Newnham Park, Plymouth, Saturday 11th May - Sunday 12th May 2013.
This report is a week late because I have had my A level exams and as I keep saying to people - I have to find the balance to fit everything in! So finally, here is my report from the Juice Lubes Jam and the South West Champs.
On Saturday 11th May, me and Finley made our way to Newnham Park. Being left to our own devices, we went on a practise lap around the course. Fin showed me how the bear pit was meant to be ridden and I sheepishly attempted the top bit before opting for the B line. I think I'll wait until it's bone dry before doing the Rooty bank down, as I have done it before, but in dry conditions.
Fin and I entered the mixed pairs category for the 3 hour enduro. With little persuasion, Fin did the first lap meaning that he ended up doing four laps and I did three. I was so proud of him when he came around in second place overall after his first lap! And together we won our category, beating 5 other pairs. I was so impressed by Patsy and Evie from our Mavericks team who came second - these are two 13 year old girls beating adult men! Just go to shows how speedy they are.
Later that day we had the hotlaps as part of the Juice Lubes South West Champs. This was really fun as you could try as many times as you wanted. So I was going around and around in circles trying to knock off just a couple of seconds! Dexter Hurlock led this by a flying 58 seconds, I cannot get my head around how quick that is! And to follow this, Kris Caines, from our squad got 59 seconds. Well done! I won the women's hot laps with 1 minute 21 seconds. All the other girls and women following closely behind me.
On Sunday, we had the Juice Lubes South West Champs race. Feeling pretty worn out from Saturdays enduro and hotlaps, plus, last Thursdays circuit session with Maddie and Jay. I was shocked to still make it off the start line first woman. Although I was the only Junior woman, I was determined to get Senior South West Champion, which after a competitive race I did get. Kim Long also got the Veteran South West Crown and Dexter Hurlock got the Male Senior South West crown. Congratulations guys!
Like all the races at Newnam, it included lots of rooty and muddy slides, with some STEEP but short climbs and most enjoyable of all the single tracks and the well known bear pit! It was definitely a course not to be missed.
As usual, thank you so much to Maddie and Jay from Fully Sussed who made this weekend happen. Also, to everyone else who came along to help and support.