Memorial for Adrian ‘Adder’ Brown in Fernhurst

Bert Brown, Adder's father with competitors Miles Carruthers ,  Matt Pelling and Andy Carruthers.
Bert Brown, Adder's father with competitors Miles Carruthers , Matt Pelling and Andy Carruthers.
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THE Bognor Memorial Trial in memory of Adrian Brown, also known as Adder, was held for the third time in and around Verdley Woods near Fernhurst.

It was a venue described by one rider as, “Brilliant, with so much variety in the woodland and the best bit of ground in the south.”

The course was set by James Gammon, Kerry Hill, Gary Martin, Scott Martin and Chris Norman, all of whom also took part.

The three mile adrenaline-fuelled course had a dozen test areas which the riders had to negotiate without putting their feet on the ground.

Allowed to look at it before they attempted it, they then worked out the best way to tackle the bumpy, muddy track.

However, many of the 80 riders still came back splattered in mud.

The course is ridden three times and many took up to four hours completing it in the challenging conditions due to heavy rain the night before.

Riders come from all over the south of England, many of them remembering Adder who had been a keen and competitive rider.

His father Bert watched all day and handed out the prizes at the end.

Trophy winners were: premier/expert: Sam Haslam; inter 50/50: Phil Martin; novice: Dan Bevan; Clubman A: Keith Hopkins; Clubman B: Andy Carruthers; over 40: Dave Dale; over 50: Marcus Faulkner; over 60: Frank Puttock; wobbler: Mick Pullen; twin shock A: Mark Stokes; twin shock B: Steve Broadbent; youth: Lewis Farmer (age 16); youth D: Jack Atkinson; lady novice: Louise Cannon: lady clubman: Katie Nash.