ORGANISERS of one of the toughest motorcycle trial events in the world say they are geared up for this weekend's competition.

The Scott Trial sets off from Marske, between Richmond and Reeth, at 9am on Saturday, October 12, and final preparations are well underway, with some route alterations due to damage caused by the recent floods in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale.

Scott Trial secretary Ken Wallis said: "The route is very similar to in previous years but with a few alterations due to rocks being moved by the flood water. However, it has freshened it up so it will present some new challenges for the riders.

"Spectators can come to the start in Marske (DL11 7LS) to pick up a programme, see the riders off and show some support, then find out the best places to watch."

Professional and amateur riders from across the country will arrive to take place in the famous trials bike competition held annually in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, which is billed as the toughest one day motorcycle trial in the world.

It is organised by Richmond Motor Club and has raised more than £180,000 for local charities and good causes.

Mr Wallis added: "The event is so touch because it is judged on time as well as observation points throughout the course.

"We get 180 riders, and even more marshals and observers, over 80 miles of off road track. there are 76 observed sections, and even the roads between the sections are really tough going.

"It is made all the more exciting because it is timed as it makes the riders go faster, and it is certainly more challenging.

"Most trials are only observed so this one is unique to be timed as well.

"It is great to watch and there is a great atmosphere. Lots of people come year after year."

The official Scott Trial programme is now available, containing articles, spectator information and maps of where to go to get the best out of your day.

The programmes will be available at the start-field on the day and from the usual local outlets prior to the event.

These include: both Richmond petrol stations; CJ Tennants, Richmond; Neeps & Tatties, Richmond; Rodbers of Richmond, Smith and Allan, Darlington; Piercebridge Farm Shop; Coates Garage Scorton; AG Bikes, Low Row. Reeth Gift Shop; Reeth Post office and the CB Inn.

Priced at £5, all profits made from the sales, as usual, will go directly to The Scott Charities.