Heavy rain caused the cancellation of the Henstridge Road Race on Sunday (23rd). An overnight deluge left large parts of the 6 mile circuit on the Somerset/Dorset border under standing water and with the rain still coming down the organisers reluctantly abandoned the race on safety grounds.
It was disappointing for the promoting club, Gillingham & District Wheelers who were hoping to build on the success of their summer circuit racing at Henstridge Airfield. The north Dorset club have made great progress in the last 18 months, setting up a youth academy, a racing team and promoting training and racing at the airfield, as a result membership has jumped from 70 to over 200.
The Henstridge race may be re-scheduled but in the meantime Gillingham & District Wheelers are already planning six circuit races and two road events based around the airfield for 2016. Weather and marshalling issues have resulted in the loss of several races in the south this summer including the Fareham Wheelers RR & the Bournemouth Cycleworks Purbeck race amongst others.