Another good turn out of riders trained well yesterday (Sunday), and it can be seen that progress is being made. The squad was without Dennis Hubble who is on vacation, but none the less, worked hard on fitness and gating practice. Kevin Smith suffered a fall, thankfully without major injury, although I'm sure there will be some soreness today!
The first league match of the season takes place this coming Sunday, with East London visiting Ipswich, with both teams in action.
A bright but cold Sunday afternoon saw a good turn out for the third training session of the year, at the East London raceway. The team were put through their paces by newly appointed Team Manager Nick Stephens. Following several nasty falls over the last couple of years, Nick has decided to step back from racing duties to concentrate on management, (it's better for the health!!). The new surface continues to be quiet heavy and there were many tired legs at the end of a hard session. Once again the surface was tyre packed after the session, and we're hoping that this will help with trying to smooth out some of the bumps prior to the season kicking off late this month.
Due to the inclement weather, training has been suspended recently due to the track being waterlogged. Only one session has been run since the new surface was laid, and everyone is hoping that the track will dry out sufficiently for training to resume this Thursday night (3rd).
The squad still needs to be strengthened in order that we can regularly field two full teams this year, so if you know anyone that would be interested, whatever their level, then please contact Kevin or myself.
"New Racing Surface Installed"
This Sunday (13th), saw the laying of the new surface at the East London's Canning Town raceway. In scenes reminiscent from a Motorway roadworks gang, the East London team members got together with a crew and mechanical assistance from Standard Plant Hire, to lay 20 tons of recently delivered Scottish shale. It's hoped that the new surface will bed down in time for the team to commence training this week, something everyone is looking forward to immensely.
Trackwork will recommence next Sunday (13th) when the team will be relaying the new surface of genuine Scottish shale. Jock would be proud of us! Once again, the mechanical plant has kindly been funded by our sponsor Unidata, and supplied by Standard plant hire. The new surface shouldn't take long to bed down, so hopefully the new seasons training will commence shortly.