COOKSTOWN 100 SEPTEMBER 2020

IF YOU HAVE BEEN YOU ARE MISSING OUT

Absolutely fabulous to be at the Cookstown 100 club's meeting in September. A new experience for me and the first time I had been in Northern Ireland for well over 40 years.

Practice was held on the Friday as is traditional in the Province and Baylon McCaughey (Press Secretary) had allocated me Gortins Corner for my introduction to the Orritor Circuit. Social distancing had dictated far fewer 'Togs' were accredited for the meeting and those of us that had 'Signed On' were restricted to 'our spot'. Practice started on damp/wet but by the time the third group went out there was a dry line and before the Second Sessions started the track was almost totally dry, just a few damp patches under trees of the racing lines. It was also good to see Davy Morgan {and others) escorting 'Newcomers' around the circuit before the first official practice sessions started. It didn't stop Davy from 'running on' down Orritor Road when his own practice session started though....

It was great to see the riders gradually getting "dialled in" after such a long time of "No Racing" due to the Covid restrictions and congratulations to the Cookstown Club for sticking to their guns and not being "persuaded" cancel until April '21 was cooler and 'breezy'

Raceday dawned and found myself allocated to the top of the hill just before Mackney Corner at the "Green House". Wonderful hospitality but somewhat of a disaster photography wise because an over zealous marshal, who obviously took exception to an 'englishman' standing by the gate, telling me "You can't stand there you have to get behind the rope" just before racing started...making it impossible to get a spot along the fencing with all the spectators already in place...

Then just to 'rub it in'  the same marshal allowed another, well known, photographer to stand exactly where I had been, and holding the rope up to allow him under it....Petty and so un-neccessary, seriously restricting the number of shots I got and spoilt a cracking weekend....

But  I won't let it stop me going back to a wonderful part of Northern Ireland and I have already started making plans to "Double Up" for 2021 and to take in both the Cookstown 100 and theTandragee the following weekend, with a few days off exploring in between.

Photos from the 2020 Cookstown 100 are in the Galleries on this website.

GALLERY page link...http://www.redlinesports.photography/gallery/core/