Northumbria Vikings’ Parr takes cycle speedway over 40 title

Northumbria Vikings cycle speedway captain Gavin Parr on the podium after winning the British Over 40 Cycle Speedway title in East Anglia.
Northumbria Vikings cycle speedway captain Gavin Parr on the podium after winning the British Over 40 Cycle Speedway title in East Anglia.
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Northumbria Vikings cycle speedway captain Gavin Parr became the British Over 40 champion in East Anglia.

Parr represents the Northumbria outfit who race their home meetings at Cramlington Sporting Club.

With competition from around the country, 43-year-old Parr managed to score 19 points, one ahead of his main rival Craig Marchant from Leicester.

It was sweet revenge for Parr who finished runner-up to Marchant in the World Championships last month.

He said: “It was a great feeling to win and one that will live with me forever.

“After losing out to Craig only a few weeks back in the worlds, I was really fired up to try and take my first British title.”

It has been a remarkable season for the Kingston Park-based racer with a number of good placings in tournaments around the country.

He has managed to win the Northern Over 40s title for the third year running and along with runners-up in the World Over 40s, he managed to finish runner-up in the Northern Senior Open Individuals along with helping the Vikings to a fantastic third place in the British Team Over 40s Championships.

The team train on a Tuesday night at the Sporting club where the Northumbria Vikings Club run sessions for all abilities.

They are also starting a course for youngsters as part of Cramlington Learning Village’s Wednesday sports facility during school time.