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Thorncombe – Round 1 CORE Championship 2019

Milliar makes his mark at CORE Rd 1!


With dry ground conditions and an awesome cross country track laid out across the countryside at Thorncombe Farm, the riders were in for a real treat at round 1 of the 2019 CORE Championship!


When the flag fell the pre race favourites Dominic Thomas, Anthony Milliar and Robbie Cross set away at the front of the field. At the half way point in the race it was Ant Milliar leading the way but sadly the race was red flagged due to an injured rider who needed immediate medical attention. CORE would like to thank their fantastic medical team (Countrywide Medical) and the Air Ambulance service for attending to and caring for the injured rider who you will all be happy to hear is making good progress towards his recovery. As any rider would want, however, the race was restarted once the downed man was choppered away, for a one hour dash! After the restart Dom Thomas led for a while before Milliar made another move for the lead, but then made a mistake and hit the deck! Thomas re took the lead but sadly had to retire. This gifted the lead back to Ant and he went on to take the flag and top honours! Gavin Hunt finished in 2nd with Josh Player in third.


In the Expert class it was Daniel Price who took victory a lap clear of his nearest competitor, local enduro Leg-End, Gary McCoy. George Bowerman rounded out the top 3 just 9 seconds behind McCoy!


Jack Twentyman won the Over 40 Expert class, 1.5 minutes ahead of Jeremy box who was in turn 2 minutes up on third placed rider, Steve Jose.


In the E1 class number 80 David Smith took the top spot on 11 laps. Also on 11 laps was Gary Jones and Josh Dowling. They rounded out the top 3!


Top honours in E2 were claimed by Edward Lewis who’s best lap was a great sub 13 minute time. 2nd place went to Daniel Guy and 3rd to Curtis Hunt. They all did 11 laps.


The top 3 in E3 all did 11 laps, but the first man home was Tony Cook. 2nd and 3rd placed riders were separated by just over 1 second at the flag and it was Matthew Lovelock who pipped Adam Hughes to 2nd place.


In the Clubman over 40 class Chris Dodge dominated the field by 2 laps and completed a very respectable 11 laps! In 2nd place was David Tate and in 3rd was Michael Clarke!


Daniel Whitehouse was the man to beat in the Beginner class and completed 10 laps of the course on his way to victory, one lap more than his nearest competitor, Ben Cowdrey. Cowdrey finished just 3 seconds in front of 3rd place rider Rob Aldworth! There was some tight racing all day.


Finally, in the team classification it was Chris Peppin and Leigh Williams who took victory with 11 laps, followed closely home by the Cornish pairing of Anton Ferris and ex ISDE Team GB representative and E3 British Champion, Jamie Paget! In third, a lap behind Paget and Ferris was the SWEAT pairing of Dean Milden and Lewis Penaluma who made a great start to their year with a podium position!

(Race report by Dan Mundell)

Results and photos all on Results page


Ashcombe Ironman Feb 17 2019


The CORE ‘4’ kicks off 2019!

The awesome Ashcombe Forest hosted the first round of the 2019 Core Off Road enduro championship. This was a four hour iron man or two man team event. A huge turnout was great to see and they were treated to a fantastic circuit.

The overall event winners were Alan Morrison and Dylan Baynton, who of course also won their class. They did a great job to complete 19 laps of the Over 10 minute long track that was set out for them! 2nd overall was Max Hembroke and Max Venables who rounded out a great 18 laps, and they finished in 2nd in their class too, behind Morrison and Baynton. In third place overall was Josh Player. A very impressive ride indeed to finish so well without a partner to help him out! He also completed 18 laps and won the Championship class.

Moving onto the team results; as mentioned above, the top two in the championship team class were 1 and 2 overall, but third in this class went to Anton Ferris and Rob Rule. They completed 16 laps!

In the Expert team class it was top honours for Daniel Price and Jack Liddiard. They finished on 17 laps, as did the two pairings behind him… John Trevaskis and Olly Lawer in 2nd, and Lewis Gigg and Paul Taylor in 3rd.

The Expert O40 team category is next up and that was topped by Steve Jose and Matt Tilley on a very respectable 14 laps. Runners up were John & Tim Edwards. They did 13 laps!

In the Clubman O40 Team class the win went to Jeff White and Andy Claxton. 2nd and third place all completed the same amount of laps as the winners (14). They were Chris Doidge and David Tate, and Simon Trevaskis and ThisIsAmped’s Tim Cotton.

E1 Clubman Team victors were Dave Abraham and Simon Ellett by a clear two laps (totalling 15), but the pair behind them will soon be coming up through the ranks and doing damage in not only the e1 class but in the overall classification. Brogan Laity and Rowan Penhaligan managed 13 laps but these two are only young and have time on their side! It’ll be good to see them back in among the trees more often. Third place went to Jamie Harvey and James Larcombe.

E2 Clubman Team winners Tom Ross and Nick Gulliver took a lap from Josh Coles and Jamie Gregory, who in turn took a lap from Karl Boston and Ricky Gaston. They completed 15,14 and 13 laps respectively.

The team class for E3 Clubman was a big one and it was won by Stephen Rogers and Karl Langford. Craig Talbot and David Wathen matched their lap total of 15 and one lap down was third place men Darren Long and Matthew Bath.

In the Beginner team category, which was another big group, the top three all managed 13 laps. Paul and Tim Frowen won while 2nd and 3rd place were separated by just 15 seconds at the flag! It was Josh Dowling and Callum Widgery who narrowly edged out Ben Hampshire and Alden Trott.

In the Solo results as mentioned above it was Josh Player who took the overall Championship class win, but Gary McCoy wasn’t far behind and he came home on 17 laps in 2nd place!

In the experts it was domination from the Blackmore’s with Ross taking the win and Lee in 2nd. Third went to George Bowerman!

The Expert O40 class was taken by Jack Twentyman, with Adrian Heard taking 2nd, also on 16 laps. Third was Geoff Brigden one lap behind.

