Past Winners

1961 B Wilkinson
1962 D Clegg
1963 K Garside
1964 PH Gaunt
1965 JR Sayer
1966 B Holden
1967 CJ Hemingway
1968 B Wilkinson
1969 CJ Hemingway
1970 PH Gaunt
1971 RM Shepherd
1972 PH Gaunt
1973 T Wright
1974 K Lister
1975 J Metcalfe
1976 RM Shepherd
1977 N Jefferies
1978 RM Shepherd
1979 MC Rathmell
1980 P Cartwright
1981 P Cartwright
1982 MC Rathmell
1983 P Cartwright
1984 S Saunders
1985 J Reynolds
1986 I Weatherill
1987 J Lampkin
1988 G Scholey
1989 I Weatherill
1990 P Alderson
1991 P Alderson
1992 R Crawford
1993 D Lampkin
1994 D Lampkin
1995 R Crawford
1996 S Colley
1997 D Lampkin
1998 W Braybrooke
1999 D Thorpe
2000 J Lampkin
2002 G Jarvis
2003 D Thorpe
2004 G Jarvis
2005 G Jarvis
2006 G Jarvis
2007 I Austermuhle
2008 D Thorpe
2009 S Haslam
2010 S Haslam
2011 P Disney
2012 I Austermuhle
2013 I Austermuhle
2014 I Austermuhle
2015 R Sadler
2016 G Kendrew
2017 R Sadler

2018 T Minta

2019 D Peace

2020 A Chilton

2021 R Sadler

Next White Rose Trial

11th September 2022

White Rose

Richard Sadler

Winner 2021

Sixty years on and the White Rose Trial blooms again. The brainchild of two West Leeds Motor Club members who aimed to stage a trial away from just about everything and everybody came to fruition. Those two men journeyed well over fifty mile to explore the moors south of the tourist haven of Hawes. They examined land east of the famed Ribblehead Viaduct, walked the Cam High Road where the trial is based. Sections were located either side of the Ribblehead to Hawes road. The remains of Kate's Cottage still stand as a testimony. Back on Sunday was Widdale, Sheep Dip, and Gritstones where winner Richard Sadler incurred his first penalties, as did Jack Challoner and Guy Kendrew. The final group on the road side was Piggeries which did have an odour problem in the seventies. From that point it was across the road and a fast ride on tarmac to the squirrel sanctuary to Renee's Gorge and the wood high above. Mrs Smith observed her section for many years but that era ended when the land changed hands. The Snaizeholme group, six hard and tricky sections, took Sadler, Challoner and Chilton for one mark but Dan Thorpe collected a maximum in the seventeenth, Chris Pearson legged his way out. Of the twenty six White Rose course contenders only Jack Challoner cleaned it. Sadler, Chilton, Willy Dalton and Sam Beecroft-Penny got out on a dab.

Easy Street, on the run back up to Legless were under the shadow of Dodd Fell and were cleaned by all the White Rose contestants. The course then dropped down Wether Fell to the village of Oughtershaw where the going under wheels was grass and fortunately dry limestone rocks. The route then headed back up the steep hill and across the moor to Knocknee where Lucy Ayrton waited for the riders then it was the double sub at Final Fling, aptly named by a West Leeds comedian way back in time. The 50/50 was well planned and no sky high scores recorded. Sixty seven started and only one rider retired.

Lakelander Richard Gaskell dabbed his way to the top spot on just an eleven score. A dab in Sheep Dip, fourth on the route then Snaizeholme where four dabs were recorded. His run through the Oughtershaw group was good until the final section where he footed out. That loss allowed Roger Williams to home in but Gaskell cleaned the final six sections. Sixty six riders contested the class. The Clubman class also hit big numbers with fifty nine starters. Glen Scholey rode his mint Honda to victory over Scunthorpe's Simon Hirst and Lochaber visitor Mike Fothergill. Glen set off on a mission and cleaned the first fourteen section then dropped a boot in Snaizeholme sections 15/17/18. Simon Hirst was good in Snaizeholme with a one and three and would have been on Scholey but for a stop in Oughtershaw in section thirty two. Significantly Mike Fothergill was in his element in Yorkshire. He footed Gritstones and by Piggeries had seven on his card and only added two to his score after Snaizholme but Wetherfell got him for a three.

Barry Robinson


Trial History

Back in 1958 Reg Roberts a West Leeds member became disillusioned with riding small course events and dreamed of running a one lap long distance trial.

After over two years of planning, obtaining permissions, plotting sections etc the first event was run as a West Yorkshire Group trial.

The trial was originally named the Dancaster Trial, named after the first President of the club, Harry Dancaster, in 1947. This name remained until 1976 when the trial was awarded national status and the White Rose Trophy was donated by the Royalty Inn, which was the pub in Pudsey where the club met for their business meetings at the time

Having run two years successfully as a group trial the event was then upgraded to a Yorkshire Centre trial for the next ten events.

The club was keen to run the event as a national trial, but before that could take place the event had to run as a Regional Restricted for 3 years.

These 3 events were vetted by an ACU steward from each of the three invited Centres, who confirmed that the event was of a good enough standard to be run as a national, and so the White Rose was born.

Awarded a National status in 1976.

The top three clubmen from the 2021 event:

Left: Glen Scholey Middle: Simon Hirst Right: Mike Fothergill

Photo Credit: Brian Ayrton


2021 Results Trivia

Total sections ridden 5999

Total cleans scored 3066
Total fives scored 600

Retirements 6


The Results