Wet beach race is a challenge, even for spectators
It was almost as much of an endurance challenge for the spectators as it was for the brave bikers on Weston beach over the weekend, as cold winds and lashing rain turned the man-made dunes into muddy mountains.
Hundreds of bikers, from junior classes to quad bikes, sidecars and scramblers, took to the famous beachfront course, with competitors on Saturday getting the best of the weather, compared to yesterday's cold and wet conditions.
The biggest race of the weekend, yesterday's open run, saw hundreds of competitors take to the course for a gruelling three-hour ordeal, just as the course was the most ploughed by previous races.
On Saturday, the quad bike race, among the most spectacular of the weekend, was won by Carl Bunce, who has tried and failed to win on many previous years.
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"I've been trying for a long time to win at Weston and today was just great," he said afterwards.
"I've finished runner-up in the last two years, but this year I was really determined to give it my best shot.
"I had a few little problems at the start but kept going, the bike got hot but I wasn't interested in second – it was the win or the bike goes bang," he added.
The Beach Race is now a Weston-super-Mare institution, bringing thousands of visitors, competitors and their families to the seaside town at the tail end of the summer season.