Results and News
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Contact - Mel Perkins MBE - 9 Meadow Close, Hethersett, NR9 3DZ:
Tel 01603 811304 or Mobile 07767 795 184. Mel can be e-mailed by
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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
1991 to 2012
Rider Statistics 1991 to 2012
reports and records of previous seasons can be found in
our special archive section which is available by clicking
full statistical record of
the 2013 season in pdf format is now available. You can access this by
Go Ride Status Achieved
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.
application has been led by Dave Chambers with help from
Well done – now we can go for the next level of