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No joy for withdrawal plea

At the Vikings AGM following the home match against Hull CSC at Cramlington on Sunday 23rd October, there was general agreement about the downturn in Vikings fortunes over the final half of the season with riders hard to find for away matches and a distinct lack of enjoyment over that period. However, although it was also accepted we need to do a lot more to encourage new, much younger riders to join the club, Terry Kirkup’s suggestion that Northumbria CSC withdraw from the Northern League now in order to consolidate was met with mass disagreement, so virtually ruled out. He was at pains to point out that our position looking forward to 2017 is extremely precarious with only one veteran and two generally non-available (for weekends) riders having joined the club this year.

Chairman Keith Dyer was of similar mind and also suggested putting our NL membership “on ice” for a year, but again the suggestion was heavily dismissed by a decent turnout of the membership. Secretary Neil Magee pointed out the danger of any withdrawal in that it could lead to closure as happened in the 1990s. On a brighter note Neil revealed plans for an expanded 3 Rivers League in 2017 with Leith (Edinburgh) and Cramlington sides joining the existing four teams from Fife, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Northumbria, so the opportunities for younger and less experienced riders both sides of the border look a lot brighter..

Richie Smith reported that over 350 new attendees had tried out the sport on our track this year, some achievement on Richie's part considering he's rarely in the north east these days, working as he does in Coventry. However he's managed to attract those numbers through hard work and persistence on behalf of the Vikings although it remains to be seen whether or not we see any of them again.

Treasurer Jim Smith informed the floor of the fairly healthy position of the club’s finances following a year of hefty expenditure on track and facility improvements. However Assistant Treasurer Jason Keith, aka The Enforcer, stressed the importance of regular weekly or monthly subscriptions being key to our future survival.

North Tyneside Riders

Another great bunch of 20 youngsters from the local North Tyneside Riders cycling club became our final group of visitors in 2016. With the accompaniment of a coach and several parents, the youngsters had a great time in super conditions after early drizzle and like those before them seemed to enjoy their visit. Last time the girls were much to the fore while the junior stars from NTR produced a slightly faster crop of boys. Once again Richie Smith's warmup and coaching session was followed by an individual competition with some very entertaining and speedy laps clocked up and unfortunately another slight brush with the second bend fence! No major damage done though, and another successful day for Richie and Terry in their continued quest for new riders.

Phoenix Flies In

Saturday 17th September from 0930 to 1100 am saw only the second ever visit to the Viking's lair of a youth cycling club, as we bade a very warm welcome to a group of youngsters from the famous Newcastle Phoenix Cycling Club. Their visit was a huge success and for our visitors enjoyable one, and of course if anyone else out there would like to come along and sample short track racing any time they are more than welcome. We provide top notch race bikes for anyone who can handle them, in three sizes from adult to intermediate (16 inch approx) and junior (14inch approx) or you can bring your own if these may be too big for you. Newcastle Phoenix are. like ourselves, school-based, their HQ being at the Excelsior Academy in the West End of town. They also welcome any junior or youth riders, or indeed as we do,  adults too so why not pop along there some time if you fancy some alternative biking disciplines? 

More Starlets Shine

Terry's second session with Active Northumberland's Disability Sports section took place on Wednesday 17th August, and once again it threw up some great prospects amongst the teenage and younger riders. One young man in particular showed super speed and after the session asked if he could return. Like so many youngsters these days, however, he's also into other things with the dreaded football training preventing him from attending Gavin Parr's Tuesday junior sessions. Just our luck!

Saddle Up

It's taken quite a long time for some of our riders to equip themselves with their own bikes but it looks like we're almost there now, or could be soon. Latest recruit Jordan has really gone to town buying new parts, and with some extremely generous donations from Jason Keith has got himself a very nice bike after less than 2 months in the Sport. Well done indeed Jordan. To cap that, our latest and very recent recruit, veteran JP Colback, has ordered a spif new Mielec frame, fully intent on creating something "extra special" for his first full year in the sport in 2017. A real bike enthusiast is JP, great stuff.

 

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Northumbria CSC aims for Quality

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After what seems a very long time since we started our initial enquiry to British Cycling we have finally had confirmation that our application has been successful, and we are now officially a Clubmark club! It's been quite a slog to put our case together with everything else that's been going on, quite apart from the racing. General Manager Terry Kirkup was almost tempted to raise a glass when he heard the fantastic news yesterday from BC's Go-Ride team at its headquarters in Manchester! More information here> Clubmark

