❗️ (For Immediate Release) ❗️
Re: Enniskillen Road Races
The above-mentioned club would like to inform you that the Enniskillen Road Races will not take place in 2020.
This decision has been taken solely by the club following discussions with members which have spanned over several months.
After many years of hard work and two successful Road Race events the club has decided that it is no longer feasible to carry on with the Enniskillen Road Race for 2020. We have worked hard to try and make this event work, but unfortunately due to several reasons, some beyond our control, we now feel that we are unable to run the event next year.
The cost of running a road race is high, and despite our best efforts to try and keep costs down we have found that excessive cost and logistics of hiring safety equipment such as the bales from other clubs, rising running costs etc, along with a trend of spectators choosing not to contribute by buying programmes or contributing towards the event means that overall the sport in general is suffering and something clubs can’t sustain in the long run.
Our attention has been drawn to recent laying of water mains that have taken place on the circuit and heavy traffic diversions that have been put in place, our club members are concerned that this may have a negative impact on the road surface. The roads Inspection team would only identify this at the beginning of 2020 which leaves little time to make any improvement and as we currently are unable to secure any commitment from the department of infrastructure regarding improvements this must also a contributing factor.
We have had some very positive feedback from riders, and offers of help and support pending this announcement, and it has not been an easy decision, considering the amount of effort it has taken to get to this point. We have proven that we can run an event of this scale; and we are very proud that after 66 years of an absence, the Enniskillen Road Races were once again back on the road race calendar. We will continue to actively seek an alternative circuit with lower running costs so we will not rule out the possibility of another road race in Fermanagh in the future.
🏁We remain dedicated to the sport of Motorcycle racing with continuation of our short circuit event at St Angelo, with some positive changes proposed for 2020 we intend to grow this event which will now span over 2 days on 27th and 28th June, while also still focusing on introducing, guiding and encouraging new participants into the sport. 🏁
We understand that most clubs are struggling more and more to find good volunteers who are prepared to give up their time for sport, and our club is no exception. A massive thank you must go to all those who pushed forward, made sacrifices and helped us make our road race possible over the past number of years.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our title sponsor Fermanagh and Omagh District Council for coming on board as our title sponsor who took the initial leap of faith to go along with our plans, without the support of them and all our sponsors the last two years would just not have been possible and we look forward to working with you again in the future.
Finally, a massive thank you to all of the competitors, who all who took part in the Enniskillen Road Races, in both 2018 and 2019 , you are the stars of the show, we may have made it happen, but you made it great.
Yours in Sport.
Appointed Directors of
Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club (Road Racing) Ltd.
🔶Kevin Fitzpatrick (Old Castle) - 2019 Man of Meeting:
"I'm really disappointed to hear that Enniskillen 100 will not be running in 2020. It's a great track and I was looking forward to getting back there for year 3 and hopefully having as good a run as I did earlier this year. I hope that everyone can support the club in the coming year to get it back on the calendar for 2021"
🔶Derek McGee (Mullingar) - 2018 Man of Meeting (Multiple Irish Championship winner):
"It's a real shame to hear that Enniskillen won't be running next year!! I have some great memories from 2018, it's a great track with a bit of everything in it and a really good club that put a huge amount of work in to get it up and running, really hope to see this back soon"
🔶Gary Dunlop (Ballymoney) - 2019 Moto 3 Winner + Irish Championship winner:
"It's a pity that it won’t be ran in 2020. Loved the course, it had everything a road racer would want, bumps, jumps, fast corners, tight corners and probably the best s-bends I've ever ridden round. I really couldn't believe the effort of all the club members put in to try and make the race happen. When it comes back, I'll definitely be involved again"
🔶Adam McLean (Magherafelt) - Multiple Podium places and safety advisory 2018:
"It’s disappointing to have another road race missing from the calendar in 2020, I really enjoyed the event in 2018 which produced some great racing, a credit to the organisers!"
