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Hi All,

Just to let you know that the Wentwood50 Goshawk Challenge is taking another sabbatical during 2018.

Since the inaugural event in 2011, you've helped us raise over £17,000 for the supported charities , so a big thank you to everyone who has participated and helped make this possible.

Of course it's always a tough decision not to run the event. No denying our decision was influenced by the amount of effort that goes into organising the event, and most of you know it is only a very small group at the core, but really the overriding reason is my concern over our ability to provide riders with a fresh route each year. As important as the charities are, at the end of the day it’s all about the riding and putting together a great route that both excites and challenges riders with varied terrain, clean fast tracks, and new sections has been increasingly difficult. There are of course only a limited number of tracks available, and whilst the Woodland Trust has been hugely helpful in maintaining these as far as our charitable donations will allow, the damage from increased public footfall, logging operations, equestrian activity, and illegal 4x4 / MX use suggests a wider (suitably funded) community strategy is needed. Until then, I just can't see the event being run in the current format.

Hopefully, taking a year out will let us review conditions in 2019.  All being well of course.

I trust you understand and support our position.

Kind regards

Robert Storey





The Woodland Trust (and other landowners), without them there would be no Wentwood50 Goshawk Challenge. The route makes extensive use of their land and we are really fortunate for their support.  We are priviledged to be able to host our event in such a fantastic setting.


The 1
stWentwood Scout Group who volunteer their manpower to assist with the marshalling and loan of registration facilities, tents, tables, etc. They're a well run outfit and very supportive of the local community.