THE Mourne Motorcycle Club have been forced to cancel their 2019 chartable motocross event.
The event was due to be held at Millbridge, Ballynahinch, on Wednesday, June 19, to raise monies for the Jenny Foundation and the Ballynahinch Lions.
This would have been the Mourne club’s thirteenth annual charitable event. The club’s fundraising started in 2007 and at this time they have raised more than £80,000 for 24 different charitable causes.
The planned event was going to feature solo bikes, quads and sidecars racing on the night. But the recent weather led to club members taking the decision to cancel the event this year.
After the decision to cancel the event had been taken, Mourne Motorcycle Club Chairman, Billy McLarnin said: “Our annual charity event has been one of the highlights of our calendar since 2007, when we raised money for the Children’s Hospice.
“Every year we try to choose local charities which have touched the lives of club members, or people close to the club.
“It was not an easy decision to make to cancel the event, but unfortunately the weather has beaten us this year.
“When we arrived to set up the track on Saturday, June 15, we found the ground was completely sodden.
“We knew that the event had to be cancelled, as the ground is so wet it could be badly cut-up with bikes on the track and cars in the paddock.
“Hopefully we’ll be back fundraising again next year with the Jenny Foundation and the Ballynahinch Lions at the top of our list,” he said.
All entries already received will be refunded over the next few days.