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Darren NicolaouSeveral obstacles were overcome by the Organisers and Riders at the Annual Foxborough Endurothon at Sible Hedingham. On Saturday morning the work party to set up the course was greeted with running muddy water coming down the access road. They were not deterred they set up the course then rain came making the parking and paddock very difficult to negotiate which could mean the event is cancelled but the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club’s Motto is “We don’t do Cancel”. A phone call to Steve Finch of G & B Aggregates saw over a period of three hours three Lorries arrived with earth plus a Roller to make an earth road which held up on Sunday’s race day. Thirty minutes before the start of the five hour marathon the rain came making the course even muddier and wetter but three hours later the rain stopped and at times the sun shone. The damage was done the riders found the going very difficult and challenging, of the 36 teams started only 21 finished while in the Ironman Class only 8 finished out of 34.

Dean CurryThe action in the Championship Class was between Craig Roper/Jack Berry (Sudbury) and Jason Morland (Halstead)/Ben Clark (MX Nationals) with the lead swapping constantly and towards the end of the event which was reduced to four hours Morland/Clark got the upper hand to take the chequered flag first completing 30 laps with Roper/Berry 2nd on 28 laps. Braintree’s Richard Penfold/James Yearley took 3rd place on 22 laps and Woodbridge pair of Toby Morley/Craig Page Baker was 4th on 19 laps. Team Dave Roper team mates Ryan McDonnell/Jack Nicolaou (Sudbury) won the Expert Class completing 26 laps pushing fellow Sudbury members George Eustace/Chris Hart into 2nd place on 24 laps. Joe Marsh/Mark Mitchell (Halstead) secured 3rd place on 21 laps while father & son Martin & Nathan Greenaway (Sudbury) finished 4th.

It was a win for Sudbury’s Tommy Clarke/Myles Saunders in the Clubman Class completing 25 laps with Michael Wyatt/Tom Morris (Woodbridge) 2nd 22 laps pushing into 3rd place Liam Philips/Adam Jordon (Army) by one minute 27 seconds also on 22 laps. 4th place James Hockey (Sudbury)/Steve Finch (Braintree) 21 laps with Kevin Webb/Ian Head (Sudbury) 5th 21 laps.

Nathan GreenawayIn the solo Class known as Ironman the machine of Harry Clark (Sudbury) would not start and it took several minutes to get it going by that time the whole field had disappeared into the distance and as it was his first Endurothon he was determined to ride to the finished. Slowly he made his way through the field completing 20 laps which was one short of the winner Maciej Berdysz (Sidcup). Sudbury riders filled the next four places with Darren Nicolaou 3rd, Rob Clark 4th, and Gary Vines 5th and Eldon Jackson 6th.



Round one of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship in the Thetford Forest organised by the Diss Motor Cycle Club was not without drama and surprises. Chris Hockey during his first Special Test in the Championship Class machine stalled which cost him precious seconds and resulted in him finishing 16th outside the points. This is only a minor set back as there are five more rounds to go in his attempt for a record breaking 10th Title. The Class was easier won by British Enduro contender Joe Wootton with ACU Eastern 2016 Moto Cross Champion Luke Parker second. The battle for 3rd and 4th places was between 2016 Eastern Enduro Champion Jason Morland (Halstead) and Jamie Roper (Sudbury) which Roper won by two seconds. Other local riders in the points were Brendon Mayers (Halstead) 8th, Rick Roper 11th, Craig Roper 14th (both Sudbury) and James Yearley 15th (Braintree). Sudbury riders took seven of the fifteen scoring places In the Expert Class with Myles Saunders 2nd, Alex Walton 4th, Ben Ramus 6th, Glenn Walsh 7th, Jack Nicolaou 8th, Ryan McDonnell 12th and Jack Berry 13th while Bury St Edmunds Tom Sargent finished 10th. Meanwhile in the Expert Veteran Class Gavin Hockey secured 3rd place and Phil Roper 13th place.

