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Ricki Holds On To His British Under-19 Title - Ollie Riley Finishes Fourth Photographs From The Final

HAWKS had to put in a tremendous effort to ensure that the British Under-19 Championships, sponsored by Haart Estate Agents, could go ahead after heavy overnight and morning rain had flooded the circuit.  However, pumping water from the efficient drainage system allowed the event to go ahead and, although it was heavy going in the qualifying heats, the track was near perfect for the final. 

All the major contenders plus the two home riders, Olly Riley and Olly Buxton, made it through the qualifiers and the Final lived up to expectations with some furious and physical encounters that kept referee Terry Ashford busy.  Some favourites fell foul of the rules which dented their chances and Hethersett's Ollie Riley was well to the fore despite having to desperately hang on to a second place for three laps with a rear-wheel puncture.  After only a third place in a difficult fourth ride he needed to win his last outing.  He was up against the two competition leaders and they proved too strong from the start. Still 14 points was enough to give him a creditable equal fourth place. One point ahead of him was Jack Lush from Stockport who stepped up to third place on the podium.

The top two finished on 18 points and a race-off was required to determine the title. Reigning champion Ricki Johnson from Wednesfield won the important toss for positions and he rode a cagey race to keep Ipswich's Charlie Rumbold at bay. The Suffolk rider tried a last ditch dive at the last corner but Johnson held firm to retain his title and receive the winner's shield from Haart's Elton McQuire.

Olly Buxton was always in the action cheered on by the home support and he finished joint 11th on 9 points.  However, he can look back on a successful week as he was crowned Norfolk Champion in midweek after totting up 20 points out of a possible 24 in a highly competitive and entertaining Final at Spixworth. Ollie Riley, the 2013 Champion, was runner-up after a fall in his fourth ride dented his chances. For the full list of scorers and positions see our results section.

Action above from the Under-19 Championships on the Memorial Field

Hawks and Velo Club's Special Evening More Information
HAWKS played host to members of the Hethersett Velo Cluib The Velo Club was formed just over two years ago and now boasts over 170 members who are engaged in both serious and social road riding.  

Club Secretary Bart Anderson brought along 10 other members and they had a whale of a time and all admitted how scary it was and the safety fence was tested on occasions!  

There was some cycle speedway heritage on view with two Velo Club members showing they had raced before - Colin Harvey rode for Norwich Stars at Hellesdon in the 1980s and Matt Hardy was a former Castle Donington and Leicester rider.  

Also taking part were David Slater, brother to multi-Norfolk Champion Darren, and Sam Whiting, son of former Hawk Simon "Nitro" Whiting.  After a demo and practice a12-heat competition led to A, B and C Finals with Matt Hardy the best of the bunch.  

The evening ended with a 5-a-side relay race and a promise to come back next year - and who knows a couple of recruits for the Hawks' Veterans side!

Hawk Talk 

The 2014 editions of Hawk Talk are all online and can be accessed by clicking here. Archive Hawk Talks are also available.

 

 

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

 

Cycle speedway has a new web site with news on the sport, competition results, forums and hints on training and diet. Speedway Pro is available by clicking here.

 

RIDER STATISTICS

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!  

 

 

Club Contact - Mel Perkins MBE - 9 Meadow Close, Hethersett, NR9 3DZ: Tel 01603 811304 or Mobile 07767 795 184. Mel can be e-mailed by clicking here

 

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