THREE CHAMPIONS ON SHOW AS BIRMINGHAM WRAP UP THEIR LEAGUE FIXTURES

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The Birmingham Monarchs wrapped up their league programme by taking victory in the 1st division match over Coventry, although both 2nd and 3rd division teams fell to defeats. 4 riders who were successful in last weekends British Championships were on show including Open Champion Myke Grimes. Nick Yarworth from British Cycling was also on hand to present the Birmingham Club with their Go Ride certificate.

The Monarchs faced a battling and determined Coventry side who fought hard throughout. Chris Timms opened with a heat 1 win over Grimes in a 5 all opening heat. 3 further heat advantages followed in the next 5 heats to take control of the meeting (35-23) before Coventry hit back with advantages in the 7th and 8th to move to within 6 at the interval (47-41).

Birmingham hit strong after the break with 2 maximums won by veterans Hodgkinson (10th and Paul Timms 11th) to move 14 points clear. Coventry finished on a high by taking a 6-4 in the final race however the Monarch men held control throughout the 2nd half to ensure the victory was confirmed. Grimes was the standout rider, going unbeaten after a 1st race defeat and had support from Dominik Rycharski. For the Monarchs 6 different riders took at least a paid win. Mark Winwood top scored on 18.

In the Division 2 fixture it was all one way traffic for the visitors who were way too strong for our mostly younger side. Jake Steel took 2 wins for the Monarchs. William Arkinstall also took a victory in a much improved performance.

In the Division 3 fixture the Mini Monarchs were beaten for the first time this season and first time in 2 years as Coventry took a well earned victory with a very strong performance. Such was the solidity of the young Coventry side that they restricted the home side to just one heat win and advantage. Despite the loss the Monarchs were still crowned Division 3 champions for the 3rd season running.

MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 99 – Mark Winwood 18 (5), Chris Timms 17+1 (5), Paul Timms 16 (5), Scott Millward 15+3 (5), Steve Hodgkinson 12 (4), Ewan Hancox 11+4 (5), Jake Steel 7+1 (5), Billy Winwood 3+1 (2) V COVENTRY 79.

DIVISION TWO
BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 54 – Jake Steel 11 (4), William Arkinstall 11 (4), Billy Winwood 7 (4), Phil Widdas 6+1 (3), Natalie Timms 5 (3), Rebekah Humphries 5 (4), Vinnay Chawla 5 (5), Ryan Winwood 4 (3) V COVENTRY 95

DIVISION THREE
BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 37 – Connor Steel 9 (3), Ryan Winwood 8+1 (3), Billy Winwood 8 (3), Rebekah Humphries 6+1 (3), Charlie Buet Gannon 6+1 (4) COVENTRY 43.

Mark Winwood finished 4th in Glasgow in round 6 of the Eurovets Series, he remains 3rd overall.

This weekend sees the start of the Play offs, which will be hosted by division one champions Wednesfield. The host club are joined by runners up Birmingham, Leicester and Coventry. The winners will join the other regional play offs winners to battle for the Regional title in 3 weeks time.

Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at the track, 6pm under 16's, 7pm seniors.

Newcomers welcome.

Keep up to date with Birmingham Monarchs news at birminghammonarchs.wordpress.com, and
follow the Monarchs on Twitter with the handle @brummonarchs.

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BIRMINGHAM TAKE SOME SUCCESS IN THE BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS

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This bank holiday was the sports British Championships weekend with plenty of Monarchs riders entered into the various competitions. Two Monarch riders featured on the rostrum from different ages of the spectrum.

The Birmingham club had spent time getting the track and surroundings ready for action as we hosted the Open Semi final stages on both Saturday and Sunday. A good crowd on both days saw plenty of good racing. Ben Mould top scored on Saturday whilst Josh Brooke was highest scorer on Sunday.

Home man Scott Millward was 3rd on 16 points on Saturday whilst Chris Timms was 2nd on Sunday. Both came thru the weekends qualifiers to reach Mondays final fairly comfortably over 2 legs.