In the Clubman O40 Mark Copeland took top honours on 15 laps, with Adrian Evans and Neil Ross crossing the line just 15 seconds apart, both on 14 laps!

Gary Jones took a clear E1 victory by completing 13 laps, 3 laps clear of 2nd and 3rd place men, SAM Coles and Alex McGrath.

Martin Hallett, Kurt Cathew and Lawrence Coombes was the running order in the E2 class, all a lap apart from eachother.

In E3 it was Lee Lawton from Rod Maclean, with Owen Robinson in third. Again all a lap apart from each other.

Chris Parr took a great Victory in the Beginner class, completing 10 laps. This was 2 more than his nearest rivals, Josh Cuming, and Liam Bartlett.

All in all a tough and gruelling event with many tired but happy faces in eveidence at the finish. Congratulations to all riders that finished especially those in the Ironman Class!

Report by Dan Mundell

Photos on the news page.



CORE revives Rifton!

Sunday 9th of September saw CORE Off Road take their championship to a long lost venue in Devon, Rifton Barton, for 3 x 45 minute motos. This was a great venue way back when and its certainly not lost any of its magic now! A cracking lap incorporating every type of ground you could ever want to ride meant the riders were in for 15 plus minutes of pure joy per lap!
Dominic Thomas headed the Championship class and took three cracking race wins aboard his 12 year old MX bike proving you don’t need to spend 7k on the latest kit to be fast. He came in ahead of 2nd placed rider Tom Merritt. Dominic was the only rider to complete 4 laps in race one which was a great ride!
Next away were the Expert class riders, headed by Ant Milliar on the AT Motocross Beta 350 4t in all three motos! Ant rode very well all day to finish 3rd overall in moto’s 1 and 2, and then made a hard charge in the final moto to catch Merritt and take 2nd overall in the final race! – proof that the old slogan ‘will race for food’ is true.
2nd place in the experts went to Jacob Young with a 2 – 3 – 2 score card and a comfortable 3 point gap ahead of Lewis ‘Gasser’ Gigg in third (3-4-3). Special mention to Paul Taylor who snatched 2nd place in moto 2, a very strong ride although could have done better after a poor attempt at roosting Lewis in moto 3 managed to drop a position.  He was 6th overall.
Next up is the Expert Over 35 class. Jeremy Box became the third class winner to take a clean sweep of wins, while 2nd placed rider Michael Hayes took three 2nd positions and Geoff Brigden aboard the 300 Beta took a trio of thirds after the bike performed faultlessly.
In the Super Vets it was Simon Thomas, the father of the overall winner, Dominic Thomas, who was victorious with a 1-1-2 and 29 points to his name, with runner up Adrian Heard taking the victory in the final race to collate 28 points! Third position went to Andy Scrivens after three consistent rides!
The last veterans class was the Over 40 Clubman category. This was headed up by Mark Copeland after two wins and a second position in race two. Martin Dearson was 2nd. Perhaps a mistake in the first race held him back from challenging Copeland as he certainly found some speed in race 2. Ian Barnett had a great moto 1 with a 2nd place finish, backed up with two more top 3 finishes to give him 25 points and 3rd overall on the day!
In Clubaman E1 it was a good tussle all day between Championship rivals, Guy Krumins and Ricky Good in the absence of the third E1 contender, Frazer Buckingham. Buckingham was away at the British Enduro Championship so unfortunately had to miss this round of the series! Of course though, the race went on and Ricky had a ‘Good’ first race to take the win, followed home by Krumins and Liam Bargery. In moto 2 however the tables turned and it was Krumins who took the flag from Good. It all came down to the final moto with both riders on 19 points after 2 races. Krumins eventually took the flag and the overall win however and Good had to settle for 2nd. Krumins results are certainly improving now he has a bike which starts on the line.
Clubman E2 was headed by Dean Kiff in every race. Dean has made a strong return to racing after some time away and has to be pleased with 3 wins. Ian Fortune was 2nd in all of the races. Tom Ross collected 20 points to take 3rd place. A special shout out to CORE regular Stef Jewell who took a great 3rd place in moto one but crashed heavily in moto 2 meaning she could only limp round in moto 3 (literally) to ensure a finish, showing sheer determination.
The third clubman class, E3, produced some interesting results with a mixed bag across the board! Adam Hughes took overall supremacy despite his bike being down on power, followed by Mark Robson and Jack Blacker, however the points were very tight with each of the three riders taking a moto win each!
Similarly to Clubman E3, the Beginners class saw three different race winners! Race 1 was won by Charlie Sampson, but in moto 2 it was Chris Cusmans who took victory after scoring 0 points in race 1 due to mechanical failure .Cusmans went on to take 2nd in moto 3 but this was eventually going to be won by Jack Bushin! Bushin took the overall, followed by Sampson and Mark Disney, who took third through three consistent races!
Up and coming rider if the day has to go to Max Barnett who showed great line choice and technical ability on the going and over both hard routes.
Next up is a motocross practice day at the epic XMOOR MOTOPARK (Wainhouse Corner) on the 23rd September. That is one not to be missed as it’s a rare opportunity to ride this revamped and rarely opened track!
Report by Dan Mundell

