McGee aims to stamp his mark

The 2019 Irish road race season roars into life when the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 takes place on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th of this month. The organizing club, the Cookstown & District MCC have been working hard ahead of this years event , with major re surfacing having taken place from Craigmount to Braeside, along with a new look starting area, which will now be at the exit of the Pits. Both of these changes have been well received by competitors. The club have also reduced both the number of practices and races, with only 12 races on Saturday, and the Opening Superbike race will take place on Friday evening! Entries have now closed for this years event, and we are glad to report, that all the top Irish road racers will be in action along with a couple of interesting entries. However, for the first time in many years, the overall entry total is down! Amongst the entry list is the Mullingar Missile, Derek McGee , Triple Irish Road Race champion of 2018. Derek returns to the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 with view to getting back on the top step of the podium. McGee, who last year failed to win any races at the opening road race of the season, went on to clinch three road race titles last season, and amassed a total of 18 wins en route!, and has entered Open, Supersport 600, Supertwin and Moto 3 races. Man of the Meeting in 2018,Adam McLean remains with Team McAdoo racing and with a season under his belt, coupled with sterling performances at the opening ISBK Short Circuit meeting last week at Bishopscourt, Adam will be out to reclaim this title. Last years Superbike race winner, Derek Sheils, is reunited with John Burrows in the new look RK Racing team. Sheils will contest both Open and Supersport 600 races ( Road House Macau Racing Yamaha). Man of the Meeting at the final road race of the 2018 season, Michael “Micko” Sweeney has a great finishing record at Cookstown, but is eager to get on to the top step in the larger capacity classes. Sweeney will go in Supertwin, Open and Supersport 600 races on the Martin Jones Racing /Kiely Heating bikes Signed for Dafabet Racing at the International road races, Magherafelt rider Paul Jordan will only have the use of one machine for both the 600 and open races, Paul will compete on his own 600 Yamaha, despite having a run at Bishopscourt on another machine, but that wont hold back the former pole setter here at Cookstown , who put in an excellent performance at the opening short circuit meeting, to finish second overall behind the regining 600 short circuit champion, Jason Lynn , its fair to say Jordan certainly upped his game during the 2018 season. Stepping back form modern day machinery is Lincolshire rider, Guy Martin. Martin has submitted a provisional entry for the classic race on board his home built 830 BSA. Guy is taking in a cycle race in the Desert the previous week. Another interesting entry in the Classic races comes from Andy Jackson, who will compete in the 350 class on board the Italian MV Agusta!. This is only the second time a MV Agusta has been raced here at Cookstown, the first was Mike Hailwood on a 175 MV in 1958!, when he won his first ever road race! Last years Manx Grand Prix stars, James Chawke, Mike Browne and Darryl Tweed represent an up and coming breed of road racers, and are entered in their respective classes. Popular Czech duo, Michael “ Indie” Dukopil and Veronika Hankocyova will also be in action. Amongst the newcomers to the Orittor circuit will be Tom Weedon, a former Manx Grand Prix winner, Weedon has signed for RK Racing and will be on board Yamaha and Suzuki machinery. Another exciting newcomer to have submitted an entry for this event, is Dutch Female competitor, Nadieh Schoots. Nadieh competed at last years North West 200, and has forsaken the ICCP Road races to participate here at Cookstown. Nadieh will compete in both Open races. Adrian Harrison, brother of Ulster Grand Prix and IOM TT Winner, Dean Harrison, also makes his debut , competing in the pen class on board the Top Gun Tools and Fittings ZX10 Kawasaki. Despite retiring on the final lap of last years Newcomers race at the Manx Grand Prix, former 50cc short circuit champion, Sam Grief did enough to convince the now retired Paul Robinson, to put him on board his Championship winning Moto 3 bike for this years Irish road race calendar, beginning at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100.. Practice Schedule; Friday 26th April 1 Newcomers A 2 Newcomers B 3 Open A 4 Open B 5 Senior Support A 6 Senior Support B 7 Moto 3/125/SS300 8 Junior Support A 9 Junior Support B 10 Junior Classic ( 250/350) 11Supersport 600 A 12 Supersport 600 B 13 Supersport 400 A 14 Supersport 400 B (unlikely as we go to Press!) 15 Senior Classic ( 351/1000) 16 Supertwins A 17 Supertwins B Friday Races; 1 Junior Support B 2 Supersport 600 B 3 Open A 4 Lightweight 400 B ( Provisinal) 5 Open B Saturday race Schedule; 1 Senior Support B 2 Moto 3/125/SS300 3 Supersport 600 A 4 Junior Support A 5 Junior Classic 6 Supertwin A 7 Supertwin B 8 Senior Classic 9 Senior Support A 10 Lightweight 400 A 11 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 A 12 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 B List of Event for Race Week : Thursday 4th April Press Launch Royal Hotel from 7.30pm Thursday 11th April Liaison Night, Royal Hotel 7.30 pm Sunday14th April Annual Bikers Service Orritor Presbyterian Church 3.30pm Thursday 25th April Annual Classic Bike Run Sign on from 6.30pm in Burn Rd, Car Park, leaving at 7.15pm Friday 26th April KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Practice Day - Roads Close at 12 Noon Saturday 27th April KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Race Day - Roads Close at 10.00am Newcomers A Lee Hempbury Andrew Sams Wayne Pither Ben Rea Phil Archer Adrian Harrison Aidan Cleary Tom Weedon Nadieh Schoots Chris Stuart Samanathan Scott David Robinson Adrian Heraty Scott Waterson Newcomers B; Nigel Colgan Gillian McGaw Kyle Parkes Mark Kirby Samuel Grief Mick Brady Gavan Duffy Peter Shannon Richard Duncan Paul Norbury. Female Competitors at Cookstown; Maria Costello MBE Supertwins Nadieh Schoots Superbike Veronika Hancokvy Support Yvonne Montgomery Support Gillian McGaw Support Samanatha Scott Support. If you require any more Information, Please get in contact with me, as I will endeavour to do my best to help you ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thank You Baylon McCaughey KDM Hire Cookstown 100 PRO Photo Attached ; Cookstown & District Club Members pictured with Represenatives from KDM Hire, Main Sponsors of the 2019 KDM Hire Cookstown 100; Left to right; Noel Henderson,Lynsey Turkington (KDM Hire Marketing and sales Manageress), Kenny Loughrin,John Cadoo, Marketing Executive KDM Hire) Fiona Ferris, Norman Crooks, Rebecca ( KDM Hire),John Dillon, Club Chariman and competitor Michael Sweeney, ( kneeling).<


