Results: Gwyn Jones Memorial Rally 23

Gwyn Jones Memorial Trophy winners – Chris Pratt and Glyn Hayward
Novice class winners – Rhys Williams and Faye Williams
Beginners class winners – David Ley and Sam Wright

Results in pdf format: click here.

If Friday proved anything, it is that it is time for younger competitors to take on the organisation of 12-cars! One of us spent the whole day in hospital, whilst the other felt ever more dreadful through the day, but valiantly kept on going to make sure that the event took place. Revised plans needed to be made for the results, so yet again step into the breach, Pash, who volunteered to do the results after marshalling earlier.

Our thanks for that, Pash, and also providing expert guidance on the navigation, although it should be stressed that whilst he gave truly valued input, the final decision was ours alone. So, if you did not like it (and we hope that is not the case), blame it on us and not Pash.

Unusually we will start the report with the beginners, the future of our sport. David Ley and Sam Wright performed superbly, missing the first two boards of the event (possibly not knowing what they were looking for), but then missing only one further board all night and keeping within maximum lateness all the way, to win the Beginners class.

Also in that class were Chris and Jude Penney, who had zero experience of 12-cars, and on an event such as this it made it desperately difficult as a result, even with marked maps. It was so easy to go off route and get lost and, with the lack of experience, so difficult to get back on route. After an initial excellent effort, this was their fate. We hope to see you again soon, and will all be happy to pass on the (benefit?) of our experience.

Meanwhile there was a great battle at the head of the field, with last year’s winners, Roy Cuthbert and Paul Vaughn leading from the front, and they and would have been leading at halfway with only 4 minutes lost, were it not for a missed board on the last section. That left Chris Pratt and Glynn Hayward, having a very steady but no doubt busy might, to be ahead at halfway with just 7 minutes dropped.

The other experts were having a bit of a night to forget. Graham Brunton and Duncan Brown started off as though in a bit of a daze, missing a plethora of boards, going OTL at one control, and WDA at the next. Still, they reached halfway, and showed their class and perseverance by missing no boards on the second half, and being equal 2nd best performers through the next 4 controls to the finish; well done.

Derek Arnold and Simon Fuidge lost some time at TC3, but had even more misfortune at TC4, as witnessed by an experienced marshal. They had to stop for a considerable time to refettle the car, and did well to reach halfway within time. However, the lost time caught up with them in the second half, and they ended up OTL.

In the Novices class, there was a titanic battle going on. Dave and Mark Browell had gone OTL at a couple of controls, but fought back to be within time for the final two controls of the half. As for the other three crews, Colin Woodhouse and John Upham had a comfortable lead at TC5, but missing a board and losing eleven minutes at TC6 cost them dearly, with their lead cut to five points. That next crew were Mike and Henry East, who had missed a single board, on the very first section, but otherwise been very steady. That left them just a single point ahead of Rhys and Faye Williams, who had only dropped 14minutes, but had missed a couple of boards.

Back at the front the battle continued between Roy and Paul, and Chris and Glynn, with Graham and Duncan having left themselves too much to do. There was only one point difference between the performances of those two top crews in the second half, with Chris and Glynn eking out just that one point to emerge as very worthy winners on what was no doubt a very tough night; congratulations.

The novices were having a very similar battle. Mike and Henry were continuing to do really well, and with only the odd board missed were clearly following the right route, and hopefully enjoying the roads. However, a trickle of lost time caught up with them in the end, and they were OTL at TC9, and crucially at MTC10.
The other two crews were nip and tuck, with both missing a passage check on section 9, but Faye performed magnificently by navigating with such precision that they only lost 2 minutes on the entire second half. That enabled them to sneak past Colin and John, who lost 10 minutes on the second half.

Congratulations to Rhys and Faye, and apologies to both crews for missing Colin and John’s lost time at TC6 on the night, showing them to be winners on a provisional basis, and meaning that Rhys and Faye could not take the plaudits on the night for a superb performance.

We hope that you had a fun night out (just think, it must have been better than sitting in a corridor in A &E for 11 hours!) and enjoyed the route that we had such pleasure putting together. Graham warned at the start of the poor (but enjoyable?) road conditions, and the standing water. That no doubt contributed to the difficulty of making up time when needed, so we appreciate that it was a real challenge to both crew members, which we have to say is always our aim.

Graham Skeggs and John Murdoch

Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media

FDMC Event: The Gwyn Jones Memorial Rally (12 Car) 08 Dec 23

Farnborough District Motor Club invites entries for The Gwyn Jones Memorial Rally (12 Car) on Friday 8th December 2023.