Event photos here 

Thanks to Leonie’s Photography for some great pics

Mundell wins at Lurley Enduro Sprint

Round 4 of the Core Enduro Championship was held this past Sunday, the 29th of July at the awesome ‘Lurley’ venue set in a valley near Tiverton.
With horrific weather forecast overnight on Saturday and throughout Sunday it was good to still see a good turnout of die hard bike lovers come out for the race, and it paid off as the weather was kind and there was near perfect conditions!
The championship class was won by Dan Mundell on the Sherco 125 followed by fellow Sherco rider Richard Tucker on the SEF-R 250. Dan and Richard were 1st and 2nd in every one of the 8 tests throughout the day making it a perfect day for the Sherco pair. Coming home in 3rd in the Championship class was Tom Merritt. Rob Cross was riding well all day but a problem in the final test meant he didn’t finish unfortunately.
In the Expert class Shaun Kersey showed great pace early on but a broken rim lock didn’t help his cause in the afternoon and that let Anthony Milliar claw time back and pull out a lead to take the Expert class win. 3rd place went to the young rider Alfie Webb who did a great job to come home in a podium position!
In the Expert Over 35 category, Jeremy Box took a 12 second margin of victory over Jack Twentyman, followed by Geoff Brigden in third, exactly 4 minutes behind Twentyman.
The Super Vet category was won by Dan Mundell’s slower, older and uglier uncle, Wayne Mundell on the factory Beta. Jeremy Cornish has a good ride to finish in 2nd behind Wayne, also under the one hour total time barrier. Stewart ‘Stumpy’ Jarvis came home in third!
In the Clubman Over 40 Class, Ian Barnett took the win by over 40 seconds from Martin Dearson and Andy Hicken in third. Credit to Troy Webb for stopping in his final test to help Alex Buckingham out after a crash he had. Alex had almost taken a test win earlier in the day so it was a shame to see his day end like that.
In the hotly contested E1 Clubman Class it was Guy Krumins who was triumphant ahead of Frazer Buckingham. Frazer took the first few test wins but mistakes held him back and allowed Guy to take a victory margin of 21 seconds at the end of the day! Third place was Ricky Good, and it was nice to see Dean Kiff back racing.
Phil Chapple was victorious in the E2 Clubman class from Ian Fortune and Tom Ross in third. Stef Jewell rode well and was best placed lady in the race, coming home 4th!
Clubman E3 is next and Mark Robson took a convincing victory while it came down to the wire between 2nd and 3rd placed riders, Shaun Brake and Steve Morton. Less than 10 seconds separated them after over an hour of racing!
In the Beginners class it was a hard fought victory for David Cross, just 7 seconds ahead of Charlie Sampson in 2nd and Christopher Cusmans. Once again this was the biggest class of the day so on behalf of CORE Off Road, thank you.
CORE’s next event is a ‘Day in the Dirt’ practice day at Nower Farm in Axminster!
Thanks to everyone who turned out and CORE hopes to see you at the next one!
Report by Dan Mundell
Pictures by Bob Ward and Leonie Hill.
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Olly Lawer takes Combe Florey win!

Round 3 of the CORE Off Road Championship & Round 6 of the South West Enduro Championship was held at Combe Florey this weekend, Sunday 8th July.
First away was the Championship class and it was the number 44 of Mark Kirby who took victory in the premiere category. He completed 12 laps of the challenging cross country circuit with all of its stream crossings, banks, woods and open stretches! 2nd place in this class was bike number 2, Tom Merritt, also on 12 laps!
Next away was the expert class and this class sprung a surprise in the shape of Olly Lawer who not only won this category but the event overall! 2nd place went to Beta mounted Anthony Milliar both in class and overall. Number 6 Jacob Young was third in the experts and 3rd overall! A special mention to the fastest man of the day, or should I say boy! Alfie ‘Alfski’ Webb had the fastest lap time of anyone by over 20 seconds but perhaps had some issues along the way as he ended up in 4th once the flag fell! A solid effort nonetheless.
Gary McCoy was the only expert Over 35 to complete 12 laps of the circuit to claim an impressive victory over Jack Twentyman and 3rd love Chris Honeywill.
The Super Vets was definitely the most exhilarating race of the weekend between Simon Thomas and Adrian Heard. These two were knocking handlebars and eating dirt from each other’s back wheels throughout but when they crossed the finish line it was Thomas who took the class victory by less than a second from Heard! 3rd place was Cefyn Games who also rounded out 11 laps!
Clubman E1 was taken by Ricky Good on 11 laps. Your usual top contenders for e1 glory are Frazer Buckingham and Guy Krumins who were your 2nd and 3rd placed riders on the day. It was fortunate to see Frazer on the line after recently getting run over by an Arctic Lorry in his Punto.
In the E2 Clubman category, Phil Chapple took a narrow 4 second victory ahead of 2nd placed rider, Charlie White. Paul Jones got a solid 3rd place under his belt while Stef Jewell was the top lady in the event who came home in 4th.
Clubman E3 had a runaway winner in the shape of Ben Sinclair, a lap ahead of the rest of the E3 field! Tom Rowse came home in 2nd place with 10 laps while Adam Hughes, also on 10 laps, finished 3rd.
Mark Hughes rode a great race to win the Over 40 Clubman category, a lap ahead of the rest of his class. Number 33 Ian Barnett was 2nd while Mark Copeland came home in 3rd!
In the Beginners class, the top 3 completed an impressive 10 laps of the circuit! Number 100 Chris Cusmans took a 5 minute victory at the end of a tough 3 hours though, ahead of Joe Williams and a further 15 seconds behind, Shayne Lanning.
A special mention must go out to event sponsor Dave Thorpe Honda Offroad Centre who have put up some great trophies and prizes for the CORE Offroad Championship and also to DQMX who donated a Dunlop rear tyre to the fastest Clubman laptime in any of the respective classes and that went to Adrian Heard this time around! Congratulations Adrian and thank you DQMX.
The next CORE Event is the awesome Dual Sprint at Lurley on the 29th July! It’s a super exciting format, so get your entries in and check the website for further details.
Report by Dan Mundell.
Results Here & Bob Wards photos here

Josh has Gotts what it takes to win at Huntsham.

