Well folks, 2017 is past & 2018 is well under way!
We had a fantastic year with the park the last two years & membership has been steadily growing and not surprisingly, we’ve seen an increase in family attendance which is what any of us “old hands” remember about the Mines. Days spent up with your friends and parents doing what we all love.
Moving into 2018 we hope to continue as we have been going, improving and expanding facilities at the park.
2018 membership forms will shortly be emailed to all past members, and these have also been placed on the website, under the ‘Whitespots’ Tab for easy access. Remember both park forms require signatures and for any NEW members you will also need to enclose a passport type photo. These forms, photo and fee should then be posted to the address on the forms. Our membership secretary Rachel will process these as quickly as she can and get your shiny new membership cards out to you.
This year we will be going back to bibs for all members and they will be distributed as soon as we have them available.
Onto our postponed event Saturday past. As a club we were very disappointed that we had to cancel, however we have looked through the calendar and the soonest we can get a free date is Saturday 3rd of February 2018.
All usual terms apply, 11a.m. start with a good big lap for adults and youth A & B, the beginner adult sections and lap will be very suitable. Any beginner adults that feel they are not yet ready for a full lap, come along and ride the youth mini course as a practice. You will find this very useful.
Youth mini course is from 4yrs & upwards and caters for the beginner.
Try Trials is from 4yrs on the clubs Oset mini bike and we now have a 125cc bike for older youth and any adults that want to try our sport. It’s £10 for this and a booking time-wise needs to be made before hand. If you email firstname.lastname@example.org
This will still be at John Whites farm and we will post an update closer to the time
On behalf of everyone at the club can.I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year
Reluctantly and regrettably we have to announce that due to last night’s absolute deluge of rain tomorrow’s trial that we planned to run at John Whites farm has been cancelled. As you can see from the photo the car parking field is water logged as are the surrounding fields and there is absolutely nowhere else to park, so the event cannot go ahead.
This is extremely unfortunate, however you will all understand that John and the other landowners earn off their land and if we even managed to get everyone in, which I very much doubt, we would ruin the field for weeks or months to come
Please keep an eye out for when the trial will be rescheduled in the next few days.
Apologies for the late notice, but we wanted to give as much of a chance for the trial as possible.
Moto Trial NI
Well folks, the year is almost over, and a fantastic year it was. Park numbers are up showing that the demand is there, thank you for your support.
The park is closed on Sunday 24th and 31st opening again on Sunday 7th January.
But don’t despair. If you’re wanting out in your bike the Ards Club have their annual Boxing Day trial and our own end of year trial is on Saturday 30th December at John Whites farm, 134 Movilla Road Newtownards BT238RJ. The lane is on the left coming from Ards and is just almost at John Hagan’s cement place.
As usual all grades catered for in both the adult and youth grades with two courses, and an expanded and revamped “try trials”, we have added a 125 Sherco to the Oset so we can now offer this to older youth and adult riders too.
It will be great to see you all.
On the park theme. We put it out to the membership to see if we could get 8 or so members to make up a core gate committee as we are having to revert back to having someone at the gate during the opening hours. Unfortunately we didn’t get enough volunteers stepping up for this (only 4 put themselves forward, and for their commitment over the year they will, as we offered, be entitled to free use of the park). Given that there are only four doing this we will still need to have some days covered by the rest of the membership. As a result we have to get a running order set up and Rachel is working away at this and she will contact you all to sort out the dates that need covered and who can do it. You can pick a three hour slot in the morning or afternoon and for that you will as before be entitled to a days free park access.
The new 2018 Whitespots Trial Park membership forms will up on our website at the start of next week so please get your forms in.
Finally on behalf of myself and all at Moto Trial NI I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year to you and yours
It has been a few weeks since I lasted updated things around the park so here’s what’s been happening
After a long consultation process between Robert, Andy & Russell and the Council we have been (in principle) authorised to carry out some work around the facilities. The biggest part of this is that we now have permission to place two containers at the entrance to the park that can be used by the club. It will make the signing on a lot easier and give an area to keep stuff while you are up the park.These have still to be put through planning by us but the Council will be behind it and we need to source adequate insurance for the containers.
We are still seeing attendance levels into double figures on Sundays and that is fantastic to see as it proves that the whole ethos of the park is well received and needed.
There have been a few incidents where members have noted illegal riders on the park, but unfortunately this is not being reported at the time. Can we ask that you flag this up to us as soon as possible so that we can “live time” report this to the Council and Police so that appropriate action can be taken.
For note of all members, due to Xmas Eve and Old Years falling on Sundays, and as the Ards Club are running at the Park on Boxing day and we are running an event at John Whites on Saturday 30th the committee have decided to close the park on Xmas Eve and Old Years Day
Moving on to events
Don’t forget the event being run by Darren Gazzard and John White at Johns on Movilla Road next Saturday 9th December. It is an event that will be perfectly geared towards most if not all of our members, right from absolute beginners.
