Glen Nevis gears up for Ally Beag Memorial Trial

Jonathan Hart, Liaison manager for Jahama Highland Estates. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

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Lochaber Motorcycle Club will be hosting its first championship motorcycle trial, since the start of the Covid restrictions and lockdowns, this weekend.

The Ally Beag Memorial Trial (named after Alexander John Cameron of Fort William) will be held in Glen Nevis on Sunday, May 30, on land owned by Jahama Highland Estates (part of the GFG Alliance), with car parking on land owned by Glen Nevis Estates.

Jonathan Hart, liaison manager for Jahama Highland Estates, said: ‘We are delighted to be working closely with Lochaber MCC, Glen Nevis Estates, NatureScot and our local grazers to be able to host this event.

‘After losing the Scottish Six Days Trial, the Pre-65, the Grace Dignan Memorial Trial and a host of other motorcycle trials events over the last two years, we have been working closely behind the scenes with both Lochaber and Kinlochleven Motorcycle Clubs on how we can ensure the survival of these iconic events.

‘It is fitting then that the first major trial since Covid restrictions were introduced is the Ally Beag Trial based in Glen Nevis, given that Ally himself was an employee of the BA and an enthusiastic and popular local Fort William rider.

‘It is also important for Jahama Highland Estates to recognise the fact that local club riders have respected the lockdown regulations and have not been out on organised trials for over 18 months, so we are particularly pleased that we can thank them for their patience and that we can work with them and our other partners to secure a future for sustainable motorcycle events in Fort William and Kinlochleven.’

The event, which starts at 10.30am is limited to 100 riders and currently the club expect an entry of 70-80.

As this is one of the first Scottish Championship trials, with riders attending from across Scotland, the event is subject to the local and national Covid legislation at the time of the event.

As a result, Lochaber Motorcycle Club have all event permissions, environmental consents and Covid-19 risk assessments in place.