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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Workington Comets ace Adam Roynon big winner at awards night

Workington Comet Adam Roynon was the big winner at the team’s annual presentation awards night on Saturday.

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Workington Comets reporter Paul Crute, left, presents Adam Roynon with the News & Star Rider of the Year trophy

Roynon who is currently recovering from a broken leg, which he sustained riding for his National League side Dudley, picked up four awards including the News & Star Rider of the Year which he won by one vote from fellow team mate Rene Bach.

He also picked up the awards for best away rider, most rider of the night awards with eight and also improved his average by 2.53 – the most among any of the Comets riders.

Richard Lawson, who has already confirmed he is riding for the team next year, and Kyle Howarth, picked up two awards each.

Lawson won the Mel Pettit Trophy, for being the cornerstone of the team over a prolonged period of time and the Colin Dickinson memorial shield for most points in heat 15 winning by two points from Bach.

Howarth picked up the awards for most improved rider and the most bonus points over the season.

Bach, who has also confirmed he is riding for the side next year as well as for a side in Denmark, picked up the award for most entertaining rider.

Former promoter and owner Keith Denham was awarded the Ian Thomas Memorial Trophy for services to Workington Speedway.

Roynon has enjoyed a successful year which has seen him in the most part steer clear of injury and put in some stunning performances along the way.

He increased his average from 4.54 at the start of the season to finish with a figure 7.07 and sometimes looked almost unbeatable around Derwent Park.

He looked like he had matured as a rider and some of his racing was of the highest quality.

It was ironic that the two injuries he suffered towards the back end of the year were not while he was riding for Workington.

He suffered a broken vertebrae when riding for Coventry and then on practically the last day of the season he broke his leg when he tangled with Stefan Nielsen when Dudley took on Mildenhall.

Roynon confirmed that he would not be riding National League next season and has already signed for Coventry in the Elite League.

However, he has not made any commitments to any Premier League club.

He has had an operation on his broken leg and is starting recovery and physiotherapy and hoped to be on a bike sooner rather than later, hopefully in time for the start of next season.

Howarth did not attend the presentation do as he is currently in Australia, for the second consecutive year, gaining more experience. His parents picked up the awards on his behalf and said even they were surprised with how well he performed throughout the season.

They added that Howarth had wanted to come to Workington at the start of the year and wanted to return for next season.

Denham who has sold the club to Laura Morgan thanked all the supporters and friends for all the support of his five years at the helm of the club and confirmed that he had kept the same track staff for next year.

He added that he would still be attending as a fan and would help Morgan and fellow co-promoter Steve Whitehead in any way he could along with fellow co-promoter Tony Jackson.

Jackson will also stay on as team manager and Denham also paid tribute to him for all his hard work over the last couple of years.

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