BMX to reopen after club rides out tricky period

Ian Chappell at the Mid Lancashire BMX club

Ian Chappell at the Mid Lancashire BMX club

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A BMX club can finally look forward to opening its gates again after lengthy repair works.

Riders at the Mid Lancs BMX club will have their track back when it re-opens on Sunday, October 20.

The club based in Coppull, has been closed for a number of weeks due to repair works.

Parents and members volunteered for a number of weeks working till late and over weekends, in a mass operation which a contractor valued at more than £90,000.

But the club rallied together and did the huge repair works and upgrades at just £3,500.

However, a cruel blow was dealt to all involved one week prior to their opening.

Motorbikers banned from the track ignored numerous signs around the area and subsequently ruined the majority of the repair work and upgrades.

But club members again rallied together.

And chairman and head coach Ian Chappell is absolutely delighted.

He said: “It’s great to put it all behind us and I feel much better about things.

“The work that was put in the second time was a bit of a pain and a nuisance but again club members chipped in and we managed to get it all done.”

The club had to pay out another £150 to order more stone to ensure the track would be repaired.

Now all is complete the club can finally focus on their grand opening which will also stage Round One of the Winter Series.

Ian, 33, who lives in Wigan, added: “The kids have had two gate practices since everything has been fixed.

“But the Round One is our official opening and we are expecting at least 100 riders to be coming down.”

In the future the club are hoping to tarmac the full track so it is fit for all purposes.

And to help raise much needed funds the opening day will also have a raffle as well as food and drinks.

Ian added: “We need to raise £15,000 to tarmac the full track.

“We have already raised £3,500 through donations and hopefully the opening day helps.

“All we want now is for the motorbikers to stay away.”