The Royal Hotel

This accommodation is 2.0 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

The Royal Hotel is a lively family run hotel, 2 minutes walk from the centre and situated in the heart of Mid Ulster. Convenient for shopping, tourist attractions etc. All 10 bedrooms are en-suite and tastefully furnished with a very friendly atmosphere throughout. Member of the Good Food Circle.

Address

64 – 72 Coagh Street
Cookstown
Tyrone
BT80 8NG

http://www.theroyal-hotel.com

028 8676 2224


Glenavon House Hotel


This accommodation is 3.3 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit.

Set in nine acres of mature grounds, the Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, is a 3 star hotel offering first class comfort. Renowned for it’s relaxing atmosphere and luxurious facilities this 62 bedroom hotel boasts a state of the art conference centre, private leisure complex and magnificent wedding facilities. It has, over the years built up an excellent reputation with both the locals and those from further afield.

Address

57 Drum Road

Cookstown BT80 8QS

http://glenavonhotel.com

028 8676 4949



Greenvale Hotel

This accommodation is 3.3 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

Our location, the luxurious accommodation, superb onsite restaurant, charming heritage, and friendly welcome means you'll be delighted you chose the Greenvale Hotel in Northern Ireland.​

When you're planning your Northern Ireland breaks, the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown Tyrone is perfect central location. There are few hotels in N. Ireland better suited as your base to explore Northern Ireland because you can reach any place of interest, in any direction, in less than 90 minutes.

