Over-40s
Grant Smith and Mark Ritchie in the Over-40s

Scottish Borders Enduro Club hosted the third round of the Scottish H&H Championship at Glendearg farm in the hills above Galashiels.

About an hour before the start, the heavens opened with torrential rain complete with thunder and lightning, so it was going to be a wet track that the 70 riders had to negotiate.

The rain eased in time for the experts to open proceedings. Allyn Scotland took an early lead and never looked out of shape all day.

He was in front from start to finish on his trusty KTM for a well deserved win. Andrew Bisset rode perfectly all day in his first year in experts to take second, while Ross Hamilton took a steady third.

The over-4Os class saw a close race between the fastest old men in Scotland. Comeback man Grant Smith secured the win, with Mark Ritchie in second and James Harvey third.

The Clubman class was won by 16-year-old local lad Ben Thomson, who also took third overall. Duncan Norrie rode a great race to take second place, with Graham Mechan in third.

Clubman B was won by a good ride from Craig McCormick, who beat veteran racer Willie Beaty and Hamish Oag into second and third respectively.

The Sportsman class is the biggest, with riders at novice level or a couple of years riding under their belt. The winner was Craig Mackay, with Thomas Malcolm second and Chris Spellman third.

Organisers thanked the riders, marshals, timekeepers and medics as well as sponsor RJT Excavations and farm owners Tom and Ben Douglas.

For more information, visit www.scottishenduros.co.uk