At 11.00 am precisely the flag dropped and the Championship class were away to face their first lap of the epic circuit that CORE Off Road had set out for Rnd 2 of the CORE Enduro Championship incorporating Rnd 5 of the South West Enduro Championship. (The Core championship rounds are all sponsored by The Dave Thorpe Honda Offroad Centre with trophies and some great prizes up for grabs at the end of the series for the podium finishers in all 9 race classes!)
After 3 hours of racing, TM mounted Josh Gotts took the overall win completing 11 laps of the course with a fastest lap of 17:01.54. 2nd position went to local man Richard Tucker on board the MRS Sherco 250F who was one of only two other riders to complete a sub 18 minute lap with a 17:42! Harvey Dark took 3rd place. Nice to see Harvey back racing recently. Rob Cross had great pace and was the 3rd and final rider to lap under the 18 minute barrier with a 17:58.  Darren Kiff took 4th place and rounded out 10 laps along with Tucker, Dark and Cross, all one lap behind the winner, Gotts.
In the Expert class, Anthony Milliar took victory aboard his Beta on 10 laps ahead of youngster Max Diment and Paddy Twentyman in third. It was a shame to see Shaun Kersey drop out of the fight for victory after a hefty collision with a tree.
Gary McCoy took the number one spot yet again in the Expert Over 35 category, a lap ahead of the rest of his class. 2nd place in this group went to Jack Twentyman, Paddy Twentyman’s father. A solid day for the Twentyman family! Geoff Brigden came home in 3rd 9 minutes behind Jack.
Local rider Simon Thomas won the Super Vets by 8 minutes from Adrian Heard and Darron Rowe only 14 seconds behind Heard. All 3 of them completed a respectable 9 laps!
In the E1 Clubman class Guy Krumins took victory again, and with the absence of Frazer Buckingham who took a close 2nd place at the last round due to his British Sprint campaign commitments, Guy took a comfortable win of almost 5 minutes from Ricky Good in 2nd. Cornishman Dan Ford took 3rd.
In the clubman E2 class the run away winner was George Sweet who completed a very impressive 10 laps which would of put him 3rd in the Expert class! Phil Chapple was the best of the rest on 8 laps, followed home by Dan Burfoot in P3.
Next up was the E3 class, narrowly won by Ben Sinclair from Mark Robson. Just 19 seconds separated them at the chequered flag. Steven Morton brought home a strong 3rd place.
The Clubman Over 40 class was won by #200 Mark Copeland on 8 laps, 4 minutes ahead of Martin Dearson. 1 minute further back was Mark Hughes in 3rd position.
Away last was the biggest class of the event, the Sportsman/Beginner group. Bringing home a great victory of 13 minutes on a very respectable 8 laps. 2nd best was Alex McGrath also on 8 laps! 3rd place was Shayne Lannings who narrowly missed out on an 8th lap. It is great to see such a strong line up in the Sportsman class so thank you and well done on behalf of CORE Off Road for all those who raced!
The next event from CORE is another 3 hour Hare and Hounds at Combe Florey (Round 3 of the CORE Championship and Round 6 of the South West Championship) on the 8th July. Another date for your calendar is the 29th July for the CORE Dual Sprint, an exciting format with special tests head to head against another rider, at the awesome Lurley venue.
Report by Dan Mundell
Photographs by Bob Ward.

Bobs photos here

‘There’s ‘Snow’ competition for Alex at Twin Oaks”

Twin Oaks near Bickleigh hosted the first round of the 2018 Core Off Road Enduro Championship on Sunday the 29th of April.
When the flag dropped the championship class roared into life and headed off on their first lap of 2.5 hours around the countryside!
Alex Snow set the fastest lap of the race in lap 2 with Dylan Baynton (Wincanton Print KTM) only 3 seconds behind him with the 2nd fastest lap. The only other two riders to complete a sub 10 minute lap were Keelan Hancock on his St Blazey Husky and Harry Snow, Alex’s younger brother, who was back racing a motorcycle after a few years away!
After 2.5 hours of racing the flag fell on Buildbase Honda’s Alex Snow, with a healthy 5 minute advantage ahead of Dylan Baynton, Keelan Hancock and Harry Snow. Darren Kiff from South Molton completed 15 laps and finished 5th, with Steve Martin on 14 laps and Ben Scott on 13.
In the Expert Class Jacob Young took the win from Rob Pollard and in 3rd place was Josh Player. Jacob Young was a lap ahead of the rest of the field in the Expert class on 15 laps. Brendan Griffiths was 4th and Shaun Kersey from Bideford was unlucky with some throttle related issues and after his time lost there he did well to finish in 5th!
The Clubman E1 class was headed up by Guy Krumins from Taunton and Frazer Jenson David Buckingham from Barnstaple. These two were both racing identical machinery: KTM 125 XC-W’s from the Dan Mundell Race Bike Re-Homing Department. Both of these riders have come on no end recently and it’s good to see them heading their respective class. #MMA. David Abraham came home in third place, 1 lap behind Krumins and Buckingham. Sam Draper brought his Sherco home in 4th.
Clubman E2 was taken by Phil Chapple, who had a comfortable 7 minute gap over 2nd place rider Freddie Box and another minute more back to 3rd place Sam Richards. All 3 riders completed 13 laps of the circuit.
Clubman E3 saw Rory Sherlock bring ‘Holmes’ the victory from Mark Robson and Ryan Hayes. James Dauncey was 4th.
In the Super Vets Adrian Heard took a commanding victory over Steve Jose and Andrew Slocombe. Heard rounded out a very respectable 14 laps, and his nearest 2 rivals did 13.
The Expert Over 35 class was taken by Gary McCoy who was just 2 seconds away from a sub 10 minute lap time and 6 seconds from sneaking in another lap of the track. Jack Twentyman was 2nd and Jeremy Box 3rd. All of these riders completed 14 laps and so did 4th place rider Jon Tarr who finished less than a minute behind Box.
The Over 40 Clubman had a great entry of 23 riders! Mark Copeland was the runaway winner, a lap ahead of the rest of the field and almost a minute per lap faster. Dean Reed was 2nd and Ian Barnett was 3rd. Alex Buckingham came home 7th in this class but I’m not sure how he managed to enter in the Over 40’s as I attended his 32nd birthday party this year?
Last but by no means least is the Sportsman class which had the biggest entry of any category! The top 3 riders completed a cracking 11 laps so credit to them all. Charlie Sampson took a 5 minute win from Christopher Cusmans and Lee Kirby!
The staff at CORE would like to thank everybody for sticking to the track very well and with hardly any bike marks across the crop fields, it makes returning to these awesome venues a whole lot more likely.
The next round of the championship is on June the 17th at Huntsham, which is also a round of the South West Championship.
In the mean time they have a practice ‘Day in the dirt’ at Ashcombe Forest for you to get stuck into on the 20th May!
Report: Dan Mundell.

