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PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 05 July 2010

Tom Howe in action in Corton. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

Tom Howe in action in Corton. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

Lowestoft Invaders MCC held their annual Ted Armes Trophy Trial on Sunday at Church Farm, Corton.

The event attracted riders from Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex clubs though the total entry of 42 riders was disappointingly down from previous years.

Lowestoft Invaders MCC held their annual Ted Armes Trophy Trial on Sunday at Church Farm, Corton.

The event attracted riders from Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex clubs though the total entry of 42 riders was disappointingly down from previous years.

Clerk of the course Colin Grice and his team laid out a challenging course given the prolonged recent wet weather and many words of praise from the riders were received after the event.

Ten observed sections were laid out with three alternative routes to suit riders of differing abilities and riders were required to cover four laps.

The Ted Armes Trophy for best performance was won by Tom Howe, a 15-year-old youth A class rider and Invaders club member, who elected to ride the hardest route for expert class riders.

He lost eight marks and was never seriously challenged. His nearest rival was Richard Keeble, an expert class rider of the Essex and Suffolk Border Club

The novice class on the easier route was keenly contested with the club's Graeme Huxtable expressing his desire to beat the acknowledged top novice Mark Edmonds of the Colchester club.

At the finish there was one mark in it with the Colchester rider getting the best novice award with seven marks, Huxtable getting a first class award with eight marks.

Huxtable's son, Josh, a Youth B class rider proved the best in his class with possibly the best ride of his career so far with a loss of 31 marks.

Commiserations are due for two club riders.

Firstly, for Paul Houghton who in a self confessed “senior moment” forgot about the last five sections on his last lap and only realised his error when halfway home to Norwich. The more so since with only four marks lost up to the moment he was the best rider on that particular route and would have won his class.

Instead he lost a further 50 marks for missed section penalties.

Secondly, Chris Skedge, who must surely win a novices award soon was forced to retire when reaching into his car for a flask during his break, felt his back “go” and was virtually immobilised.

The club would like to thank M Edwards and C Edwards for enabling the event to be run the event at Church Farm and especially thanks to the observers for standing out in the arduous weather.

Provisional results: The Ted Armes Trophy for best performance, Tom Howe (Invaders) 8 marks lost; best intermediate, A Andy Keeble (E & S Border) 36; best intermediate, B Adam Keeble (E & S Border) 12; best novice, Mark Edmonds (Castle) 7; first class novice, Graeme Huxtable (Invaders) 8; second class novice, David Basham (Vikings) 15; Nick Bullen (Invaders) 33; best pre 70, John Chapman (Invaders) 35; best youth B, Josh Huxtable (Invaders) 31.

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