After storms and widespread flooding the first event of the season for Sudbury was looking in doubt.
It was full-steam ahead with a brace of tractors ready if the going got too sticky and, with last-minute entries on the day, 81 adults and 10 youths tackled the challenging slippery course.
Riders had the option to tackle it as an Iron Man – on your own or as a two-man team to break up the two-hour race – with the winner being the team or individual notching up the most laps in the four hours.
It started with a Le Mans-style sprint to the bikes – with first away from the ranks proving a fairly accurate prediction of finishing places.
The first hour saw the backmarkers lapped as the more experienced riders set a fearsome pace skimming over the deep ruts and twisting through the wooded sections.
But as the sun came out and the wind dried the track to near-perfect conditions, those with the energy pushed through and the laps quickened.
Will Hughes and James Jackman led the way in the Championship Two-Man race with 35 laps to their credit, holding off Dan Willis/ Jason Morland on the same number, with Joe Phillips/ Ryan Allison a lap behind.
The Youths competitors fought it out with a fierce pace from the start for the hour-long second race of the day, battling over a shorter drier course than the earlier adults with no less determination and lack of air.
Adam Durkin/ Tom Sargent got the nod over Doug Lote and Edward Elkin after both pairs completed 32 laps in the Experts, one more than Phil Roper and Ian Parker .
There was a bit of breathing space for Clubman winners Barnaby Knight and Archie Gunton who completed 29 laps to finish comfortably in front of the Josh Fullalove/ Mitchell Beagrie and Clive Smith/ Richard Squirrel pairings who both completed 26 laps.
Jack Berry was crowned Iron Man with an excellent 30 laps to his name, a full four more than runner-up Oliver Macrae who had the same distance between him and third-placed Jason Carsbolt.
Michael Wilson was first away from the line in the Youths and enjoyed a lively scrap with Will Belton for the first three laps to keep spectators on their toes before Belton retired following a close encounter with a tree leaving Michael to take the chequered flag, closely followed by Billy Sargent and Will Turtle.
Championship Two-Man: 1 Will Hughes & James Jackman 35 laps, 2 Dan Willis & Jason Morland 35, 3 Joe Phillips & Ryan Allison 3, 4 Toby Morley & Shaun Southgate 34, 5 Travis Frost & Oliver Brader 32, 6 Ryan McDonnell & Jack Nicolau 25.
Expert Two-Man: 1 Adam Durkin & Tom Sargent 32, 2 Doug Lote & Edward Elkin 32, 3 Phil Roper & Ian Parker 31, 4 Jeremy Savory & Kane Fisher 18.
Clubman Two-Man: 1 Barnaby Knight & Archie Gunton 29, 2 Josh Fullalove & Mitchell Beagrie 26, 3 Clive Smith & Richard Squirrel 26, 4 Shaun Palfrey & Daniel Cummings 26, 5 Jake Lane & Charlie Baker 25.
Iron Man: 1 Jack Berry 30, 2 Oliver Macrae 26, 3 Jason Carsbolt 22, 4 Frank Newington 21, 5 Chris Hart 21, 6 Simon Davies 17, 7 Toby Rogers 16.
Youths: 1 Michael Wilson 15 laps, 2 Billy Sargent 15, 3 William Turtle 14, 4 Mason Miller 13, 5 Fraser Lawrence 13, 6 Archie Newington 12, 7 Freya Jolly 12, 8 William Belton, 9 Charlie Carsboult, 10 Louie Curry.