Our next club trial is as mentioned on Saturday 30th December at John Whites Farm, Movilla Road, Newtownards. Starting at 11a.m. It will be the usual ten sections over x4 laps catering for adult grades, clubman, sportsman & beginners, also youth A, B & C
We will also run a small course for the mini bikes, age 4 and upwards.
We are going to have the “try trials” facilities available at this event and we are pleased to announce that we have expanded this. We have purchased a Sherco 125 and we can now offer rides to all ages not just the younger riders who made use of the club Oset. We have safety equipment for the younger, smaller riders including boots, helmets etc. Unfortunately we do not have any at this stage for adult riders so if you want to book a go at try trials I would ask that you make contact with one of the committee beforehand or bring your own boots and a hat. This should run well as Robert has had quite a bit of interest from families where adults and kids want to have a go, so hopefully we will see both bikes well used on the day.
Yours in Sport
Moto Trial NI
We’re almost there, only four more sleeps til Mourne Park
The team spent Sunday down cutting out the sections, and they’ll be down on Friday marking the sections out. We try to asset the levels at the right severity and if any of you are free to help on Friday it would be greatly appreciated, and remember this gives YOU the rider the chance to have input into YOUR sections.
As is the norm, we will be catering for Clubmen, Sportsmen, and Novices on the main course. Four laps of ten sections for the top two grades, four laps of eight for the Novice grade. Remember too, we decided to run trials for you taking into account the new riders to the sport. To that end this course is super easy for the Novice rider, if you’ve never ridden a trial do not think it will be beyond your abilities, we have ensured that by using the lanes and grading the Novice grade right that as long as you can stand and ride the bike, you will get round and more importantly you’ll have a great days craic like the rest.
There will be a separate smaller course for the younger youth riders too.
Some of you may know that on the morning of our last trial at the park one of our members Mark was involved in quite a serious accident right at the gate as he was helping set up. His van was badly damaged, as was his bike inside and he was badly injured in what must have been a hairy crash.
We on the committee have discussed at length how to try to help Mark and while he has said he doesn’t want anything, we feel REALLY strongly as a club, we should help him out. SO what we have decided is that the proceeds from the trial will be donated to Mark to help him, and we’d hope as many of you as possible come out and support us, and Mark.
Our friends from the Sea Cadets are providing observers, although we may need more, so remember, a rider bringing an observer gets a FREE ENTRY
Sign on will be in the car park beside the Driving Range, from 10 am, with the trial starting at 11 am or shortly after that.
As usual please respect this venue both in the carpark and on the course.
See you all on Saturday morning
We can now release details of the 3rd round of the 2017 Moto Trial NI Club Championship.
The date of the next event is Saturday 14th October and the start time will be 11am
The event will take place at Mourne Park, Kilkeel, 228 Newry Rd, Newry BT34 4LB.This is on the main road from Kilkeel to Rostrevor and will be as usual, clearly signposted.
As usual the trial will cater for all grades in the adult and youth disciplines with two separate courses.
We are delighted to again host an event here with the cooperation of the landowners, however with that there is a cost to hire the ground which will mean an additional £5 on the entry fees, £25 for adults and £15 for kids. This is something we tried to avoid but having used the venue we know that it is well worth the extra cost to run the event there. It is a big forested area with rivers, rocks and grass banks, everything a trial needs.
The main course will consist of ten sections set out over a large lap based predominantly off laneways so getting round the course will be mega simple. For those of you who rode our last event here, YES the hillclimb will be in again, BUT apparently I am not allowed to observe it .
For those of you who missed that event, we had a graded hillclimb where the higher you went the less you scored, and it turned out to be fantastic fun
While we hope to have our friends from the Sea Cadets there to help with observers duties we will be grateful for anyone who wishes to help observe, and remember, a rider who brings an observer gets a free entry!
If any of you would like to help with cutting out of the course, this is being done next Sunday, 7th with final preparation on Friday 13th, the day before the event
Looking forward to seeing you all there
As I am sure you are all aware, we have been requesting for months now for help to assist with the running of the trial park and more importantly the assistance of manning the gate.
With a very poor response to these requests (many thanks to those who have answered the requests) we have been faced with a challenge which we now have a solution for.
The park has now been running for nearly two years with around 110 members, park open days/hours every Sunday from 10-4 and Wednesday evening over the summer (May, June, July and August) from 6-9
This has been a massive undertaking by the club (which is on a totally voluntary basis) to try and give everyone a safe and legal practice area where we can all enjoy our sport for all ages and all abilities!
