Local Motocross stars are honoured at annual prize night

Back row - Stephen Poots, Billy McLarnin from Annahilt (Mourne Motorcycle Club Chairman) and Mark Patterson. Front row -s Ben Kennedy, Glen McCormick, Jack Wilson, Samuel Donnelly, Ricky Portis, Roy Beattie and Richard Portis.
Back row - Stephen Poots, Billy McLarnin from Annahilt (Mourne Motorcycle Club Chairman) and Mark Patterson. Front row -s Ben Kennedy, Glen McCormick, Jack Wilson, Samuel Donnelly, Ricky Portis, Roy Beattie and Richard Portis.

Local Motocross stars were amongst those who were honoured when the Mourne Motorcycle Club held their annual prize night at the Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch, on Saturday.

Seven trophies were presented on the night, recognising the top finishers at the second round of the 2014 Ulster Open Motocross Championship, hosted by the Mourne club at Seaforde MotoPark on May Day.

Billy McLarnin and Jack Wilson.

Billy McLarnin and Jack Wilson.

The Bertie Campbell Memorial Cup was presented to Dromore man Stephen Poots, who went on to finish second overall in the Ulster Grade C MX1 Championship.

Dromore’s Jack Wilson, who eventually finished runner-up in the 2014 Ulster Grade C MX2 Championship, received the Harry Palmer Perpetual Trophy to recognise his success at Seaforde MotoPark.

The Seaforde Cup, presented on behalf of track owner Norman Green, was awarded to Dromara man Samuel Donnelly, who had won the Ulster and Irish Grade B MX1 Championships.

Ballynahinch man Roy Neill compered the night, announcing the winners, along with a special recognition award for Mourne club members Ricky Portis and Roy Beattie, both from Lisburn, who represented Ireland at the Sidecarcross of Nations at Italy last year.

Billy McLarnin and Samuel Donnelly.

Billy McLarnin and Samuel Donnelly.

The Harry Palmer Memorial Cup was presented to Crossgar’s Mark Patterson, who had won the 2014 Ulster and Irish Grade B MX2 Championships.

The John and Doreen Herron Cup went to Ballygowan Grade A MX1 rider Gary Gibson, who was unable to make it on the night, his award was collected by Ben Kennedy.

Larne man Glen McCormick who won the Ulster Expert MX2 Championship and had led the Irish Championship, before a broken leg ended his season, was awarded the President’s Cup.

The final award for the most active club member, The Norman Campbell Memorial Trophy, was presented to Lisburn man Richard Portis for his work during 2014.

Stephen Poots and Ann Blakely, from Dromara, presenting the Bertie Campbell Cup in memory of her father.

Stephen Poots and Ann Blakely, from Dromara, presenting the Bertie Campbell Cup in memory of her father.