Bikers left distraught after track ruined

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A Chorley BMX club has slammed their petrol-powered rivals who churned up its track just days before its official re-opening.

Club members have been left distraught by the damage – caused by trespassing motocross riders – who have left the track unusable.

And it has been estimated it will now only reopen in three weeks at the earliest.

The track is home to the Mid Lancs BMX Club at Chisnall Lane, Coppull.

The popular venue has staged national events which have attracted more than 800 riders.

Chairman and head coach Ian Chappell said he was “gutted”.

“I’m absolutely distraught, it was getting to the point of opening and it has all been ruined,” he said.

“You can see where the motorcross bikes have been and the ruts they have created are at least a foot deep.”

Volunteers have worked tirelessly over the past five weeks to help repair the track, after the club could not afford a contractor’s quote of £100,000, to do the work themselves.

Club members got stuck in themselves to complete the work which was done at a total cost of £3,200.

Ian, who led the voluntary scheme, said: “We have tried for funding numerous times and we just cannot secure a big amount.

“With contractors quoting so much we did it ourselves but now we only have £700 left in the pot.”

Amanda Morley, a volunteer and cook at the club, said she was speechless after hearing about the incident. She said: “My lad has been involved with the club for 12 months and he couldn’t wait for the track to re-open. Everyone who volunteered works full time and they put so much effort in and it has been ruined.”

The club is urging anyone to be vigilant and report anyone on the track with motocross bikes.

The track is due to reopen in three weeks’ time.

A call for volunteers to repair the damage has gone out.

Anyone who wants to help can contact Ian on 07544359068.