Horsforth’s annual running of the Bob Owen Charity Trial took place on it’s traditional Saturday before Remembrance day date at the popular Parkwood venue between Leeds and Bradford. Despite the heavy rain in the preceding days which left the venue a little muddy underfoot, Saturday turned out to be a fine if crisp day, ideal for trials. The 12 sections on the main course were set with due regard to the conditions leading to all three routes being won on single figures, but no-one quite managing to stay feet up all day.
Danny Gamble took the Bob Owen Salver with just single 5 scored, similarly Peter Sharp had a single 5 to take the Matt Shelley Cup on the middle route and the first three riders on the easy route all had just a single dab; the experienced local rider Mick Kettlewell saved his dab for the last lap and took the Harry Wright Shield on count back. Veteran road racer Mick Grant coaxed his Bantam round for just 3 marks taking the Maurice English trophy for pre65’s.
Thanks to all observers and officials who gave up their time freely and all who contributed to charity to make this another successful event, the final charity contribution will be totted up and published shortly.