The Southern 100 International Road Races 2013

I’ve returned from the Southern 100 Road Races and now had time to reflect upon what was a very difficult week.

Firstly I’d like offer my condolences to the family and friends of those  riders who sadly fell; and secondly I’d like to wish a speedy and full recovery to all those who suffered injuries.

I would also like to pay tribute to the Southern 100 MCRC for their dedication to the sport and their courage in the face of terrible events. It is often said that when the going gets tough then the tough get going. Never more true than last week. The Southern 100 Committee behaved with great respect and dignity towards those that fell during the week and their example was followed by the impeccably observed silent tribute in Castletown Square on Thursday night. I fully support the decisions that they took both in commemorating David, Mark and Paul and to continue racing.

The sport survives because of the people that take a stake in it. Organisers, sponsors, marshals, riders, fans etc. There are however many unsung heroes who work tirelessly to provide support, financial and professional, for the greater good of the sport itself. Without those people our sport would never continue. There is a cast list of literally hundreds who do all that they can to ensure that the riders have the best support possible. On behalf of road racing I thank you all. The work never ceases though and like everything else in this world there is a mighty bill to be paid. Money is always tight and the Southern 100 club, like many other clubs, do a fantastic job in hosting these fine road races. But to continuously improve rider safety and welfare there can never be enough to go around. Therefore, might I ask everyone that reads this blog that whenever you have the opportunity to lend a hand, donate a few coins, buy a sticker, T shirt or even a calendar 😉 then please do so. Your sport needs you.

Let’s celebrate this unique and wonderful game that we play and enjoy a few of my pics from last week’s action.

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Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop to win the Solo Championship

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Russ Mountford

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Jamie Hamilton

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Guy Martin

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Michael Dunlop

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Dean Harrison

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William Dunlop

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Michael Dunlop

130710 Wed 607

Jamie Hamilton

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Iavn Lintin leading Dean Harrison

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Jamie Hamilton leads into Ballakaighan

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Colin Stephenson

130710 Wed 375

Tim Poole

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Michael Dunlop

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Tim Poole

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Russ Mountford

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Billy Cummins

130710 Wed 357

Chris Mitchell

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Martin, Dunlop and Harrison

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Dan Kneen

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Jamie Hamilton, Michael Pearson, Ian Lougher and Dan Kneen

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Dunlop and fan

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Russ Mountford

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 Lintin has his nose chopped off by Harrison

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Dan Kneen

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Paul Shoesmith

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Jamie Coward

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Marc Coggon

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Mark Goodings

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Jamie Hamilton

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Dennis Booth

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Guy Martin

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Dean Harrison

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Michael Pearson

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Alan Warden & Ernesto Ascierto

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Greg Lambert &  Kenny Cole

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Tim Reeves & Dan Sayle

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Alan Warden & Ernesto Ascierto

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Nigel Smith & Chris McGhan

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Gordon Shand & Phil Hyde

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Wayne Lockey & Luke Capewell

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Gary Bryan & Jamie Wynn

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Reeves & Sayle @ Stadium Corner

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Doug Chandler & Dean Kilkenny fending off Debbie Baron & Stephen Cowin

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Ivan Lintin

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Guy Martin keeping Dean Harrison behind

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Jamie Hamilton, Michael Pearson, Ian Lougher & Dan Kneen

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Martin and Dunlop

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William Dunlop

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Jamie Coward

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Russ Mountford

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3 thoughts on “The Southern 100 International Road Races 2013

  1. Well said. It has been a very difficult week, with some friends doing fantastically well and others paying the ultimate price. The Southern100 committee have had some very hard knocks, including losing one of their number, but they put others before themselves and soldiered on. Now they are working to clear away all the bales etc, and store everything for another year. When all the riders and spectators have gone home, their work continues. Thank you to them all.

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