Statement on September plans for Cookstown 100 road races

The chairman of Cookstown and District Motorcycle Club says he remains committed to running the event on alternative dates in September.

By Kyle White
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 12:01 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th May 2020, 3:38 pm
The Cookstown 100 was postponed from April as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Cookstown 100 was postponed from April as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Co Tyrone meeting was set to open the 2020 road racing season in April, but was postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Club chairman John Dillon says plans to reschedule the event for September 11-12 are going ahead as he responded to criticism on social media over the possibility of the race actually taking place later in the year.

In a statement issued online, he said: “Our plans still remain the same to run on the 11th and 12th of September 2020. We have sought our Road Closing Order and our Permit from MCUI (UC) on the above date.

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“The club continues behind the scenes to put in place, pre-book and arrange everything that it takes and that is needed for our event to take place on the above date.

"The club could have cancelled this year, but it continues to prepare for September to give riders and spectators something to look forward to in the midst of these hard times.

“Although we will be taking advice and direction from various organisations and will have to abide by any legislation currently in place at the time of event, we are hopeful that with graduate (sic) eases of restrictions due to commence in ROI, that NI Executive may also align with these measures, and we will get to provide both riders a venue to get a spin out in 2020 and spectators a chance to see some racing, from the guys who always put on a great show.”

The statement continued: “As no one knows exactly how this will all work or what the situation will be at the time of event, we as a club will do everything we can, right up to the last to try to make this happen in September.

“A possible other option which is being looked at is that if the event can be run with limited numbers directed by government, that the club will provide an online booking system, to which spectators will be able to pre-book access to the event. This will only be an option and put in place if directed by relevant organisations.

“I hope this clarifys (sic) to the public that we are continuing to push forward with the organising of the event and do everything in our power to bring the Cookstown 100 in 2020.”

The Tandragee 100 and North West 200 are currently postponed indefinitely, while July's Armoy meeting has been cancelled along with all scheduled national road races in the Republic of Ireland.

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