Since the opening of the park the club has been working hard to get the support of as many as possible to man the gate with the incentive of a free day up the hill as reward for helping out
As time rolls on and the park has now became a fairly self-running system and we are now looking to make it a little easier and fairer on those who have been helping by revising how the park will be manned and controlled
Our new running program will now change to set sign on times so the person signing people in does not have to sit all day at the car park waiting to see who will or will not turn up
Instead we will now run two sign in times on a Sunday 10am-11am and 1pm-2pm
and a Wednesday 6pm-7pm (May-Aug)
(PLEASE NOTE: You will no longer be able to come up at any time and must come at the above sign on times only)
This new system will now require two people on a Sunday, however, you will only be expected to do one hour signing on with the person signing from 10-11 taking on the role of opening the gate and changing the lock and the person taking on the 1-2 signing also taking on the role of locking up and making sure everyone is out of the park
It will down to the two officials to hand over the sign on kit as they change across
This will allow those persons signing on to get a chance to head up the hill (The person will be entitled to a free day as always) to have a little fun or even head off and do whatever they wish without being tied to the gate all day.
As you now sign in you will be asked to leave your contact phone number and will be given a band with your sign in number on it, this band will be posted into a post box at the gate when you come back down the hill so we can check that all riders have safely left the park at the end of the day. (If we don’t see your band then we will phone your number to check you have safely left the park)
Between sign on times the gate will be closed with a combination lock, all riders up the hill will be given the code to the lock so they can get in and out as required
(Anyone abusing this system i.e. sharing the code with someone who has not signed on will be dealt with via the club disciplinary action system).
Our Membership Secretary, Rachel will send out the schedule at least a month in advance and if she has not received confirmation will text or call the persons responsible for the gate at the start of each month to confirm. A reminder text will also be sent prior to the day you are to do the gate so please make sure your contact details are correct.
With this new easier manned system we are also making it a mandatory system that “all” adult members will be asked to help with the manning of the gate as of the start of September.
From then all adult members will be placed into a rota system on a club Calendar and given set dates to man the gate ( basically the same system that is used by most fishing, cycling and motocross clubs to marshal their sport).
We will of course be sending all members a list of the Calendar dates and would ask that you all look up which days you are down for in the coming months. We of course understand that the date we allocate may not suit. If this is the case and the does not suit then we ask that you get in touch with Rachel asap to have the date changed with another. (email@example.com or 07453 977865)
We want this to be a fair system and you will be given the chance to rotate dates if required. However, we will require all members to be fair and take their turn. There will be a system in place to reallocate your name on the Calendar up to three times and if you fail to do the gate by the third time then you will not be allowed into the park until you have taken your turn! (This is of course not what we want and we just want the system to be fair to all).
We will be running out the new system from the start of September. If you have any specific Sunday’s or Wednesday’s which do not suit between now and 31 December – please contact Rachel asap on the details above.
We look forward to working with you.
Yours in sport
Moto Trial NI.
The club will be running the 2nd Round of the ‘Master of the Mines’ @ Whitespots Trial Park, Newtownards on Saturday 19th August 2017 @ 11am.
There will be a further two events in October & December which we are calling, Moto Trial NI 2017 Club Championship, All four Trials will count for the overall Championship.
Adult Grades: Clubman, Sportsman, Beginner. With special attention made to make the lap between the sections very rideable around the base of the park and clearly marked out. The beginner sections will, as usual be very much marked out to suit.
Youth A, B & big wheeled C will ride the full course.
Youth C, D & E will ride on a separate course suited to the mini electric bikes. We can take entries from 4yrs old. Two of the club committee will be at this course during the day.
We will have a hot food van on the day and also a toilet at the carpark area.
Your in Sport – Moto Trial NI.
Moto Trial NI Limited
Annual General Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Moto Trial NI Limited will be held on Monday 26th June 2016 at 7.30pm. in the Pavilion, Londonderry Park, Newtownards to transact the following business:
1. Minutes of the AGM dated 20 June 2016
2. To receive the Chairman’s Report
3. To receive the accounts for 2016
4. Election of officers
5. Other general business.
Secretary, Moto Trial NI Limited.
Dated this day 2nd June 2017
It has been a while from we last held a trial. Numerous reasons for this, however on Monday night’s committee meeting we have come together to set out our plan for events for the rest of 2017.
We plan to run four trials in the “Club Championship” between now and the end of the year.
There will be two of these events held at Whitespots Trial Park and they will be run not only as counting rounds to the Championship, but also as a mini series for the title of “Master of the Mines”
The dates and venues are as follows
8th of July – Whitespots Trial Park
19th of August – Whitespots Trial Park
21st of October- venue tbc
30th of December – John Whites Farm
As always we will have a course set out for the adult grades which will be used by the upper youth grades and a separate course for the small wheeled youth riders
We look forward to seeing you all