Weymouth Beach race cancelled due to medical cover issues

Ray Chuss Ray Chuss

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Only one week ago the Weston Beach race was cancelled due to the horrific crash which saw many riders in hospital, this weekend the racing didn’t even start at Weymouth as medics decided not to show.

With nearly 300 riders preparing to take to the sand, the event was abandoned after medical response cover that had been arranged for the event failed to turn up.

More than 10,000 people packed the seafront to watch the 25th anniversary event.

The announcement came at 2pm, one hour after the event was initially scheduled to start and after a practise lap had been completed.

The annual beach race is organised by Purbeck Motocross Club. Money raised on the day – usually a couple of thousand pounds – goes to the Weymouth and Portland Lions Club to support local charities.

Chairman of Purbeck Motocross Club Alf Stearn said: “It’s totally devastating.

“For me and my club the event was our lives for the past three weeks.

“It was perfect conditions and the best entry we have ever had.

“We also do this for charity and I wanted to present the biggest cheque we have ever had.

“It breaks your heart.”

The motocross is one of the biggest events of the year in Weymouth and Portland.

Lyme Regis-based Response Medical Services Ltd, which has covered the event for the past few years, was booked to provide emergency cover.

Director James Rice said: “I thought it was next week.

“It was obviously my fault and I am very sorry.”

Mr Stearn said he was given no indication that the medical cover would not be in place and was only discovered there might be a problem when they failed to turn up at 11.45am. He added that he did receive offers of volunteer medical support from a fireman and four nurses who were down watching the event.

But he said he could not proceed with the event without legally approved medical cover and an ambulance on standby at the beach.

Lions Club activities chairman Trevor Stratton said: “We were disappointed for the people who came down.

“All the money raised would have gone to Weymouth and Portland Lions good causes. We have lost out and feel sorry for all those people who had kindly sponsored us.

“We also apologise to those people who supported us by buying a programme for an event that didn’t go ahead, the money from that will go into our charity fund.”

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