Address

52 Drum Road

Cookstown BT80 8QS

www.greenvalehotel.co.uk

028 8676 2243



Tullylagan Country House Hotel

This accommodation is 6.2 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

A beautiful Country House Hotel set in an idyllic country setting; this is the perfect spot for a relaxing meal, a short overnight break or the backdrop to a perfect wedding day.  The hotel also offers a range of conference facilities and is located in a fantastic spot close to both the M1 and M2 motorways. The Kitchen Restaurant in the main house is renowned for offering some of the highest quality food and service in Mid Ulster.  Also in the grounds of the estate is Harry’s Bar & Bistro; a hidden gem offering a cosy setting with open fire and an extensive grill menu complimented by personally chosen wines and only the best in Irish Craft Ales. which offers an extensive grill menu complimented by personally chosen wines & only the best in Irish Craft Ales.

Hotel of the year Finalist (LCN Awards 2016)

The Kitchen Restaurant Best Hotel Restaurant in Co Tyrone 2010-16 (Irish Restaurants Awards).

Finalists of Yes Chef Reader Awards 2016

Address

40b Tullylagan Road
Cookstown
County Tyrone
BT80 8UP

http://www.tullylaganhotel.com

028 8676 5100


Cohannon Inn

This accommodation is 14 .4 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

The Cohannon Inn provides quality and service and is conveniently located in a central location in Northern Ireland.  As a family run business, you are assured of a warm welcome in a relaxed atmosphere, combined with a high standard of service.  A wide range of delicious meals are served all day in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.  Dishes are freshly prepared, with generous helpings, and in addition to the Grill Menu, we have a range of daily specials.  Children are warmly welcomed and can choose from a special children’s menu.  Why not make yourself comfortable in one of our 42 ensuite bedrooms and let us see to your every need – your home away from home.  Whatever your function requirements, we can provide the perfect venue.

Address

212 Ballynakelly Road
Dungannon
Tyrone
BT71 6HJ

http://www.cohannon.com

028 8772 4488


 

The Ryandale Inn

This accommodation is 17.7 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

The Ryandale Inn is situated in the picturesque village of Moy, Co Tyrone. It is a family run guesthouse under the ownership of Vincent and Marian Daly. The Ryandale Inn has 17 luxurious bedrooms all with en-suite facilities. The rooms have recently been refurbished to a very high standard. Please contact us for enquiries regarding wedding and function packages. Daily carvery served from 12pm - 2.30pm, Early bird menu and A La Carte from 3pm. Live music in top bar every Saturday night & Saturday night dancing with top bands like Derek Ryan, Jimmy Buckley, Mike Denver. The Ryandale is situated between Dungannon and Armagh and is easily accessible from the M1 motorway.

Address

16-18 The Square
Moy
Dungannon
Tyrone
BT71 7SG

http://www.theryandale.com


028 8778 4629




Avondale Bed and Breakfast

This accommodation is 5.0 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

Located 1.5 miles from Cookstown, off the A29 overlooking the historic Tullyhogue Fort and Desertcreat Parish Church. In the centre of Northern Ireland, it is ideal for touring all 6 counties. Facilities include patio, water feature garden, sun lounge and 2 family rooms. Nearby activities include forest and hill walks, golfing, fishing, leisure complex and hotels. Hand-made crafts including violins and bows - from the solid wood to the Irish Jig.

Address31 Killycolp Road
Cookstown
Tyrone
BT80 8UL

http://avondalebb.co.uk

028 8676 4013


Belfast House

This accommodation is 2.0 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

Family run bed and breakfast attached to licensed premises which offers live music every weekend. We are situated in the town centre, close to shops and Tourist Information Centre. Ideal base for touring Northern Ireland. 6 en-suite rooms available.