In the Clubman Class Sudbury’s Lee Monger finished 2nd, James Barker 3rd, Daniel Piper 8th, Matt Smith 10th and George Eustace back from injury 14th while Joe Marsh was the lone point scorer for Halstead being 11th. The big surprise was in the Clubman Veteran Class with a win for Kevin Webb (Sudbury) who had not ridden for three years pushing Andrew Peck (Sudbury) into 2nd place. Six more Sudbury riders in the points with Dean Curry 5th, Jeff Turner 6th, Terry Allen 8th, Jeff Sharp 9th, Kevin Sykes 12th and Ian Head 14th. In the Clubman Super Veteran Class there were even more Sudbury members in the first 15 points scoring places with a total of 9 riders. Andy Mason the current Class Champion was unstoppable with a win of 8 seconds over Paul Davis while Graham Mays 4th, Mark Waller 7th, Gary Drage 8th, Les Rampton 9th, Nigel Ross 10th, Alister McFarquhar 13th and Trevor Scott 15th. Braintree’s Steve Finch finished 3rd.

This coming Sunday 5th March is the Sudbury Club’s Annual 5 hour Endurothon start time 9am at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham Essex.



Jason MorlandBattle commence this coming Sunday 26th February between Jason Morland (Halstead) and Jamie Roper (Sudbury) in the first round of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship in Thetford Forest Santon organised by the Diss Motor Cycle Club. Morland will have the coveted number one plate this year as he won the Championship Class Title last year. Brendan Mayers will be backing up his fellow Club member however Chris Hockey (Sudbury) cannot be discounted as he is hungry for his tenth Title. Other local riders in contention are the Sudbury trio of Steve Mason, Craig & Rick Roper but unfortunately for Alex Rampton winner of the Expert and Clubman Titles over the last two years it will be a non-start as he has broken a collar bone while at Boot Camp, however Harry Clark (Sudbury) will be riding in his first Solo Championship and hopes his Moto Cross skills will hold him in good stead. In the Expert Class if Ryan McDonnell (Sudbury) can apply himself he has a good chance of winning this Class but will opposition from Nick Barrett and Jack Nicolaou (both Sudbury) plus Ben Grice (Lowestoft.

Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) looks favourite for the Clubman Class Title this year and will receive strong competition from Daniel Piper, Lee Monger and Ben Roper (all Sudbury) while Joe Marsh (Halstead) and George Warren (Castle Colchester) intend to be up amongst the leaders.

The following week Sunday 5th March the Sudbury Club will be running their Annual Endurothon for pairs and solos. The venue will be at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham starts 9am and run for five hours non-stop.





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Extreme EnduroConditions were perfect for the third Extreme Enduro at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club, the rain the previous day didn’t have any affect and the sun shone all day. One disappointment the 2016 British Extreme Enduro Champion, Tom Elwood couldn’t make the event however the 2016 British runner up and last year’s winner Charlie Frost did and made his debut on the Active Bike Sport/Malcolm Rathmell Sport Sherco.

All four Classes, Pro, Expert, Clubman and Trials lined up on the hill beside the Sudbury Club’s banner and at 11am the Pro riders ran down the hill to their bikes followed at intervals by the Experts, Clubman and Trials riders. The course had been extended this year with extra obstacles including a see saw. First Pro rider round was Ben Wibberley with quite a lead and Charlie Frost was nowhere in sight, he had got stuck in one of the bogs and by the time he freed himself the Clubmen had caught up with him. Wibberley was having it all his own way while leading the field however Frost getting used to his new bike was gradually picking off his competitors Jamie Roper, Stevie Roper, Craig Roper and Jason Morland riding in his first Extreme event then he got severe arm pump which affect his control of his machine. Frost ploughed on and still manage to gain on Wibberley and around 75 minutes of the two hour event he manage to pass Wibberley and from then he extended his lead to win the Class completing 15 laps. Next came a trio of Ropers, 2nd Jamie on 14 laps, 3rd Stevie 13 laps 2 minutes and 38 seconds ahead of 4th Craig also on 13 laps. Jason Morland was in 3rd place but with one or two fall offs towards the end was relegated to 5th followed by Brendan Mayers. There was bad luck for Wibberley with three laps to go his chain came off and got well and truly stuck in his wheel and try as he might could not free it so had to retire.

