Trials riding is fast becoming a family sport, at least it is here in Cumbria.

Millom’s Craig Seward with brother Kevin and Kevin’s son Jayden all featured in the results of the Bootle Scrambles Club`s latest Multiclass trial on the Fell Green Courses near Bootle last Sunday.

Surprisingly, fewer than usual riders supported the event, but those who did reported having a good days sport.

Stalwart Tommy Hopkins had laid out four routes for competitors; The Hard, The Green, the Clubmans, and a Beginners.

Overnight rain had made some sections quite slippery, but on the whole competitors coped with conditions quite well.

Friends away from the sections but rivals on them, Craig Seward (Scorpa) and Mark Batty (Scorpa) from Kendal vied for honours on the Hard course, Batty taking the win by just four marks.

Elsewhere on the Green route, Kevin Seward proved the master on his Scorpa, with a loss of just six marks leaving his nearest rival 17 marks in arrears.

Meanwhile, on the Beginners course, Kevin`s 13-year-old son Jayden was making his trials riding debut on an 80cc Gas Gas. He certainly didn’t disgrace the family name by winning his class too, with a 20-mark margin

The club’s next event will be held on the Fell Green courses on Sunday December 29, followed by the annual award presentations at the nearby Brown Cow Inn at Waberthwaite.


Hard Course

1. Mark Batty (Scorpa, Kendal, 16 marks lost), 2. Craig Seward (Scorpa, Millom, 20), 3. Owen Gilchrist (Gas Gas, Millom, 29).

Green Course

1. Kevin Seward (Scorpa, Millom, 6), 2. James Scowcroft (TRS, Barrow, 23), 3. Sam Metcalfe (Beta, Carnforth,28).

Clubmans Course

1. Anthony Brockbank (Sherco, Kendal, 3), 2. George Armstrong (Gas Gas, Silecroft, 8), 3. Michael Batty (Scorpa, Kendal, 11).

Beginners Course

1. Jayden Seward (Gas Gas, Millom, 67), 2. Charlie Tatham (Beta, Kendal, 87).

The club as always would like to thank all the observers, landowners, and officials etc who gave up their time to make the event possible.

*Travis, son of Barrow Motorcycle racer Danny Shaw, who I featured on this page a couple of weeks ago, has been out gaining more experience on the twisting Three Sisters Circuit near Wigan.

Pitting his 50cc Blata Minimoto under the watchful eye of dad against larger 90cc Supermoto machines and adult riders, the Barrow youngster seemed completely undeterred by the larger and faster opposition.

He consistently lapped the wet one-mile circuit, getting quicker every session.

This hopefully will put him in good stead for his next weekend of racing on the indoor M4 Karting centre near Swindon and the outdoor Tattersall track near Newark.

A further two-week training session is planned on dad's old stamping ground the Cartegena circuit in Spain, which should certainly put him in good shape for the 2020 season.

* The planned showing of the motorcycle film ‘Cumbria by Motorbike’ at the Coronation Hall on the afternoon of December 8 has been cancelled.

Evidently, ticket sales did not reach the expected level. Kevin Lear, who lives in Appleby and produced the film, organises motorcycle tours of the Lake District, as well as more exotic locations.

I have been in touch with him and if he does rearrange the showing at another venue, you’ll read about it here.

* Apologies for my ‘senior moment’ on last week’s page, missing text gave the impression Paul Taylor was chairman of the Furness Vintage Japanese club.

Paul of course is chairman of the Furness British Motorcycle Club. He’s reluctantly had to relinquish his post due to complications following an operation. Gary Chelton is taking up the role with Jan Smith as club secretary.

* It's Motorcycle club Christmas party time again. The Furness branch of the Motorcycle Action Group are holding their annual Christmas party and social evening at The Kill One Club on Duke Street in Barrow starting at 7:30pm on Saturday, December 7.

There`s the usual charity raffle,a rock disco and live entertainment from 'Badger.' Always a great night this one. Tickets can be bought on the door for a mere £5.

* Spare a thought for multiple TT winner Michael Dunlop (picture: Suzuki GB), who was recently fined £65, with three penalty points, for doing 47mph in a 30mph zone near Portrush in the early hours whilst returning from a charity gig.

Ironic, really, as that stretch of road makes up part of the NW200 circuit on which he's usually travelling along at 190mph plus!