Please read the Event Regs here:   Gwyn Jones Memorial Rally 2023 Regulations.

Then enter using the following forms:  [entries now closed].

A message from Graham Skeggs (click to email), Event Organiser:  For those of you who intend to compete please send in your entry as soon as possible.  For those not competing may I tempt you out to marshal in the knowledge that there will be the customary buffet at the pub afterwards.  Looking forward to seeing you.

Provisional entry list: GJMR 2023 Entry List.

Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media

Event: The Gwyn Jones Memorial Rally 2021

From the Event Organiser, Graham Skeggs:

The Gwyn Jones Memorial Rally 2021 (12 Car) will take place on Friday 10th December.

Click here for the Regs for this year’s Gwyn Jones Memorial Rally which will celebrate its 10th Anniversary.  Starting and finishing at a local Pub very much on the ‘patch’ that Gwyn would have competed on and, in his later years with myself, organised events just like this event now, run in his honour.

Click here for the entry form, this should be completed and returned to Graham (click here to email).

Hopefully we can attract a full entry and add some more names to the list of previous winners shown below:  

2011 – Jointly between John Taylor/John Stringer & Graham Skeggs/Richard Pashley
2012 – Ken Pape & Nick Clarke
2013 – Chris Pratt & Glynn Hayward
2014 – Graham Skeggs & Nick Clarke
2015 – John Taylor & Mark Collings
2016 – John Taylor & Mark Collings
2017 – Colin Woodhouse & Matt Fowle
2018 – Mike East & Richard Pashley
2019 – Mike East & Richard Pashley
2020 – Chris Pratt & Glynn Hayward
2021 – Could it be you?

We have looked at the navigation and believe it to be more straightforward than last year and have enlisted the help of a seasoned competitor to double check.

As ever we need a small army of marshals so please put the date in your diary and come forward and offer to help. The will be a marshals draw at the finish with the opportunity to win something worthwhile.

Please feel free to pass this email on to others not on the mailing list who may be interested in competing or marshalling.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 10th.


Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media

Results: The Gwyn Jones Memorial Rally 2020

Courtesy of Graham Skeggs and John Murdoch:


FDMC GJMR explanation of navigation

FDMC GJMR results first half

FDMC GJMR results second half

Attached are the final results from the Gwyn Jones Memorial Rally. There have been some minor adjustments to the provisional results announced on the night, now that we have had the opportunity to look at the marshals’ check sheets. We have also considered the comments made as a result of the location of MTC11 not being given in any of the paperwork given to the experts, which meant that the final section had to be solved in order to reach that control, with a couple of crews then not making it in time. On reflection, we consider that the fair and reasonable course of action is to penalise OTL on the same basis as at a TC (30 minutes) rather than exclusion. This has not made any major changes to the results, but means that all finished, apart from Colin and Rhys who unfortunately experienced car problems half way round.

Firstly, many thanks to the marshals, listed below, who enabled the event to take place. Thanks to their support we were able to man all 11TCs and 5 secrets.

Congratulations to Ben Willshire and Derek Harden who, running as beginners, returned the best result of all. Whilst they had the benefit of marked maps, on such a complex route, with a number of not as map triangles, it was no mean achievement to get round the route without missing any of the boards, although they did record the only dummy board on the route, on the short way round a long way round triangle.

The best performance in the other classes, and therefore winners of the Gwyn Jones Memorial Trophy, were Chris Pratt and Glynn Hayward; congratulations to them. They persevered when things may not have been falling into place as normal, and ended up only missing two boards (and also recording the dummy).

We certainly intended the event to be reasonably challenging, wishing to reward the best navigators, and not just the fastest drivers, although we do hope that all did enjoy the route. However, we know just how hard it is to get the right balance, and from your comments it is clear that the navigation proved more challenging than we had intended. We attach brief explanations of the navigation handed out to experts, and whilst it is always so much easier to solve navigation in your living room rather than being bounced around in a rally car, it might be that you will now notice hints that you might have missed on the night, and that would have helped.

Many thanks for your support of the event, most certainly including the following marshals:-

Simon May, David Ley, Iain and Jim Morris, Steve and Wesley Warne, Bill Stewart, Andrew Parr, Steve Partridge, Elise East, Dan and Sam Middle, John and Harry Nicholls, Richard Dix, Dave Wilson, Bob Renwick, Roy and Tim Cuthbert, Neil Harrison and Nick Taylor.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a safe 2021.


Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media