OBITUARY: Len Kitching
33/18 News has learned of the sad news that former Cheam Cherokees, Raynes Park Tigers and Tolworth Tudors rider Len Kitching, who rode in the first 2 British Veterans Individual Championship Finals in 1987 & 1988, died on Friday 21st February.
Chris Rosam has sent in this tribute to Len:
“He was a dedicated club man, the type that all clubs need but are not always lucky enough to have. He served as secretary for a good number of years at Tolworth and was always first to step up to carry out any necessary track work and any of the other mundane yet essential tasks that needed doing to run a successful cycle Speedway club. He rode for Rayners Park Tigers in the year they won the national team trophy and was justly proud in playing his part in landing the sports biggest trophy. He enjoyed some further success with Tolworth Tudors in the 1970’s riding in the Home Counties League. But more than any success Len just loved the sport and will be no doubt be remembered by many for his distinctive style. He was always generous with his time taking many a junior rider (including myself) to League and National individual competitions. He asked little in return for his time and encouragement.
“Outside of Cycle Speedway he greatly enjoyed watching the motorbike version and was well travelled in visiting many tracks around the UK and other countries for World Finals or latter days Grands Prix. He loved football too and was a supporter of Wimbledon and following their move to Milton Keynes AFC Wimbledon from their inception as a Park league club all the way to their current Division one status.
His other passion was walking to the extent that he wrote and self published his own excellent book of walks around the Surrey Hill area.
“Although I have no first hand knowledge of this I know he was a prominent and active member of the Veteran Cycle Speedway Association.
“Latter years where not so kind to him health wise but he battled and defeated bowel cancer a few years back.
“He could be as stubborn as a mule and infuriating conservative (non politically) but he was the consummate club man and I count myself lucky to have known the man as a friend and club mare. God bless you Len. RIP”
Everyone in Cycle Speedway as well as those at 33/18 News extend their condolences to Len’s family & friends at this difficult time
Funeral details will be announced as soon as they are available