The 2018 West Midlands League season came to a close on the 9th December 2018, with the final round taking place at a windswept Top Barn venue. What a year it has been for the club with seasoned campaigners and emerging stars, both young and old, riding superbly from start to finish and the club hosting its very own round in the league calendar. The club has had a record number of rides during the season compared to 2017, and everyone has been backed by brilliant support throughout the campaign thanks to the loudest and most vocal support bar none.
Top Barn provided the usual great venue for the final round of the campaign, but the course proved to be particularly tough this year thanks to the strong wind and exposed nature of the site, not to mention the size of the planks (some smaller members who will remain nameless needed grappling hooks and crampons!). This course also proved particularly tough for some of the younger racers who had to navigate the whole way round the lake just to complete one lap.
The combined U6/U8 race kicked of the days racing and Mollie Cook made a fine return after missing the regional championships to finish 2nd in the girls category whilst Samuel Boazman finished 7th in the U6 boys. In the U8 category Jayden Cook finished in 14th.
There was another bumper field of 32 starters in the U10 race and another great ride from the three club riders competing with James Saunders finishing in 8th, just ahead of George Gregory in 11th and Daniel Philpotts in 12th.
In the U12 event Joe Greening and Felix Forrester continued their season long battle with one another finishing in 6th and 9th respectively. It is definitely going to be a fascinating 2019 season for the clubs current U12 riders.
In the Youth category Posie Forrester ended the league season strongly, which is encouraging, ahead of her entry in the forthcoming national trophy rounds and was unfortunate to just miss out on the podium coming home in 4th place in the U14 girls category. Kim Greening finished shortly afterwards taking 7th place and was closely followed by Hannah Philpotts in 9th. In the boys event Nate Bunch finished in 22nd place in the U16 category and Alex Brown picked up a top 20 place, finishing 18th in the U14 boys.
In the Vet 50 plus event, despite muttering about the number of entries on the start line, Paul Gibson demonstrated his consistency once more with another strong ride and a 15th place finish in the V50M category, whilst Mike “El Capitan” Haddon finished 22nd in the V55M race.
Rosie Hopkins finished her brilliant debut season in style with a podium finishing in 3rd place in the V40 female category.
In the final race of the day, at the end of a tough seasons racing, Rob Grimes’ class continued to shine through with another great ride taking 6th place in the V40 category. In the senior race I finished in 16th position.
Final West Midlands League Positions
The final league positions, taken from the best 8 or fewer scoring rounds for registered riders, have also now been published and they make for some great reading for the club after a memorable campaign. 2019 looks like it will be an exciting year for team WFCRC!
U6 Girls – Mollie Cook 2nd
U6 Boys- Samuel Boazman 4th
U8 Girls- Emma Saunders 6th
U8 Boys- Jayden Cook 8th
U10 Boys- James Saunders 9th, Daniel Philpotts 12th, George Gregory 14th, Ozzy Beswick 31st .
U12 Boys- Jenson Groves 10th, Joe Greening 11th, Feliz Forrester 12th.
U14 Girls- Posie Forrester 5th , Hannah Philpotts 8th, Grace Nolan 11th.
U14 Boys- Alex Brown 25th
Vet 50M- Paul Gibson 13th.
Vet 55M- Mike Haddon 17th
Vet 40F- Rosie Hopkins 4th.
Vet 40M- Rob Grimes 4th.
Senior- Matt Boazman 11th.