Mud flies during “epic” 89th annual Wild and Woolly race in Northamptonshire

Thousands of spectators braved freezing temperatures to watch the 89th annual Wild & Woolly Boxing Day motorcycle race.

The traditional race, held in a field in Blisworth, was won for the fourth time by Beta rider Jack Lee, who managed to complete 17 laps of the notoriously difficult track.

Wild and Wooly charity motorbike scramble organised by Northampton Motorcyclists Club to raise money for local charities. NNL-141226-162448009

Wild and Wooly charity motorbike scramble organised by Northampton Motorcyclists Club to raise money for local charities. NNL-141226-162448009

Organiser Fraser Law described the 2014 event as an “epic race” in which the riders battled through increasingly sticky mud.

Mr Law said: “As far as conditions go the race was divided into three sections. A difficult beginning was followed by an easier middle, rounded off by a really tough finish.

“For practice and the opening laps of the race the widened water crossing one proved a real challenge. Crossing three which is traditionally the most difficult, rode well at this point.

“By the mid-section of the race, the initial water and loose mud cleared as riders came to grips with the track. Most were circulating quite well at this point. From around lap ten the mud became sticky and heavier, making the finish really tough as the riders began to tire.

Wild and Wooly charity motorbike scramble organised by Northampton Motorcyclists Club to raise money for local charities. NNL-141226-162407009

Wild and Wooly charity motorbike scramble organised by Northampton Motorcyclists Club to raise money for local charities. NNL-141226-162407009

“Well done to all the riders for taking part in this epic race.”

Mr Law said “special thanks” should go to Chris Harris who allowed his land to be used for the race, and to the thousands of supporters who helped raise money for Help for Heroes and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

The full results of the 2014 Wild and Woolly event were:

1. Jack Lee 17 laps

2. Chas Lee 15 laps

3. Matt Willis, 14 laps

4. Max Barnett 14 laps

5. Garry West 13 laps

6. Adam Castledine 13 laps

7. Ste Marlow, 12 laps

8. Mark Bradford 12 laps

9. Trevor Jeeves 12 laps

10. Joe Tobutt 12 laps

11. Fred Saunders 11 laps

12. Richard Main 11 laps

13. James Barnwell 11 laps

14. Rob Hollis 10 laps

15. Dan Askham 10 laps

16. Mark Elliott 10 laps

17. Rob Saunders 9 laps

18. Taylor Bolgiani 9 laps

19. Glenn Warren 9 laps

20. Lindsay Judge 8 laps

21 Sam Chapman 8 laps

22. John Abbott – 8 laps

23. Hayley Rilings 7 laps

24. James Higgins 7 laps

25. Peter Chinn 6 laps

26. Joe Newbury 6 laps

27. Corey Blackwell 6 laps

28. Giles Hamilton 5 laps

29. Ryan Blackwell 5 laps

30. Ashley Batten 4 laps

31. Brandon Bull 3 laps

32. Chris Liptrott 3 laps

33. Rob Brown 3 laps