Cycling club gears up for its annual race in memory of Alan

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This year’s Ballantyne Memorial Trophy Road Race will take place on Monday.

The riders will assemble at 10.50am in the grounds of Mitford Cricket Club for the Barnesbury Cycling Club-run event and at 11am the short neutralised section will begin.

Racing will begin proper after about 250 metres by a lay by on the B6343. The route continues west on the B6343 to Dyke Neuk and 400 metres past Dyke Neuk near the public telephone, an intermediate sprint will take place.

The 80 participants will continue through Hartburn and Scots Gap to Cambo.Other places covered on the course include Harwood Gate, Elsdon, Bilsmoor, Flotterton and Sharperton.

They will come back on the B6343 and the finish is 100 metres east of the entrance to the Mitford Estate (Cricket Club). The approximate finish time is 1.30pm.

The first three riders over each hill prime – Bilsmoor (outwards), Bilsmoor (return) and the Gibbet – will be awarded points.

People apart from designated officials are not to park in the grounds of the cricket club, but should park in the field opposite the club.

The prizes will be as follows – 1st place: £50 and The Ballantyne Memorial Trophy to be held for one year; 2nd place £15, 3rd place £15, 4th place £15, 5th place £15 and 1st junior competitor £15.

The winners of the three primes will each receive £10 and £10 will also be given to the overall King of the Mountains.

The winner of the Dave Walton Memorial Sprint will receive £15.

Event secretary Christopher Gray said: “The race would like to thank the commissaires, the National Escort Group, Cloudberry Medical, Billy Elliot (farmer) for kindly letting the race use his field for parking, Mitford Cricket Club and the people of Mitford for making the race welcome, our sponsors Shepherd Offshore Limited and everyone else who has made this race possible.”

The race is run in memory of Alan Ballantyne, who sadly died aged only 18 years old.

He was a talented and popular member of The Tyne Olympic Cycling Club.

Following his passing, his family sold his bike and other cycling equipment and used the money to purchase The Ballantyne Memorial Trophy.