Report by Vikings Secretary, Neil Magee

Challenge
NORTHUMBRIA VIKINGS 87
WEDNESFIELD ACES 151

The scoreline was not unexpected, nor important, both teams enjoying some sunshine and reasonable conditions in a very useful pre-season work out. The Aces myriad internationals and superstars were always going to run out easy winners, just as they had done at Edinburgh the day before, but there was still plenty of competitive action on track. Highlights were the races involving guest Mikey Hewitson of course, but Michael Parr, Jason Keith and Terry Kirkup all perhaps surprised themselves with decent victories over their illustrious opponents, while several others were also in the hunt and often came close to more points. Paul Hearld, Lee Kemp and Mark Griffiths all went unbeaten for the visitors, Chris Jewkes losing out only to new elite league team mate Mikey, while Steve Mullinder also looked to enjoy himself with four straight wins. Our thanks go to the Aces for chosing to visit our humble little and still new track, they being a class act on and off the track throughout the whole day.

NORTHUMBRIA: Mikey Hewitson 13, Jason Keith 11+1, Terry Kirkup 9, Dan Redshaw 9, Michael Parr 8, Dan Wharrier 8, Shane Gray 7, Neil Swanson 5+1, Keith Oldham 5, Andy Knowles 4, Paul Thomson 3+1, Dan Thompson 3, Lee Redshaw 2
WEDNESFIELD: Paul Heard 19+1, Lee Kemp 18+2, Mark Griffiths 18+2, Chris Jewkes 17+2, Lee Aris 17+1, Steve Mullinder 16, Scott Doherty 13+1, Ben Mould 12, Harry Everiss 13+1, Connor Dyke 10+2

JUNIORS:
Bradley Stansfield won the junior support event, twice holding off Lee Redshaw who rode from a quarter lap handicap in the heats, although Lee did have the last of it, riding through the field to win the finale.
Juniors: 1st Bradley Stansfield, 2nd Lewis Petre, 3rd Sam Stansfield
Finale Winner: Lee Redshaw

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Shanklea Junior School Rocks Up to CS@CLV

Friday 14th June saw the start of our track sessions for Cramlington Learning Village's feeder primary schools. First off the mark was Shanklea school and the sixteen girls and boys showed an immediate liking for the track and the bikes. Fortunately, as vociferously pronounced with great relief after the session by one of the four Shanklea staff in attendance, there were NO falls or injuries of any kind! Vikings Head Coach Richie Smith was well pleased with the turnout and performance of the youngsters on their first ever short track laps.

JUNIOR TRAINING RESUMES

From now on it'll be Sundays from 11:00-12:00 for Under-16 riders then 4:00-5:00 seniors, and Tuesday night adults from 6:15. Sundays are dependent upon North & Scotland League fixtures which start when the Vikings are due to ride for their adopted sides in Hull and Edinburgh on 7th April . PLEASE keep an eye on our Facebook page for the most recent updates.

Viking's skipper Jason Keith finished 3rd in Northern League Individuals in Wigan. Jason also currently runs in second place in the Euro-Vets Over 40 Grand Prix series with teammate Terry Kirkup third in the Over 60s.

Moving Forward

On Tuesday 12th February, Richie Smith and Terry Kirkup met Seat Valley and Cramlington's School Sports Co-ordinator to discuss possible school sessions on the track this season. Lets hope we can start to emulate the amazing Queen Anne High School in Fife and get a massive betch of youngsters into the Sport. This is all schedules for May and June.

Parr to Return?

Viking's long-time Number One, ex-British Over 40s Champion Gavin Parr has signed for Hull CSC for the 2019 season. This follows the cessation of Northern League racing here at Northumbria following a disappointing few years where we failed to attract any new riders to boost our numbers and ensure a healthy future for the team. With a few of the remaining regulars off to Edinburgh for 2019, Gavin has taken advantage of the chance to link up with his good friend, 3-time British Champion Andy Angell at the Humberside club and we wish him all the very best for his coming season.

Vikings Look Forward

2018 sees us embark on a team rebuilding programme with a serious search for junior talent led by Coach Richie Smith.

Senior Training 2018 link here.
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TK made some changes to the track floodlights on 23rd October while the School was on half term break. We now have much better coverage with some tweaks to the aiming angle of each lamp.

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.

Richie Takes First Prize!

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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!
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