BMX fan Max backs call for pump track

November 24 2021
BMX fan Max backs call for pump track

A St Peter’s competitive BMX rider is backing a call for a pump track to be built in the area.

A St Peter’s competitive BMX rider is backing a call for a pump track to be built in the area.

In October’s edition of South Worcester Voice we reported on schoolboy Tom Rebbeck’s campaign for the track.

Now 11-year-old Max Surridge, who recently finished third in a Midlands region event in the sport, has lent his support to Tom’s initiative.

Max, who has been riding and racing competitively for nearly six years met BMX Olympic gold medallist Beth Shriever during the Midlands event.

Max’s mother, Irene Surridge, said: “Sadly, due to no local facilities, we have had to travel to Cheltenham or Evesham to train over the years and during lockdown were not able to train at all.

“We can't begin to tell you how BMX has built Max's confidence as well as increasing his physical activity and circle of friends who take part in the sport up and down the country.

“For us, as a family, we would massively support a local pump track.

“With BMX being thrust into the limelight at the most recent Olympics I know many of his friends are also eager to try the sport.

“A pump track would certainly help this.”

St Peter’s parish councillors Alan Tidy and Roger Knight accompanied the ward’s Conservative Worcester city councillor Steve Mackay on a visit to an existing BMX pump track in Kidderminster to see how a similar facility could look.

During a following meeting of the parish council Mr Knight and Mr Tidy suggested a track could be located in Battenhall Park as its natural undulations and distance from residences could make it an appropriate site.

Cllr Mackay said the next step was to get potential costings for the project.

Max Surridge with BMX Olympic gold medallist Beth Shriever