Photos courtesy of David Mc Veigh (BP media team) Report taken from the Spires social media side

Last years winner Conor Mc Cann
The message of Spires CC this morning (Wednesday 21st August)
Spires CC GP 2019 CANCELLED.
It is with a great deal of regret that we announce the cancellation of the 2019 Spires GP that was planned for Saturday 24th August.
Despite all the hard work that had already gone on behind the scenes, the prospect of a new course and a substantial prize fund there was simply not enough competitors signed on through the Racepass online entry portal.
With only 31 racers confirmed the club were subject to an unacceptable level of financial risk as events like this are not cheap to run. The potential cost to the club would have been in the thousands of pounds.
That, of course, is only part of the story as we usually have a team of almost 50 club members and friends who give up their time to marshal etc.
We sincerely apologise to those who had signed up and paid their money.
We will be in touch to make arrangements to ensure that the entry fees will be returned in full.
We are already setting the wheels in motion for the 2020 GP.
We hope to see you all there for that.
Apologies and thanks again to those who had signed up, volunteered, offered sponsorship and had offered to provide food etc
Rotten weather last year didn’t affect the entries

My personal thought: this is not the first one this season and unfortunately will not be the last…a few years ago you had to sit behind your laptop when entries opened and one hour later the entries being filled up..lately entries are still open on the day due to low numbers, but a risk that some organisers will not take and understandably so. This will need to be addressed at the AGM’s to find out what can be done to turn this around. Many separate races such as A4 and ladies races get scrapped in programs already due to the lack of interest, and many clubs have cancelled races due to weather, road conditions or unforeseen circumstances or safety issues, but today’s sad news is different! A race who had over 150 + entries in 2018 in awfull wheater who was predicted beforehand, had this time around only 30 odd entries so far and this would cripple the club if they would go ahead as the risk is too high financially to continue. What would be the cause and why? My sincere thoughts are with Spires CC and their sponsors