Throughout the weekend other Championships were being raced. On Saturday our success story saw Rebekah Humphries race to silver in the U12’s Girls championship. Her first rostrum placing. Connor Steel meanwhile was left to rue a costly fall whilst 2nd in his opening race which left him agonisingly short of 3rd place overall in the U12’s boys.. He finished 5th on 15 points.

Earlier in the day Charlie Buet Gannon also had a costly fall whilst leading his last ride in the U10’s, he finished 8th on 13 points. His sister Issy rode in the U8’s where she finished 6th overall. Ryan Winwood came 7th in the U14’s Final scoring 14 points.

On the Sunday our first title winner was crowned as Paul Timms took victory in the Over 60’s Championship. He dropped one point during the meeting and took victory in a run off against Wednesfield rider Phil Hemming.

Mark Winwood was agonisingly close to a rostrum placing in the 40’s , one point off on 16 points so had to settle for a 4th place finish. Steve Hodgkinson rode to 14 points and 7th place finish in the Over 50th title.

Ewan Hancox will look to a couple of costly slips that also cost him a rostrum place that looked highly likely at the halfway stage. He had to settle for 4th on 16 points in the Open Junior final.

All eyes focused on Mondays main final at Wednesfield with Birmingham having 2 riders in the line up. Chris Timms started brightly with 2 wins however his luck faded in the 2nd half but a strong final heat saw him fall just short of a rostrum place finishing 4th on 15 points. Scott Millward found the going tough and finished on 9 points. The Open Final won by Coventry star Myke Grimes whilst former Monarch Paul Heard was runner up.

Birmingham also have another prestigious meeting the following Sunday (3rd September) as they host Coventry in Midland League action but also have a presentation of our Go Ride and Club Mark certificate from British Cycling. Our sponsors, the police, councillors and press are also invited for the occasion. Action underway with the juniors at 1PM, seniors 2PM.

Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at the track, 6pm under 16’s, 7pm seniors.

Newcomers welcome.

MONARCHS TAKE BRAGGING RIGHTS IN EAST MIDLANDS

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Birmingham won the battle of the Monarchs on Sunday by defeating the Leicester Monarchs at their Slater Street track. Whilst Birmingham were missing Nathan Groves the home side had several key riders absent.

The home side kept things tight in the early stages with a run of drawn heats punctuated by a 6-4 to the visitors in heat 3 within the first 5 heats to hold a narrow lead (24-26) however 3 maximums out of the next 4 heats saw Birmingham take full control of the meeting leading up to the interval (38- 52).

After the break Leicester continued to scrap for every point even taking a maximum of their own in heat 14 with some hard but fair racing. However one home advantage gave a true representation of the meeting as Birmingham took 3 further advantages in the 2nd half to help build a comfortable lead and victory.

For the home side Mike Baldock top scored whilst veteran Dave Frith was a huge force however star of the day was Ewan Hancox who was largely untroubled racing to a full 5 ride maximum. Support was solid with 7 of the 8 riders taking at least a paid win.

In the 2nd division fixture Birmingham again took victory due to the visitors having too many doubling up penalty points. solid scoring ensured the visitors again taking victory. Phil Widdas rolled back the years with some solid battles and passes whilst the young Monarchs all rode well for their points with Connor Steel taking a 4th to 1st win in heat 14 to join his team partner at the front.

MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
Leicester Monarchs 80 v BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 100 – Ewan Hancox 20 (5), Mark Winwood 16+2 (5), Chris Timms 16 (5), Ricki Johnson 14+2 (5), Scott Millward 14+2 (5), Paul Timms 8 (3), Steve Hodgkinson 6+1 (3), Jake Steel 6+1 (5).

MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION TWO
Leicester 52 (81-39 penalty points) v BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 57 (69-12 penalty points) – Phil Widdas 10+1 (3), Rebekah Humphries 10+1 (5), Connor Steel 9+1 (5), Steve Hodgkinson 7+1 (2), Charlie Buet Gannon 8+1 (5), Ryan Winwood 8+1 (5), William Arkinstall 7(3), Jake Steel 7 (3).

