Riders showcase talent at annual Rushden Jam event

David Thorley, who the ET photographed over twenty years ago on his BMX, is now teaching his son Clarence, five the youngest competitor at Rushden Jam
David Thorley, who the ET photographed over twenty years ago on his BMX, is now teaching his son Clarence, five the youngest competitor at Rushden Jam
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BMX, skateboard and scooter riders showcased their skills by flying over giant ramps at the annual Rushden Jam event.

Held in Jubilee Park on Sunday, August 26, the competition is funded by Rushden Town Council and has been running for the last 14 years.

Prizes were handed out for the best riders in a number of age-group categories on the day.

Organiser Ben Joyce, 31, who has been riding BMX bikes for the last 16 years, said: “Rushden Town Council was very keen on using some of its budget to entertain he youngsters in the town. The councillors put a lot of time and effort into making sure it happens and it’s a brilliant way of keeping teenagers off the streets.

“There is the permanent ramp which is in the park all year round, but we also bring in another mobile ramp in order to extend it and put on a better show. People of all ages come to the event, and we event have people who come from across the country.”

Dominic Jones, 18, of Rushden, said: “I have been coming to the event for the last five years. I look forward to it every years and it juts keeps getting bigger and bigger.”

Dillon Hills, 16, of Stanwick, said: “It’s the best event of the year and I look forward to it. I hope it carries on.”