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Cumberland Open Championship plans announced
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Wed 31 Jul 2013 by Comets Press Office
Saturday 31st August will be a Cumberland Open Championship Fun Day
The Workington Comets promotion have announced plans to stage a major individual meeting at Derwent Park on Saturday 31st August when the ‘Cumberland Open Championship' featuring 16 riders over the traditional 20-heat original World Championship format will be staged.

This will be the climax to what is intended to be a ‘Fun Day' at Derwent Park with various activities taking place as a fund-raiser towards the clubs recently launched Safety Barrier Appeal.

Comets owner Laura Morgan said: “We will be announcing further details in due course but the aim is to make the afternoon leading up to the meeting a ‘Fun Day' for all the supporters, young and old, with the aim of raising further funds towards our Safety Barrier Appeal.”

The Cumberland Open Championship was first held back in 1970, the year the sport first came to Derwent Park and having been staged in the first four years of the Comets existence it was not held again until 1999, when the sport returned to Derwent Park.

Later years saw the meeting re-named as the Cumberland Classic however, the promotion are keen to give the meeting back its original title and prestige, with the hope that it will once again become an annual fixture in the Comets calendar.

Comets team manager Tony Jackson added: “We are hopeful of being able to attract a high quality field for the event, which will of course include Comets riders, and we will shortly be sending out invitations to riders to compete in the meeting. Additionally, the meeting will be used to promote our Safety Barrier Appeal, which is continuing to gather momentum.

“Back in the 1970's the meeting was won by the likes of Alan Knapkin, Doug Wyer, John Jackson and Workington's very own Lou Sansom; all names that our older supporters will remember, while the first one staged in this era saw Newcastle's Jesper Olsen emerge as the winner in 1999. Each meeting attracted a good quality field and the trophy was always keenly contested, which is a tradition that we are aiming to continue.”
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Last Updated :  Wed 31 Jul 2013, 23:10 UK
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