🔶Forest Dunn (Cornwall) - 2019 Feature Race winner:
"it's complete and utter shame to be losing The Enniskillen Road Races it's an awesome circuit and after spectating the first year it ran (due to a lack of personal funds) and competing the second year it was nice to see some progress In the sport with a completely new road race being added to the calendar but unfortunately it seems we are going backwards again this year!! I'll always remember 2019 as my best season of competition to date and Enniskillen was a massive part of the reason it was my best year on the roads!! I truly saddened to be losing the only road race I've ever made it to the top step!! Here's hoping something changes for the future of the sport, I'd like to thank the club the volunteers and all the Marshall's for their hard work and graft to get this meeting to run even if only for a short time"
🔶Stephen Degnan (Co Durham) - 2018 & 2019 Competitor:
"Absolutely gutted to hear that the Enniskillen Road Races will not be going ahead in 2020. Having raced there in both 2018 and 2019 I can honestly say it was one of the best road race meetings I have taken part in. The course, the organisation, the atmosphere, and the fans were second to none. I would like to thank the Enniskillen & District MCC and everyone involved in running the last two meetings for giving me a very warm welcome, looking after me and giving me the opportunity to have the time of my life. As soon as the Enniskillen Road Races is up and running again, I will be coming back to take part in the action. Thanks again to everyone and hopefully see you all soon. Degsy #43."
🔶Paul Gartland (Edenery) - 2018 & 2019 Competitor:
"As with matters like this you hear the whispers but think "No that's not going to happen the club has worked too hard for too long for the end to have came" but as with so many of the the smaller and even the talk is the might UGP races money talks. These races simply don't happen without the backing of everyone. From the generous sponsors to the man in the hedge watching. Unfortunately from what I hear despite the large crowds the programme sales where poor. It's a shame that Joe public is more than happy to watch a days racing and think it's acceptable to do it for free. The Arney track for me was great. It had a fast and fun main road and a technical Back road. Fun to ride and certainly a spectacle to watch with numerous good vantage points. But sometimes all you can do is not enough and it's a shame for the club after all there hard work. For one I hope we see this wee road race back in 2021. "
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We are very happy to have FODC back on board for 2019.
The Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Sponsored Enniskillen Road Races 2019
The Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club (Road Racing) Ltd are delighted to launch the 2nd Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Enniskillen Road Races which will take place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th June 2019.
Following on from the success of the first ever race to be ran around the Arney circuit, the club are hoping that they will attract a good entry as this year the event will have Irish/Ulster Championship status. Entries are starting to come in fast with riders from all over Ireland and the UK.
As an added and welcome boost to the event, Highlights of the Road Race are scheduled to be broadcast on BBC NI, with Greenlight TV providing coverage of the Irish National road race.
The 11-race schedule will again see a full day of practice on the Friday with roads closing from 12 noon and racing on Saturday from 10am. The Richard Britton Memorial Race will again be the main feature race with a total event prize fund of £12k.
Set in the shadow of Cuilcagh Mountain, the 3-mile circuit has a ‘little bit of everything’ ranging from wide fast straights with sweeping corners to blind jumps. The circuit and the area in general proved to be popular with the riders who attended last year. The club hope to grow and improve the event year on year.
Title Sponsorship The Club warmly welcomes Fermanagh and Omagh District Council back on board as main sponsors for 2019, without the support of our local council this event would simply not happen. We look forward to working together to ensure the event is a long-term fixture on the Road Racing calendar.
Speaking about the Council’s sponsorship of the Enniskillen Road Races, chairman, Councillor Thornton said: “I am delighted that Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is the title sponsor for the Enniskillen Road Races for 2019 once again. The Council recognises the benefits that events such as this may bring to the area and as such, very much welcomes events to the district. The Road Races and the showcase they provide help to promote our tourism product to a wider market and act as a catalyst for our local economy, generating income for our local businesses. We also appreciate the combined community effort to host this event and the support of the residents of the Arney/Bellanaleck area where the circuit is based. The Enniskillen area is the ideal location for this event as it is effectively the gateway to the North, South, East and West. The Council is therefore delighted to be working in partnership with Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club (Road Racing) Ltd on this venture and is pleased to provide its support to the 2019 Enniskillen Road Races once again.”
We would like to thank:
Race 1 McGirr Fuels Junior Support
The McGirr family has been delivering coal in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone area for the last 40 years. Back on board for year 2 we are grateful for their continued sport.
