Phoenix Flies In

Saturday 17th September from 0930 to 1100 am sees only the second ever visit to the Viking's lair of a youth cycling club, as we bid a very warm welcome to a group of youngsters from the famous Newcastle Phoenix Cycling Club. We sincerely hope their first visit is an enjoyable one, and of course if anyone else out there would like to come along and sample short track racing they are more than welcome. We provide top notch race bikes for anyone who can handle them, in three sizes from adult to intermediate (16 inch approx) and junior (14inch approx) or you can bring your own if these may be too big for you. Newcastle Phoenix are. like ourselves, school-based, their HQ being at the Excelsior Academy in the West End of town. They also welcome any junior or youth riders, or indeed as we do,  adults too so why not pop along there some time if you fancy some alternative biking disciplines? 

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Terry's second session with Active Northumberland's Disability Sports section took place on Wednesday 17th August, and once again it threw up some great prospects amongst the teenage and younger riders. One young man in particular showed super speed and after the session asked if he could return. Like so many youngsters these days, however, he's also into other things with the dreaded football training preventing him from attending Gavin Parr's Tuesday junior sessions. Just our luck!

Saddle Up

It's taken quite a long time for some of our riders to equip themselves with their own bikes but it looks like we're almost there now, or could be soon. Latest recruit Jordan has really gone to town buying new parts, and with some extremely generous donations from Jason Keith has got himself a very nice bike after less than 2 months in the Sport. Well done indeed Jordan.

Mind the Gap

We're currently half way through a crazy gap in our Northern League fixture list which sees no full team activity between the home match against Edinburgh on 3rd July and our next NL encounter against Heckmondwike on 4th September. The Vikings will be lucky to recognise each other on that day! Meanwhile the other NL clubs have been actively engaged in their own NL fixtures, lucky them. The only saving grace is the fact that our inspirational skipper Gavin Parr has been suffering with a knee injury most of this time and would not have been able to race, although he's continued his superb junior training sessions on Tuesday evenings. Here's the latest little band taking part in our British Cycling "Summer of Sport" series. 


Cycle Speedway? It's a Breeze!

Sunday, 24th July saw a small group of British Cycling's Women's "Breeze" North East members take over the AstroDrome for their first visit to a Cycle Speedway track, and although numbers were lower than expected principally due to holidays, those who did attend enjoyed their initial experience of Cycle Speedway. The ladies were first put through Richie Smith's carefully mastered coaching session before being let loose in a mini-individual won by our own young Women's Leader, teenager Samantha Crane.Well done indeed to those who attended under the guidance of Bronwen Banner, and thanks also to Britsh Cycling's Northern Development crew Lorna Bennett who provided the prizes and Andy Samanjoul who declined to do a few laps!

Not a Breeze member? Not a female? No matter, whoever you are you are cordially invited to visit our track at Cramlington Sporting Club any time to get a glimpse of the Sport and you are most welcome to give it a shot, bikes and helmets provided FREE. All you need do is turn up and show willing!  Refreshements, seating and free parking readily available, we're just behind the tennis courts. We are also expecting to host a bicycle polo match on the same day running concurrently with the Breeze Ladies racing, so plenty to keep you entertained on this day.

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Under 16? LOOK!

We have all the gear you need FREE OF CHARGE to get you started in the most exciting of bike sports, together with expert tuition from British Cycling coaches. It’s a great hobby with the chance to enter several British Championships at all age groups and travel to other tracks all over the country.
Junior training sessions start at 5:30 pm on Tuesday evenings where our own British Champion will be coaching you! All welcome, boys and girls, together with your parent or guardian. Track is just behind the tennis courts at Cramlington Learning Village. Come and Try It!


