Astley & Tyldesley were well represented in the 1st National Round of
the British Youth & Junior League at Norwich on Saturday. It is pleasing
to report that nine of A & T's eleven individual qualifiers took part,
in a record field of 169 riders. Unfortunately, the day's racing, which
started promptly at 12 noon, was abandoned at 10 pm, as darkness fell.
Around 200 races had been staged, but the last 7 races, the U-18 and
Girls Finals were not staged. These events will now be raced at the 2nd
round at Sandwell. The remaining three venues in the series - Sandwell,
Poole, Sheffield - all have floodlighting provision, unlike Norwich.
A & T's riders gave good accounts of themselves in an extraordinary
day's racing, featuring Britain's best young racers. In the U-8s event,
Adam Turnbull scored 12 points and won the 'C' Final, with Max Evans
scoring 10 and finishing 3rd in the 'D' Final, whilst Tyler Koch scored
8 points. Adam Watson scored 11 points in the U-10s event and won the
'D' Final. A & T's best performer of the day was Adam Phillips, who
scored 15 points in the U-12s event and finished 2nd in the 'A' Final.
Laura Watson scored 8 points in the Girls event, taking a heavy fall and
injuring her wrist in the process, but has qualified for the 'B' Final.
Finally, in the U-18s event, Ben Dickenson and Luke Jamson each scored
10 points, whilst Matthew Turnbull scored 6. Ben has qualified for the
'B' Final and Luke has qualified for the 'C' Final.
All A & T's youngsters deserve credit for travelling to Norwich -
competing in national events is an important part of their development
within the sport.