Address

1-3 Orriter Street
Cookstown
Tyrone
BT80 8BE

http://www.belfasthouse.co.uk

028 8676 9759


Charlemont House

This accommodation is 17.8 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

Beautiful Georgian House set in the picturesque village of Moy. Ideally located for fishing, golfing, or horse riding. Two National Trust properties within easy driving distance. Moy has lively pubs and interesting historic buildings. Private parking available.

Address

4 The Square
Moy
Dungannon
BT71 7SH

http://charlemonthouse.com

07516093040


 

Clearwater Bed and Breakfast

This accommodation is 11.6 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

Clearwater B&B is a Victorian style country house located 3 minutes’ drive from Magherafelt and  5 minutes from the Castledawson roundabout via the new bypass where you have major road networks to Giants Causeway and Glens of Antrim, City of Derry/Londonderry, Seamus Heaney Home Place and Belfast. At Clearwater House you will receive a warm welcome from your hosts and in your ensuite bedroom you will find tea, coffee, towels and shower gel, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi. There is a family room located on the ground floor. There is free off street secure parking. Breakfast is served until 11.00am

Address

11a Ballymulligan Road
Magherafelt
Londonderry
BT45 6ES

http://www.clearwaterhouse.net

028 7930 0209


 

Dewhamill Bed and Breakfast

This accommodation is 19.6 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

Dewhamill is a family run B&B with stunning views of Lough Beg where we offer guests comfortable accommodation and a traditional Irish Breakfast. Each room offers guests workstations, flat screen TVs, tea and coffee trays and WiFi and has ample off road parking.  2 miles from Seamus Heaney Home Place Visitor Centre, the area is a great base to explore the North of Ireland, visit the Antrim Coast, Lough Neagh and walk the Sperrin Mountains. Local activities include cycling, golfing, fishing, water sports, walking and bird watching. There are many other activities and heritage sites nearby. We are in a central location, less than 3 miles from the Belfast to Derry M2/A6 road and 6 miles from Magherafelt. A warm welcome awaits you!

Address

45 Ballydermott Road
Annagh Lane
Bellaghy
Magherafelt
Londonderry
BT45 8LF

http://www.annaghcottage.com/Dewhamill_BedandBreakfast.html

079 5506 1192


 

Grange Lodge Country House

This accommodation is 14.0 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

Grange Lodge Country House near Dungannon predates the present owners Ralph and Norah Brown, by the best part of 300 years! The lovely old house has seen many changes since its origins in 1698 and the Browns arriving in October 1984. Set in 20 acres with over 3 acres of well manicured gardens and being family run, Grange Lodge recreates for its guests an aura of peaceful and gracious living from a bygone era. The bedrooms are all fully ensuite and individually styled, complete with many important little extras. Norah Brown MBE, one of Rick Stein’s ‘Food Heroes’, also runs a popular Cookery School and provides excellent breakfast and dinner menus from local produce.

Award winning Four Star accommodation!

Address

7 Grange Road
Dungannon
Tyrone
BT71 7EJ

028 8778 4212


 

Kensington Lodge Bed & Breakfast

This accommodation is 14.1 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

Kensington Lodge Bed and Breakfast is a superb residence built in 2007, set within maturing grounds and with views over the County Tyrone countryside in Dungannon. We are located in peaceful surroun Farmhouse B&B set in peaceful Irish countryside. Ideal base for exploring N. Ireland, visiting friends and family or attending weddings in Parkanaur, to which we provide courtesy taxi to and from the venue. Friendly home from home hospitality, flat-screen TVs,

Garden for guest use. Secure private car parking and close to the M1 motorway (Junction 15). Free WiFi throughout.

