CLUB NEWS: Monarchs show support for campaign
Birmingham Monarchs Cycle Speedway Club are hosting a race meeting this Sunday (3rd November) in support of a campaign against knife crime. The idea for the meeting has been organised by Monarchs captain Ricki Johnson. The Passey family have a ‘justice for Ryan’ campaign as well as wanting to fight against knife crime.
Ryan was stabbed and killed in a Stourbridge nightclub in August 2017 and the families fight for justice continues. Johnson is a friend of the family and wanted to also bring about awareness. Johnson added “it’s really bad what happened and I hope the family can get some justice. I felt I had to do something to raise awareness of knife crime so I’m using my sport to promote awareness”.
Johnson is hoping to arrange a quality line up and is in discussions with riders to race to promote and support. “I’m still working on putting together the line up. The season is over for most riders so I’m talking to as many riders as possible to have one final outdoor meeting”.
The meeting is likely to be an open invitation individual event but no details have been given at time of print other than the start time of 2pm. for more information on the campaign visit https://www.change.org/p/justice-for-Ryan-passey-Ryan-s-law or visit the facebook page Justice for Ryan Passey.
In other news…… Birmingham were crowned Gold Cup champions after the final round of the series was abandoned at Leicester due to a waterlogged track last week. The Monarchs were leading the series prior to this call off with no restaging date available.
Mark Winwood (pictured below) took Silver in the Eurovets Series at Leicester 2 weeks ago, in both the over 35s and 40s. Paul Timms took victory in the 60s event on the day too.
With the season over after this Sunday the racing moves indoors ready for the Indoor championships in Coventry on the first weekend of January. Further discussions will continue with the council over the lease and development of the track and facilities.
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