CLUB NEWS: Bury celebrate their youth at presentation night

Bury Cycle Speedway held their presentation night on Sunday 11th December at Bury Bridge Social club, with almost 70 members and families there.

Club President, Tony Mann announced the awards which were presented by Club Chairman, Stuart Howarth.

First up were the Northern League GP recipients. Bury won this competition by a huge margin this year, the event encompasses all the age groups from the youngest to the older division 2 riders.

The top scorers in each age group were also presented with awards by the league and Bury’s Louis Turner was the winner of the U13s trophy.

The Bury division 2 team had also won the Northern League and the KO Cup. These were also presented individually and to the team captain, Adam Turnbull, on behalf of the league.

The Bury coaches, have for the last few years given awards to the rider, who over the year, has made progress and contributed significantly to the success of the team and club. This year was no exception.

These awards were announced by lead coach, John Burston and presented by coaches Joe Holloran and Danny Taylor.

First up was Louis Turner to receive the best U13 award for his third place in the British finals this year, also winning the Northern League age group and the U13 club indie.

Next was Kaysar Mohamaddi, who had taken 9 trophies this year, including the club junior indie and 2nd in the club senior indie, as well as third in the Birmingham Second City trophy. He was awarded the “Mr Achiever” award for 2016.

Thirdly was Adam Turnbull, who captained the 2nd division and KOC teams to undefeated victory this season, and picked up a number of placings in regional indies, as well as being an ever present in every match across three competitions. This feat was something no one else in the club attained, he was presented with the most improved rider 2016.

The fourth award was given to Adam Taylor. For a rider who was competing in events against senior and much more experienced riders, he was probably the most calm and thinking rider in the club, never panicked, always in the mix, and usually coming out with either a top score or a host of bonus points. A reliable, steady and fast improving rider “Mr Cool”, 2016 was the just award for Adam.

The only senior rider in the coaching awards this season was a rider who started in the development squad around 5 years ago, and has steadily made progress,and now holds down the second heat leader spot in the first team.

He took fourth place in the Manchester League indie and fourth place in the Northern League indie, but made no mistake in the club event winning it for the 3rd year in succession. “Mr Consistency”, 2016 went to Kris Ramsden.

Three special awards of new helmets were made to Caci Neath for winning the U8s club indie, Duncan Whalley and Harry Radford for winning the BYJL regional age group titles.

A special mention was given to the four coaches at Bury who this season have contributed 600 hours of coaching and training collectively to the club.

Tony Mann rounded off the awards ceremony with three special awards. The President’s awards to club volunteers; Alison Plimley for all the work she puts in on race and training days with the administration and levies, was first to receive her award, followed by Matthew Turnbull our resident flag marshall and now under 13s event referee for all the work he puts in on race days throughout the full events.

Matthew’s Mother, Linda, was also given the special award for the sterling and much appreciated work she does throughout the year on the catering side of things, without which the club would struggle to run financially.

Linda is also a much valued timekeeper and assistant on our winter training events.

Last of all came the annual presentation or “the Turners trophy”, an award presented initially over 35 years ago, by the then club sponsor Alan Turner, and who still finances the award each year.

This season, Adam Turnbull was the popular, surprised but worthy winner of the prestigious trophy.

It was a good evening in convivial surroundings, with a good turnout and bodes well for the club in the coming season.