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Aldermaston Nomads MCC CTC Round1 – Pickling Yards – 7/1/2023 – RESULTS

26 riders attended the Pickling Yards for Round 1 of the 2023 championship. We all expected to get very wet, but in the end, we stayed mostly dry and had a great day’s sport. Thanks as always to Rey and Dave for setting out 10 sections that varied between grip-free clay and gravel with loads of traction.  


A Route:

Reynard Norris  10 marks lost

Mark Elms           18

Bailey Tibbs        22

Alex Taylor          36 (furthest clean)

Tony Moulder   36

Max Agar             51

B Route:

Richard Hawthorne         10

John Hawthorne               19 (1st Pre-65)

Adrian Steele                     21

Dave Barrett                       32

Charlie Barrett                   45 (1st Yth A)

Ian Mace                             52

Steve Barrett                     53

Roy Haines                          57

Andrea Timms                   70

Simon Farmer                    84

C Route:

Jonathan Evans                 8

Ron Walters                       19

Diccon Dadey                    20

Richard Geater                  21

Aaron    Geater                  29 (1st Yth A)

Full results can be found here

Thanks to all riders and supporters for taking part in out traditional Landowners ( Englefield Estates) Charity trial, to Anne, Jacqui and Christine for event admin, to the catering boys and everyone who contributed to the raffle prizes.

It was good to see so many people ( both new and old) entering into the friendly, sporting, multi-generational activity we enjoy.

Already looking forward to the CTC round 2 at Ellison’s Woodlands near Greenham on Saturday 25th March

Nomads Club Trial – Round 1 of 2023 Championship – Pickling Yards, Mortimer – Saturday 7th Jan 2023

The 1st round of the our 2023 season will be at the Pickling yards in Mortimer on this Saturday, 7th Jan The trial starts at 11am . Nearest postcode is RG7 3UG All the usual classes will be catered for. As the new ACU system is proving a little challenging, we will be using old style day entries for this event. If at all possible, please bring cash (or a cheque) to cover the £15 entry fee, The Nomads membership of £5 if required & £3 for an ACU 1 day licence also if required. We will be using normal self-mark punchcard system.


The Mike Slatter trial was held in surprisingly good weather at the Pickling Yards in Mortimer. It was a great and well supported trial with 45 entrants riding 4 laps of 10 sections. Huge thanks to the Haines family for organising the event, plus all the usual team supporting.   We should also pass on our thanks to the Englefield Estate for their ongoing support.

Andy Withers also kindly provided us with great photos and a report on the event which you can find below.  The detailed results can be found here – nb. In the interests of getting the results out, I have scanned the handwritten results sheets:

Aldermaston Nomads MCC – The Mike Slatter Trial
27th November 2022
Report: Andy Withers Photos: Awsportsphoto
Aldermaston Nomads’ held their first Open Trial for many years with the Mike Slatter Trial on the Englefield Estate near Mortimer in Berkshire. The trial was held in memory of Mike Slatter who in 1962 was one of the four founding members of the Aldermaston Nomads MCC. Mike, who’s passion was sidecar trials passed away six years ago. The trial included the final round of the Southern Centre George Allan Pre65 and the Twinshock Championship.
Forty five riders took on the four laps of ten sections with carefully crafted sections challenging all three routes with plenty of water and mud. Brice Haines and the team made good use of the natural features of the venue including a good long lap around the varied terrain.

Tom Hawthorne topped the A route losing just three marks and outscoring top Air Cooled Mono rider Luke Hora on his Fantic. Hora put in a particularly good performance in his first ride back from a broken wrist losing just four more than Hawthorne. There was a Hawthorne double with John topping the Pre65 C class to gain his second round win of the championship series on his Tiger Cub. Second placed Graham Barton was six marks down on Hawthorne on his James but topped the George Allan Trophy series overall. Tony Billingham maintained his lead in the Twinshocks with nearest challengers Mik Machinek and Geoff Muston finishing down the order. John Zottl on his immaculate TY Yamaha topped the class losing just a single mark for the equal best result on the route with Adrian Steele who was best modern on his TRS also scoring one. Talmag stalwarts Neil Osman and Kelvin Bint went head to head at the top of the Pre67 class on the B route, Osman on his Drayton BSA C15 outscoring Bint’s standard 350cc Triumph, veteran John Eckhart showed tremendous determination finishing third in class. On the C route Trev Newell put in an inspired ride losing just a single dab on his Royal Enfield, lost coming out of a ditch on section 8, he outscored Jim Gray to top the Pre65 class, Gray was the best rigid on his Ariel. A five for Gray from a misjudged climb over roots on section 4 causing the bulk of his scoring, Andy Withers was three back on nine, one more than best modern Ron Walters who finished on eight.
Riders hope that the Aldermaston Team will be able to repeat this excellent trial in 2023, thanks to the club organisational team and the full compliment of observers.