Ashcombe Ironman 2018

Core Offroad hit the season running with a 4 Hour Enduro to blast off any winter cobwebs for their competitors. 

Images courtesy of Howie Fowler

Riders had the opportunity of riding the 4 hours as an Ironman or to team up with a fellow rider and compete as a two man team.  Although cold, the weather stayed dry, and as with any winter event the Ashcombe circuit was challenging.

At the head of the Ironman field a battle raged between Dylan Baynton and Charlie Frost for both the overall and Championship win.  A snapped lever 3 hours in put pay to Frost’s chances of victory but after a pitstop to change it he came back out to finish third behind the Winner Baynton and runner up Matt Kirby.

The team event was dominated by the Josh Gotts/Olly Lawer pairing who completed a whole two laps more than the next fastest team the two Max’s Venables and Hembroke.   Third place overall and in the Championships class was Allyn Taylor and Julian Oakes.  Unfortataley the Paget/Ferris combo who were expected to be challengers pulled out due to their new KTM TPI running lean and over heating.

Elliot Davies completed 15 laps to take the Expert Ironman win, with Josh Player second and a lap behind. In third was Tom Barlett with 13 laps.  

The Expert Team class saw the win go to the Paul Taylor/Lewis Gigg pairing with an impressive 16 laps.  Taking the second spot was Chris Honeywell and Gary McCoy, whilst Alan Morrison and Giles Richards were third.

The winners of the three Clubman classes in the Ironman were Guy Krumins in the E1, Marc Hockin E2, and Matthew #81 with the E3 victory.

Team winners for the Clubman were Mark Tossell/Sam Tucker E1, John Foley/Ian Fortune E2 and in the E3 class it was Jim Browing and Sam Wilson.

In the Vets classes Adrian Heard proved to be the Super Vet of the day taking the win in that class, whilst Dean Reed headed home the competition in the Vets over 4o group. Jack Twentyman put in a solid performance too to pull off the Expert over 35 victory.

In the Beginners class Nathan William Fletcher came home with the Ironman win whilst the Team Aldworth, Lee and Robert were the winners.

Another great event by Core Offroad with a good line up of riders, who all enjoyed riding at the Ashcombe venue.

Young does the Business at Twin Oaks

Sunday 26th of November saw Core Off Road host a 2.5 hour Hare and Hound race at Twin Oaks, near Bickleigh.

The championship class was away first and it was a finish for all of the riders that started! Jacob Young took the victory in this class with Rob Cross in 2nd and Dean Edwards in 3rd.

The expert class was away next and with 15 starters it was always going to be a great battle! Darren Kiff looked good in the first half of the race with the fastest lap of the race outright, however on lap 7 he dropped out of the race and left the rest fighting! Tom Smith came out triumphant with Alan Morrison and Moss Macriner rounding out the podium, 1 lap behind Smith.

The expert over 40 class was topped by  Jack Twentyman, no doubt helped by his new Core Race shirt (less wind resistance than the old tattered yellow one), followed home by Gary McCoy who recently raced the final British Enduro Championship round. Adrian Francis finished in 3rd. With only one DNF, this class showed the caliber of rider who are over 40! An old school race which suited old school riders!

In the Clubman over 40’s it was a big entry of 17 riders and 12 managed to finish the tough day of riding! Ian Barnett topped the standings in this class with CORE regular Stumpy Rodriguez coming home in 2nd! Neil Ross was 3rd in this category.

The Clubman 2 stroke class was hotly contested with Freddie Box coming home victorious, followed by a stand out ride for Guy Krumins on his new KTM 125! Both were on 11 laps and George Bowerman came home in 3rd on 10 laps!

The Clubman 4 stroke class saw Michael Hayes taking the premiere award, a lap clear of Ed Mountjoy in 2nd, who in turn was 2 laps clear of Gary Jones in 3rd!

The final class away was the Sportsman/Beginner category. Charlie Sampson romped to victory in this class, one lap ahead of Carl Bennet and a further lap down, Luke Jenkin.

It was a very tough and muddy day, however everybody dug deep and for those who did their best and to those who finished, well done and CORE hope to see you at their next event! Keep your eyes peeled on the website and Facebook Page for future dates!

Report by Dan Mundell

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Frosty Flies to Forest of Ashcombe Win!

Sunday the 16th July saw CORE Off Road Events host Round 6 of the South West Enduro Championship at the riders favourite venue… Ashcombe Forest! With technical climbs, thick forestry in places and stumps aplenty, the riders have plenty to think about during the race!

At 11AM the flag dropped and the Championship Class were away. With a high quality pedigree of riders from ex Great Britain ISDE team member Jamie Paget, Extreme specialists Ross Hancock and Charlie Frost and local hotshot Richard Tucker, fresh off the back of racing at the British Sprint near Birmingham the day before. Unfortunately for Mr Frost he incurred a 3 minute penalty right at the start of the race for riding too fast through the pits because he forgot his transponder at the start. I think his mind was occupied with thoughts about what will happen if his nipple tape falls off during the race as he and his friends had all got their nipples pierced during the week!

At the end of the three hours it was Frost, despite his penalty, who came out on top, with Richard Tucker taking 2nd and Ross Hancock bringing the Thor Motorcycles Beta home in third. All three riders completed 13 laps! Bike number 5, Jamie Paget, incurred some issues and only managed 8 laps due to that.

