Report by Vikings Secretary, Neil Magee


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

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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Moving Forward

On Tuesday 12th February, Richie Smith and Terry Kirkup are due to meet Blyth Valley'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.

Track Work Resumes

Sunday 10th February should see a few of us getting our wheels on the track again, but only car wheels this time as we try to repair the damage the school's PE lessons have done over the winter on a surface way too soft for ANY kind of activity.

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.

Skipper nails it!

Vikings captain Jason Keith, now of course an Edinburgh rider as Northumbria take a break from Regional League racing, finished a mighty fifth in the British Over 40 Indoor Championship at Coventry on 5th January. This was by far his best ever performance on an indoor track as he competed against some of the World's top Veteran racers. 

Northern AGM at Cramlington leaves Northumbria in a quandary.

The North & Scotland AGM was attended by Chairman/Secretary Keith Dyer and Treasurer Jim Smith at Cramlington Sporting Club, the venue conveniently placed to make access by English and Scottish clubs as easy as possible. By all accounts the outcome pleased all clubs present but when word got back to base there was some headscratching done and our future remains as uncertain as it was before the meeting. This follows a unanimous decision at our own AGM a few days earlier to embark on a somewhat different path to the one that seems to have been agreed and as a result another Northumbria meeting has been called for Wednesday 21st November.


With an average age of 52.5 compared to their oppositions' of around 18, Northumbria's Old Vikings pulled off a stupendous second place in the Grand Finale of the Northern Fours at Astley & Tyldesley (Wigan) on Sunday 11th November. Details in #Away link on menu above.


Round 3 of the Northern Fours at a dry, cool Bury saw us gain promotion for the final round - report link above.


We weren't so lucky in the second round at Stockport - report link above.


Northumbria win promotion in Northern Fours at Hull. See full story above.

Vikings on the podium 

Skipper Jason Keith secured overall third place in the 2018 Over 40 Euro-Vets Grand Prix at Leicester on 6th October with a 4th place finish on the day, while Over 60 team-mate Terry Kirkup won the final round to finish second overall.


The 2018 Northumbria Riders Championship/TK Trophy was held on Sunday 23rd September at 11am and was followed by a series of Challenge matches between Northumbria, Edinburgh and Hull. See report link on @ Crammy menu above.

Sunday 19th August 2018saw the Vikings travelling to near neighbours Edinburgh Falcons for a challenge match, only the second time we've raced as a team this year following our disappointing but enforced withdrawal from the North & Scotland League at the end of 2017 due to rider shortages. A wet and cool afternoon was livened up by some great action on track with Edinburgh comfortably claiming victory.

On Wednesday, 15th August 2018 Vikings elders Norman Carson and Terry Kirkup hosted their third group of youngsters from Active Northumberland's Inclusion Department, another exciting on-track session with one of the girls leading the way on this occasion. Well done to everyone who took part. 
Three Vikings make the longest road trip in the Club's history on Saturday 4th August when skipper Jason Keith, Ashie Patterson and Terry Kirkup head south to Exeter for the fourth round of 2018's Euro-Vets Grand Prix series.
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.
Can you shed any light on this?

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.

Local Winter League off to a Flyer - see 2017 Training Page.
bike4healthDr Bike condemns our brakes!
Hethersett racer Josh Herring trains at Crammy!
Jason Keith gets Battle of Britain call-up at Hull.
Vikings AGM scheduled for Sunday 17th September
Knowles to have hand operation on Tuesday 29th August.
Smith in talks with Tour of Britain organisers.
Disaster strikes Skipper! - see Latest.
Vikings sign Polish duo - or not? See Latest.

Jason Keith forgets his shoes!

Jason Keith wins his first Euro-Vets "A" Final
Jason Keith gets SCOTLAND call-up!!!
Jason Keith gets England call-up
Jason Keith gets Battle of Britain call-up

Knowles Tri-umphs!

Andy Knowles was untouchable in the quest for our "Clubman of the Year" award for the third year running in 2017. After his nasty hand injury at the back end of the season his big brother, Euro-Vet regular Mick Knowles accepted the award on Andy's behalf in his absence. Here  receives his belated "Vikings Clubman of the Year 2016" award from Sheffield Team Manager Adrian Brownell. This was the second year running that our semi-detached (Middlesborough) Mister Dependable had won this award in recognition of not only his fabulous support in travelling with a home team 30 miles distant, but also his totally unselfish on-track performances which have also made him our Bonus Point King.


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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