Modern A: Tom Hawthorne (Sherco) 3, Reynard Norris (Beta) 10, Darren Haines (Beta) 15, Fraser Strutt (GasGas) 21, Max Agar (GasGas) 23, Jason Clifford (Beta) 23, Ben Green (GasGas) 84
Air cooled Mono A: Luke Hora ( Fantic) 7,
Youth A: Luke Batton (TRS) 61
Modern B: Adrian Steele (TRS) 1, Stephen Barrett (TRS) 7, Chris Judd (GasGas) 9, Keith Knight (Montesa) 10, Richard Hawthorne 11, Pete Haines (Beta) 18, Geoff Shaw (TRS) 24, Paul Green (Beta) 74, Harley Gorst (Beta) 99
Air Cooled Mono B: Dave Henvest (Honda) 22
Twinshock B: John Zottl (Yamaha) 1, Alex Taylor (Fantic) 5, Roy Haines (Yamaha) 6, Mik Machinek (Honda) 7, Geoff Muston (Honda) 8, Dave Barrett (Yamaha) 10, Paul Meader (Fantic) 14
Pre67 B: Neil Osman (BSA) 10, Kelvin Bint (Triumph) 27, John Eckhart (Triumph) 112
Pre65 B : George Allan B: John Hawthorne (Triumph) 1, Graham Barton (James) 7, Nick James (DOT) 17, Jonathon Hawthorne (Triumph) 17,
Youth B: Charlie Barrett (Montesa) 29, Howard Mumford (Yamaha) 63,
Modern C: Ron Walters (Beta) 8, Michael Thomasius 56
Rigid/Pre65 C: Trev Newell (Royal Enfield) 1, Jim Gray (Ariel) 6, Andy Withers (BSA) 9, Glen Hutchins (James) 21,

Full set of photos : see Awsportsphoto on facebook
Southern Centre fixtures and results: see ACU Southern Centre on facebook
See Aldermaston Nomads on facebook or for club info.

Nomads Club Trial – 5th round of 2022 championship – Ellisons, Thatcham – Saturday 22nd Oct 2022 – RESULTS

Thanks, as ever, to Rey and Dave for marking out another good trial at Ellisons on Saturday for Rd 5 of the Nomads CTC championship.

Good to see good competition in all classes – except A route when the newest bike in the paddock suffered an electrical failure and a DNS!

Please try to support the Nomads OTC trial on Sunday 27th November ( ride or observe – there will be classes for old and new bikes). This will be at teh ever popular Pickling YArds in Mortimer.

Full results here:

Whilst it is an Open to Centre trial for Pre65 and twinshocks, all usual club classes will be catered for. Dependign on adult entries, we hope to be able to take Youth A & B on Routes B & C as CTC riders. Watch out for updates as the date approaches.

Contact Brice with any queries on 07733 017670

The Mike Slatter Trial incorporating the George Allan Pre’ 65 & Twinshock Championship Rd3

The Aldermaston Nomads are pleased to able to announce the Mike Slatter Trial – incorporating round 3 of the George Allan Pre’ 65 & Twinshock Championship . This will be a Trial aimed at Twinshock and Pre65 bikes with sections set to suit.

There will also be some modern bike entries accepted though we anticipate favouring the classic community.

The event will be at the ever-popular Pickling Yards at Mortimer (RG7 3UG) on Sunday 27th November 2022 . This venue has been used for many years and is well suited to classic trials. . We will be using observers at this event, so if you can help, please contact Brice ( ) or myself ( )


A Route :     Moderns ‘A’          Air Cooled Mono ‘A’       Twinshock ‘A’       Pre ’67 ‘A’.

B Route :     Pre ’65 George Allan ‘B’        Twinshock’B’           Pre ’67 ‘B’         Air Cooled Mono ‘B’        Moderns ‘B’

C Route :    Rigid,Pre ’65 ‘C’       Twinshock ‘C’      Pre’67 ‘C’      Air Cooled Monos ‘C’         Moderns ‘C’.

Entries will be through the ACU website and are open now. We will be taking day entries if not full. Access to the venue is from 9:30 with the start at 10:30.