Wild and Woolly Scramble Motocross Endurance Race
Wild and Woolly Scramble Motocross / Enduro Race in Blisworth, Northants (UK)
Quick Wild & Woolly Info
Latest Results? Results can be seen here.
When? Boxing Day (26th December)
Where? Arm Farm in Blisworth, Northants (UK) – map here
What Time? Practice gets under way at 10am with racing from 11am.
Who Organizes It? Northampton Motorcyclists’ Club http://www.nmcc.co.uk
Is It Worth Going To And Watching? Oh Yes! 3000+ people attend this event for very good reason. It really is worth seeing this event, cheering on the riders and avoiding Aunt Edna who is sure to pop round on boxing day. See some photos of the 2013 Wild And Woolly Race here
How Many Riders Take Part? 50 dirt bike riders are expected to take part and look forward to a very muddy, fun and tiring day.
Any Tips For Spectators? Get there early to make sure you get a parking space and good spot to watch the race. Wellies are always a good option, and also rain gear. Due to time of year we recommend warm clothes and gloves. You must take your camera to take lots of pictures and videos to send to us to put on this page.
Interesting Fact – The Wild And Woolly Race is recognised as the oldest race still running in the UK.
Have you ever wondered how much fun it would be to watch motocross bikes scramble race around a challenging track and get all muddy and dirty when they fall off? Every Boxing Day the cobwebs of Christmas are blown off in an exciting, pulsating, funny and challenging dirtbike race around a muddy English field in Blisworth, Northamptonshire.
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The one hour + 1 lap scramble race sees a number of competitors, who must finish at least 10 laps to be classed as a finisher, ride around on motocross & enduro bikes to see who can complete 20 grueling laps of this testing circuit first. It is one of the longest running Scramble bike races in the world as this year in 2013 it will be hosting its 88th event. The event attracts hundreds of people from all over England to watch bike racers try their utmost to stay on and keep out of the mud. At several points along the course you will find water filled ditches that are caked in mud.
The motocross riders will have to traverse these ditches and more often than not will fall off and plunge knee deep into the mud. The motocross endurance riders need to jump these water-filled muddy ditches quickly otherwise front wheels will get stuck fast into the mud and stewards are called to help the riders out of their sticky situation.
Don’t think as a spectator you will not get caked on occasion either. Standing behind a three foot high garden-type fence to keep the watching public safe from the motocross bikes is all that separates the flying mud from being splattered all over you when a rider wheel spins or tries to clear his bike out of the divot in the ground that has formed.
The 1.5 mile course itself gets churned up more and more as the race goes on and by the final stages it becomes near impossible for the riders to stay on their bikes. The most popular vantage points on the course are situated at the ditch points. This is where you will witness most of the riders stack their motocross bikes hard into the mud and often the rider falls unceremoniously into the drink.
It is a part of the race that the spectators actually love and when a rider ditches into the ditch, you’ll almost invariably hear howls of laughter and cheering from the watching crowd usually at the rider’s expense. However, these guys expect to get dirty and have great fun every Boxing Day in a muddy Northamptonshire field located at its traditional home of Arm Farm.
If you have ever been “lucky” enough to have taken part, or plan on doing so, please be sure to leave a comment. If you send in your photos of the Wild and Woolly we will add them to this page!
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