While yesterday’s Tales from the Berm by BAD BOY highlighted the significance of clubbies, there was another event that couldn’t go unreported.

COVER PIC: Courtesy of Get Snapt

The Kent Russ Memorial event at the Happy Valley BMX Club on Friday October 18 signifies all that’s good about BMX in Australia.

The event is in support of Happy Valley’s Kent Russ, who passed away at the age of eight years 21 ago due to cancer and while riders of all ages compete to help raise funds for ‘Hands on Help’, there is one particular 8-year old category that honours Kent and his life.

President of Happy Valley James Richards recalls the significance of this event and takes pride in holding such a longstanding tradition.

“Every year we hold the Kent Russ fundraiser and we are very proud to keep it going since it began 21 years ago,” Richards said.

“We have one particular event which is available for boys and girls who are eight years old, who compete for the trophy in honour or Kent.

“The winner of the race holds the trophy of 12 months and personally hands it to the new winner after the race.

“There are some spectacular names on the trophy like Sam Willoughby and Joel Marsh and we are proud to donate around $1500 to the ‘Hands on Help’ Foundation.”

The trophy this year was handed to Happy Valley’s Kade McNamara, who finished ahead of Cross Keys’ Roman Brown and another Happy Valley rider, Darcy Fraser.


Posted by Happy Valley BMX Club on Friday, October 18, 2019


What makes the event even more special is that Kent’s parents David and Allison come to the event, as well as Kent’s younger twin brothers, to present plates to the riders and thank those who come and support the event.

The other winning riders were:

  • Ruby Tuffin: junior girl’s (Happy Valley BMX Club)
  • Winston Richards: 9-10 year’s challenge (Happy Valley BMX Club)
  • Jethro Duffy: 11-12 year’s challenge (Happy Valley BMX Club)
  • Jaiden Tregloan: 13+ male challenge (The Cove BMX Club)
  • Stephanie Tomkins: 13+ female challenge (Cross Keys BMX Club)
  • Kaspars Andersons: 30+ open challenge (Happy Valley BMX Club)

For a full list of results – CLICK HERE