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2016 - FIXTURES

28/2 - H - WEDNESFIELD (CH)
6/3 - H - CRAMLINGTON CROWN (IND)
13/3 - A - EDINBURGH (NL)
20/3 - A - SHEFFIELD (NL)
3/4 - H - GLASGOW (NL)
10/4 - A - HECKMONDWIKE (NL)
24/4 - H - BURY (NL)
1/5 - H - SHEFFIELD (NL)
8/5 - H - STOCKPORT (NL)
22/5 - H - ASTLEY (NL)
29/5 - BRITISH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS (OVER 40'S) @ WEDNESFIELD
5/6 - A - KOC @ STOCKPORT (2nd Semi, Northumbria/A&T/Sheff/Hull)
12/6 - Go Ride Event
19/6 - A - HULL (NL)
25/6 - H - EURO-VETS NORTHUMBRIA
3/7 - H - EDINBURGH (NL)
17/7 - NORTHERN LEAGUE INDIVIDUALS @ BURY
24/7 - H - BC BREEZE WOMENS EVENT @ Northumbria
30/7 - H - NORTH TYNE RIDERS VISIT, UNDER 16 AND ADULT @ Northumbria
31/7 - A -Three Rivers League @ Glasgow
28/8 - A - Three Rivers League @ Edinburgh
4/9 - H - HECKMONDWIKE (NL)
11/9 - A - GLASGOW (NL)
18/9 - A - BURY (NL)
2/10 - A - STOCKPORT (NL)
9/10 - H - Three Rivers League @ Northumbria
16/10 - A - ASTLEY (NL)
23/10 - H - HULL (NL)
30/10 - H - NORTHUMBRIA RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP (IND)

CHAMPIONSHIP DATES:
1/5 (euro club champs @ ostrow, poland)
31/7 (euro individuals @ southampton / poole)
28/8 (british finals weekend @ south west / exeter)

EUROVETS:
23/4 - STOKE
7/5 - GLASGOW
21/5 - POOLE
4/6 - NORWICH
25/6 - NORTHUMBRIA
9/7 - UNDERWOOD (+ CARDIFF GP)
23/7 - LEICESTER (REGIONAL CLUB CHAMPS)
6/8 - HELLINGLY
10/9 - HULL (TLI KNOCKOUT FINALS)
24/9 - COVENTRY
8/10 - FINALE BIRMINGHAM

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Club Coach to Luxury Coach!

Saturday 29th October 2016 and our British Cycling Head Coach, Richie Smith joins a very select band of fully-qualified Cycle Speedway Coaches at Wednesfield, elevating himself from Lord to God at the Vikings lair. Not sitting on his newly-won laurels, Richie immediately sizes up some opportunities for winter indoor racing at several venues on Tyneside should the desire to race be strong enough. Some interest has already been shown by several of Terry Kirkup's Team Midaircrisis mountain bike club colleagues so we may see some fresh talent if this comes off.

Andy Takes Honours

Our farthest-travelling teammate Andy Knowles, ex-Sheffield racer now domiciled in Middlesborough, has now completed FOUR YEARS with the Vikings. Not only that but he has also been our most reliable rider in that time, a truly fantastic achievement and fully deserving of his much-belated "Clubman of the Year" award for 2016. He has probably also been responsible for most of his various teammates' scoring over this period being a fully committed team rider, often at cost to his own scoring. See his beaming smile at the top of this page as he helped us to second place in his first ever British Final in the 2016 Veteran's Club Championship at Wednesfield. Well done Andy and thanks for this terrific support. 

Vikings do the Big One

Both youngster Lee Redshaw and Veteran Jason Keith were out to seek glory at the end of August over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Lee made his first appearance in a British Under 13 Championship at Horspath (Oxford) while Jason travelled to Swindon to tackle the British Over 40s event. Unfortunately neither had the best of days when bad weather hit the central part of the UK, but surely this was great experience for Lee.

Lee Stars at Bury

Our young hopeful Lee Redshaw almost pulled off a fabulous win in his first ever attempt at anything outside of Cramlington when he finished joint top scorer on 19 points at the Northern League Individuals on 17th July. Lee had beaten the other finalist during the heats but just lost out in the Under 13 run-off. Well done Lee on a fantastic effort, and Good Luck from all at Northumbria CSC as you try to reach the podium in the British Under 13 Final at Horspath (Oxford) at the end of August.

Jason Keith gets England call-up

See latest News, above.

Meetings, meetings...

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Tuesday 24th May and it was Terry's turn to attend another function on behalf of the Vikings. This one a presentation on "Sport For Development" jointly staged by Gail Ballance of Northumberland Sport and Sported's North East Regional Manager Emily Burns at Ashington Hirst Miner's Welfare Centre. There were only five other groups represented at this limited access event and it was good to hear their stories and see just how alike so many of us minority sports or small local clubs are in respect of what we do, how we attract and retain new members and what are our most important needs. Much importance was placed on community involvement, and here I think we are now doing our bit within our limited resources. Although the emphasis was not on funding (so important also to those I spoke to), advice was made available should it be needed. Of course in this respect we are well represented by Richie Smith and have done pretty well. We also have healthy Social Media and Internet presence which were two aspects of the presentation considered very important. Ongoing.

