The Cumbria Motocross Club held rounds five and six of their 2019 championships on the Route 44 track located on the edge of the old Haverigg Airfield last weekend.

The Haverigg venue has proved one of the most popular ones up here in the north, with several other clubs using it to host their own respective championships too.

Recently, the East Cumbria Motocross Club used the facility, having lost the use of their own track near Brampton.

A few modifications to the layout over the winter suited most of the riders and always it created some close racing.

The club must be one of the most generous in the country as they cater for virtually every class of rider and machine, and award trophies well down the field.

Last weekend, they catered for Auto 65 machines, both small and big wheel classes, and rookies. Adults were split into two groups of three A, B, and C for riders under 30 years old and riders over 30 years old, with prize money being awarded to the top six adults.

All the junior riders in the Auto classes received a memento/trophy with the top ten in all the youth classes receiving trophies too.

The adults weren`t missed out, the top six in the B and C classes also received a trophy, so there was plenty for everyone.

As if that wasn`t enough, every rider who got the ‘holeshot’ in each race picked up an extra award too (the holeshot is the first rider to the first corner after the start).

Thankfully, the rain which had devastated previous meetings there held off until late Sunday afternoon, enabling most events to get off on time in dry conditions.

Schoolboy Jamie Keith from Ireleth, riding the MBR /Urban Extreme/Liquid Moly supported 65cc KTM, continued his run of recent successes by winning all six of his races and collecting six ‘holeshot’ awards to add to his collection.

Barrow’s Dee Jay Walker pitted his trusty 250cc Yamaha against the more powerful 450 cc machines with some impressive results.

Despite being outpaced to the first corner each time, he soon carved his way through the pack to a sixth overall on the Saturday. The following day, with some even harder riding, he just missed a rostrum placing, finishing fourth overall.

He now leads his class in the club championships by a massive 100 points. This weekend he`s contesting the next round of the Bridgestone Masters series on the Fat Cats track near Doncaster.

Kirkby-in-Furness veteran Paul Coward proved he`d lost none of his skills, either, by winning the Adult C event on his Kawasaki. Well done lads.

*Local Suzuki motorcycle dealer Martin Crooks deviated from the family tradition of riding Japanese machines last weekend to take part in the annual Banbury Run.

This historic event organised by the Vintage Motorcycle Club is now in its 71st year and is open to vintage machines built prior to 1930.

Five hundred riders were dispatched at the rate of five per minute from the British Motor Heritage Centre, near Gaydon in Warwickshire, on selected routes to Banbury which covered between 40 and 70 miles, dependant on which type of machine you were riding.

Riders were expected to average no more than 18mph and are penalised if they exceeded the limit (I reckon I could cope with that myself!).

For once, the weather was kind and Martin completed the run on a vintage hand change 1925 Sunbeam owned by his good friend Mark Bryan, who rode a hand change AJS.

*Ireleth classic motorcycle racer Geoff Hadwin (picture by Colin Port), who has many championships to his credit, made a rare foray into Scotland with his immaculate 1967 250cc Crooks Suzuki last weekend.

With what we hope will just be a temporary demise of the Aintree circuit this season, he headed to the East Fortune circuit near Haddington to contest the Bob McIntyre Memorial meeting.

Competitors from all over the country attend this annual event for classic racing machines only.

Bob McIntyre was one of my own heroes, who sadly lost his life at Oulton Park in 1962 at my very first race meeting.

Although a stranger to the circuit Geoff gained fifth and fourth places on the Saturday before finally making it to the rostrum on Sunday with two third placings.

He actually led both races in the early stages only to be pipped by a couple of ‘regulars.’

*Still looking for that hard to find part, or trying to organise a club run?

If you missed the last autojumble at the Auction Centre, Crooklands, near Junction 36 on the M6 a couple of weeks ago, Ian Sherrard, who organises them, hosts another at his latest venue the Skipton Auction Mart on Sunday.

The venue is on Gargrave Road, Skipton, and early birds can start browsing from 7:30am. For more details, visit his website

Nearer to home, don`t forget it’s the next Pennington Bike Night next Tuesday.

The new venue seems to have proved just as popular as Bardsea and, of course, is easier to get to, as it’s just off the A590 at Swarthmoor.

Neil McDougall will be again providing refreshments from 5pm and the village hall washrooms etc will be available. See you there?