The mini Monarchs travelled to Exeter on Saturday for the 3rd round of the Nationals YJL. Connor Steel moved into 3rd place in the standings in the U12's category with an A final appearance, however an exclusion for moving at the start stopped his chance of a rostrum finish.

Rebekah Humphries had her best round so far resulting in a win in the B final and seeing her move up to 10th in the U12’s category. Charlie Buet Gannon took 3rd place in the B final of the U10’s giving him his best result to date. Jake Steel came 4th in the C final of the U18’s.

This weekend will see no track action for the Monarchs while the club get prepared for 2 big events for the club as they host the semi finals of the senior British championships on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of August both events at 7PM.

MONARCHS MAKE A SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND OF RACING

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Birmingham Monarchs took victory in league action at East Park on Sunday, with all 3 teams winning their division matches , 24 hrs previous having hosted the Eurovets Orchid Masters in awful conditions.

Track conditions on Saturday proved troublesome with 2 huge downpours of rain left the track unridable, however massive efforts were made by both volunteers and riders to rid the circuit of the standing water on both occasions meaning the meeting could be completed.

Once the heats were completed the knock out stages began with 3 Monarchs riders making the final stages. The 40’s final was won by Leicester former world champion Dave Hemsley whilst Mark Winwood took 3rd.

In the 50’s it was another Leicester winner with Norman Venson taking the win whilst Monarchs duo Paul Timms (2nd) and Steve Hodgkinson (3rd) also made the rostrum. Timms also took victory in the 60’s final. Chris Callow making a return to the sport however missed the knock out stages on 9 points.

The Monarchs victories in East Park came all to easy. The Wolves are seriously lacking top end power but what they lack they gain in youth and enthusiasm and they can only get stronger. Chris Timms, Winwood, Hancox and Hodgkinson took maximums in the 1st division encounter.

In the 2nd division encounter all 7 riders scored double figures with Jake Steel racing to a 5 ride maximum alongside unbeaten scores for Hodgkinson and Widdas. The Juniors also continued their winning ways with a 17 point victory with 3 riders unbeaten.

MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
East Park 61 V Birmingham Monarchs 117 – Chris Timms 19+1(5), Scott Millward 17+3 (5), Ewan Hancox 17+3 (5), Ricki Johnson 16+2 (5), Mark Winwood 15+1 (5), Jake Steel 14 (5), Steve Hodgkinson 10+2 (3), Paul Timms 9(3).

MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION TWO
East Park 24 (51-27 penalty points) V Birmingham Monarchs 56 (95-39 penalty points) – Mark Winwood 17+2 (5), Jake Steel 16+4 (5), Connor Steel 16+1 (5), Ryan Winwood 14+1 (5), Steve Hodgkinson 11+1 (3), Phil Widdas 11+1(3), Bekah Humphries 10 (4).

MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION THREE
East Park 31 V Birmingham Monarchs 48 – Connor Steel 16 (4), Ryan Winwood 15+1 (4), Bekah Humphries 13+3 (4), Samuel Price 4 (4).

The monarchs travelled to Stoke on Sunday for a challenge fixture. The home club missing several key riders which meant they were never going to
seriously push the visitors on 18+2 (5), Ewan Hancox 17+3 (5), Jake Steel 15+1(4), Nathan Groves 12+2 (4), Steve Hodgkinson 11+1(3), Phil Widdas 10+2 (3), Connor Steel 8 (3),

This weekend the Monarchs travel to Leicester for league action on Sunday at 2PM whilst on Saturday Mini Monarchs travel to Exeter for round 3 of the Nationals YJL with Connor Steel hoping to force his way from 4th place into the top 3.

Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at the track, 6pm under 16’s, 7pm seniors. Newcomers welcome.

Keep up to date with Birmingham Monarchs news at birminghammonarchs.wordpress.com, and
follow the Monarchs on Twitter with the handle @brummonarchs.

Timms Wins in Wet Wales

Round 5 of the Eurovets series travelled to Newport on Saturday in what turned out to be in treacherous conditions with heavy rain falling throughout. Racing on the pacey Welsh circuit proved hard work for the riders.

