Skatepark festival attracts record numbers

PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 July 2017

Nailsea Skate park festival atÊMillenniumÊPark. Mix of posed and action shots for spread TW for VA

Nailsea Skate park festival atÊMillenniumÊPark. Mix of posed and action shots for spread TW for VA 15,07,17

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Nailsea Commmunity Skatepark Festival was a huge success despite being cut short due to the rain.

For the first time in the 15-year history of the event, the competition finished early due to the weather, but organisers are still delighted with its success with hundreds of people attending the festivities.

There were a record number of entries with 40 people registering to compete on their scooters, skateboards, rollerblades and BMXs.

Organiser Phil Williams said: “For the first time in the Nailsea skate festival’s and showcase event history rain affected the day, which meant that normal proceedings were brought to a halt sooner than the organisers would have liked, but not until a great day was had by hundreds of visitors.

“A small but dedicated team had been working on the 15th anniversary event for the best part of the 11 months and in the week leading up to the event, there had been no sign of rain until the Friday night.

“We had a record number of entries and some amazing tricks being completed on the skate park.”

Organisers hoped competitors would be able to complete two runs but the rain continued so the competition had to be cut short due to safety fears.

Phil Williams said: “Unfortunately, the rain that was scheduled to move away throughout the afternoon never really did so therefore the competition was judged on the first of two runs in all the categories apart from the older skateboarders who will be coming back to do a further event in the next few weeks.”

Nailsea’s Rob Waghorn won the 12-15 skating category while Liam Minter, who was visiting from Stockholm, won the 11 and under age-group for skating.

Bodhy Archer from Winford came first on his scooter in the under 12 category while Nailsea’s Nathan Lyndon won the senior contest on his BMX and Boyd Martin won the under 14 group.

The youngest competitor was two-year-old Lucas Filar, who received a huge cheer from the crowd.

More than 20 stalls were also set up in Millennium Park for the showcase with displays from sporting, dancing and community groups.

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