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Back to School for the Vikings!

Yes indeed, Cramlington Learning Village had an extra eight Adult Learners (to be kind!) on Thursday 18th June in the shape of Jim Graham, Carol Wilby, Keith Oldham, Dan Wharrier, Keith Dyer, Jim Smith, Gavin Parr and Terry Kirkup. And no, the day wasn't wasted scribbling on desks with ink bottles and fountain pens, it was spend outside in the glorious, almost double-figure cloud-covered wind-torn atmosphere of the AstroDrome as we entertained a smashing group of Year 8 lads for our first proper hookup with the school since the track was completed. Photo below courtesy of Cramlington Learning Village.

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And although it's taken us a while to get this far, today proved it was worth the wait with a super display from the youngsters. Still early days of course, and there's probably a new X-Box game about to hit the High Street but there was exceptional enthusiasm from our trainees today. Gavin did the introductory stuff with an explanation of the basics and a good look at a bike before checking that everyone was suitably and safely clothed, then  we split the 24 strong group into two and got started.

Terry took half onto the running lanes to teach some starting and stopping techniques, watched on eagerly by some old Vikings who also wanted to learn (!). Meanwhile Gavin had the remainder on the track to show basic cornering, line and pedalling techniques. Fifteen minutes of that brought about a switchover of learners and a repeat with the other half of the group and then it was time to put some of what they'd been shown into practice.

It would have been rare for a group of this size not to throw up at least one potential rider, but afterwards the Vikings were unanimous in their belief that we may have up to a dozen instantly competent and competitive novices!

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Skipper and Old Fella win Cramlington Euro-Vets

Saturday 6th June saw Vikings Captain Gavin Parr defeat a strong field in the Euro-Vets Over 40 age group at a very windy Sporting Club to go through the meeting unbeaten after six rides, while his Over 60 colleague Terry Kirkup got the better of the rest to take top spot dropping just one point. Full story on eurovets.uk web site.

Vikings finish 3rd in tough Semi-Final

Northumbria Vikings finished an excellent 3rd in a tough semi final at Sheffields Cookson Park on Sunday. Missing Michael Parr from the line up the Vikings had Gavin and Jason backed up by Dan Wharrier and Dan Redshaw. 

Wharrier was never far away from the thick of the action and a great pass on Sheffields Nial Morton was the highlight of a excellent days racing for him. Redshaw was a little dissapointed with his own performance but a mystery virus may have been the cause for some of his performance.


The two senior Vikings both had good meetings with Jason taking some great scalps along the way to a couple of fine heat wins. Certainly the early morning gym sessions didn't go un noticed among the other riders with compliments galore heading his way. The skipper Gavin had a disappointing first ride before coming out in his second and breaking the Cookson Park track record. This for a 43 year old was a pretty special moment although the record was broken later on in the day by Mikey Hewitson and Damien Zareba.


All in all the Vikings put up a great show and with a little bit more luck could even have sneaked through the back door into the final.


BURY (47) – Chris Parrish 14(4), Ben Scrannage 13(4), James Elston 11(4), Danny Taylor 5(2), Neil Howarth 4(2).

EDINBURGH (43) – Mikey Hewitson 14(4), Kamil Grezla 12(4), Craig Newsome 9(4), Jake Slight 6(3), Dougie Morgan 2(1).

NORTHUMBRIA (37) – Gavin Parr 13(4), Jason Keith 11(4), Dan Wharrier 7(4), Dan Redshaw 6(4)

SHEFFIELD (32) – Adam Watson 12(4), Jason Burke 8(4), Rich Hudson 7(3), Niall Morton 4(4), Vicky Brown 1(1).

New sponsor captured by Treasurer Jim Smith!

Yes indeed, not satisfied with providing our major benefactor Parkside Logistics, watch this space for news of Jim's latest aquisition and the company's plans to host a special meeting at Cramlington!

Saturday 25th April, Club event at 3:00 pm.

Another decent turnout but only Jason Keith of our top five taking part in this one. Still a great session though, once again masterminded by Neil Magee and resulting in another thrillingly close contest between two equal teams. Once again we were blessed with the presence of our amazing, now Cumbrian-domiciled Fred Mitchell and also unbelievably also blessed with superb track conditions, barely damp after steady morning rain which didn't stop until around 1:30 pm. Our youngsters Dan Heppell, Daniel Thompson and Lee Redshaw continue to improve in leaps and bounds but they could do with some more level competition. The match finished in glorious sunshine, see Neil's Forum and Facebook reports for full details. 

All cyclists, boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen are more than welcome to join us at our Saturday or Tuesday evening sessions.

The Champions Came and Conquered

Sunday 29th March saw the Northern league visit of defending champions Stockport visit the AstroDrome and once again do the business, although this time they were very much understrength. However with such a formidable spearhead of fast young riders and one super veteran they eased into the lead towards the end of the match to take the points. See match report NL3_2015 @Crammy above.

 Well, our first Go-Ride event of 2015 was indeed a dismal affair, and mainly down to the crazy weather conditions up at Cramlington with a savage, blustery wind howling across the playing fields before ravaging the track area and all who stood there! Conseqyuently, numbers were well down on expected with only seven youngsters turning up. However, eternal optimist Richie Smith, our BC Head Coach, proceeded to do his stuff aided by Vikings Club captain Gavin Parr, Treasurer Jim Smith and score keeper Terry Kirkup. A series of individual and team races were held with the Gold medallists being decided in the team event, but every competitor rewarded for their heroic effort on a chaotic day.

Coach Richie Smith invites you to "Go-Ride" with the Vikings! images

Yes, it's time to put down your Playstation and get mobile kids! We start off with a Go Ride Race for Under-16s on Saturday 28th March at 2pm.

We also plan to run our Rock Up & Ride coaching and fun sessions at the later time of 2pm on Saturdays after the Easter holidays. Sessions will run on a fortnightly basis on Saturdays at 2pm from 18th April then on 2nd, 16th and 30th May, 13 June (not 27 June due to Sky Ride Newcastle), 11th and 25th July, 8th and 22nd August, 5th and 19th September and finally on 3rd and 17th October.

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It is still only £2 per child and first session free for new riders if you have friends who would like to come and try. If you want to ride more often there's also the chance to get involved in league matches at home or away on selected Sundays. We have a Junior team and new riders are always welcome. 

We also welcome adults and have parents of riders taking up the sport too and others volunteering to help out on race days.

Thank you for your support,

GRVikings