CLUB NEWS: Another successful weekend of racing for Hethersett

HETHERSETT HAWKS / YELLOW BRICK MORTGAGES had another successful weekend of racing around the country. Glyn Morgan led the way with runners-up spot in the Over-60s A Final in the Eurovets Series Round 6 at East Newport. This position assures him of being the overall series champion with one round to go in Birmingham. He also won the B Final in the Over-50s which still keeps him challenging for a podium place in the series.

Seven of the Club’s younger riders were at East London for Round 6 of the South East Grand Prix. Racing at the track which is rarely used but in excellent condition, it was good to hear that plans are afoot for a return to regular racing there. Luc El-Labany continued to be invincible at Under-10 level winning with ease while his sister Nyla came runner-up in the Under-8s, all this while their father Sacha was on a charity ride from London to Paris!! Aiesha Musa and Amelia Dodson finished second and third in the Girls category. Others taking part were Austin Brailey and Oscar Copeland, 7th and 8th in the Under-10s, and Will Clarke, 6th in the Under-14s.

On Sunday it was a return of League racing after a two-month break and the Hawks maintained their unbeaten home record in both South-East Leagues – Division 2 and Youth Division, Great Blakenham were the visitors and they have been struggling at these levels this season so the Hawks duly had comfortable wins. Jason Ashford battled well for Blakenham B but even he could not prevent Mason Martin and Dave Martin remaining unbeaten. However, the highlight was an amazing debut for Michael Gunn, a parent of a new recruit who could not resist having a go at training and then was encouraged to make the team only to have just one defeat in five rides. Aiesha Musa also impressed after bike problems in her opening ride.

(Michael Gunn 17+1, Paul Delaiche 17+1, Aiesha Musa 16+1, Mason Martin 16, Harley Hamill 12+3, Dave Martin 10+2, Amelia Dodson 5, Lola Martin 5)

Gt.Blakenham only had three riders available for the Youth Division match so Hethersett riders Lola Martin, Nyla El-Labany and Alfie Gunn kindly agreed to race for them and an entertaining match ensued. Arlo Davies made his team debut while Aiesha Musa and Luca El-Labany were unbeaten, the latter doing some good team-riding. Amelia Dodson also had one of her best matches.

HETHERSETT U16 75 GT BLAKENHMA U16 43 (adjusted scire)
(Luca El-Labany 18+2, Aiesha Musa 16, Austin Brailey 11+2, Arlo Davies 11, Ronnie Harding 10+2, Amelia Dodson 9)

On Wednesday (7 p.m.) the final round of the Norfolk Grand Prix series for younger age groups takes place at Harford Park and most of those riders will be in action along with older riders in the Norfolk Championships at Hethersett on Sunday. Racing in eight categories starts at 1 p.m.

On Saturday 10th Hethersett are staging their second come-and-try session especially for disabled and neuro-divergent children as part of the Wingz programme run by Access to Sport. The session runs from 11.30 to 12.30.