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UPDATE: Rain couldn't stop Weymouth Beach Motocross
4:21pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
RAIN showers couldn't deter the thousands that flocked to Weymouth seafront to enjoy beach Motocross.
Heavy rain battered the start of the racing on Sunday afternoon but that didn't stop the crowds from turning out and showing their support for the riders.
Bikes bounded over the jumps as the sunshine sporadically broke through the clouds during the afternoon.
All the races went ahead and apart from a few cuts and scrapes there were no serious injuries.
Saturday saw demonstration sessions throughout the day and performances by Weymouth Concert Brass.
There were stalls and refreshments on sale as well as 'Gorilla Man' on his quad bike, a fun fair and classic cars to keep the whole family entertained.
More than 280 bikes started the racing on Sunday at noon with bikers jumping over three and four meter high sand jumps, specially created by a fleet of diggers in the early hours.
Kirsty Biles and her son Archie Morley, 5, came down to watch the action.
Kirsty said: “We just wanted to support local attractions.”
Fiona Willcox and her boys Archie, 5, and Oliver, 3, Brinkley came down for a fun day out.
Fiona said: “We watched it last year. The boys just love watching the bikes go round.”
Neal Buckoke and his son Jay came to watch the racing as Jay loves bikes.
Neal said he was a bit disappointed with Saturday's display as there were no jumps.
Chris Hovard from Weymouth rides a bike. He said the event was a good boost for the town.
He said: “It's good. It's a nice touch to the end of the season when the beach isn't used for beachy stuff, it's good.
“It puts motorsport in the public eye and that's all to the good.”
Motoracing fans David and Lisa Thomas from Weymouth, brought their two-year-old son Oscar to watch the bikes.
Lisa said: “We like bikes and we come down every year, weather permitting, to watch it.”
David said it was good for the town. He said: “Anything to get people down here is good.”
Oscar said he liked the bikes.
The event was organised by the local Lions Club in association with Purbeck Motocross Club and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
The Weymouth Park and Ride even ran a special Sunday service to get people down to the beach.
Richard Burgess from the Lions Club said they had a great weekend and the event was getting bigger and better every year.
He said: “It's been a good weekend. We like to think we have built it up to be bigger and better each year.”
“I think what makes it a special event is the sheer excitement of motocross.”
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