CLUB NEWS: Northumbria celebrate 50 seasons of Terry at Three Rivers League

Northumbria Cycle Speedway Club celebrated Terry Kirkup’s 50th season in Cycle Speedway on Sunday.

Club members banded again to purchase a silver salver which was presented to the obviously moved veteran. Terry has led from the front since his first rides in 1967, and it is fair to say that without his dedication to the sport it would not have ran so successfully since then.

Terry has done every conceivable job with Newcastle/Northumbria and is as keen as ever and still riding well, proven by his 15 points out of 16 at the weekend. Terry also helps organise the  Eurovets series, and still manages to travel the length and breadth of the country for every meeting and is currently leading the over 60s.

I’m sure Terry’s friends all over the UK will raise a glass to him.

Three Rivers League

Northumbria¬†held the latest meeting in this series on Sunday. A different format was used, this time it consisted of a four man, four team contest. The programme devised by Edinburgh’s Steve Gilroy worked well, and by the end of 24 heats the top three were separated by just three points.

It could have been even closer had Northumbria’s Lee Redshaw been able to continue, after one race (a win) he had to pull out with illness.

Edinburgh were winners by one point from Glasgow with the two Northumbria teams next
Star man was Glasgow’s Bartoz Inieki who rode unbeaten and Dan Wharrier who dropped just two points for Cramlington.

Edinburgh 64
Marcin Czarkowski 19+2, Ewan Kennedy 19, Dougie Morgan 15+4, Skye Mitchell 11.

Glasgow 63
Bartoz Inieki 23+1, Andy McDougall 17+1, Colin Gray 12+2, Jim Alexander 11.

Cramlington 61
Dan Wharrier 21+1, Terry Kirkup 15(4) Bradley Stansfield (res) 10(3), Dan Thompson 8, Paul Thompson 7+1(5).

Northumbria 50
Shane Gray 17, JP Colback 11+1, Keith Oldham 9+1(5), Jordan Smith (res) 5+1(3), Richie Smith (res)4+1(3), Lee Redshaw 4(1).

Cover photo by George Swanson.