Central TREC Group is delighted that the Covid-19 situation has improved sufficiently that we are able to start planning and running events again! We have a range of activities for the next few weeks and look forward to seeing you at one (or more) of them soon. Full details can be found on our Calendar page. To whet your appetite, the headlines are:
- 25th & 26th July, Mounted POR training ride at Dimlicote Farm, Great Bowden, near Market Harborough, LE16 7FN.
- Early August (if we can agree a venue), Mounted PTV training.
- Saturday 29th August, Central TREC Group Grassroots Series, Park Farm, near Stanford on Avon, NN6 6JR.
All our events will be run according to the social distancing guidance issued by TREC GB and we ask that anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 not to attend (as rider, helper or judge). Withdrawals for this reason will give a full refund.
The CTG committee has been working away behind the scenes during lockdown, and we are pleased to announce that we now have an online shop! We are now able to offer membership, club clothing, equipment and entry to our events directly from this website. Payments will be processed via PayPal, though payments can be made by credit or debit card without setting up a PayPal account if you prefer not to.
Some of the products will appear to be free on the main store page, though we are afraid to say that once you select your options (which classes you wish to enter, for example, or which piece of clothing you would like to order) the price will change to reflect that.
We hope that this will be a convenient way for our members and other interested riders to enter our events, and it should also reduce the admin burden for our hard-working Entries Secretaries and Treasurer. We have also reviewed our financial systems and have decided to introduce an admin surcharge for cheque payments. Any payment made by cheque will be increased by £2.50, to reflect the additional time and effort required to prepare cheques for the bank and pay them in. If this causes a problem please contact us on email@example.com (or email the Treasurer directly via firstname.lastname@example.org).
The provisional standings for the Central TREC Group 2019 Summer League are now available. Please check them to make sure that all your results have been included and, for those in the top 6 in each league, that your name is spelled correctly.
The league placings are calculated on the member’s best 3 placings at any affiliated TREC GB 3-phase competitions in 2019, with 10 points awarded for a 1st place, 9 for a 2nd, 8 for a 3rd and so on. Individual and pair riders are included in the same league, so it doesn’t matter who a pair had ridden with (even if they were not a member of CTG). Ties on points are split by looking at second day scores.
Any queries or corrections should be sent to email@example.com by no later than Sunday 10th November. Prizes will be presented to the top 6 in each league at our AGM on Sunday 17th November, so we hope to see lots of you there! If you are unable to attend please arrange for someone else to collect your prize as they are difficult to post.
Central TREC Group will hold their Annual General Meeting on Sunday 17th November, which will be followed by the presentation of the CTG Summer League prizes for 2019 and the Chairman’s Award, Katy Memorial Award and Phantom Flyer Memorial Trophy.
AGM invitation and booking form Online booking form – click here
Please vote in the Katy Memorial Award poll (details below). The Summer League standings will be available shortly (hopefully before 30th October), so please check that all your results are included once they have been posted.
The committee work tirelessly to run the club and support all organisers and trainers in providing events for our members to enjoy. If you are interested in joining our happy band please let us know before the AGM, if possible, though volunteers at the meeting are also welcome. Do contact any committee member if you would like further information about what being on the committee involves.
The AGM is open to all, though only CTG members in the 2018-19 year will be able to vote. Apologies for absence should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 15th November please.
The times and information for the Great Bowden training this weekend have been emailed out to those who have entered. If you have entered but have not received an email, please check your Spam folder to make sure it’s not hidden itself in there and if not email email@example.com to request a copy.
We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday or Sunday.
The schedule and booking form for our Level 1 training ride from Great Bowden on Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th August is now available on our Calendar page. The event is aimed at new, inexperienced or novice Level 1 riders and aims to give a flavour of how a British TREC competition works without the stress of competing for points and placings. We may be able to offer nanny riders to those wishing to have a go but unsure about venturing out alone, please mark this on your booking form or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The results for the Oakham TREC competition are now available on our Results page. Our thanks go to all those who gave up their time selflessly to help, judge or support riders, and to those competitors who entered into the spirit of the event and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings within which they rode. Our apologies for the delay in releasing results, inputting all the scores for such a large and complex competition is a time consuming process. Rosettes and prizes for the winners will be distributed as quickly as possible.
The provisional standings for the 2018-19 CTG winter league are now available. Please have a look at them to make sure that they are correct, and email email@example.com if you think there is an error. Please note that these are provisional standings and if errors are found then the placings may change, either up or down.
The league awards will be presented at Park Farm on Sunday 28th April, together with the competition prizes, so we hope to see lots of CTG members and supporters there to congratulate the winners.
The schedule for the 2019 Park Farm competition is now available on our Calendar page. We are delighted to be returning to this ever popular venue for our 9th Central TREC Group Park Farm event! Our thanks go to Claire and the rest of the Pollard family and associated support crew for their efforts in putting on the event, and keeping it fresh year after year. This year sees a recurrence of the ‘short format’ Park Farm, with only Level 1 length routes being offered. There are 3 grades of classes:
- Newcomers Level 1, for those who have not completed more than 2 full TREC competitions before 31st December 2018
- Level 1, the ‘normal’ level 1 classes that offer league points and the chance of qualification for the Level 1 Championships at Bucklebury later in the summer
- Level 1A for ‘Improvers’. This will be a good opportunity to try the challenges that are usually seen at the higher levels, like bearings, a grid reference section and/or navigating on an aerial photo, without the challenge of 30km of route. We will endeavour to pair up novices with more experienced riders at this level if requested, please send a message to our Facebook page if you would like matchmaking.
We are also planning to present our CTG Winter League prizes at the prizegiving on the Sunday afternoon, so do check the League standings and see if you are in line for one of our fabulous engraved glasses. We hope that lots of people will attend, either to ride, help or spectate, and that the weather is reminiscent of last year’s competition (where quite a few people went home sunburned…). Click on our Calendar page for the schedule and the online entry form link.
Central TREC Group apologises to all our members and competitors, but despite looking at all available dates we have been unable to find a new date for the Low Farm arena TREC competition that was due to be held on 10th February 2019. We took the decision to postpone due to the risk of spreading Equine Influenza inherent in running an event, which despite being very low was nonetheless present. We have looked at all the weekends between now and the extended end of the TREC GB winter season but couldn’t find a date that Low Farm was available without creating a clash with another event being run by either ourselves or Keysoe and Three Shires TREC. We have therefore reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the event altogether.
Those people who had entered Low Farm have already been contacted to ask whether they would like refunds or to carry their entry fees over to another Central TREC Group event. If any riders have not responded, or wish to change their mind and request a refund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your name and details of how your refund can be made, either (preferably) PayPal or your sort code and bank account number for a BACS refund.
Our upcoming events are all listed in full on our Calendar page, but briefly comprise our last arena TREC competition of the winter season on 24th March, mounted POR training on 14th April, mounted PTV training on 22nd April and a season-opening full summer competition at Park Farm on 28th April, so there are lots of events to roll your money over to!
Once again, our apologies for this cancellation and we hope to see you at another Central TREC Group event soon.