Fred Adams rode a very good race to bring home the Expert victory with Josh Lineham in 2nd and Darren Kiff in 3rd. All three of these riders completed 12 very demanding laps! It was nice to see Jack Delve back racing after a year off, bringing home 12th place in the experts and rounding out 10 laps!

Ross Blackmore took a 20 second victory over Jack Twentyman in the over 35 expert class, with 11 laps completed. Chris Dodge brought home 3rd on 10 laps respectively.

In the E1 Clubman class it was young lad Jordan Brigden who picked up maximum points, one lap ahead of 2nd place Simon Trevaskis. Phillip Joyce was third.

In the E2/E3 Clubman class George Bowerman took victory from Phil Chapple and 15 seconds further back, Kye steel. All of these riders totalled 10 laps.

Father to E1 Clubman class winner, Geoff Brigden made it 2 victories for the Brigden household by completing 10 laps to win the Super Vet class ahead of Simon Thomas and Tim Edwards! Simon was also on 10 laps, and Tim on 9.

In the over 40 Veteran category Andrew Smith took victory by one lap over Stewart Jarvis and Craig Cheevers. They completed 10, 9 and 9 laps each.

Last but not least is the Sportsman / Beginner class which was topped by Guy Krumins on a very impressive 9 laps, 2 laps clear of nearest rival Matthew Hopkins and in third, Matt Woodgates. With Guy’s form at Ashcombe he could soon be moving up the ranks into the higher classes!

Well done to all those who raced and CORE hope to see you all at their next event which is a ‘Day in the Dirt’ Practise day at the awesome ‘Loopy Lurley’, with a great loop that is open from 10:00 – 16:00 and a separate timed special test if you fancy seeing who out of your riding group is the fastest! (No race license required)

Report by Dan Mundell.




Wiggins wins at Huntsham!

On Fathers Sunday, 18th June, CORE Offroad Events hosted round 5 of the 2017 South West Enduro Championship at the vast Huntsham venue.

A well marked out 17 minute lap was laid on for the riders with a lot of technical woodland , stream runs and fast flowing terrain. The fantastic weather and a big line up of racers was the perfect recipe for 3 hours of fun in 30*C!

Unfortunately, pre race favourite Richard Tucker didn’t make it away from the start with bike problems as he warmed it up. He turned it off and it simply wouldn’t start again. This was a big blow as Richard was on course to close the gap in the championship with the absence of Keelan Hancock.

Nevertheless, at 11:00 the flag dropped and the premiere class were away. Many may have now had their money on Dylan Baynton or Ricky Wiggins to take the win but after 8 laps Baynton was out of the race and Ricky, on the Wincanton Print KTM, walked away with the victory, 4 minutes ahead of nearest rival Allyn Taylor. Only Ricky and Allyn completed 11 laps in the Championship class, and it was Josh Marshall on 10 laps bringing home third place. This is Ricky’s first South West Championship win in the enduro world (after numerous victories in the SW Trials Championship) and he is starting to show everybody what he can do now!

In the Experts it was Darren King who took a very convincing 6 minute victory over Liam Skelton and very closely followed home by Patrick ‘Paddy’ Twentyman. All 3 of these expert riders completely 10 laps!

In the over 35 expert class it was Ross Blackmore who romped home to victory, sneaking in an extra lap over his rivals. Ross finished on 10 laps, and nearest rival Jack Twentyman narrowly missed the extra 10th lap as the flag went out. Paul Tossell, also on 9 laps, rounded out the top 3.

In the over 40s, Neil Ross took a commanding victory almost 8 minutes clear of 2nd placed Andrew Smith and in third, Dave Sawtell. Barnstaple man Alex Buckingham came home 11th… although I’m sure he could of ridden Super Vets!!!

In the Super Vets it was a cracking ride from Jon Tarr to round out 9 laps (missing a 10th by less than a minute!), and with a 2 minute cushion over Gary Baker with Robert Carey bringing home a great 3rd place in a 13-strong group.

In the Clubman E1 class, James Ford was the first of 21 finishers on a very respectable 9 laps! In seconds place it was 16 year old, Ryan Mundell on the Flatchat Clothing KTM. Ryan is just starting to dip his toe into the enduro world alongside his cousin and like his dad and uncles did before him! To complete 9 laps was a great result. In third was Kieran Hole who unfortunately missed a 9th lap by the time cut off, however still a very good ride for a place on the rostrum!

In the largest class in the race… the Clubman E2/E3 group, Luke Williams, a motocross rider from Somerset came home with an almost 7 minute advantage over George Bowerman in second and Ben Hampshire in third! All of these riders completed 9 laps. A quick shout out to Stefanie Jewell who came home with 8 laps to her name and 4th out of 23 in this class; a very strong ride indeed!

Last but by no means least, in the Beginners class it was Guy Krumins on a great 8 laps who took the win. His nearest competitor was Jose Cioraia on 7 laps and Kevin Norman in third who also completed 7 laps of the cracking Devonshire Circuit!

Well done to all those that raced and it is great to see a lot of new faces at these events both young and old… Trials back ground or Motocross back ground!

The next round of the SW Championship is on the 16th of July, once again hosted by CORE Off Road at the epic Ashcombe Forest, just off of the A380.

Report: Dan Mundell.




