Whilst some local riders were enjoying a great weekend’s sport at the Nostalgia Scramble on the Westmorland County Showground near Kendal last weekend in perfect weather conditions, another group of Furness riders on more modern machinery were trying to cope with thick mud further south when the Acerbis Moto X series finally got underway on the Farleigh Castle track near Bath.

Main organiser Darren Hudson along with daughter Chloe from Askam and his team ran their usual slick meeting despite all the Covid-19 restrictions and heavy downpours which turned the track into a quagmire, making conditions difficult for riders and unpleasant for the marshals on duty.

Darren and Chloe said prior to the event that remaining meetings in the 2020 series would be open meetings rather than championship scoring events.

This followed restrictions being in place such as a limited number of riders, no camping, no two-day events, no entertainment, food vans or spectators

Several riders did come to grief in the deep ruts that had developed but thankfully no injuries were reported and the medical team for once had an easy time of things.

Veteran Paul Coward, from Kirkby, put all his vast experience to good use and coped well with the tricky conditions with a string of third places on the Saturday and fourth & fifth placings on Sunday in the Vet class (or should we say Wet class?!) on his Kawasaki.

Dalton’s Greg Fisher, last year’s Bridgestone British Masters Champion, wasn’t quite so fortunate in the MX2 events.

After a reasonable showing on Saturday he found better form on Sunday only to crash in the mud - fortunately without injury - when holding second place and closing on the leading rider.

Disaster struck again in his next race when, again, he was slowly closing the gap on the leading group until his tyre blew off the rim!

Former Speedway star Rob Shuttleworth from Askam put up a good showing too on his return to Moto X with a second place, three fourths and a fifth placing. Gavin Southward, also from Askam, who is currently leading the Over 30 C Class on our local Haverigg track, also fell victim to the muddy conditions after recording three good results in his earlier races.

Hopefully the conditions will be a lot better for the next round at Culham in Oxfordshire in a couple of weeks’ time.

* Many of you may recall BSB star Christian Iddon from Stockport who was Guest of Honour at one of the last Furness & South Cumbria Motorcycle Sports Awards presentations.

He's always been a front runner in the hard-fought British Superbike series, often giving the leading riders a hard time.

He's suffered many injuries too but always bounced back even stronger. His dedication and a switch to Ducati finally paid off at last weekend's round at Snetterton. After10 years in the series he gained his first win on Saturday. He actually led on Sunday too until relegated to third by team-mate Josh Brookes.

We now both have something in common; I gained my first win there over 50 years ago on Eddie Crooks' 500cc Suzuki the same day Frank Whiteway won the 50cc British Championship on a Suzuki too. Great times.

* Askam classic racer Geoff Hadwin and Barrow's Danny Shaw were racing on the Darley Moor circuit in Derbyshire last weekend.

Geoff came across the Yamaha he started his career on purely by chance at an auction in Yorkshire.

He's completely restored it and gave it its maiden outing at Darley. Despite never having ridden it for over 30 years he gained two second places and a third!

On a 1978 500cc Honda four provided by Askam businessman Harry Barker, Danny was quite happy with a couple of midfield placings and is planning a more serious foray into the classic racing scene next year.

* This weekend sees the final round of the Cumbria Mx Club`s Championships on the Route 44 track at Haverigg.

Askam's Gavin Southward will be hoping to clinch the Over 30 C class Championship, however one error could see brother Ben take it, as he's currently in runner-up spot.

Racing takes place on both Saturday and Sunday. The club are also holding a practice day on Bank Holiday Monday Aug 31st. Contact Leanne on 07522964565 or Sam on 07907431202 for both events.

* Fancy an end of summer ride out next month?

The organiser of the Preston Patrick Bike Night gatherings near Crooklands, which prompted Dalton enthusiast Neil Mc Dougall to set up the Bardsea and Pennington Bike nights, is holding a one off evening on Monday, September 28, from 5pm onwards.

Social distancing etc will obviously apply.