2 – Evenings Review
11th April saw the introduction of Sportsnight 2, after the success
of the first Sportsnight a few weeks earlier, 21 riders arrived
at Leg-Iron for a brisk 6.30pm start.
arrival and paying the £2.00 entry fee, which
by the way contributes to the eventual prize money for this year
with 50 up for grabs for first place, 25 for second and 15 for
third place, it was time for the weigh-in!
The theme of the night was relay racing in pairs around various
points around the surrounding area, the pairs were to be drawn from
two separate pots, one called Fatties and one called Skinnies, the
weigh in was to decide which pot each rider was to be placed in.
The weigh in was conducted, notable weights included Daf who stripped
down to his pants and still weighed in over 15 stone, Berni with
his guns took him over the 13 stone mark, Russ AKA Bag of Leaves
broke the 17st barrier and Crock managed just to shade the 9st weight
fully clothed on his bike!
interesting pairs took shape in the form of Pealy & Taff,
Russ & Julian, Dode & Shag, Spindles and Ade (how did Ade
make the fatties pot?), Daff and Fitman, Simon & Budgie, Obe & Crock,
Berni & Feather, Tom & Griff, Scripsy & Dai and Reg on
first race started at the bottom of Tuners lane just under the
tunnel, the 2nd leg riders made their way up the hill with Vice
Beaker & Russ
and the 1st stage riders stayed with Captain. After a short delay,
bang it was off, Ade pitted himself against Griff, Scrippsy
and Dode, unfortunately that was the last I seen of the riders
as I brought up the rear making sure no rider was left behind.
At exactly the half way point 0.8 miles to be precise the first
team member handed the baton to their partner to finish the leg,
by all accounts it was a close call but I do believe Ade and
Spindles finished first!
second race of the night started at the top cattle grid (top
of Turners), right through the next cattle grid and then onto
the main gate (just after Rob Edwards turnoff) the baton would
then be handed to 2nd leg rider who had an upwards sprint to the
last gate before the tips. Again I was marshalling the riders at
the back and didn’t get to see any of the action, however I’m
reliable informed that Ex-Captain Pealy rode like a mad man, cutting
every other ride up and was the first rider to hand the baton over,
alas the 2nd stage eventually went to Ade and Spindles!
extra entrant arrived late at this point Ex Ex Ex Captain Knotwit,
Reg was happy as he was paired with Steve, by all accounts Steve
was too embarrassed to join the weigh in as he felt fully clothed
he would have definitively topped the 20 stone mark – oohhh
big boy Steve!
the 3rd stag, this was a dash along the tips to hand over to
the 2nd rider who could either attempt the drop over the tips
or opt for the chicken run, mixed bag this one for everyone as
quite a few riders opted for the chicken run, just for the record
Captain Johns went straight over the top – best conditions
for the tip down in ages... Getting a bit boring now as Spindles/Ade
were the quickest again on this stage!
4th Stage here we come, this was a quick spring from the tips to
the trig point handing over the baton at the half way stage, good
burst of speed was shown by the majority of riders, however Spindles/Ade
stole the show again!
stage was the bonus round, earlier on after the initial weigh
in a can of Strongbow was handed to each rider, this stage would
see them run around the mast then bolt the can and pass baton
onto the 2nd rider who would replicate the proceedings. Funny that
this round was won by Pealy & Taff showing you don’t
have to be as fit as a Fitman to compete at the top table of mountain
rules for the 6th stage were them explained to the entrants,
this was going to be a mad dash from the top of the mast to the
TA, but teams had to arrive over the finishing line in their
pairs and not their own ... Unfortunately Pealy and Taff couldn’t
replicate their winning ways and finished the last leg in last
but one place, again the dream team pairing of Spindles/Ade came
home first again.
everyone home safely, it was time to replenish the lost salt
and minerals with a few hard earned amber nectors, results included
in first place Spindles and Ade, second place Tom and Griff,
third place Russ and Julian and bringing up the rear as he normally
does was Scripsy and Dai Eye. A celebratory drink for 1st, 2nd,
3rd and last place were consumed along with Julian’s 18th Birthday
drink which part of was boffed onto the floor – strange as
there were no carrots in the food on offer yet they appeared on the
On a final note - Big thanks goes to Ashley and Jennifer who over
the past year or so have provided food for us on a Wednesday night
and have supported the Moos whereas possible, best of luck for the
to the next Sportsnight...
Ring Ding Ding Johnsy