Race Report: British 4X Returns at Redhill Extreme

Sep 6, 2020
by Nick Bentley  

British 4X racing returned this weekend to a freshly re-worked track at RedHill Extreme in Newnham, (Forest of Dean) with social distancing in place (well off the track) and masks being worn when needed. The British 4X team, along with the RedHill staff put on an amazing event with 95 riders taking to the hill for a full days racing.

It was amazing to see that the rippers class (ages 10-12) was the biggest field of the day with a field of 19 mixed boys and girls showing that the future is looking good for British 4X alongside the healthy field of youth riders it was also good to see two women's fields racing with some of the girls mixing it up with guys, firstly Freia Challis in the rippers with Freia taking the win in her class and National Champ Natasha Bradley racing in the senior men's field narrowly missing out on the B final.

In the women's race, an impressive day racing from Josie Mcfall saw her take the win in front of Libby Smith who just beat Hannah Escott into 3rd place in the women's A final.
With tight racing in every category, there was plenty of bar to bar racing happening all day with the new proline taking more than one ego by the end of the day. Despite some dramatic crashes, however, the medics, fortunately, had a quiet day.

The shock of the day was in the men's elite field with multi-time National Champion Scott Beaumont snapping his chain on his way out of the gate in his semi-final. Sadly the chain got wrapped around Beaumont's rear mech stopping a Gwin esque chainless run and Beaumont coasting down last in his semi and missing the final. This meant that the men's elite final was wide open with Dec Willicombe on his big enduro bike a wild card in the mix. It was not to be for the DH Rider as Connor Hudson showed his class to take the win very comfortably in the men's elite final.

Special mention to John Lillingstone who managed to crack his frame in his semi-final and not only found and swapped an entire frame but made it to the start gate on time and went onto to win his Masters A Final.

Riders kept there distance on the push up.
Plenty of families camped out for the weekend.

Manda Hempstock taking the win in the Womens Vet class on her original Santa Cruz Heckler.

Rippers winner Freia Challis leading from start to finish in one of the motos

Some good close racing throughout the womens field.

Libby Smith looking smooth though the tough middle section of the track.

Josie Mcfall leading out the ladies in gate practice.

The full days field in their socially distanced photo before podiums it's safe to say they were having fun today.

Noah Killeen taking the win in his B final. It's amazing to see how stoked the kids are with racing.

These kids are smashing it.

They are not scared to go bar to bar either.

or to send it.

But it's mostly just about them having fun.

It was a busy hour of gate practice with the long break before this first race of 2020 it's not surprising.

The views were stunning at Redhill.

There were some classic bikes on show this weekend.

David Richardson taking the win in the mens Vet's showing some style.

Not everyone stayed on their bike today but thankfully just damaged egos were the result.

Lots of tight racing through every class.

The elite field was fast today.

After taking the king of the hill on Friday night and the dual slalom on Saturday sadly the clean sweep was not meant to be for Scott Beaumont

Dec Willicombe looked quick all day even though he was on a massive 29er enduro bike

It didn't take the riders long to get back up to speed with gate starts.

The gap on gap off section of the track kept the riders on their toes.

Connor Hudson keeping it cool over the finish jump to take the elite men's win.

Rippers 10-12

1st Freia Challis
2nd Dominic Hines
3rd Oliver Copping

Female Vet

1st Manda Hempstock
2nd Julie Morrissey
3rd Josephine Burston


1st Josie Mcfall
2nd Libby Smith
3rd Hannah Escott


1st Rubin Passberger
2nd Freddie Cadman Carpent
3rd Billy Pugh

Youth (15-16)

1st Ryan Thomas
2nd Luc Jenner-Hatch
3rd Oscal Stell

Junior (17-1Cool

1st Sam Penny
2nd Josh Johnston
3rd Daniel Biggs

Senior (18-29)

1st Oliver Brooke
2nd Louis Hopkins
3rd Lewis Bradley

Master (30-39)

1st John Lillingstone
2nd Martin Brown
3rd Richard Dobson

Veteran (40+)

1st David Richardson
2nd Julian Allen
3rd Robert Blake


1st Connor Hudson
2nd Zac Hudson
3rd Kingsley Mears

A massive thanks and well done on an amazing and safe event to Chris Roberts and his team at British 4X. Also, the Redhill team has built one hell of a track, and the rest of the park looks amazing if you can try and pay a visit to RedHill you won't be disappointed!


  • 1 0
 It was kieran mckavoy who snapped his frame not john lillingstone
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 My bad sorry I’ll see if I can get it changed still mega achievement !
  • 1 0
 I didn’t think big wheels were allowed in 4x.
  • 2 0
 Pretty much all mountain bikes are fine! Just as long as it’s got two brakes and bar ends it’s good to go ????
  • 1 0
 @connor-hud: means bar plugs. Ie the end of your handlebar must be covered. Not the XC type of bar ends :-P
  • 1 0
 Run what ya Brung
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 Such a rad weekend! Stoked for October ????????
  • 1 0
 Wheres the details for the next round?
  • 1 0
 Gutted I missed it, new red Hill looks awesome

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