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BMX Nationals in Huncote back on track

After a postponement due to the early spring rainfall, Leicester Huncote Hornets, the BMX club based at Blaby District Council’s Pavilion Leisure Centre, will host the final rounds of the British Cycling National BMX Race Series.

The wettest March in Leicestershire since 1947 left the areas surrounding the Hornets’ track waterlogged and forced the team to reschedule their hosting of the championship series at their state-of-the-art, £150,000 BMX track.

Final rounds take place on 28-30 September 2018, with over 900 competitors and 3,000 spectators expected to visit the District of Blaby for the weekend.

Riders aged from 6 years old, to World Championship and Olympic-standard will be competing.

British Cycling will livestream each round to an audience of over 100,000 people, with the track and Pavilion Leisure Centre taking centre stage as host to the competition and visitors to the area.

Entry to spectate over the course of the weekend is FREE for all ages.

Mitch Barsby, Director at Leicester Huncote Hornets, said: “After months of planning the weather let us down forcing our postponement. However, thanks to a fantastic summer we are back on track and confident of a superb weekend of action.

“In a strange way it has worked out well for us. We’re now able to host the two most prestigious rounds of the championships as the top riders battle for their national titles. The eyes of all BMX enthusiasts will be on Huncote for the weekend!”

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “The work put in by all at the Huncote Hornets has been incredible and despite the disappointment of the March rain, their organisation and planning has continued to be meticulous.

“This is an incredible opportunity for both the Hornets and boosting tourism to the district and the local economy, and we are looking forward to a brilliant weekend of action.”

The event is being funded entirely by the Huncote Hornets with sponsorship from local businesses and the support of Blaby District Council.

Find out more about the Huncote Hornets by visiting www.leicesterhuncotehornets.com.

[Source/Image: Blaby District Council Communications]

Major BMX event at Huncote Hornets postponed

BMX riders
Photo: britishcycling.co.uk

In what has been described as a “devastating decision”, the Leicester round of the HSBC BMX UK National BMX Series has been postponed.

The surrounding land for camping and parking are underwater and even with the upcoming weather the water levels wouldn’t have dropped enough to hold the sheer amount of vehicles for the event.

Huncote Hornets say the circumstances are completely out of the club’s hands and is a decision from areas beyond their control.

Contingency plans have also been affected and cars can’t just be ‘dotted about’ the village as this would damage any chance of the Club hosting an event in the future.

British Cycling and Huncote Hornets have been working hard to find alternative facilities, however it has unfortunately not been possible.

In the interest of safety, the decision has been made to postpone the event as a last resort.

British Cycling are now seeking to find an alternative date, and will provide an update to BMX fans in due course.

The series itself will continue as planned with rounds five and six in Gravesend, Kent, from 26th-27th May and the organisation apologises for any inconvenience caused by the postponement.

Writing on Facebook about the decision, the Leicester Hornets said “…..a new date will be published ASAP once it has been decided, no time soon ”

They went on to offer apologies and thanks for the understanding being expressed after what they describe as a  “serious amount of work” has been put into organising the event.


Get your skates on this summer with various outdoor pursuits …it’ll be fun!

outdoor pursuitsAmong the outdoor activities available this summer are the Xplorer Navigational Challenge and a chance to ‘Return 2 Rounders’. You could also hire a mobile skate park…

In partnership with British Orienteering, Blaby District Council is offering young people and their parents the chance to enjoy the family friendly events of the Xplorer Navigational Challenge.

Having started in June and running until 30 October 2015, the educational and fun navigational challenge gives children a sense of adventure as they explore the park to find markers.

The challenge involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making that the whole family can enjoy together.

A number of community sessions will be taking place across the district at various sites; including:

  • Mossdale Meadows,
  • Fosse Meadows,
  • Glen Parva Nature Reserve,
  • Bouskell Park and
  • Countesthorpe College.

The orienteering activity involves using a simple map to help find the markers places across the park.

Each marker has a fun fact that children will be able to share with their friends.

Maps are available for just £1. No experience of map reading is necessary and parents are encouraged to join in on the fun!

For more information, visit www.sportblaby.org.uk or contact the Health and Leisure Services team on 0116 272 7703 or e-mail leisure@blaby.gov.uk.

Return 2 Rounders this summer in Braunstone Town

single rounders player2Did you love rounders at school?

Do you want to keep yourself active this summer?

‘Return 2 Rounders’ is giving Blaby district residents the opportunity to take up their childhood sport again with rounders sessions in Braunstone Town.

The sessions, which take place between 6-7pm every Thursday on Mossdale Meadows, cost just £2 per person and are delivered by a Rounders Activator.

Everyone aged 12+ is welcome to enjoy the fun.

With no need to book, all participants need to do is bring a drink and wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Sessions can be enjoyed every week in summer until 24 September 2015.

For more information contact the leisure team via e-mail at leisure@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7703.

The local ‘Wheels Project’ shares the love ….of skateboarding, BMX riding and scooters

Organisations from across the Leicestershire are being offered the chance to hire out the Wheels Project Mobile Skate Park.

The Wheels Project is a great way to satisfy the needs for young people within the local community.

The mobile skate park includes a set of street-course ramps ideal for a large numbers of skaters for indoor or outdoor use.

wheels project graphic

Activities are supervised by fully qualified first aid staff, with the skate park suitable for all ages (under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult, and parental/guardian consent is required for riders under 16 years old.)

With three BMX bikes, five scooters and 10 skateboards included in the cost of hire, Wheels Project gives the chance for young people who don’t have their own equipment to participate.

Price packages start from just £231 for a half-day hire with availability on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, contact the Health and Leisure Team on 0116 272 7703 or e-mail leisure@blaby.gov.uk.