Paul Timms took his 2nd victory of the series by outgating home hero Colin Simmons to seal victory in the 60”s A final. Paul also made the 50’s B final and let slip 2nd place but held on for 3rd from his Monarch team mate Steve Hodgkinson.

Mark Winwood also made the A final in the 40’s and battled hard throughout the race trying a wide outside pass on the last lap which forced race leader Kev Burns to make a defensive move, whilst Northumbrian Jason Keith slipped under both to steal the win on the line, leaving Winwood having to settle for 3rd on the day.

On Sunday the Mini Monarchs took on Brandon in 2 challenge matches. The rain stayed away and the action took place in glorious weather. In the first match the U12 Monarchs proved much to strong for the Brandon youngsters however the visitors turned the tables in the 2nd division friendly by taking a comprehensive victory.

Round 2 of the Nationals YJL came to East Park last Saturday. Connor Steel starred for the Monarchs taking 2nd place in the A final in the U12’s. Bekah Humphries also competed and came 4th in the C final. Both an improvement on round 1.

For the first time we had representation in all age categories. Ewan Hancox took a win in the B final of the U18’s with Jake Steel scoring 8 points. Ryan Winwood took victory in the D final of the U14’s whilst Charlie Buet Gannon was 2nd in the C final of the U10's. Newcomers Izzy Buet Gannon and Samuel Price took part in the U8’s scoring 4 and 5 respectively.

The Monarchs travel to Stoke on Sunday for a challenge fixture. Keep up to date with Birmingham Monarchs news at birminghammonarchs.wordpress.com, and
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ACES HIGH IN DERBY THRILLER

FB_IMG_1500291405995-1.jpgBirmingham Monarchs went down to an agonising last race defeat at Ashmore Park on sunday after having control of the meeting right till the latter stages. An exclusion for Nathan Groves in that final race sealed victory for the home side.

The Monarchs were behind from the off conceding a maximum heat however good fortune smiled on the visitors in heat 3 with Winwood taking advantage of the Aces pairing who were out ridden by Chris Timms.

In between the run of drawn heats Birmingham took a 6-4 in heat 8, won by Millward whilst team partner Groves rode an excellent defensive race in 3rd.

2 points up going into the interval a further advantage in the 11th with an all action race seeing bike to bike clashes and a retirement for Aces rider Griffiths with several missing spokes. Winwood again coming out on top. Birmingham now 5 up (52-57)

2 more drawn heats maintained that advantage. Heat 14 saw the Aces hit back with a maximum of their own to put themselves right back in contention (69-70) and followed that with a 6-4 in the 15th to move one point ahead, only the 2nd time in the match since heat 2.

Millward reeled off his 3rd straight win in the 16th however Johnson was relegated to the back by some smart riding by the Aces duo that stopped the Monarchs moving ahead. When the Monarchs slipped to a further 6-4 against in the 17th it left Birmingham needing a maximum in the last race.

Groves lead the race and in trying to help his team mate took the chasing Aces rider onto the kerb and was excluded for giving no room to race. The Aces finished as they started with a maximum to secure the win.

The Monarchs can feel some pride in taking the reigning champions to a last heat decider and they will have known they were given a tough meeting.

MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

Wednesfield Aces 93 v BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 85 – Ricki Johnson 15+2 (5), Scott Millward 15+1 (5), Mark Winwood 14 (5), Ewan Hancox 12+1 (5), Chris Timms 11+2 (5), Nathan Groves 8 (5), Steve Hodgkinson 7 (3), Paul Timms 5+1 (3).

In the 2nd Division meeting the Aces won comfortably. Ryan Winwood top scored with paid 15.

MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION 2

Wednesfield Aces 86 v BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 56 (63- 7 Penalty points) – Ryan Winwood 14+1 (5), Jake Steel 12+1 (5), Connor Steel 9+1 (5), Billy Winwood 8 (5), Charlie Buet Gannon 8 (5), Phil Widdas 7 (3), Steve Hodgkinson 5+1 (2).