There was a battle throughout the day in the Expert Class with Mark Kirby securing first place on 11 laps while the next two finishers rode 10 laps with Toby Morley who has grandparents in Halstead, took 2nd place by 1 minute and 32 seconds from Chris Cook. Fourth, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th were Kevin Silvain, Jake Purcell, Daniel Piper, Gene Womack and Jason Green.

Fred Adams won the Clubman Class quite easily completing 14 laps with Dawson Marriott 2nd 11 laps, 3rd Keith Maude, 4th Daniel Hunt both 9 laps followed by Lee Boulden and George Eustace both 8 laps.

In the Trial Class the first two riders both completed 10 laps and first place went to Ben Grice being 3 minutes and 29 seconds ahead of last year’s winner of this Class Paul Nash.




Course preparations are taking place during the month of December for the third Extreme Enduro at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham being organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club. This time the event is on Monday 2nd January a public holiday start time 11am and runs for two hours. This will be open to spectators and more details will follow later. 2016 winner Charlie Frost from Bath is looking forward to this event.

The Sudbury Club’s fixtures for 2017/2018 are : Sunday 5th March Endurothon Sible Hedingham, Sunday 9th April first round Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Enduro Championship Bocking, Sunday 14th May round of the G H Motorcycles/ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship Sible Hedingham, Sunday 18th June another round of the G H Motorcycles/ACU Eastern Solo Enduro Championship, Sunday 24th September final round Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Enduro Championship Great Cornard and Sunday 7th January 2018 Extreme Enduro Sible Hedingham.



Jack NicolaouSeveral members of the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club were amongst 200 plus riders who competed in the 9th and final round of the British Enduro Championship at Thetford Forest organised by the Diss Motor Cycle Club. Overnight rain made the going tough with several retirements however there were successes for Sudbury riders. All eyes were on Jack Nicolaou to see if he could improve on his 5th place in the Clubman E2 Sub Class. He managed 17th overall in the Clubman Class with fellow Sudbury member Alex Walton 14th and Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) 15th while other Sudbury riders Ben Ramus, Nathan Greenaway and Lee Monger were 33rd, 38th and 50th. In the Clubman E2 Sub Class Walton was 4th, Sargent 5th and Nicolaou 6th and with this sixth place Nicolaou is the fourth best rider in Great Britain in his Sub Class. Daniel Piper finished 27th overall in the Expert Class but was 7th in the E1/2 Sub Class scoring 9 points.

In the Expert Over 40 Class Mark Green finished 15th, Richard Walters 17th, Gavin Hockey 23rd and Phil Roper 24th. Nigel Ross riding in a British Championship for the first time in the Expert Over 50 Class had a creditable 11th place.

The next Sudbury Club event is the Extreme Enduro at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham on Monday 2nd January 2017 which is a public holiday. Meanwhile Sudbury’s President Roger Chaplin has been re-elected as one of the Vice Presidents of ACU Eastern the governing body for Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. He has held this position for over 40 years.



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Several riders from East Anglia made the annual trip to the Weston Beach Race held over three days at Weston Super Mare. Sudbury Motor Cycle Club can claim a winner for the first time at the Weston however it was in the fun run on the Friday with the route on part of the course and over the Dunes and the worthy victor was Steve Mason followed by Rob Blackman (Castle Colchester). In the Adult Race on the Sunday Stevie Roper having taken over his brothers Jamie Roper’s ride was best Sudbury member finishing 64th and completing 16 laps only five laps behind the first two riders. Other Sudbury finishers were Ryan McDonnell 88th (15 laps), James Barker 111th (15 laps), Graham Mays 189th (13 laps), Ed Kerridge 340th (9 laps) and Pete McDonnell 406th (7 laps). Both Craig Roper and Carl Lawrence could only manage one lap each before retiring. Halstead riders Brendon Mayers finished 33rd (17 laps) with Jordan Cutting 87th (15 laps), Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) 107th (15 laps). Rob Blackman (Castle Colchester) finished further up the order with a 76th place and 16 laps while behind him were Ben Alexander (Woodbridge) 77th (16 laps) and Ross Taylor (Diss) 173rd (13 laps).



