Alex Hendry at Keswick Sports activities in 1955
Carlisle Biking Affiliation have acquired a donation of trophies gained Inside the Nineteen Fifties and 60s by a star of The sport.
Alex Hendry was Educated bike owner who rode for Scotland and Good Britain and gained many races on each the road and monitor in his prime.
The Most very important trophy is The Hope Trophy, which was extra commsolely Usually acknowledged As a Outcome of the Keswick Cup.
This was launched to Keswick Sports activities in 1949 by Lieutenant Colonel P. M. Hope, to be awarded to the winner of the three-mile grass-monitor cycle race which was Thought-about the unofficial British championship by bike owners On the time.
The trophy was given to Alex Hendry in perpetuity Inside the early Nineteen Sixties after he gained the race 3 events. The smaller cups have been additionally gained for grass-monitor racing at Penrith Gala Inside the mid-50s to early 60s.
The cups have been donated by Alex’s son – additionally Alex – when he study Regarding the forthcoming Solway Coast Pageant of Biking which is To incorporate grass-monitor racing.
Alex says that he feels his father would approve of the trophies coming house to Cumbria and Getting used For his or her unique objective as quickly as extra.
CCA Secretary, Fiona Graham, said grass-monitor bike owners race on monitor bikes with no brakes and a single fixed gear and that this conventional Sort of racing was as quickly as widespstudy at native sports events.
Now it solely continues at Ambleside Sports activities and Egremont Crab Truthful, although it stays properly-appreciated in completely different parts of the nation, notably the South East of England and at Scottish Highland video games.
Fiona said that when The prospect arose to run some racing as An factor of The mannequin new Solway Coast festival at Silloth, it was too good An alternative to move over.
She said: “We’re starting pretty small this yr however hope that We will construct on issues in future yrs and assist protect grass-monitor racing alongsideside The completely different conventional sports That are nonetheless loved in Cumbria.”
The Hope trophy and completely different smaller trophies donated to the Pageant grass monitoring event
The Solway Coast Pageant of Biking takes place this Saturday, September 11, from 10am to 4pm, with the grass-monitor racing starting at noon.
As properly as to the formal races there May even be The prospect For youngsters to Take A look at the monitor on their regular bikes.
Fiona added: “We’re actually grateful to the Hendry household for the donation and it’s been unbelievable To converse to Alex about his dad’s achievements and the races of the previous.
“We’ve been amazed by the assist of the grass-monitor group Throughout the nation, And in addition of native people.
“I’d Want to thank everyone who has assisted to get the racing, and The broader festival, off The underside, particularly Bob McLean of Beacon Wheelers cycling membership who has been involved in grass-monitor For many yrs and has been An limitless assist.
“We’d additionally Want to thank all our assisters from numerous native cycling memberships, Allerdale Council and Silloth Metropolis Council.
“We’re additionally grateful to The corporations Who’ve sponsored us – Bespoke VeloTech of Maryport, Macmillan Roofing Providers of Dumfries and The Blue Dolphin Cafe, Silloth.
“Establishing A mannequin new event Is costly and We truly worth their assist. If anyone else Want to contrihowevere and assist protect the traditions of the previous whereas encouraging riders of The Prolonged time period please contact me. We hope to see A lot of you on The Inexperienced on Saturday.
“We Might Even be starting with a small area this yr However it’s A Prime extreme quality one Which incorporates previous and current nationwide champions so come alongside and watch, and Take A look at A pair of of The completely different festival actions too.”
Contact Fiona by way of e-mail at [e-mail protected]