In the 3rd Division the mini Monarchs continued their winning ways , taking a 10 point win. Billy Winwood dropped a single point.

MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION THREE

Wednesfield Aces 70 v BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 80 – Billy Winwood 17+2 (5), Connor Steel 16+1 (5), Rebekah Humphries 16 (5), Charlie Buet Gannon 13+3 (5), Ryan Winwood 14+2(5), Izzy Buet Gannon 5 (5).

Round 2 of the Nationals YJL came to East Park on Saturday. Connor Steel starred for the Monarchs taking 2nd place in the A final in the U12’s. Bekah Humphries also competed and came 4th in the C final. Both an improvement on round 1.

For the first time we had representation in all age categories. Ewan Hancox took a win in the B final of the U18’s with Jake Steel scoring 8 points. Ryan Winwood took victory in the D final of the U14’s

whilst Charlie Buet Gannon was 2nd in the C final of the U10’s. Newcomers Izzy Buet Gannon and Samuel Price took part in the U8’s scoring 4 and 5 respectively.

Veteran Monarchs travel to Newport Wales on Saturday for round 5 of the Eurovets series whilst at present the club are in discussions to host a challenge fixture this Sunday. Check our social media for updates.

Keep up to date with Birmingham Monarchs news at birminghammonarchs.wordpress.com, and

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HANCOX STARS IN CROSS OVER LEAGUE SUCCESS

Ewan Hancox raced to a magnificent 19 points as the Monarchs took victory over Newport in Cross Over league action on Sunday at Perry Hall Playing Fields. The 17 year old coming of age as he top scored for Birmingham with the home side winning 94 – 82.

Both teams had riders missing which evened up the line ups with 2nd team riders filling those places. Both teams looking fairly balanced and a close encounter was expected. With a run of 3 opening drawn heats it was going to take some on track moments and refereeing decisions to potentially move the match one way or another. Newport will probably point to 3 refereeing decisions that put them on the back foot.

The first of those in heat 4 saw Dan Bock excluded for moving at the start, Birmingham capitalising with a Winwood/Hodgkinson maximum 7-2 breaking the deadlock. A further maximum in the 6th (Hancox/Groves) was however nullified with the Stars taking their own in the 7th. The next 2 heats were drawn with the interval scoreline 47-42.

Newport suffered their 2nd moving at the start infringement in heat 11 however where able to take some consolation by winning the race, although it was a 5-4 advantage to the Monarchs (57-51). It was a further advantage in heat 13 by the Hancox/Groves partnership whilst controversy ruled in heat 14 in a tight tussle Newport man Dale Clarke was thrown out of the race on the 3rd lap after making a pass, with no communication given to either team manager of the reasoning. A potential drawn heat turned into a Monarchs 6-3 and a stretched scoreline. (74-63).

When Paul Timms crossed the finish line in first in heat 16 the home side were as good as home dry, whilst the last 2 races saw maximum advantages to both teams one apiece.

The Monarchs riders had 7 of the 8 team members taking at least one paid win on the day in a solid team effort. For the Stars Chris Davies raced to 3 heat wins whilst former Monarch Jack Harrold was unbeaten but for a tapes exclusion.

BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 94 – Ewan Hancox 19 (5), Chris Timms 17+1 (5), Mark Winwood 14 (5), Nathan Groves 12 (5), Paul Timms 11 (4), Steve Hodgkinson 9+1 (4), James Chattin 9+1 (5), Jake Steel 3 (3) V NEWPORT 82.

There was a friendly 2nd division match to follow with the emphasis very much on friendly! Newport 1st team riders took on a team of junior Monarchs with the youngsters coming out on top, very much due to Newport riders racing each other and letting the kids take some very valuable scalps!

Birmingham travel to Wednesfield next Sunday (16th July) in a crucial league fixture. The action starts at 1pm. The Monarchs again had a presence at the Sutton Games on Saturday with nearly 200 youngsters coming to visit us and try out the sport.

Keep up to date with Birmingham Monarchs news at birminghammonarchs.wordpress.com, and

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