Bears boss Mudgway ready for memorial meeting
Ahead of the vital SGB Championship play-offs Redcar host their annual Julie Lewis memorial meeting, a meeting which holds a special place in the heart of many Redcar/Middlesbrough fans and staff. Ran in memory of the much loved former office manager Julie Lewis, the meeting has always been focused on the up and coming riders of the sport.
An exciting format, debuted in 2019, is split into two sections. The Qualifier will start the meeting with a 12 rider individual, packed with progressing riders all aiming to finish in the top 5 to secure their place in the Main Event. All is not lost for those finishing lower down the line as positions 6 to 10 will head into the Main Event as reserves.
Five seeded Heat Leaders await their partners in the Main Event, a pairs meeting taking on a “Speedway Of Nations” points scoring system (4,3,2,0). The battle commences over 10 heats with one Grand Final to determine the 2021 Julie Lewis Memorial Trophy winners!
In one final mix, the team managers of the 5 Main Event teams are all fans, winners of a social media competition. With experienced guidance, they will have choice in the make-up of their teams. In a nod to the “SON” format, each team must also use their reserve rider at least once.
The meeting includes six “Agilia” Bears with Ryan Kinsley, James Sarjeant and Jordan Jenkins being joined in the qualifier by Redcar team manager Jade Mudgway who is looking to upset the apple cart against his own riders! Other names vying for a place in the all-important top 5 are Redcar regular Greg Blair, Scunthorpe’s Josh MacDonald and the likeable Mildenhall starlet Jason Edwards.
The seeded riders are led by Redcar’s inspirational skipper Charles Wright, joining the 2019 British Champion as a seed is Lewis Kerr, Jake Allen, Kasper Andersen and Ty Proctor who returns to the shale after taking a sabbatical earlier this year.
Redcar’s team manager Jade Mudgway is looking forward to pitting his wits against the best Redcar has to offer, “Tonight’s meeting should be a lot of fun and I am looking forward to having a go against the boys as I like to give them a bit of stick so it’s time I put my money where my mouth is!”
The Kiwi born adopted Bear believes the meeting will be hugely exciting, “The racing will be fantastic as always. This meeting offers a bit of everything with lots of different riders from different clubs, the aspect of team riding in the pairs event, the chance to see 23 heats of top-class speedway and the young prospects facing off against old wobblers like myself!”
1. Zach Cook 2. Josh MacDonald 3. Max Clegg 4. Kyle Bickley 5. Jordan Jenkins 6. Jade Mudgway 7. Elliot Kelly 8. Jason Edwards 9. Ryan Kinsley 10. Luke Crang 11. James Sarjeant 12. Greg Blair.
The Main Event
Charles Wright (8.86), Jake Allen (8.15), Lewis Kerr (7.48), Ty Proctor (5.42) and Kasper Andersen (5.39)