New Date for Cumberland Open Championship
Photo by Dave PayneThu 19 Sep 2013
Cumberland Open Championship is to be held on Saturday 5th October
The Workington Comets promotion are pleased to announce that their planned individual meeting, the Cumberland Open Championship, which was originally scheduled for 31st August, will now take place on Saturday 5th October at Derwent Park.
The original date had to be postponed owing to a serious lack of rider availability when a number of previously postponed league fixtures were re-arranged for that date. However, with most clubs having fulfilled their planned competitive fixtures the Comets promotion does not anticipate any such problems this time.
The meeting, which was first staged back in 1970 – the year that the sport arrived at Derwent Park, will retain its traditional 16 rider, 20 heat World Championship format where the rider scoring the most points wins!
It was revived in 1999 when the sport returned to Workington before 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 eagerly-anticipated annual fixture in the Comets calendar.
Comets team manager and co-promoter Tony Jackson said: “As stated previously, we are hopeful of being able to attract a high quality field for the event, which was why the previous planned staging was postponed when we were unable to do so; due to riders having other commitments.
“We will obviously include Comets riders, and hopefully some riders that have served us well as guests throughout the year as well as other riders that have proved to be popular visitors to Derwent Park. We will shortly be sending out invitations to riders to compete in the meeting. Additionally, the meeting will be used to promote our ‘Air Fence Appeal' – which is continuing to gather momentum and, as announced last week, the air fence has now been ordered and a deposit paid; so we need to continue our fund-raising activities.”
Club owner Laura Morgan added: “We have had a full set of specially commissioned race-jackets manufactured for the event, which we will get the riders to sign and then all sixteen race-jackets will be auctioned off in order to raise funds for the air fence. I am sure that these will be keenly sought by supporters.
“Additionally, we would like to thank Moss Bay Metals, who have been good friends of the club for a long time, for sponsoring this meeting.
“By the time this meeting takes place we should have ridden all four of our play-off matches and so know our position with regard to the league title play-offs. If, by that time, we are out of the race for top spot in our group then this will be our last home meeting of the season.”
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Last Updated : Thu 19 Sep 2013, 18:50 UK