NEWS Saturday 31st October 2020, 10:00am
As Hallowe'en dawns, so too dawns the traditional final day of the British speedway season.
While the 2020 season officially concludes today, it has been a year far from traditional with the global coronavirus pandemic disrupting all walks of life.
Nationwide lockdown in March first delayed the speedway season before continuing restrictions preventing crowds attending professional sport then put paid to hopes of a league season in late July.
Speedway finally prevailed at a select few tracks around the country who managed to stage racing in some form.
What The Fork Monarchs Co-Promoter John Campbell reflected upon the season, "It was a disappointment that no league racing was possible but as the situation developed it became clear that this would be the correct and only outcome. We now look forward to 2021 with optimism that we can be back racing in more normal circumstances.
"I am proud that we were one of the few clubs to stage competitive action with two successful meetings held. I thank all who were involved in making this possible and all who watched via our live stream."
With live on-track action not possible for much of the season, What The Fork Monarchs stepped up to the plate to provide a regular speedway fix through the EMTV:Rewind series and Sunday Lunch question and answer sessions.
At the height of Lockdown fans could enjoy two matches per week plus a Sunday Lunch session every weekend. John continued, "I think these features were a real lifeline of regular speedway entertainment for many. I am sure I am not alone in extending grateful thanks to Mike Hunter, John McGillivray, Liam Rudden, and all of the EMTV team and special guests for making everything possible."
Fans enjoyed a total of 571 heats across 37 EMTV:Rewind matches alongside 19 Sunday Lunch sessions. These are all still available to watch here:
Work is continuing to ensure that British Speedway is ready to go for 2021, Campbell concluded, "British Speedway Promoters have been meeting regularly to set plans in place to cover many possible situations that may be faced in 2021. Closer to home, we are confident that Armadale Stadium is covid-secure and we look forward to welcoming our supporters back in a safe manner as soon as possible."