Wyedean Rally - alive and well

By Ross Gazette sports reporter   |   Sport reporter   |
Sunday 6th December 2015 10:00 am
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After many rumours circulating that the Wyedean Rally will not run next year, the Forest of Dean Motor Club are pleased to announce the event is alive and well, and will revert to its former date in the mid-70s, November.

After negotiations with the local authorities, who have always been fully supportive of the event over the years, a November date has been agreed.

But with new safety guidelines introduced by British Rallyings governing body this year, and even more stringent ones on safety in 2016, it’s important that all events in the UK get plenty of marshals out on rallies next year, to make sure they run smoothly.

Now the Forest of Dean Motor Club are introducing a series of marshal training days, starting early in the New Year, to make sure that come November next year, the event will be well marshalled.

The Motor Club is asking for any local enthusiasts to come and get involved.

A spokesman said “There are huge benefits to be had from marshalling, not only from seeing the event from the ground floor, but keeping spectators safe, and the satisfaction of helping clubs run a safe and successful event. Also the opportunity to register to marshal on Wales Rally GB.

“There are plenty of options to learn from these excellent marshal’s courses, from marshalling in the stages, to running start and finish controls, passage controls and then moving on with experience to be in charge of your own stage as a stage commander, and age is no barrier; young or old, male or female everyone is welcome to come along.”

Former chairman and Wyedean organiser Paul Willetts told the Ross Gazette: "It’s great to be able to announce that the long history and tradition of the Wyedean will continue in 2016, we have always had fantastic support from the local community, and now it’s more important than ever that people get behind us, a lot of things have been said since this year’s event, but it’s time to draw a line under this and move on.

"With these new strict MSA guidelines it’s now essential that we get plenty of marshals on the Wyedean next year. So that’s why we are running these courses to train people in the roles, it’s free to come along and you will learn an awful lot, and lastly, your motor club needs your help, otherwise the future of the Wyedean could be put in jeopardy again."

For details and to register your interest please contact training co-ordinator Jason Morgan on 01594 829800 or you can email [email protected]

More details on the Wyedean Stages will be announced early next year.

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