Reeth Three Day Trial cancelled due to fire risk

Photo: Guy Carpenter.

A national trials bike event due to be held in the district later this month has been cancelled due to the risk of fire.

Richmond Motor Club says it has decided not to hold the Reeth Three Day Trial, which was scheduled to be held on July 20 to 22.

The Swaledale event attracts riders from across the country.

The club said in a statement issued this week: “The clerk of course have taken the decision to cancel this year’s trial, due to the real risk of fire on the moorlands following weeks of dry weather, which is forecast to continue leading up to the trial.

“We have seen the devastating effect of the fires on Saddleworth Moor and moorlands in other areas.

“Richmond Motor Club have not taken this decision lightly, as much time and work has already been undertaken by our dedicated team of clerks of course, secretaries and helpers.

“However as a responsible club, we feel that we cannot put our local moorlands and farmland at risk, nor put the custodians of the moors; our gamekeepers, landowners and farmers in such a position where running the trial could put their livelihood, birds and animals at risk.”