SPECTATORS AND COMPETITORS are in for even more high-octane action at Leighton Hall’s annual hill climb this year. Now in its fourth year, the event in Carnforth, Lancashire on Sunday, September 23 has an extended course with the track lengthened by nearly a quarter to 268m from the previous 220. The increased challenge for riders also means extra excitement for spectators, with a high speed 60° right-hand bend just 50m from the start line providing a grandstand view. The undulating and longer track will have riders reaching speeds of over 100mph, as it inclines up through the Leighton Hall parkland. With no speed or noise limits, the race is open to all solo motorcyclists and three-wheelers of any cc size up for the challenge. Leighton Hall provides the perfect backdrop for the event. Owner Suzie Reynolds says: “We love to get Leighton reverberating to the sight and sound of these powerful bikes every September. “Now this is the only hill climb event in the area, we’re thrilled to have worked with Ian Sherrard to make it even bigger and better. “The extended length means all records have been re-set, so it’s a great opportunity to come along and see riders vying to be the first to set the new course record and win the coveted Leighton Hall Cup.” The grounds open at 9am, allowing spectators the chance to sample all the attractions, stalls and displays, plus watch exciting practice warm-ups from 9.30am, before the racing starts at 1pm. Tickets cost £8.50 for adults and £3.50 for under-15s accompanying a paying adult. Admission includes free parking, plus access to Leighton’s gardens, grounds, tearooms and new children’s play area. For more information, visit www.leightonhallmotorcyclehillclimb.co.uk or contact organiser Ian Sherrard on [email protected], or on 07836 331324.