Railsport Games 2013
- Published on 19 June 2013
- Written by Administrator
The 20th Annual Railsport Games was held in glorious sunshine in Blackpool, on the 8th and 9th June 2013. Although overall numbers were down on previous year’s the comradeship and standard of play throughout the different sports remained as high as ever.
LOROL FC (London Overground Rail Operations) adapted well to the warmth and bright sunshine of Blackpool, to win the Railsport Games 5 a-side Football by defeating Dynamo Deansgate (Northern Rail) 5-2 in the final. Having comfortably won through their qualifying rounds to reach the last sixteen LOROL then beat Norway Wanderers (Northern Rail) 3-0 and Vager Bomber (London Midland) also 3-0 to reach the semi finals, where they outplayed Luchinni FBS (Luchinni) to win 6-0. Dynamo Deansgate reached the final by defeating New Street Young Guns (London Midland) 5-4 in the quarter finals, Atlantic Monchengladbach (First Capital Connect) 2-1 in the semi finals.
The over 35’s 6 a-side Football was won by Virgin Veterans (Virgins Trains Preston) who beat Rapid Viagra (London Midland) 2-1 in the final. Earlier the Veterans had beaten Longstaff Legends (Northern Rail) 1-0 in the quarter finals and then BTP Big Mac’s Boys (British Transport police) 1-0 in their semi final match.
Network Rail Manchester’s Railway Rhino’s won the Netball with Pensions Management (RPMI) finishing runners-up. Sian McCann of the winning team commented on a great day and stated that they were hoping to be back next year to defend their title.
Rounders was one of the events that suffered through lack of team numbers and one team that failed to turn up. This resulted in First Great Western Nomads and Network Rail’s The Planners playing three games against each other with the Nomads taking the honours by 2 games to 1.
First Great Western Revenue, Slough went one better this year when defeating their company colleagues Lord B Boy’s from First Great Western Reading to win the Railsport Games Cricket Trophy.
David Green of Network Rail Milton Keynes won the 10k Road race in 34m 36s, with Peter Mallinson of Virgin Trains 2nd and Paul Glendinning of London Midland 3rd. Jenny Paddon of Northern Rail won the Women’s race, ahead of Laura Price and Abba-Jane Hunter from First Transpennine Express. Peter Mallison was 1st in the O/40’s, while Steve Battle of GB Rail Freight headed the O/50’s age group. The team event was won by First Transpennine Express.
John Pattison (Northern Rail) regained his Ten Pin Bowling singles Title scoring 606 pins, Brian Thomas (DB Schenker) finished 2nd with 593 pins and Conrado Gamban (Network Rail Manchester) 3rd with 555 pins. The Ladies singles was won by Natasha Wood (DB Schenker) 441 pins, with Chris Hatton (RVEL) 2nd 411 pins and Julia Thomas (DB Schenker) 3rd 405 pins. The Men’s Doubles went to John Pattison & Carl Dickson (Northern Rail) with Bryan Smith & Bill Lee (DB Schenker) runners-up. The team title was won by DB Schenker Tigers 2 2077 pins with Northern Rail finishing runners with 2039 pins.
Graham Bolt (Network Rail) won the Individual Chess Tournament with 4.5pts, Richard Cowan (Network Rail) was 2nd on 4pts and Dave Stuttard (East Lanc’s Railway) finished 3rd.
The Team event was won by Network Rail – Graham Bolt, Richard Cowan and Mike Broad with 11.5pts. Runners-up were a combined Arbellio Greater Anglia / East Lanc’s Railway - Peter Eldridge, Hassan Mugalu and Dave Stuttard.
Lee Clayton (Amey Rail) won Badminton Men’s singles with Ross Campbell (Invensys Rail) runner-up. The Ladies singles was won by Lynne Campbell (Invensys) with Natalie King (Northern Rail) runner-up. Stephen May ((Virgin West Coast Traincare) won the Men’s Veteran category.
The Men’s Doubles was won by Duncan Fraser & Stuart Raper (East Coast main Line / Network Rail), while the Ladies Doubles was won by Erica Blamire & Lynne Campbell (Network Rail / Invensys). Lynne and Ross Campbell (Invensys) won the Mixed Doubles.
In Table Tennis Darren Morgan (Network Rail) won the Men’s Singles defeating Matt Coups (Network Rail) in the final, while in the Men’s Doubles Morgan teamed up with John Hockley (Arbellio Greater Anglia).
An International Table Tennis friendly played against the Belgium Railways during the Railsport Games was won by Belgium 16 – 10. The British team consisted of Trevor Kerry, Ian Quinn, Linda Sanderson and Lynne Thompson (Network Rail), Wayne Glossop (Great Central), Ruben Okai (First Capital Connect), John Hockley (Arbellio Greater Anglia), Rob Dodds and Dave Fox (Retired).
USIC Cycling Championships
- Published on 25 February 2013
- Written by Administrator
GOLLA THE STAR AS UK RAILSPORT CYCLISTS ACHIEVE BEST EVER PERFORMANCE AT USIC 2012 IN CZECH REPUBLIC
Railsport GB competed at the USIC (Union Sportif International De Cheminots) Railways Cycling World Championships in the Czech Republic in September 2012. A team of six made up from various UK Railway Businesses travelled to the Northern city of Usti Nad Labem to compete against teams from other railway nations. The event consisted of three stages over four days against the best railway riders from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Norway, Poland & Switzerland.
Railsport GB Fixtures 2013
- Published on 24 January 2013
- Written by Administrator
A listing of Railsport GB Fixtures has been published. Download link.