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11:10 10 October 2011

Weston Beach Race 2011. The main Senior Solo Race.

Weston Beach Race 2011. The main Senior Solo Race.

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HUNDREDS of competitors slogged it out on Weston’s seafront over the weekend as part of the 29th Weston Beach Race.

The enduro event attracted hundreds of competitors and more than 55,000 spectators who braved wind and rain over Saturday and Sunday to see three-time world champion David Knight MBE clinch the solo race for the fifth time.

The event, organised by RHL Activities, experienced a late surge in rider entries which saw it eclipse last year’s number, as around 1,100 riders tackled the 6.8 kilometre-long track.

Around 200,000 tonnes of sand were shifted around the beach to make the track, which featured 38 dunes, some of which were up to 11 metres high.

Event organiser Gareth Hockey said: “Everything has worked well and after a difficult 12 months, we’ve stood up to prove who we are and what we can do.

“We thought entries would be down, but we received a lot of late entries, which surprised us and we were actually up on last year. It’s very positive for us considering the situation with the world economy and it’s certainly been a good weekend.”

After an intense battle on the three-hour-long solo race held yesterday, 33-year-old Knight eventually broke clear of the pack to win his sixth Weston race.

Paul Winrow overcame the disappointment of retiring in last year’s adult quad race in perfect style, winning the event to add to an impressive haul of national medals.

The quad two-man class was won by the team of Keitch and Price-Draper, while Robert Davidson won the 85cc big wheel class and Mitchell Warhurst the small wheel class event.

Ben Howell won the rookie 125cc/250F class race, which was held before the main solo event, while 11-year-old Jed Etchells sealed a win in the 65cc class.

Jeremie Soyez took the honours in the 4x4 class, and Williams/Jones took top spot in the sidecar group. Leon Rogers was the overall youth quad winner, with Reece Swann and Keiron Taylor taking wins in their respective classes.

* Were you at the beach race over the weekend? Send your pictures of the event to newsdesk@westonmercury.co.uk

11 comments

  • Well this Years Enduro is over! But the usual selfish behaviour by some of the visitors again occured. I mean the Selfish and Inconsiderate Parking of Vans, Motor Homes, Cars and Caravans in many of the side roads off the Sea Front. Many Parked and Left with Wheels up on our Pavements which not only cause considerable difficulty for the Elderly and People with Push Chairs and Prams etc but also cause damage to the Kerbs and Pavements which again the local Tax payers will have to Pay for. Where were the Police and Local Council Enforcement Officers to Issue Tickets and Authorise Tow Away Actions. Simply conspicuous by their absence as happens every year.

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    Westonian Born and Bred.

    Monday, October 10, 2011

  • I suppose Westonian would prefer the Pier still a smouldering wreck, no one coming to Weston, when events are held Weston Town centre and sea front resembles a tourist destination rather than a resting place for the elderly! Events like this bring in much needed money for our sea front shops which are experiencing hard times due to the economy, I suppose you also begrudge them the week of glorious weather last month?

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    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

  • Well this Years Enduro is over! But the usual selfish behaviour by some of the visitors again occured. I mean the Selfish and Inconsiderate Parking of Vans, Motor Homes, Cars and Caravans in many of the side roads off the Sea Front. Many Parked and Left with Wheels up on our Pavements which not only cause considerable difficulty for the Elderly and People with Push Chairs and Prams etc but also cause damage to the Kerbs and Pavements which again the local Tax payers will have to Pay for. Where were the Police and Local Council Enforcement Officers to Issue Tickets and Authorise Tow Away Actions. Simply conspicuous by their absence as happens every year.

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    Westonian Born and Bred.

    Monday, October 10, 2011

  • Re the last comments:- Guys You need to get out more!! The council gets grief if it does nothing. The council gets grief if it does something. Typical attitudes - lets bash the council. Save you bashing for real issues like the state of the road and the insane switching off of street lights - things which do affect the quality of life say after day after day after night.

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    keith

    Monday, October 10, 2011

  • Dude, Chill out, this event only happends once a year, does it realy do any harm to the pavements just for a few days of the year, the town needs these visitors to keep comeing back...

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    WeLoveWeston!!

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

  • steveherbie

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

  • Well this Years Enduro is over! But the usual selfish behaviour by some of the visitors again occured. I mean the Selfish and Inconsiderate Parking of Vans, Motor Homes, Cars and Caravans in many of the side roads off the Sea Front. Many Parked and Left with Wheels up on our Pavements which not only cause considerable difficulty for the Elderly and People with Push Chairs and Prams etc but also cause damage to the Kerbs and Pavements which again the local Tax payers will have to Pay for. Where were the Police and Local Council Enforcement Officers to Issue Tickets and Authorise Tow Away Actions. Simply conspicuous by their absence as happens every year.

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    Westonian Born and Bred.

    Monday, October 10, 2011

  • Hey the cavnival is coming around soon Westonian you colud have a jolly moan about that as well. The beach race brings thousands of people who spend thousands of pounds in Weston.

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    The Fox

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

  • Sorry comment missed out, the point of all events on the beach including beach race, red arrows etc is the fact people do not spend money in Weston they park as close to the beach where they do not need to pay to park and go to the event and go home again avoiding spending money with local traders, there is no one stopping this parking so why pay giving money to local council in parking costs and spending money in local town centre shops, its been the same for years and will never change, Weston town centre is way past its best, that's why the likes of Frankie and Bennys etc are locating themselves to out of town sites where there's more chance of a return on there investment, the likes of Meadow Street with all its shut shops and second hand shops buying and selling goods are not for the likes of tourists who like specialist individual shops, the likes of have not been there for a few years now, this is like most of Weston a short cut to the sea front and that's why they moan, people park there walk to sea front and walk back through spending no money on route. Dolphin square is now a building site around the old pier area is either burnt down torn down or run down, the future is not bright for Weston and do not even get me started on the Tropicana which should be torn down and sanded over, eyesore if I have ever seen one and I have lived here 11 years and nothing has been done in that time with it!

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    steveherbie

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

  • Have to say that i agree with the last comment... and what an opportunity missed to raise a few pounds.

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    T-Bone

    Monday, October 10, 2011

  • Sorry comment missed out, the point of all events on the beach including beach race, red arrows etc is the fact people do not spend money in Weston they park as close to the beach where they do not need to pay to park and go to the event and go home again avoiding spending money with local traders, there is no one stopping this parking so why pay giving money to local council in parking costs and spending money in local town centre shops, its been the same for years and will never change, Weston town centre is way past its best, that's why the likes of Frankie and Bennys etc are locating themselves to out of town sites where there's more chance of a return on there investment, the likes of Meadow Street with all its shut shops and second hand shops buying and selling goods are not for the likes of tourists who like specialist individual shops, the likes of have not been there for a few years now, this is like most of Weston a short cut to the sea front and that's why they moan, people park there walk to sea front and walk back through spending no money on route. Dolphin square is now a building site around the old pier area is either burnt down torn down or run down, the future is not bright for Weston and do not even get me started on the Tropicana which should be torn down and sanded over, eyesore if I have ever seen one and I have lived here 11 years and nothing has been done in that time with it!

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    steveherbie

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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