CLUB NEWS: A busy week for the Hawks

Report by Sarah Brailey

It has been a busy week of racing for HETHERSETT HAWKS sponsored by YELLOWBRICK MORTGAGES so make a brew and
settle down to read all about it!

Lola Martin kicked it all off riding in the Women’s Battle of Britain last weekend. She rode for the North in the team event and in the individuals only dropped 2 points to get into the Intermediate A Final where she placed second! Super work!
Midweek saw the Club’s Maiden Plate that had kept being delayed due to the poor weather we are currently experiencing for Spring finally raced. Despite the gloomy skies, the Hawks had 13 riders – the highest ever – battling for the top spot. The Maiden Plate is only open to riders who have not won a Club Championship and everyone was keen to kick-start the season with a trophy. With much improved riding all round, there was a three-way tie and therefore a run-off for the top three spots. Ross Carmen crossed the line first, with Ronnie Harding 2nd and Amelia Dodson 3rd .

Referee – Mel Perkins

On Saturday 27 th April, Hethersett Hawks/Yellowbrick Mortgages travelled to Kesgrave for the second round of the South East Grand Prix. On a decidedly chilly day, Kesgrave had a warm welcome with everything running like clockwork and making a roaring trade in Pot Noodles! With faces as blue as their shirts, the young Hawks rode well. After facing a run-off in the U10’s for the B final, Isaac Emms finished 4th and Nyla El-Labany 2nd . Both are getting to grips well with new age groups this season. The U12’s were just as impressive with some shoulder-to-shoulder riding and resulting in the C final Arlo Davies, B final, Austin Brailey 3rd and A final Luca El-Labany 2nd . Amelia Dodson rounded off the Hawks afternoon
with 4 th in the A final.

Referees – Matthew Parr and Leon Mower

Unfortunately, the Division 2 and Youth Team matches against Kesgrave on Sunday 28th April had to be called off due to – yes, you guessed it! – the weather.

The Hawks are next in action away at Hellingly on Sunday 12th May.