New speedway track nearing completion

A cycle speedway track is nearing completion in Cramlington.

The facility, funded by Northumbria Vikings CSC along with grants from local councillors, is based at Cramlington Learning Village/Sporting Club and will be the only cycle speedway facility in the north east.

At a cost of more than £21,000, the facility will be open for all and it is hoped a Cramlington team of youngsters will soon be competing in Northern League racing alongside the established Northumbrian Vikings side.

The club has also secured funding for eight brand new intermediate bikes along with the four junior bikes which it already has.

Cycle speedway as a sport was started after the end of the Second World War when many cities had been bombed during the conflict and there was ample space to race against friends.

Within a short time tracks were built, some had concrete starting areas and rising starting tapes, teams were formed and leagues were started.

The sport stopped in the area around the end of the 1980s, but it is now making a comeback with the Vikings just finishing their first season back in the sport with a creditable fourth place finish in a league which features eight teams from Edinburgh down to Manchester.

The club will be running a sky go-ride session on Saturday for anyone under the age of 16. Bikes will be provided or people can bring their own mountain bike or BMX.

Visit www.northumbriacsc.org or email vikings@orthumbriacsc.org for more.