Woods on track for biking fun

Front from left,the track designers Aaron Pattison,Sam Thompson,Adam Newbould,John Shepherd and David Petty with ,back from left,Alan Thompson of Scarborough Borough Council,the Community payback team with unit manager Karl Parkin and John Bradley,Chairman of the Friends of Raincliffe Woods.'Picture by Neil Silk   112860a
Front from left,the track designers Aaron Pattison,Sam Thompson,Adam Newbould,John Shepherd and David Petty with ,back from left,Alan Thompson of Scarborough Borough Council,the Community payback team with unit manager Karl Parkin and John Bradley,Chairman of the Friends of Raincliffe Woods.'Picture by Neil Silk 112860a
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DOWNHILL biking is coming to Raincliffe Woods as a new track is built as part of a new joint venture

The track, which will include jumps and three different routes, is the first of its kind in the area.

It is being put together with the help of offenders ordered to perform Community Payback, and is part of an initiative co-ordinated by the Friends of Raincliffe Woods group which is working with Scarborough Council and the Scarborough Conservation Society.

A group of young bikers, Sam Thompson, Aaron Pattison and Kurt Lyon, have designed the track and are helping with its creation.

They said: “We used the area for biking but could see that there needed to be a proper track in place. We think it will make the area more popular, and not just for bikers, as seating will be put in for people to watch.”

John Bradley, chair of Friends of Raincliffe Woods, added: “It is time that a proper place is created for bikers as the paths are getting torn up.

“There has been a good deal of interest expressed in the plans and it is great to see something being built for young people, by young people.”

The track is located in the woods by Throxenby Mere. Volunteers are currently laying it out and putting up fencing, and it will be finished later this year.

For information about the woodland bike track or to get involved contact Mr Bradley on 01723 859124 or email jbjohnbradley753@gmail.com