BTRDA® Gold Star® Champions

Gold Star details

Added: 10th December 2010

Julian Fack advises dates, locations, travel options etc.....


The BTRDA Gold & Silver Star Sporting Trials Final takes place on the
15th January 2011, near Larne, Northern Ireland.

Trial Location: Tweeds Farm, Carncastle,Larne, BT40 2RW

The Trials Dinner is at the Hilton Hotel and Country Club,
Templepatrick, just 20 minutes from Belfast International Airport.

Rooms in the Hilton are best booked through the www.Hilton.com
international website, at present, mid November, double/twin rooms
for January are from £69 per night (just £34.50 pppn), for the dates
in question, but prices may vary as the time gets nearer. Rooms
booked direct with the hotel by phone will be more expensive.

Two travel agents are quoting for ferry costs, but the ferry
companies have not yet published their 2011 prices. A discount may be
available for multiple bookings, but quotations for this are not yet
to hand.

The traditional route is Stranrear/Larne or Cairnryan/Larne, but it
takes around 6 hours driving from the Midlands. The Holyhead/Dublin
route looks better, 3 hours from the Midlands, and fares are similar.
There is a good motorway from Dublin to Belfast. Ferry times may necessitate an extra nights accomodation.

2010 Ferry fares are around £240 (return) for a car and trailer with
2 people, or £175 for a van and 2 people. Extra passengers are
charged around £20 return.

One strategy to save money is to add a trailer behind a van, so 2 or
even 3 cars could travel on a single rig. Only 3 people could travel
in the van, so the other 3 would need to take a low cost flight to

Flights from East Midlands or Birmingham to Belfast cost around
double those from Liverpool or Bristol, at present you can book a
flight from those latter airports for as little as £40 return, or £50
return from Stanstead, Luton or Gatwick, again fares will rise as the
time gets nearer. Only hand luggage is allowable for those prices,
but obviously your wellies, trials gear, gloves, dinner suit etc can
travel with the trials car.

Julian has booked flights through www.kayak.co.uk who have proved cheaper than easyjet themselves!

Do not be misled by very low, or even free, fares offered from some
airlines, the "taxes", booking fees, credit card fees and so on can
really add up. Some even charge £14 per passenger to check in for the
flight. Rules on hand baggage are quite strict, and if you get caught
out the costs of carrying your luggage in the hold can be more than
your seat, so check the rules on the airline's website. Even though
Northern Ireland is in the UK, all flying requires official photo ID,
such as a passport or photo driving license.

Taking the above 3 car scenario, (3 cars/ 3 people) ferry costs total
around £240 + £20, and 3 flights = £120, total £380 or £126 per team,
return plus fuel etc.

For 2 cars/3 people (van + 1 car on trailer), ferry £240 + £20, plus
1 flight = £40, total £300, or £150 per team return plus fuel etc.