South London’s BMX clubs from Brixton, Peckham and Merton made the long drive to the Broomfield track, near Herne Bay in Kent for the annual South Region Championships on September 15th . The event was blessed with good weather, not too much wind and warm sun.
In all 255 riders signed up for the event, with Brixton BMX Club fielding 12 in all, competing in age classes from 9 right up to 50+. Riders from the other London clubs Hackney and Hayes were present, as well as riders from the Andover, Bournemouth, Gosport, Gravesend, Knightwood and Runnymede clubs.
With this being the end of the BMX racing season, there was a jovial atmosphere at the event and as ever Brixton BMX Club and Merton BMX Club shared space in the viewing area.
The track was well prepared for the event, but being one of the longest in the South Region with no less than six berms and seven straights, it provided plenty of challenges to the riders. The narrow berms, bumpy in places, also made for additional challenges with regard to overtaking moves.
Brixton’s BMX Club made a strong showing, with 27 riders in all, competing and in age ranges from 6 up to 50+ expert classes.
The track had benefited from recent maintenance work and the surface was smooth and well-compacted, so the day’s racing was fast as a result.
In male 9 year olds Harvey Tomlinson scored 4th place in his A final while in female 9-10 year olds, Isla Radcliffe scored 3 rd in her A final.
Brixton BMX Club fielded no less than five riders in the male 13 year olds and competition was fierce between them through all their heats. Max Alfrey crossed the line first in the B final, followed closely by Ezra Thompson in 2nd and Tien Albert in 4th . Meanwhile Kieran Beneochrist and Alex Tayler had diced with each other through their heats, Kieran taking higher placings. However in their
A final, Alex pulled out the stops and crossed the line in 2nd place, with Kieran taking 4th .
In male 14 year olds, Joel Peck scored 6th in his A final against tough competition. Dad John Peck took first place in the 50+ cruiser B final, with David Radcliffe in 4th , while Mike Woof took 5th in Grand Veterans, again for riders aged 50+.
There is an open day this Saturday 21st September, 12-2pm at the Brockwell Park track. People are invited to come along and try riding a BMX bike. They will have bikes and helmets available and will be encouraging novices to take to the track for the first time.