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Len Hutty Memorial Trial 5th November 2017

The 5th November will be remembered for its beautifully clear sunny sky that welcomed riders, young and old, to the 2017 Len Hutty Memorial Group Trial to raise funds for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.    The start was a stirring scene with over 130 entries spanning the generations of riders and machines eager for the off.

Len Hutty Memorial Trial 5th November 2017

The 5th November will be remembered for its beautifully clear sunny sky that welcomed riders, young and old, to the 2017 Len Hutty Memorial Group Trial to raise funds for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.    The start was a stirring scene with over 130 entries spanning the generations of riders and machines eager for the off.

It will also be long remembered by the organisers for the late change of venue when the Army required Hungry Hill for training.  Fortunately, Peter Cole and Roy Enticknap saved the day by allowing their adjoining lands of Sethern and Fry’s Cross Farm to be used for the trial.  
The organisers wish to give a big thank you to Peter and Roy for their generosity.

The organisation of the large number of riders from TVTC, STAR and South Coast Groups was a monumental task, but fortunately Mandy Frearson made it all look effortless, and was most ably assisted by Nicki Brimecombe who took care of the day entries.

The trial consisted of 2 laps of 18 sections, and one special test, which meant that a small army of observers were required, which Caroline Boys-Guest organised brilliantly.   Thanks go to all the observer, without whom the event could not take place; Bob Brown, Richard Thomas, Jim Connor, Bob Collins, Luke Smith, Phil Embury, Eric Moss, Tony Martin, Bill Wickham, Paul Sims, Derek Bentley, David White, Gerald Budgen, Eric Scutt, Victor Hurst, Neville Lewis, Duncan Agar, John Sapsard, Cheryl Bush. Malcolm Sheppard, Barry Bannister and Dave Mayle.

Another vital service was provided in organising the car parking, and recovery services, by Nigel Brimecombe, Keith Boys-Guest and Gary Reed.   David Lawrence provided First Aid support, but fortunately his defibrillator was not required, although some machines might have benefited from its judicious application.

The sections were skilfully laid out across the two sites by Mark Watmore (Clerk of Course), Harriet Shore, Nigel Brimecombe, Colin Grist, Doug Johnson and Pete Dale to utilise the natural features of both sites.   The transfer between Fry’s Cross and Sethern skirted around a lush green field via a marshalled road crossing, and provided a pleasant interlude half-way round a lap.

The first order of business was to present Phil Martin with the trophy for winning the Len Hutty Trophy of 2016.  The ceremony will be repeated next year, as Phil skilfully rode his immaculate Triumph Twin to victory again, only dropping 20 points.  This is the third year in a row that Phil has won the Len Hutty Trophy, and surely makes him favourite for 2018.

The Len Hutty Memorial Trial 2017 was a most memorable event for many positive reasons; entertaining sections, terrific weather, great organisation, raising funds for Phyllis Tuckwell, and remembering Len.   Roll on 2018.

News article posted 5th November 2017