Adrian Steele

John Cowley

Martin Greeves

Dale Freeman

Gary Wigston

Jon Quigg

2015 James Cup Trial

Report Ken O'Brien

Pictures by Gary Dowzall, other pictures can be found at

John Cowley rolled back the years to take the Expert class and premiere award 'The James Cup' this Trial was a round of the South Midland 'Total Class' Championship.
Steeple Hill Corner at Folly Farm was the venue where 3 laps of twelve testing sections were ridden we had steep climbs cambered roots muddy slots and sweeping sandy banks.

John was good at section 4 Axford's an uphill stream section that dug-out after fifty or so riders had completed, a prod on the first attempt then a two with a battling hard fought three to finish.

Master Chef contestant Dan Cameron was on for gold in the Expert class until a jammed chain put paid to his campaign with yours truly and Volvo engineering guru Dickie ( 'the spanner' ) Harbud taking half an hour to untangle the problem but by this time it was all over and no more mud pie for Dan.
Paul Hadingham over from the Nene Valley club steered the 300 Gas Gas around competently and took best Intermediate riding the 50/50 route.

Adrian Steele Beta 250 had to work hard today just edging out Ed Freeman  winning the clubman class on the white standard route.
Both riders not surprisingly lost marks at section seven an eighty yard muddy slot with roots and a soft turn.
As ever Mud maestro Alan Taylor put in another quality ride on the Tiger Cub to take third overall on the middle route and best British bike.
Rowan hill was best novice on thirty Eight whilst Oscar Jones looked good in the youth B and was rewarded with best in class.

On the Blue easy course it was Tim Davis again proving four stroke power is best with a one mark victory over Ixion veteran Rob Lewis with Brian Taylor in third spot although the Undertaker did bury his back wheel up to the axles at section six on more than one occasion, this one of the harder subs of the day, 'Jakes' firstly a deep slot left hand turn then a jump across a stream before blasting to dryish land with a turn down over some rocks lurking in the depths.
Many thanks to all the observers it was a joy to man every section.


 Red Route ( James Cup ) John Cowley  Sherco  18
 Expert  Dan Greeves  Beta  33 mc
   Tony Cowley  Sherco  33
 Youth B  Brett Harbud  Beta 125  81
Inter 50/50 Paul Hadingham Gasser 35
   Martin Greeves  Beta  39
 White Route      


 Adrian Steele  Beta  19
   Ed Freeman  Gasser  21
 Pre 65  Alan Taylor  TigerCub  25
   Pete Hampton  Bantam  56
   Nick James  Dot  87
Novice  Rowan Hill  Mont  38
   Stuart Belcher  Gasser  40
 Youth B  Dale Freeman  Beta 80  39
 Blue Route  Tim Davis  Mot  17
   Rob Lewis  Ossa  18
   Brian Taylor  Mont  22


Full results can be found here .