Race 2 The Euro auctions Super sport Race One
Euro auctions are auctioneers of heavy plant machinery, construction and agricultural equipment. Market leader across the UK, Ireland and worldwide with an extensive online inventory. Allan Kelly from Euro auctions “Back for year two and we are delighted to once more support this great event”.
Race 3 The Joeys Bar MCC Moto 3/125/ss300
Joeys Bar MCC are a club who help promote and further road racing, Supporting their own Joeys Bar Race team and other racing Events. We are delighted to retain Joeys Bar as a race sponsor for a second year running.
Race 4 Struct Steel Engineering Senior Support
Providing Structural Steel solutions throughout the UK & Ireland Struct Steel Engineering Ltd. is one of Northern Ireland's leading steel fabrication and erection specialists. We are delighted to Welcome them on board as Race sponsor for 2019!
Race 5 Clogher Valley Windows Open Race One
Based in Clogher, County Tyrone, Clogher Valley Windows have been supplying the island of Ireland, windows, doors, conservatories and much more since 2005. Clogher Valley Windows have in the past supported individual road racers, so we are delighted to welcome them on board as a race sponsor for 2019.
Race 6 Aiken Auto Spares /Oliver Weir Junior Classic Race
We welcome Aiken Auto on board for 2019, Aiken Auto supplying Car & Commercial Parts in Fermanagh & Tyrone since 1977. We would also like to thank Oliver Weir once more for his continued support for 2019.
Race 7 Armstrong Engineering Super twin Race.
Engineering, fabrication and shot blasting business based in Letterbreen Co. Fermanagh and don’t have too far to travel! Back on board for year two we are grateful for their continued support.
Race 8 Enniskillen Tyres Lightweight Super Sport Race
Back on board for 2019 we have Enniskillen Tyre Centre, Fermanagh’s newest retail tyre depot who specialise in Car, Van, 4x4, Agriculture tyres & Wheel Alignment. Servicing County Fermanagh and Northern Ireland, and the bordering counties of Donegal, Cavan, Sligo, Leitrim, and Monaghan, you can be assured of a great welcome at Enniskillen Tyre Centre.
Race 9 Plantscapes Eireann Landscaping/McIntyre Repairs Super sport Race 2
We welcome on board another 2 sponsors. Plantscapes Eireann are an Irish landscaping design, garden maintenance & tree surgery company founded 20 years ago by Peter McDwyer (BSc Hort) Based in Cavan, covering the Border counties of Leitrim, Monaghan, Fermanagh and beyond. And McIntyre Repairs ,Sales, Repairs, Parts & Servicing of - lawnmowers, strimmer, hedge cutters, chainsaws, leaf blowers, quads, boat engines up to 10hp, pressure washers & lots more. We are looking forward to working with both businesses.
Race 10 Robert Pritchard/ Enniskillen Motorcycles Senior Classic Race
Thank you to both sponsors who are back on board for a second year. Robert has been a lifelong supporter and is a valuable team member. Enniskillen Motorcycles are a local family run business who are life long road race fan and are happy to be able to help support the event.
Race 11 The Richard Britton Memorial Race/ Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council head the feature race of the day. Lat year saw a sunbaked chairman got rather champagne drenched on the podium! This Race is run in memory of the Late Richard Britton and is the feature race of the day.
Special Thanks to Enniskillen BID, Greenlight TV, BBC SPORT NI, Road Racing Ireland,
We would also like to thank all event supporters Lochside Vauxhall, The Aisling Centre, Greentown Environmental and TM Enniskillen Hotel, Lusty Beg Island, Arai NI, Motul, Raleigh Agencies, Custom handmade workshop, Subway, Skip Services Enniskillen, Enniskillen Castle Museum, The Horseshoe Bar and Saddlers, Cleenish Community Group, Dept of Infrastructure, Impartial Reporter for coverage Officials, teams and volunteers and all the dedicated club members and to all programme advertisers and event supporters.
We also extend our thanks to all residents and landowners for their continued co-operation.
PLEASE SUPPORT ALL OUR SPONSORS
For further information on Enniskillen Road Races please visit www.enniskillenroadraces.co.uk.
Your support and contributions will enable us to revive the Enniskillen Road Races
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