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Newark Town Centre Races a success

Posted onPosted on 3rd Aug

Riders of all ages and abilities took part in the successful Newark Town Centre Races.

From a Community Ride for all the family, through to women’s and men’s elite races later in the evening there was something for everyone.

Newark and Sherwood District Council said the event was a benefit to the town with that Friday attracting the most visitors in the month — up 100% compared to the average of the previous Fridays in July.

Some traders extended their opening hours to capitalise on the increased numbers in and around the town.

The biggest crowds were seen for the Community Ride and the final Men’s elite race.

Coun Paul Peacock, council leader, said: “It’s great seeing so many people coming to Newark to see this event.

“I am really looking forward to the Tour of Britain coming to the District on 6th September because, not only will it put Newark on the map, but will also showcase our wonderful district, taking in Edwinstowe, Boughton, Southwell and all the villages in between.”

Coun Susan Crosby, portfolio holder for Health Wellbeing and Leisure, added: “The Community Ride was a highlight, seeing families going round the course first was a delight.

“It would be great to see this event encourage our residents to take to two wheels and explore our district.

“Cycling is a great way to explore Newark and the surrounding areas with so many trails and cycle paths; you don’t have to be an elite athlete to enjoy going for a bike ride!”

Event organiser Chris Lawrence was delighted with the spectator turnout.

“Newark is a spectacular place to host our season finale,” he said.

“The crowd really got behind every race, from the Brompton Bike relay through to the elite finals. We’ve worked hard to keep disruption for business to a minimum and we learnt a lot last year.

“It was great to see businesses who don’t normally open in the evening opening their doors for the spectators.”