Vikings gain Status


Photographed at Tuesday evening training on 31st May 2016, Terry Kirkup (left) receives Northumbria CSC’s Clubmark Certificate from British Cycling’s Northern Representative Lorna Bennett at the Cramlington track. Also shown are Club Coach Richie Smith and Captain Gavin Parr with some of Gavin’s regular young trainees. On a bitterly cold night Lorna not only waited around to watch some of the senior squad training afterwards but also had a couple of  laps herself, taking some words of advice from our British Champion Gavin and soon getting up to speed out of the saddle. This award really means a great deal to us but of course there’s still plenty of work to do to earn and maintain this enviable status.














Northumbria CSC aims for Quality

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After what seems a very long time since we started our initial enquiry to British Cycling we have finally had confirmation that our application has been successful, and we are now officially a Clubmark club! It's been quite a slog to put our case together with everything else that's been going on, quite apart from the racing. General Manager Terry Kirkup was almost tempted to raise a glass when he heard the fantastic news yesterday from BC's Go-Ride team at its headquarters in Manchester! More information here> Clubmark

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13/3 - A - EDINBURGH (NL)
20/3 - A - SHEFFIELD (NL)
3/4 - H - GLASGOW (NL)
24/4 - H - BURY (NL)
1/5 - H - SHEFFIELD (NL)
8/5 - H - STOCKPORT (NL)
22/5 - H - ASTLEY (NL)
5/6 - A - KOC @ STOCKPORT (2nd Semi, Northumbria/A&T/Sheff/Hull)
12/6 - Go Ride Event
19/6 - A - HULL (NL)
3/7 - H - EDINBURGH (NL)
24/7 - H - BC BREEZE WOMENS EVENT @ Northumbria
31/7 - A -Three Rivers League @ Glasgow
28/8 - A - Three Rivers League @ Edinburgh
11/9 - A - GLASGOW (NL)
18/9 - A - BURY (NL)
2/10 - A - STOCKPORT (NL)
9/10 - H - Three Rivers League @ Northumbria
16/10 - A - ASTLEY (NL)
23/10 - H - HULL (NL)

1/5 (euro club champs @ ostrow, poland)
31/7 (euro individuals @ southampton / poole)
28/8 (british finals weekend @ south west / exeter)

23/4 - STOKE
21/5 - POOLE



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Vikings head for the Big One

Both youngster Lee Redshaw and Veteran Jason Keith are out to seek glory at the end of August over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Lee makes his first appearance in the British Under 13 Championship at Horspath (Oxford) while Jason travels to Swindon to tackle the British Over 40s event. We wish them both the very best of luck in their quest for honours.

Lee Stars at Bury

Our young hopeful Lee Redshaw almost pulled off a fabulous win in his first ever attempt at anything outside of Cramlington when he finished joint top scorer on 19 points at the Northern League Individuals on 17th July. Lee had beaten the other finalist during the heats but just lost out in the Under 13 run-off. Well done Lee on a fantastic effort, and Good Luck from all at Northumbria CSC as you try to reach the podium in the British Under 13 Final at Horspath (Oxford) at the end of August.

Jason Keith gets England call-up

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Meetings, meetings...

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Tuesday 24th May and it was Terry's turn to attend another function on behalf of the Vikings. This one a presentation on "Sport For Development" jointly staged by Gail Ballance of Northumberland Sport and Sported's North East Regional Manager Emily Burns at Ashington Hirst Miner's Welfare Centre. There were only five other groups represented at this limited access event and it was good to hear their stories and see just how alike so many of us minority sports or small local clubs are in respect of what we do, how we attract and retain new members and what are our most important needs. Much importance was placed on community involvement, and here I think we are now doing our bit within our limited resources. Although the emphasis was not on funding (so important also to those I spoke to), advice was made available should it be needed. Of course in this respect we are well represented by Richie Smith and have done pretty well. We also have healthy Social Media and Internet presence which were two aspects of the presentation considered very important. Ongoing.

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Once again, following a very productive meeting between Richie Smith, Terry Kirkup and Arlene Ainsley of the TBSF on 13th May, the support organisation has offered to contribute half the cost of three Level 3 Cycle Speedway coaching courses for the Vikings. Currently we have Richie with a full Level 2 certification, Terry and Gavin Parr still to complete their third day to achieve the same, while Alun Morley and Simon Watson (both attached to and coaching primarliy at Barnesbury CC) are also potential candidates. We'd once again like to thank TBSF for their continuing support not just of ourselves as we seek to improve everything about our "back office" at NVCSC but also many other minority sports clubs.


