BMX riders from Redditch Premiers BMX Club and beyond came together recently for a 100 lap challenge – the equivalent of riding 23 miles on a BMX track to raise money for new bikes for the club.
So far £760 has been collected from the day and it is expected the final amount will be more than £1,000.
Three-year-old Lewis Priest took part in the event on his balance bike and completed 20 laps and raised a whopping £265. Also seven-year-old Lewis Barns will be competing his laps at a later date with a pledge of of £200.
Club coach Jason Byno who organised the event said: “We need new club bikes because our old ones are dated and in need of repair. Our Tuesday coaching session is becoming very popular and we need these bikes to introduce young people into BMX racing.
“BMX can change people’s lives and has positive impact on the local community. It changed my life and I want to change other young people’s lives. I would like to thank everyone who took part everyone’s efforts have been phenomenal and a big thanks to the Mayor of Redditch Councillor Pattie Hill who is going to very kindly donate £1,000 of her divisional fund towards this after seeing everyone’s efforts.”
Jason and Lewis were presented with a plaque to commend their efforts and Lewis received a cap, T-shirt and bottle from Midlands-based action sports sponsors Fro Systems.
BMX club nights take place at the flood lit venue on a Tuesday and Thursday 6.15pm to 9pm and Jason’s popular coaching sessions are on every Tuesday and all abilities are welcome.