Davagh Forest Trails
7th November 2015
The night enduro follows a similar route to the day enduro with some small changes. All trail centre based to make this event accessible to most riders. There was a good atmosphere and a dry night really helped. Trails had some puddles from the rain earlier in the day. Despite this, the trails have more grip with a bit of moisture.
Riders lit up the forest with bike lights and head lights. The flicker of the lights and rattle from bikes resembled an 80's style video game. Despite the riders coming through the forest at 30second intervals there was an eerie silence. Watching riders finish each stage with smiles always helps ease the nervs. With the event well underway I drove between stages making sure all riders and marshals were ok. Updating the medics when a stage had been closed with our sweeper riders. Our medical team have good knowledge of the area. They move between stages setting up at the most central location. As stages complete they reposition, always staying as close to the action as possible. Some of our marshals were also riding the event. When the stages closed they then completed the stage. Riding around behind the main group completing the stages.
The majority of the field had completed the stages. While waiting on the marshals to complete the course. I took a drive around and started taking in the tape and signs. As I done a complete loop I drove back towards stage 5. All riders had got through and our marshals were getting ready to go back to the main carpark. Medics stood down with no actions always makes a good event. There was a great buzz from the riders, as I got back to the cabin. Comparing times and reliving each stage through animated stories. Riders spoke about how it went right and wrong time wise for each stage. Riders were getting warmed with soup, sandwiches and sausage rolls. Others gathered at the screen comparing times. When the final marshals got back we got straight into the prize giving.
Kings and Queens of Darkness
1st Female Molly Stack
2nd Female Tricia Kelly
1st Male Sport Conor McQuillan
2nd Male Sport David Burns
3rd Male Sport Kenny Graham
2nd Male Intermediate Bryan Conlon
3rd Male Intermediate Peter Wilson
Spirit of the Enduro
Alex Vibornijs & Dylan Harpur
Young 16 year olds mixing it with the adults and placing very highly in the overall results.
Thanks to all our Sponsors who help make the event happen. Signal Signs have been a fantastic help this year. Steelweld Fabrications for making our trophies. Blackthorn Design for the artwork and trophy design. The Shepherds Rest for the food and drink after the event. Sperrin Bakery Draperstown for the rolls and sausage rolls. Barry McGuigan for sweeper duties and the Photographs.
I also can't thank enough the team of marshals and helpers. They come up and make the event run like clock work. Joan who puts on a great spread of food for everyone at the end. S.T.E.P.S. Mental health girls who always get stuck in and help us in registration and catering. Last but not least the Competitors. I have said it before, We create the platform and the riders make the atmosphere. You are all legends.
Until next time.......