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Fantastic finish for Harvey in gruelling Scott Trial

20 October 2021  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

Congratulations to Harvey Slack, in Year 13, who completed the Scott Trial at the weekend. The Scott is regarded as the UK’s most challenging non-stop, off-road, observation motorbike trial. It is set over 80 miles across Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, taking in rugged moorland and harsh terrain, with 76 observed sections along the way. Over 180 riders set out but only 92 finished within the time limit. This was Harvey’s first attempt at the trial and he came in 76th, which was an amazing achievement.

The trial is in its 106th year and riders are challenged against the clock and for how many penalties they rank up for putting a boot down or stopping in the sections, which can range from rocky climbs or traversing becks and even waterfalls!. Such is the distance of the event that competitors have to stop to refuel several times. It is renowned for testing riders to their absolute limits and there are very good reasons why the sections have names such as ‘Surrender’ ‘Grand Canyon’ and ‘Cold Knuckles’!

The course is exhausting and extremely demanding and the weather can add to this. Thankfully, the weather in 2021 was kind to the riders and remained fair most of the day.

Each year, Richmond Motor Club, the organisers of the Scott Trial, raise thousands of pounds for local charities and good causes and host a presentation evening where the money is donated. Previous beneficiaries have included: local  schools, Swaledale Mountain Rescue, Scouts, Young Farmers, local village halls, to name but a few.


Featured landscape photograph courtesy of Allan Brenkley, with thanks.

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