THE Mourne Motorcycle Club held their first offroad racing event of the year on Saturday. In preparation for the start of the motocross season the Mourne clubheld a cross country race at Dunmore Offroad Activity Centre, outside Spa.The popular event had 102 riderstaking part in a single two hour racein wet conditions, on demanding mountain terrain. The event was a battle of endurance, rather than the normal fight for position that spectators would normally see at an offroad event, as the day ended for some people after a single lap of the three mile course. Carrick man, John Robb, led the race from start to finish and took the honours, with Adam Thompson from Warringstown taking second and Newry man Kelan Grant coming home in third position. The front men were followed home by Ards man Robert Eadie in sixth position, Kilmore rider Gareth Knox in tenth position, John Walker from Hillsborough finished the race in twelfth position, Annahilt man Andrew Boyd took a 24th place finish and Ards man Andrew Kildea came home in 29th place. Outside the top thirty Carryduff rider Alan Watson finished in32nd position, Ards man Robert Lennon finished in 34th, Stephen Carlisle from Ards took35thposition, Banbridge man Patrick O’Neill came home in37th position, along with Dromara man Alistair Kirk and Marc Kirtlan from Comber who were also taking part on the day.