Our Next Trial: 28th November

venue to be announced


Free ride if you can supply an observer. Contact Roger 07970293452


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Our Clubs Donation to Loders Youth Club from funds raised from our first event held at Hillside fields Loders. We are very pleased with the new venue and hope to run a trial there at least annually.
From left to right Roger Johns (vice chairman). Richard Deardon (treasurer).

Paul Brown ( Committee member).

Rachel Tossa. Terry Robins ( Loders youth club).

Tony Hewitt (committee member).

Colin Bennett

Winner of the Clubman Route

North Poorton Trial

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PISTON SLAP                                           AUG 2021



This event was ruined by continuous heavy rain making the steep climbs, a speciality of the Hilfield course,  very difficult to impossible. There were unfortunately a lot of retirements. Riders who forced on to the end clocked up very high scores. Ben Lovelace was the only expert riding the A course.  With a total of 103 marks lost. Clubman Experts did somewhat better with Ian Cobb taking the win with 74 lost, from Paul Doney and Roger Johns, Both on 80, Paul getting the nod with one more clean. Special mention to Jasmine Hammond who ended her day on 137. Ben Harmon was best Clubman, his 95, eight marks better than Jamie Knight on 103,  two better than Shaun Montacute in third spot. Only three over 50s made it to the end, Marcus Hancock topping the list by a sizable margin. None of the Sportsman completed the course, but three novices made it to the end, Robert Bamford’s 71 was again well ahead of second placed Duncan Trickett. Two of the three Twin Shockers made it to the end, Tony King heading Paul Brown by just four marks.  Matthew Caulkett fought his Pre 65 machine to the end with a score of 111.

Many thanks to the marking out gang, unfortunately they could’nt control the weather.  Many thanks to all the observers who stayed put despite the monsoon conditions. Thanks again to Theresa for the results and finally thanks to landowner Mark Fisher for the use of the land.


This is our regular Southern Centre Championship Trial. Venue is our usual North Poorton Farm DT6 3TH. Entries, already open, should be made via the ACU online system. The event will run under an Open permit so members from any ACU Club are eligible.

The plan is to have two laps of twenty sections with three routes per section. The course is approximately four miles round, all on private land. Obviously we shall need at least twenty observers. Offers to observe should be made to Roger Johns on 07970 293452.

Start time is 10.30 am. A food van will be on site.

Anyone without satellite facilities should follow markers off A356 Maiden Newton - Crewkerne road aprox 4 miles from Maiden Newton signpost Kingcombe Powerstock Poorton.

Let’s hope the weather behaves this time.


The Hilfield venue was already being used when I began trials riding in the 1950s Just the wood and the chalk pit area were used then as part of a road based OTC trial starting from what was then the Claypigeon Cafe and run by the Weymouth Club. Access was through a gap in the top of the wood, and having completed the sections you had to get back up to the top of the wood to get out, which sometimes caused problems. All the Southern Centre stars have tackled the steep climbs over the years, including one S H Miller. In time, as with all our venues the course was extended so the whole trial could be run at the venue. Best performance I can remember was Nicky England with one mark lost. Obviously it was in drier conditions than our last trial. The land has changed hands a number of times but luckily we have retained the use of it. I hope this last difficult trial won’t put riders off in future.