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HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO had one rider taking part in the World Championships being held in the UK for the first time in four years.  Dan Chambers took part in the first qualifying round at Poole and battled hard to score 10 points.  However it was not quite enough as he finished 11th and only the top nine qualified for the Quarter-Finals. 

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HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON and CO faced their biggest challenge when, following 22 hours persistent rain, they had to be ready to entertain 109 youngsters from as far afield as Exeter and Lancashire for a National Round of the British Youth and Junior League.  Early morning pumping of the drainage system and teamwork erecting facilities in wind and rain meant that all was ready by the 10 a.m. start.  The Under-8s had the worst of the conditions being on first and the very young ones found it difficult to manage just one lap of the track yet alone the regulation three but they got lots of encouragement from the big crowd and lots of consideration from the referee.

As the track eventually started to dry out there was some spectacular racing, especially in the Under-12s and Under-14s.  Race of the day was the Under-12 Grand Prix final when favourite Lewis Brinkhoff (Kesgrave) spun on the starting gate but with determination and skill he picked off his opponents one by one to take the chequered flag.

Poole won the overall Club event followed by Ipswich and Kesgrave. The South Coast side only won the Under-14s but scored well in all categories.  The other age groups were won by Kesgrave (Under-8s, Under-10s and Under-12s) Ipswich (under-17s) and Exeter (Girls).
In addition to Brinkhoff the other Grand Prix were won by JJ Wildman (Exeter), Olly Reynolds (Kesgrave), James Bunting (Sheffield), Haydn Rowley (Wednesfield) and Lauren Hookway (Exeter).

Hethersett only had one rider who had qualified from the Regional Rounds. Katie Adams was doing well in the Girls event but crashed heavily in a collision during her third ride. She reappeared in the rerun to beat Sammi Marsh from Birmingham but could not finish her final race.  Bravely she took her place in the "C" Final which she won convincingly as a reward for her efforts.

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Hawks had a lot of success at the Norfolk Championships held at Eaton Park in Norwich as riders brought home four Norfolk titles.  The events, part sponsored by Carmichaels Trophies, saw riders from the Hethersett and Norwich Clubs contest seven Championships in wet conditions which did have the benefit of making the track have much more grip.

Leo Mallett won the Under-10s, Owen Wells won the Under-16s and Olly Buxton won the Under-19s, all with maximum scores, while Katie Adams retained her Ladies title dropping just one point.  Three other Hawks came close as well with Daniel Longlands (Under-13), Olivia Nicholas (Ladies) and Leigh Cossey (Senior) all finishing runners-up in their categories.  Olly Buxton picked up a third placed trophy in the Senior.  Norwich rider Paddy Wenn was a popular winner of both the Senior and Veterans titles while colleague Scott Colby won the Under-13s.

HAWKS  staged the second round of the British Women and Girls League and, despite a cold, breezy and, at times, wet day, the competitors from as far afield as Exeter, Poole and Sheffield put on some tremendous racing - the morning rain ensuring almost a perfect racing surface.

In the Inter-Regional competition the leaders Midlands were again dominant, defeating the South & South West 72-48. Lauren Hookway won a couple of races but the Midlands, led by the Whitehead sisters had impressive teamwork throughout not losing a heat.

The East team were boosted by a surprise cameo appearance from former star Tiffany Collins who paired up well with the other home rider Katie Adams.  With the Lily Gedge / Chloe Pearce pairing in fine form and Charlie-Jane Herbert also winning two races they were far too good for a North team under full-strength.  However, Vicky Brown was able to keep the score respectable (67-42) with a brilliant maximum.

The individual competition that followed provided even better racing as the riders were split into Senior and Intermediate categories.  Charlie-Jane Herbert and Rebecca Davies both had heavy falls so missed out on the main final which was won after a strong gate from Michalle Whitehead chased all the way by Vicy Brown.  Lauren Hookway held off Laura Watson to take the minor place on the rostrum. 

The Intermediate went right to the chequered flag with Chloe Pearce making the best of a gate one draw to just hold off the impressive Macie Schmidt. Sam Marsh won the battle against her Midlands team-mate Elizabeth Rigley to take third spot.

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Club founder and secretary Mel Perkins has been hard at work on the club statistics. He had put together grids for all riders and their points for the years from 1991 to 2012. To view these just click on the links below


Statistics 1991 to 2012

Full Rider Statistics 1991 to 2012


Archive Section

News, reports and records of previous seasons can be found in our special archive section which is available by clicking here.

A full statistical record of the 2013 season in pdf format is now available. You can access this by clicking here.

Go Ride Status Achieved


The Hawks have finally been granted the coveted GO-RIDE status by British Cycling. We have been trying for over two years to put everything in place to get this “kite-mark” which confirms we are a well-run and structured club with all policies in place.  


The application has been led by Dave Chambers with help from Ian Grange,  Well done – now we can go for the next level of CLUBMARK!