aA new venue welcomed 74 riders for the eighth round of the Tyke Trial Championship on Sunday.

Harden Moor is better known for motorbike trials but a push bike trial ran there last weekend with some superb weather to help cap the event's success.

Most of the entry was made up of local riders who fared well on the day appearing n the top three of each class. Riders from further afield also competed in the event and did very well. Jamie Bew from Northallerton won the novice class riding his Monty trials bike. Local lad Jake Mandrich came a close second.

In the intermediate class local riders Elliot Cochrane and Ross Clayton came in third and second respectively with Alec Wray from Durham taking a well earned first place. The OAPs of the Tyketrail club, John Peacock and Neil Raven, propped up the bottom end of the intermediate class at the ripe old ages of 37 and 38 - but had a great time doing so.

The top three of the expert class was filled with riders who had travelled from as far away as Stoke-on-Trent to compete.

Andy Ford on his Monty came top of the class with a very impressive ride, dropping only six marks over the 21 sections and showing the rest the way home.

However, the most impressive ride in this class and perhaps of the whole event was down to a local rider, Jack Carthy.

There is only one class up from expert and that is elite and can see riders dropping off rocks over eight feet in height and riding up similar-sized rocks. What makes Jack's ride so impressive is that he is only 11 years old and was riding in the novice class at the start of the year and is now mixing it with riders twice his age.

Jack also recently competed in a world round in the Czech Republic which gave him a huge amount of experience and confidence. Keep an eye on him as he is surely destined for greater things in the world of bike trials.

The elite class was well represented by riders from Keighley and Bingley although one of the UK's leading riders, Sam Oliver came first on his Monty just beating Chris Boyes and Wayne Mahomet to the honours. Sam had travelled up from Wales to compete in this event which gives an idea of just how well supported this championship is.

The femina class was full of local ladies with Shelley Smith beating Megan Roberts by one mark to take first place.

Both girls rode well all day and got to grips with the sections as their confidence grew.

The beginner's class is for riders aged between six and ten and has been well supported this year. All eight riders in this class were from Keighley and the surrounding area with Adam Raven beating William Tolson and Thomas Lampkin to first place. All three boys ride Monty trials bikes but started out on modified BMX style bikes so no special equipment is required if you would like to have a go.

The next round is on the 4th of November with details of the venue and how to take part on the website www.biketrialuk.co.uk.