On Tuesday 3rd May Richie Smith and Terry Kirkup met with Active Northumberland's Disability Inclusion Officer at the AstroDrome to discuss the possibility of staging a taster session for a group of 14 to 18 year olds. These lads are already mad keen bikers so there should be some brilliant action on the day. With Richie still working in Coventry it would be good to have some backup for Terry for these two sessions in August. Further details will follow nearer the time but provisional plans are for

  • Wednesday 3rd August
  • Wednesday 17th August

Both would be around 10.30-12.00.


Richie Smith and Terry Kirkup were on their travels on Friday 15th April to meet with Active Northumberland's Community Sports Manager Lee Paris at Blyth Sports Centre. This meeting represented the start of our push to provide outreach facilities to as many interested parties as possible outside of the AstroDrome. Richie and Gavin Parr are already booked in for a demo at the Children's Cancer Run at Gosforth Park on Sunday 15th May but we are keen to extend the opportunities to see and take part in our Sport throughout our wider "home" community of South East Northumberland, and maybe further out later on. We were given a whole stack of contact details for local schools and other organisations, as well as being offered the possibility of inclusion in the summer sports leaflets which are widely distributed to local communities.

Richie Takes First Prize!
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We are always looking for extra help on match days and all such offers would be gratefully accepted and really appreciated. Like most other amateur sports clubs we do depend heavily upon parents and relatives, so if you think you could offer to help out in even the smallest way then just ask any club member for further information. You can also e-mail our Volunteer Co-ordinator through our inbox at vikings @ northumbriacsc.org




and of course anyone else over 16, both ladies and gentlemen - there is NO UPPER AGE LIMIT and this year we have riders in their early-20's and early 40s making their debuts! Come along on Saturday and show us what you can do!
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 Bronze is Not Enough!

Saturday 15th of August saw us stun the Cycle Speedway World, and of course our own, by not only reaching the Final, but very nearly claiming runner-up spot in the meeting at a very sunny Hull.”

That was 2015, a quote from my report of that event, our first ever foray into the British Veterans Club Championship competition. Today, the day after the 2016 event at Wednesfield on Sunday 29th May I can proudly proclaim we almost did it again but missed third place by 5 points, because WE FINISHED SECOND! Full Report on "AWAY" menu tab above.
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Vikings Captain Gavin Parr (right) with Hull CSC supremo, British Champion Andy Angell


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Yes indeed, or fabulous Number One, Captain Fantastic Gavin Parr has won the British Over 40s Championship at Kesgrave, East Anglia on Sunday 30th August 2015, reversing his defeat at the hands of Leicester's Craig Marchant in the World Veterans Final this time. This is proper reward for the dedication and extremely savage training regime Gavin has embarked upon this year culminating in the best ever result for a Northumbria (and Newcastle!) rider in any national competition since the Sport started up in the North East.

Picture above (credit to the photograph's owner) shows left to right current World Champion Craig Marchant, new British Champion Gavin Parr and last year's World Champion Steve Harris (Poole).


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(but he's the Best Over 40 in the World!)

For full details see Skippers Blog.


Vikings make history as they capture Bronze in British Veterans Club Championship!

See #AWAY tab for the full, enthralling story!



Red Faces!
2005 and a very young Andy Angell of Hull CSC (gate 4, red helmet) makes primates out of veteran Vikings Jason Keith (gate 1) and Terry Kirkup under the Humber Bridge. This was a one-off Friendly to get a few legs rolling for the British Veterans Championship at Wednesfield the same year, and was actually Hull CSC versus Newcastle Mountain Bike Club, otherwise known as Midaircrisis. Current riders Gavin Parr, Dan Wharrier and Terry Kirkup are all members of the MTB club.