Ashcombe Ironman – 5 February 2017

Ian & Dan MUNDELL take the two man and BAWN is the Ironman.
Sunday 5th February hosted our annual 4 Hour Ironman /2 man team enduro at the brutal Ashcombe Forest, conveniently based on the roadside of the A388 just outside Exeter.
A full entry of riders showed the popularity of this format and it was great to see the level of local support. A long lap of tough but achievable challenges stood in front of the riders for a hard 4 hours.
First off were the Championship riders shortly after 10:30. Jamie Paget took the holeshot as the pack took chase. At the end of the first lap it was Paget at the front with Dan Mundell on his back wheel after sitting on the start line for a few seconds after a pathetic 4/5 kicks of the 125! At the first rider change it was Mundell out front followed by Paget and Nick Life. Simon ‘Pakky’ Comer was sat in a very respectable 4th position for team ‘Dave Racing’ as he handed his transponder over to the Ginger Ninja, Wayne Mundell. After 4 hours of racing with a few changes for the lead throughout it was the father and son pairing of 1998 Yamaha WR250Z mounted Ian and JD Racing KTM 125 mounted Dan Mundell, AKA Team ‘Dad and Lad’ who brought home the two man overall victory with 16 laps, followed by team ‘McLife’ (Nick Life and Gary McCoy) in second and team ‘Fat boys’ consisting of Jamie Paget and Mr. Turbo Shandy himself (James ‘Bud’ Benney) brought up the final step on the rostrum. Team Dave racing were 4th, ‘Im going the wrong weyyyyy’ were 5th, ‘Team Protein Water’ were 6th and Kevin Harris/Bradley Chugg were 7th. A very tough first event back into enduro for young Kev!

Rob Higgs was the only rider in the Iron Man Championship Class and after the 4 hours completed a very respectable 14 laps!
In the Experts it was team Faaaaast of Will Worden and Max Venables who completed 15 laps of the course, a lap clear of their nearest competitor in class. 2nd was Josh Lineham and Rob Rule, followed up by Ian Martin and Richard Holmes in 3rd. A quick mention goes to team MS Racing (Martin Lowe and Steve Martin) as it was Steve’s first ever enduro! Also the youngest competitor of the day (Ryan Mundell) at age 15 who also raced with his dad Stuart Mundell under the Stoked Clothing team name. Im not sure how impressed Stuart would be if I mention the fact he isn’t far off of being the oldest rider!!

In the Expert Ironman class it was Derek Bawn who took victory both in class and overall for the 4 hours ironman. Derek completed an impressive 15 laps of the course with consistency meaning he was at the front of the pack throughout. 2nd was Moss Macriner and 3rd Ben Harmon.

Jack Twentyman was the winner in the Expert Over 40 class and rounded out a very impressive 14 laps once the chequered flag fell which if he hadn’t lost his fuel can in the pits could well have been 15!! Geoff Brigden came home in 2nd with 13 laps to his name with Arnaud Didey in 3rd on 12 laps. Dave Brignall was the 4th and final finisher in the class on 11 laps.

In the clubman 2 man, Rob Taylor and Richard Maisey took the honours with 12 laps, one lap more than their nearest competitors which were Gary Taylor and Tom Pulley. The final podium position went to Nick Gulliver and Tom Ross.

The Clubman Iron Man top award went to Matthew Dark on 13 laps, followed by Lee Blackmore and 16 year old Jordan Brigden both also on 13 laps.

Clubman Over 40 2 man team victory went to ‘The Staggs’ (ADY and ANDY) on a cracking 12 laps. They were followed home by Richard Lennard and Simon Padley (118 combined) and the pairing of Gary Willett & Martin Parr (Back to the future). Both teams completed 10 laps.

In the Ironman Clubman Over 40 Class Jim Hawkins rode his Beta to a fantastic victory with 12 laps completed, followed by Neil Ross on a cracking 11 laps and Steve Rogers on 10 laps in third.

The last (and by no means least) class to mention is the Beginner/Sportsman Category. The 2 man team winners were Derek Basham and Pete Rogers on 10 laps (the only pair to reach double digits in terms of laps), followed by brothers Ross Rowe and Liam Rowe on 9 laps, and Honda pairing Kieran Palfrey and Jack Bushin in 3rd.

In the Ironman Sportsman class it was Jack Blacker in first on 10 laps, Joseph Laurence in 2nd on 9 laps and Guy Krumins in 3rd on 8 laps. 4th Place went to Alex Stevens who attended one of Core Off Road’s training schools at Ashcombe last year and is now getting some great results. Perhaps a podium next time?

Hope to see you all at the next one.

(thanks to Dan for writing this race report, excellent once again)


Rnd 5 SW Enduro Championship – Ashcombe

Josh has Gotts the win in the bag!

Sunday 31st July saw Core Off Road head to one of their favoured venues, Ashcombe Forest on the side on the A30, for a round of the South West Enduro Championship that they hosted.

At 11AM the flag dropped and the highly competitive Championship class roared up the fire break and dived into the forest for their first lap. Max Hembroke lead them away aboard his Beta!

It was TM mounted Josh Gotts who has been travelling all around the globe this year competing in the Enduro GP World Championship who stormed to a commanding victory, completing 16 laps. Second to Gotts was Keelan Hancock who managed a very respectable 15 laps. Bradley King brought home the final place on the rostrum aboard his Kawasaki Mx bike, and there looked to be a battle for 2nd developing until King had a big off before his 2nd fuel stop, after which he settled for 3rd.

In the Expert class it was Rob Jago who took top spot on his little KTM 125 with a 20 second advantage over Paul Taylor and Rob Rule who were separated by just 4 seconds! The top three of the experts all did 13 laps.

In the expert over 35 category Jack Twentyman rode a fantastic three hours to take victory by over 5 minutes in his class. A time that would have taken the win in the Expert class! Steve Jose brought his Beta home in 2nd place on 13 laps and Scott Medland took third.

In the clubman class, the overall win went to Josh Linehan (e2), from 2nd placed Moss Macriner (e3), and third placed Joe Leeming (e2).

Clubman e1 victory went to Zennor Medlyn on 12 laps, from David Brignall and Mark Piddington.

E2 class of the clubman went to overall clubman winner Josh Linehan, from Joe Leeming and Terry Pooley.

The E3 class went to Moss Macriner, from Lee Blackmore and Rory Sherlock.

Clubman Over 40 class went to Jim Hawkins on his Beta 2 stroke, rounding out 13 laps of the circuit, from 2nd placed Chris Williams and 3rd placed Simon Thomas (both on 12 laps).

