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Rd 9&10 – Braintree – Braintree BMX Club

Braintree BMX Club Race Report

HSBC National BMX Series – Rounds 9&10 – Braintree – 01/02.07.17


After a five year sabbatical from running National level race meetings, the Braintree Bullets BMX Club, supported by Braintree District Council, Tamdown and Active Essex brought rounds 9&10 of the HSBC National BMX Series to their Deanery Hill track where nearly 700 racers of all ages battled on track for points towards their National Championship rankings.

It was a hell of a weekend for the club, that had taken months of planning and many hours of work from dozens of people to make happen. Once the weekend got underway, the master plan unfolded and every detail was covered to keep the visiting racers happy.

The Bullets went into the meeting in 3rd place in the National Club point’s standings and after a strong showing by their riders at their home rounds, will be looking at finishing on the podium with just two more rounds of the series to go.

The weekend of racing kicked off with a novice demonstration race featuring a group of children from Becker’s Green Primary School who have been attending sessions run by the head coach at Braintree; Julian Allen. The race was formally started by Chairman of Braintree District Council; Councillor Stephen Kirby and the riders were cheered on by the hundreds of spectators who lined the track. Nicki Edwards from Becker’s Green School said “I was really proud of all of the riders for making it safely round, great racing. What an amazing opportunity for our children.”

The first win of the weekend for the Bullets came from Cameron Parrish in the 9-12 Cruiser class. Parrish was untroubled on his way to the win both days in the class and wrapped up the National Champions title for the club. Also in the class final was Joseph Harris who chased Parris to finish 2nd and 4th over both days racing.

Oli Cutmore continued his domination of the 17-29 cruiser class as he won both days and extended his lead in the overall rankings. Sharing the podium in the class were club mates Shane Redgewell and Dan Gilbert who both rode superbly to share 3rd place over the two days racing.

Matching Cutmore’s winning ways was Freia Challis who continued to dominate the 9-10 girls’ class. Challis took the win both days to extend her an unassailable lead in the national point’s standings having won 8 of the 10 rounds already this season.

Riding up in the 14’s was Seb Pantlin who had set his sights on the win over the weekend and was on fire in both days racing, going unbeaten for two maximum points scores. The maximum points were enough to secure the National Champions title for the second year running, this year an age group up from his actual age.

Charlie O’Grady was back on his home track after a mid-season injury and was hoping to put on a show for the local club. On the first day of racing O’Grady was well on the pace through the motos and set up a showdown with club mate Ollie Rowe in the final. Off the gate the pair went bar to bar but O’grady just had the strength to edge ahead and took a popular win for the Bullets. He backed up the win with a 5th on day two as Rowe rounded off the weekend with a 4th and an 8th. Hayden Challis rode in the class B finals and Christian White missed out on the sharp end of racing after he was hospitalised following a crash on the first day.

The Bullets had many more finalists across the weekend including: Charlie Long in the 6 and unders who rode fantastically to 3rd both days. Heath Thomas had his first podium finish on day one as he battled for the lead finishing 2nd in the 7s. In the 8 year old girls, Heidi Gill had a great second day of racing to finish 3rd in her first national race. Josh Cates had his customary strong starts and rode to an A final finish, taking 7th on day one in the 11s. Adam Gilbert looked good for a podium all weekend in the 12s and took 2nd place on day one which he followed up with a 5th on day two. Molly Nice came back from injury to finish 8th on day one in the 13-14 girls. Matt Goodwins was flying on his home track and battled for the lead on day two. Regrettably he got caught up with a group of riders in the second berm and rounded off his weekend in 8th in the 15s. Club mate Sydney Allen came so close to an A final finish, but crashed out in the semi-finals while in a qualifying position. Hayden Challis was the lone Bullet in the 15-16 cruisers and secured a 2nd and a 4th in the class. Up in the 17-24 class Josh Wallis had a super consistent weekend as he secure 4th both days, just ahead of Josh Butson who too and 8th and a 5th. Kelsey Dixon came close to her first win of the year, but had to settle for 2nd on day two after a 3rd on the first day. In the 17-29 cruiser class Lana Redgewell and Isabel Potter battled in the finals with great results. Making her first national final was the club secretary Jen Cannons as she kept consistent in the 30+ ladies class. Club mate Teresa Challis also made the class final on the first day of racing, but a crash in the first berm saw her sit out on day two. The eldest Bullet on track was Dangerous Dave Pattle in the 50+ who just nipped into the main.

Just outside of the A finals, but still having some solid results were Olly Cates and Noah Gill in the 7s, Kieran Alton in the 8s. Thomas Richardson and Rudy Bryceland in the 9’s and Joseph Long in the 10’s. In the 11’s Henry Rowe was unlucky as he crashed out when qualifying while Harley Pattle had a great weekends racing. Eddie Cannons and Archie Andrews also competed in the class. Cam Parrish made the B finals in the 12’s as did Joe Little having his best weekends racing of the year in the 13’s. Cam Parrish, Joseph Harris, Ewan Thomson and Alex Doree all put in a solid effort in the qualifiers. Making B mains in the 17-24s were Shane Redgewell and Taylor Andrews who got so close to the main events both days. The club coach Julian Allen took to the track on day two and took a 3rd in the B final of the vets. Molly Richardson, Roxy Hinton, Abbey Pattle, Grace Bryceland and Macey Hinton repped their best in the girls classes.

The last finalist of the weekend was Oli Cutmore the Superclass, where he battled amongst members of the British Cycling academy to great effect. On day one Cutmore was vying for position mid pack when he was caught up in a multi rider collision. He remounted quickly and rode to 6th. Undeterred, he was back on the second day and was well on the pace to take a fine 4th place finish.

The club would like to thank the BMX community for coming along to their little track and sincerely hope you had a great time. If you want to come and race again, then our Summer Series continues on Wednesday evenings through the summer. For more information on the club, coaching and racing please email


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