Neville Bradshaw Smashes the Wild and Woolly, for the third time.

 Winner Neville Bradshaw crossing the finsh line

Neville Bradshaw won for the third time the Northampton clubs wet and very muddy “Wild and Woolly charity scramble” at Blisworth in Northamptonshire on a very mild Boxing day.

But that’s not to say Bradshaw had it all his own way as the very fast Jack Lee pushed him to the limit and even snatched the lead on one occasion as Bradshaw stumbled in one of the many ditch crossings.

The riders set off at 11.00 for their hour long, plus a lap race, and it was Lee that set the early pace from Ryan Griffiths who was passed by Bradshaw at the last-ditch crossing. As the riders came around on the second lap Bradshaw was in the lead from Lee and Griffiths but a lap later Bradshaw made a silly mistake while riding the last ditch, instead of jumping it, and Lee retook the lead. While the rest of the field struggled in the muddy ditch crossings while making up the track and give its spectator appeal for of five riders were jumping them most laps and making up lots of time.

 Jack Lee

Bradshaw, who set the fastest lap, crossed the finish line when the hour was up twenty seconds clear of Lee with Tubutt third. Only the top three riders completed twenty-one laps with ten-time winner Ryan Griffiths fourth, a lap down on the leaders.

“This was the hardest of the three times I have ridden the event,” said a happy but exhausted winner Bradshaw, “I was pushing all the way. The waterholes had nothing you could jump on, so you had to ride them and almost submerge your bike every time, and the ones you can jump are so hard I was using all my energy. Jack was hauling it and had great speed and constant lap times all the way through the race and was keeping me honest. At one time I was thinking about jacking it in as my arms pumped up. But I came in and changed my goggles and felt better after that so kept going for my third win, which is quite cool.”

 Ryan Griffiths

Lee was happy with his second place and said, “I only ride half as many times as Nev, but I am happy with my second place but fair play to Nev he rode and a good race and it is great for me to have a bit of competition. We had some great battles out there, and that’s what racing and this event are all about.”

Thirty-one of the fifty starters finished, but anyone that gave it a go was a winner.

A massive crowd turned out to see the fun in the mad and dug deep into the pockets for change to put into the charity collection buckets.

 

Results

1 Neville Bradshaw 21 laps

2 Jack Lee

3 Joe Tobutt

4 Ryan Griffiths 20 laps

5 Ashley Rilings

6 John Barnes

7 Jonathan Lee

8 Ethan Etheridge

9 Charley Lee 19 laps

10 Lawrence Wiltshire 18 laps

11 Joe Gubbins

12 Peter Chinn 17 laps

13 Garry West

14 Tom Kruger

15 Marc Bates

16 Jordon Ryan

17 Giles Hamilton

18 Ashley Miller

19 Edward Elkin 16 laps

20 James Higgins

21 Oliver Bones

22 Daniel Broughton 15 laps

23 James Thompson

24 Roger Titman

25 Ashley Battan

26 Hayley Rilings 14 laps

27 Corey Blackwell 13 laps

28 Ben Jones

29 Adam Jones

30 Ryan Blackwell 10 laps

31 Christopher Bailet