Lap of Hope the spinal injuries charity mx and BMX day returns to Apex motopark in Worcester on 14th August. Established last year by ex-British MX champ Justin Morris and friend Lee Morgan Lap of Hope exceeded all expectations with a 1000 people turning up and nearly £8,000 raised on the day. The day last year was a who’s who of British MX with riders such as Tommy Searle, EBB, Brad Anderson, Jake Nicholls, Mel Pocock, Martin Barr, Kristian Whateley and Tom Church to name but a few. There was also an appearance of a signed Ken Roczen shirt which raised £200 in the auction!
There was also a BMX jump demo with former world champion Kye Forte accompanied by riders from as far away as Australia. The day saw lots of riding, lots of pics with the pros and a chance to see the pros in a relaxed atmosphere such as Kristian Whateley and Jim Davies attempt at a BBQ in the Apex car park! Lots of pretty girls were there on the day raising lots of cash for this fantastic cause.
So what is happening at this year’s event then? Lee states that “we just wanted to build on the brilliant platform that we had last year. We were chuffed with 1000 people but we want more spectators this year plus we have one extra kids group which means that we have spaces for 120 riders. The kids loved it last year so we really want to get more of them involved this year. We have also got a bit more savvy this year in that we missed a lot of opportunities last year to raise more money. This year we have enlisted the help of Holly Divall sister of pro mx rider Jordan. Holly will be in-charge of selling advertising space in our programme and also coordinating the day to allow me and Justin run around like loons again!”
Justin tells us that the format is changing a bit this year and hopefully for the better. “Rather than just having the pros doing motos all day we want the end of the day to have a bit of a Day in The Dirt feel to it. We are going to try and get a kids/pro race going whereby we have kids partnering with the pros to do a relay type race culminating in a final and the winning kid will win the pro’s bike! Only joking…. the winning kid will get a Lap of Hope T-shirt. We are also in negotiations about putting on a pro BMX dirt jump competition with prize money of £500 up for grabs.”
Justin comments that “we have worked really closely with our charity of choice Wings for Life and as a result Red Bull have offered us some of their infrastructure such as the Red Bull archway and Wigwams’. We also have a promise that the majority of UK based Red Bull athletes will be in attendance so we are really pumped about that!”
Lap of Hope is a unique event in the MX calendar in the UK but in order to continue it needs people to support it to allow it to grow, so get the 14th August in your diary or visit www.lapofhope.com for more details and up to date news. For general info on the day e-mail: [email protected] or for advertising/sponsorship opportunities e-mail: [email protected].