Last but certainly not least is the biggest class entry of the event: the Sportsman Category. Top of the pile was Tim Woodhouse on 11 laps, 2nd was Andrew Sterling and 3rd went to Craig Cheevers.

Well done to all who competed! The CORE team hope you enjoyed the event, and hope to see you at the next one!

Words by Dan Mundell

Pics here


Rnd 4 SW Enduro Championship – Huntsham

Hancock ‘Keels’ the deal!

Sunday the 19th of June saw the 4th round of the South West Championship head to Huntsham, Devon for a 3 hour hare and hound hosted by CORE Off Road Events.

At 11am the flag dropped and it was Keelan Hancock aboard the St Blazey Mx Husqvarna who took the holeshot and lead for the opening three laps.

Chasing hard was Bristol based Charlie Frost on the Wayne Mounter KTM 300 who eventually took the lead away from Hancock and began to set a good pace, edging away from the pack! Charlie went on to set the fastest lap of the race on lap 5, some 26 seconds faster than the next quickest rider!

Towards the closing stages, Keelan seemed to have a burst of speed and caught Frost, re taking the lead and pulling away by about 30 seconds until on the final lap disaster struck for Frost when he ran out of fuel and was seen pushing his bike back towards the finish to still claim 2nd position!

Ross Hancock rounded out the top 3 in the premiere class with 10 laps, narrowly missing out on getting onto the 11th lap like his brother, Keelan, and competitor, Charlie, did.

In the expert class, Sherco mounted Hayden Maller from Gloucester romped his way to victory, completing 10 laps, over James AKA Bud Benney on the Marsh Mx/Dirt Punk WR250. Gary McCoy brought home the final place on the rostrum.

Garry Baker took victory in the Expert Over 35 class, rounding out 9 laps where all his competitors could only manage 8 or less. Scott Medlyn was 2nd and Steven Powell 3rd.

In the clubman class, it was Josh Noon taking the flag in the E1 category and the Lapford Lad also took the overall clubman class victory aboard his brand spanking new KTM 125 EXC! 2nd E1 was young lad Jordan Brigden and 3rd Zennor Medlyn.

Clubman E2 saw Joe Leeming take home the win aboard his new (but old) KTM 300xc. (If you get it… You get it… If not, check Facebook!!) 2nd place went to Terry Pooley and 3rd to Phillip Chapple.

The E3 division of the Clubman category went to Ben Dyer, followed by Jonathan Noble and Jed Treleaven.

Clubman Over 40 went to Chris Williams on 8 laps, just two seconds shy of Josh Noon. A great ride! 2nd went to Jon Hinkley and 3rd to Paul Downing.

Last but by no means least, the Sportsman class was topped by Ian Barnett on 7 laps. Clive Hunt was one lap down on Barnett and took 2nd position and 10 minutes further back, also on 6 laps was David Burley in 3rd.

All in all a great day of racing and a real ‘Hare and Hound’ style course with a long lap so the riders don’t get dizzy! More than 20 minutes per lap for the majority!

Well done to all who competed and Core Offroad & The South West Championship hope to see you at their next events. 31 July is a date for the diary… 3 hour Hare and Hound at Ashcombe, another round of the South West Championship hosted by Core!

Thanks to Dan Mundell for excellent write up.

pics here



Lurley Huntsham  Enduro Sprint – 20 March 2016

An excellent days racing had by all. Track conditions were just about perfect, everyone seemed to love both it and the new format. The dual start system worked really well and added an extra element of excitement to the races as each rider was paired up with a rider with the closest lap time to their own from the previous lap. Some fast and furious racing resulted.

Congratulations to Jamie Padget for taking the overall win from Keelan Hancock (just!). Only 4.6 seconds seperated them, after 9 laps of pretty intense racing. They put on a great show!

An even closer finish in the Sportsman class with Marc Hockin taking the win from Tom Ross in another hard fought battle. The two of them finally only seperated by a few hundredths of a second at the flag!

Clubman over 40s saw Stumpy take the overall with Rob Richards and Michael Harlow following him home for 2nd and 3rd.

Clubman class also pretty close with James Kiff, Sam Wilso and Nick Gulliver taking the 1 2 3 split by just over a minute and a half after 9 pretty intense laps of racing.

Mike Rowe took the expert win from Julian Oakes and Darren Kiff and with only three entrants in the over 40s experts Jeremy Box, Jim Browning and Chris Doidge each managed to get themselves into podium positions.


(All details on results page)


Enduro X –  Weston Wake Park   (2 December 2015)

Thanks to all who came and supported our final race of the year at Weston Wake Park. Despite very trying conditions and the first severe gales of the winter we managed to pull off a a very successful day. This is largely down to the dedication of our marshals team who we cannot thank enough.

The day got underway at 9.30 am with our first ever youth race, the young guns were keen to show the adults what they could do in very trying conditions especially with little wheels! Overall winners were Stanley Earle 85 b/w, Harry Ridgeway 85 s/w and Ben Zeale on his 65.

As soon as the last youth rider was through we were underway with the adult sighting lap, not something we had planned to do, but as a result of the high wind blowing down track markings all over the place we thought it would be best.

Looking at the class of rider we had in the championship group the quality of our events and the effort we put into building you fantastic tracks is clearly starting to spread. Starting off in the championship class we had local hero and professional goon Charlie Frost contending with international and national champions Jack Edmondson and Dan Mundell along with many other well established and respected riders.

The track held up well throughout the day and as time went on some of the less confident riders found their feet and were taking the shorter hard route over the logs and tyre jumps and then across the waterlogged field (lake!) saving them valuable seconds over their competitors.

Overall winners were Dan Mundell – Championship, Bud Benney – Expert, Grant Churchwood – Expert 40 +, Matt Jones – Clubman, Gavin Bailey – Clubman 40 +, Mark Piddington – Sportsman.

As a team we really enjoyed putting this event on and hope you enjoyed riding it too….see you all in the New Year.

Full results on our results page.