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Once again, following a very productive meeting between Richie Smith, Terry Kirkup and Arlene Ainsley of the TBSF on 13th May, the support organisation has offered to contribute half the cost of three Level 3 Cycle Speedway coaching courses for the Vikings. Currently we have Richie with a full Level 2 certification, Terry and Gavin Parr still to complete their third day to achieve the same, while Alun Morley and Simon Watson (both attached to and coaching primarliy at Barnesbury CC) are also potential candidates. We'd once again like to thank TBSF for their continuing support not just of ourselves as we seek to improve everything about our "back office" at NVCSC but also many other minority sports clubs.

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On Tuesday 3rd May Richie Smith and Terry Kirkup met with Active Northumberland's Disability Inclusion Officer at the AstroDrome to discuss the possibility of staging a taster session for a group of 14 to 18 year olds. These lads are already mad keen bikers so there should be some brilliant action on the day. With Richie still working in Coventry it would be good to have some backup for Terry for these two sessions in August. Further details will follow nearer the time but provisional plans are for

  • Wednesday 3rd August
  • Wednesday 17th August

Both would be around 10.30-12.00.

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Richie Smith and Terry Kirkup were on their travels on Friday 15th April to meet with Active Northumberland's Community Sports Manager Lee Paris at Blyth Sports Centre. This meeting represented the start of our push to provide outreach facilities to as many interested parties as possible outside of the AstroDrome. Richie and Gavin Parr are already booked in for a demo at the Children's Cancer Run at Gosforth Park on Sunday 15th May but we are keen to extend the opportunities to see and take part in our Sport throughout our wider "home" community of South East Northumberland, and maybe further out later on. We were given a whole stack of contact details for local schools and other organisations, as well as being offered the possibility of inclusion in the summer sports leaflets which are widely distributed to local communities.

Richie Takes First Prize!
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VOLUNTEERS WANTED

We are always looking for extra help on match days and all such offers would be gratefully accepted and really appreciated. Like most other amateur sports clubs we do depend heavily upon parents and relatives, so if you think you could offer to help out in even the smallest way then just ask any club member for further information. You can also e-mail our Volunteer Co-ordinator through our inbox at vikings @ northumbriacsc.org

 

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CALLING ALL UNDER 16 RIDERS AND POTENTIAL RIDERS! (and your folks!)

and of course anyone else over 16, both ladies and gentlemen - there is NO UPPER AGE LIMIT and this year we have riders in their early-20's and early 40s making their debuts! Come along on Saturday and show us what you can do!
Keep watching here and our FaceBook page (see link below) for information on training, racing and coaching, and come see what our Sport can offer YOU!

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 Bronze is Not Enough!

Saturday 15th of August saw us stun the Cycle Speedway World, and of course our own, by not only reaching the Final, but very nearly claiming runner-up spot in the meeting at a very sunny Hull.”

That was 2015, a quote from my report of that event, our first ever foray into the British Veterans Club Championship competition. Today, the day after the 2016 event at Wednesfield on Sunday 29th May I can proudly proclaim we almost did it again but missed third place by 5 points, because WE FINISHED SECOND! Full Report on "AWAY" menu tab above.
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Vikings Captain Gavin Parr (right) with Hull CSC supremo, British Champion Andy Angell
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Yes indeed, or fabulous Number One, Captain Fantastic Gavin Parr has won the British Over 40s Championship at Kesgrave, East Anglia on Sunday 30th August 2015, reversing his defeat at the hands of Leicester's Craig Marchant in the World Veterans Final this time. This is proper reward for the dedication and extremely savage training regime Gavin has embarked upon this year culminating in the best ever result for a Northumbria (and Newcastle!) rider in any national competition since the Sport started up in the North East.

Picture above (credit to the photograph's owner) shows left to right current World Champion Craig Marchant, new British Champion Gavin Parr and last year's World Champion Steve Harris (Poole).

READ GAVIN'S BRITISH FINAL STORY HERE

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(but he's the Best Over 40 in the World!)

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Vikings make history as they capture Bronze in British Veterans Club Championship!

See #AWAY tab for the full, enthralling story!

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Red Faces!
2005 and a very young Andy Angell of Hull CSC (gate 4, red helmet) makes primates out of veteran Vikings Jason Keith (gate 1) and Terry Kirkup under the Humber Bridge. This was a one-off Friendly to get a few legs rolling for the British Veterans Championship at Wednesfield the same year, and was actually Hull CSC versus Newcastle Mountain Bike Club, otherwise known as Midaircrisis. Current riders Gavin Parr, Dan Wharrier and Terry Kirkup are all members of the MTB club.