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So what’s been happening since the last time the Bandits took to the track against Glasgow?

Well Aaron’s been rattling up the points for Peterborough, Nicolaj for Poole in the Premiership and back in Denmark, Dany’s also been racing on the continent, Jye recovering with his broken collarbone, Coty spannering for Nico Covatti and Leon appeared in the British Under-21 Final at Shielfield and continuing his impressive National League career with Belle Vue.

Which just leaves me.

I've written a few times about my involvement with Jamie Courtney’s Minibike Champs organisation and during the speedway break it held the biggest event on its calendar, the World Minibike Championships.

This year’s venue was the amazing Kieradan Park near Scunthorpe, the largest track we have ever run an event at and the weather over the Easter weekend was glorious

I helped set up the track during the week and was roped into being assistant clerk of the course for the race days.

But when an opportunity arose to ride in the one-off Minibike of Nations race I was wasn’t about to miss out.

We rode as Team Micky, showing our support for the family of 12-year-old Micky Bennett who, tragically, lost his year-long battle with cancer only days before the event.

It was an honour to line up against some of the best riders from across the globe but, not having ridden a Minibike this year my expectations were low to say the least.

However, once I was sat at the start gate racing instinct kicked in again and I found myself mid-pack and holding my own against much better riders. I slipped down the field a bit but then took advantage of some hard battles going on ahead which led to a few falls and incidents and in the end I was able to bag some good points for Team Micky.

They were enough to get us onto the podium and I wore the #FightLikeMicky 07 jersey with pride as we stood on the third step at the end of the race.

Going forward myself and the Minibike crew have signed up to run a half-marathon to raise money for Children with Cancer so keep your eyes open for details of how you can back us as we attempt to raise as much money as possible for such a worthwhile charity.

After an emotional week with Minibike World it was up to Scotland and Dunkeld, north of Perth, for an MTB Enduro.

The terrain was amazing. Scottish enduros have a reputation for being rugged and gruelling and this one did not disappoint and, 47 kilometres later, covered in mud suffering a few scrapes and bruises and having climbed 1700 metres I managed to finish seventh in class and 12th overall – well above expectation.

I’m fully signed up to getting the most out of my life so I decided to stop in Scotland overnight and see find an adventure for the following day.

Favourite option was hiking a Munro – bagging the Scots call it – and after sampling a couple of local ales and a Google search, I was ready to camp out for the night.

Ben Chonzie near Crieff was my Munro of choice – not the most challenging but as good a place as any for a first attempt.

With spectacular landscape and mild temperatures I was able to enjoy an 18 kilometre, five-hour hike and tick another box in the personal adventure column.

After five hours of solitude what better way to ease my way back into the hustle and bustle of life than stop off in Edinburgh and take in a gig by Scott Courtney and his bandmates in The Warehouse Announcement?

Their loud rock was the perfect way to round of the weekend but now it’s back to speedway and with Jye still injured and Nicolaj in Denmark we will have to be on our toes against the Monarchs.

If we can inspire our guests – Josh Bates last night and Kyle Howarth this evening – as we have others previously then I’m sure it won’t be an issue.

Cheers
Kev