Harry ClarkThe seventh and final round of the ACU Eastern Moto Cross Championship took place the other Sunday at Wattisfield Hall Suffolk organised by the Diss Motor Cycle Club. Sudbury Motor Cycle Club had three members scoring points on the day in the Junior Championship. However all three rode in the Premier Class with the Experts as they were some of the fastest riders in timed practice and all eyes were on 18 year old Harry Clark to see if he score enough points to finish in the top three Juniors over the series. He had three very good rides and finished 11th in race 1, 10th in race 2 and 13th in race 3 and was second best Junior rider. In his three rides Ryan McDonnell finished 17th, 33rd and 15th with 10th overall while Rick Roper finished 15th, 29th and 26th with 14th overall. Clark managed to secure third place in the series of the Junior Championship with McDonnell 38th and Roper 45th while in the Club Championship Sudbury finished 6th scoring 334 points of which Clark scored 311 and Jamie Roper in round 5 scored 23. Next year Clark will ride in the Premier Class as an Expert and it will be interesting to see how he gets on in only his third season of racing against the very top riders.

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Just recently six riders from East Anglia competed in Natterjack Enduro organised by REME/Army MCA at Eelmoor near Aldershot which formed rounds seven and eight of the British Enduro Championship. On day one, 7th round, Jack Nicolaou (Sudbury) and Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) finished 22nd and 37th overall in the Clubman Class and were out of the points however both of them scored points in their sub Class Clubman E2 with Nicolaou 6th and Sargent 13th. In the Expert Class Rick Roper (Sudbury) was 26th overall and 11th in his sub Class while Will Hughes (Braintree) had a DNF (did not finish). James Yearley (Braintree) was 30th overall in the Expert Class and 7th in his sub Class. Day 2 the 8th round they all had better rides with Nicolaou 21st and Sargent 31st overall in the Clubman Class while in their sub Class Nicolaou was 4th and Sargent 10th. Overall in the Expert Class Roper was 23rd, Hughes 26th and Yearley 29th and in Expert E2 sub Class Roper was 10th and Hughes 12th while Yearley was again 7th in the Expert E1/2 Class. Excitement is building up for 9th and final round at Thetford Forest organised by the Diss Club on Sunday 20th November. The current positions after the eight rounds show Nicolaou 38th overall in the Clubman Class but he is 5th in the Clubman E2 sub Class with Sargent 14th. Andy Blackman (Castle Colchester) is 13th in the Clubman E1/2 sub Class. Rick Roper is in 8th position in the Expert E2 Class with Hughes 29th and Craig Roper (Sudbury) 35th. In the Expert E1/2 sub Class Rob Blackman (Castle Colchester) is 8th and Yearley is 10th while John Bishop (Woodbridge) is in 21st position in the Veterans over 40 Class.




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The is a gem cine footage put onto DVD. Suffolk Grand National Scramble 31-03-1963 organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club at Tye Farm Great Cornard Suffolk.



Blast from the Past

By & featuring Roger Chaplin

Anglia Television were doing articles on some minority sports and I was contacted by the Presenter and Interviewer Cy Percival asking me if I would set something up.Filming took place in January 1971 and it is in black and white because of a union despite with colour filming.The Sudbury Club in the 1960s organised for Anglia Television two scrambles demos at Tye Farm Great Cornard and of course we had the live BBC TV Grandstand Scramble (the second one they ever ran) with Murray Walker as commentator


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