Wheels on fire for stunt-riding stars at Summerhill

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STUNT riders from across the north put on a wheely good show at a popular Hartlepool country park at the weekend.

North East BMX staged a regional event at Summerhill, off Catcote Road, and more than 150 riders from places as far afield as Scotland, Blackpool and Preston.

BMX action from Summerhill . Picture by JOE SPENCE

BMX action from Summerhill . Picture by JOE SPENCE

There were riders of all ages, from five-year-olds up to adults, and prizes were up for grabs in a variety of categories depending on age and ability.

Adam Reah, Hartlepool Borough Council’s outdoor activities co-ordinator who is based at Summerhill, said: “The event was a big success, and there were riders from across the north who attended. It was a regional event, which covers a big area, and a lot of hard work went into arranging the competition.

“It was nice to see so many competitors, and there were lots of spectators as well so it was an excellent day.”

The North East branch of the BMX club has around 45 members, but bosses hope events like the one on Sunday will encourage more people to take part in the exciting sport.

Chairman Brent Featherstone said: “We have members who come from places such as Newcastle, Chester-le-Street, Crook, Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle but given that we are based in Hartlepool we don’t have many local members.

“No experience of the sport is required and we are a family-orientated club that warmly welcomes new members, whatever their ability.”

The club meets every Saturday from 10.30am-12.30pm.

New members’ first sessions are free and they then pay £2 per week.

Further information is available on the club’s website at www.northeastbmx.com or by telephoning Brent on 07974 838618.