Our final indoor session at Blyth Sports Centre took place on Saturday 17th March, a day before the "Beast from the East" Russian cold front swept more snow and blizzards back into the UK! Seven of us staged a short programme as in the first session and again there were some excellent tussles.
EXCELLENT to see our Teeside based, 3-time Clubman of the Year Andy Knowles return to track action after that terrible hand injury he suffered while racing for us last year, and although he's even less match fit than the rest of us he soon adapted to the surface at Blyth and tucked away three wins from his four rides in the main programme.
We now return to normal outdoor activitiy whenever the weather may permit.
Very disappointing turnout for this on Saturday 10th March, our lowest numbers so far. Just five of us made it to Blyth so we did some 16 lappers and general training runs rather than any formatted racing.
Wewere forced to cancel this one scheduled for 3rd March due to the weather making it impossible for everyone to travel to Blyth safely.
As is the norm the winter closed season seems to take an age to pass and we were keen to get the new year underway. The atrocious weather meant absolutely no chance of racing on the track for at least another month so we headed for our new indoor haunt of Blyth Sports Centre just up the coast from our Cramlington base. Just enough of us turned out to make any kind of contest interesting, special thanks going to Josh for digging himself out of snowdrifts in Durham to get here for this one while Paul made his first indoor appearance at Blyth.
Once again there were a good few races that made it all worthwhile, especially the titanic struggle between Jason and Josh when they met in heat 7, both taking out cones along the way and paying the ultimate price of exclusion! That left Terry as event winner after a few steady rides but the Skipper wasn't too happy about that so insisted on a run-off for first place! That saw yet another great scrap between him and Josh, but this time Jason managed to avoid cone-kicking while Josh couldn't resist attacking the defenceless little plastic people and collected another exclusion!