Race Report: Southern Enduro Round 3 - Milland

Oct 26, 2020
by Nick Bentley  


The third round of the Southern Enduro was held at Milland (West Sussex UK). This was the second time the series has visited Milland (due to COVID issues with the intended venue), and it could not be any more different to the glorious sunshine of the first visit. Lots and lots of rain made the stages of the race slick in most places and boglike in others. This, however, is the fun of racing in England in October.


Greg Melville taking the tight inside line to avoid the stump which was easier said than done.
Royal Marine Chris Johnson, one of the many members of the armed services racing today.

Dougie Bishop putting the power down on his way to 2nd in the under 18 boys class.

Simon Bush showing you don't need to be young or on a mega-money full suspension bike to have fun on two wheels.

Imogen Rabani keeping it smooth through the berms in the woods.
Taylor Norman not dodging the aforementioned stump and about to drop into a rut so big I think they found some dinosaur bones in it once racing was done for the day.

Brendog was in the house racing in the masters class just hours before heading out to Lousã for the World Cup DH this week.

Ned Field (with the best number plate in racing). It was amazing for all of the kids (and adults) today to race on the same track as a top World Cup pro - this is what makes these events special.

Adrian O'Connor on his way to taking the win in the Fun Men class.
Paul Freese showing what the Fun Classes are all about at these races, despite somehow coming though a section more like a battlefield than a race track Paul still had a smile on his face!
Lauren Tresure was having a great day in the mud at Milland taking home the win in the Women's Fun Class.

Lisa Tarbet one of the many today taking a dab in the mud, not that she seemed to mind too much.

Nikki Jane keeping it smooth on her way to winning the 40+ women's class today.
Rachael Walker Tripoding her way to the win in the Women's 30-39 class.

Eme Cosh one of the many riders pulling some amazing worried faces as they battled with the slop. It can't have worried Eme too much though as she took home the win in the Women's under 18's class.

Rhiannon Gunner picking her way through.

Yasmin Thorpe was cool and collected in the mud today.

Angela Laylock showing it's not just the Army's lads who are handy on a bike holding her own in the Women's 30-39 field. With remembrance day in the UK not far away it's always good to see the guys and girls of the armed services out representing and enjoying themselves as well as a good opportunity to recognise the hard work they put in on all of our behalves.

Bradley Briggs bringing home 3rd in the E-bike class
Neal Russell taking the win in the 40-49 men's class this weekend.

Jack Hansford trusting the deep rut to take him through the corner.

Chris Glover not trusting the rut and picking a tree which by some crazy matrix inspired lean he missed in the end (honestly he did).

The roost is strong with this one!

Mike Joseph with the look of relief after surviving the tree stump/worlds biggest rut corner, wait I also missed there were roots too, but you get the picture it was pretty tech!

Tripod or feet up today? It was a day to keep it flexible with how you cornered

Peter Cannon taking the straight line through the tech.

Karl Woodman what a legend riding in wellies!!

Tom Dunn charging hard and taking 2nd in the hardtail Class.

Sam Shuckersmith completing the World Cup rider giant killing double, by not only beating Wyn Masters earlier in the year at Minehead but today coming out ahead of Brendog to win the 30-39 men's class.

Nathan Diwell-Wilson using the smart line around the mud to take the win in the under 14 boys class.

Dom Platt not phased by the mud and taking the win in the under16 boys class.

Davi Roberts with a DNF today. Sadly like many riders today, a broken chain led to Davi's DNF.

Lauren Tresure showing despite the fact that it rained a lot and there was more mud than most ploughed fields, the most important thing was having fun riding your bike!.


Thanks to the amazing crew at Southern Enduro for all their hard work firstly putting on this event with all of the COVID issues going on, but also with the weather not making life easy either. See you all at the next round at Queen Elizabeth Country Park on 08/11/20.



7 Comments

  • 3 0
 Awesome day of racing. Thanks Scott and the Southern Enduro team for keeping the racing going in these tough times.
  • 4 0
 So much carnage!
  • 2 0
 So good to see an event happen in the UK this year - looks a blast!
  • 2 0
 Don’t think my bike/kit/car will ever be clean again !
  • 1 0
 That was brutal. Cleaning and repairs are still ongoing!
  • 1 0
 Great write and pics captured the day perfectly
  • 1 0
 Great write up it was hard work getting down those stages.

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