Address

194 Killyman Road
Dungannon
Tyrone
BT71 6LN

http://www.kensingtonlodgebandb.co.uk

028 8775 0386


 

Manorview Bed and Breakfast

This accommodation is 1.0 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

A family run B&B overlooking Drum Manor Forest Park and the Sperrin Mountains. Located approximately 2 miles from Cookstown on the A505 (Cookstown to Omagh Road). Perfectly situated for touring the Sperrins region and partaking in activities such as angling, cycling and walking. It is also an ideal base for exploring Northern Ireland. Bikers and cyclists welcome.

Address26 Upper Kildress Road
Cookstown
Tyrone
BT80 9RS

http://www.manorviewbandb.com

028 8676 1124


Millbrook Bed and Breakfast

This accommodation is 14.8 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

Cottage style house with extensive gardens and private car parking situated close to the M1 and all local attractions. A warm friendly welcome awaits you at Millbrook.

Address

46 Moy Road
Dungannon
Tyrone
BT71 7DT

http://www.millbrookonline.co.uk

028 8772 3715


Oaklands Lodge

This accommodation is 2.0 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

Oaklands Lodge is a family run B&B set in a tranquil location close to Cookstown, Co Tyrone. There is a spacious family room and a double en suite room available. Traditional homemade breads and jams are served with every breakfast. Free WiFi and Secure Parking. Courtesy lift to local functions. Euro friendly exchange. Cyclists and Bikers welcome.

Address

16 Oaklands Road
Cookstown
Tyrone
BT80 9ED

http://www.oaklandslodgebandb.co.uk

028 8676 2959


Roughan Lough Bed and Breakfast

This accommodation is 11.0 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

We offer quiet farmhouse accommodation where you will get a good bed and well fed at a reasonable price. Located 10 minutes from the M1 motorway we are a halfway house for North/South travellers.  Safe parking in enclosed yard and locked garage available for motorcycles etc. Ten minutes’ walk to Roughan Castle in an area of great historical interest and a short drive to Hill of the O’Neill in Dungannon or Cookstown at the foot of The Sperrins.

Address

59 Roughan Road
Newmills
Dungannon
Tyrone
BT71 4EW

http://www.roughanloughbandb.co.uk

028 8774 9930


The Central Inn

This accommodation is 1.0 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

Located in the centre of the market town of Cookstown at the foot of the Sperrin Mountains. This three storey building looks out onto the revamped main street. Easy access to main car parks and side street shops. Family run business since 1969. Music every weekend in our downstairs lounge. Nearby activities include golfing, fishing, horse-riding, leisure complex and forest walks. Convenient to hotels, clubs and bus service. 5 rooms, 4 en-suites available.

Address

27 William Street
Cookstown
Tyrone
BT80 8AX

http://www.thecentralinn.com

028 8676 2255


Drum Manor Forest Park Caravan and Campsite

This accommodation is 1.0 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

Colourful in spring and autumn with a shrub, butterfly and Japanese garden, arboretum, ponds and mixed woodlands. There are way marked-trails varying in length. There are 31 caravan and camping stands with modern toilets and showers, together with a fresh water supply, chemical toilet disposal point and electricity hook up for caravans. Laundry facilities are available in Cookstown. Situated from Cookstown on A505.

Address

Drum Road
Cookstown
Tyrone
BT80 9ED

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028 6634 3165


Dungannon Park

This accommodation is 12.0 miles approx from the Cookstown 100 Circuit

Dungannon Park is a touring park amidst a 70-acre parkland. Surrounding an idyllic stream fed lake the site is located in the Heartland of Ulster, perfectly positioned for exploring Ulster from a central base. The site has an excellent range of facilities incorporating 24 fully serviced caravan pitches, ample space for tents, a fishery, tennis courts, treasure trail, orienteering trail, children's play area, barbeque & picnic sites and cafe. Walkers can enjoy the miles of interesting pathways that circumscribe the parkland, which from high ground have splendid viewpoints of Dungannon Town and the surroundings countryside. The modern visitor amenity caters for an extensive range of needs.

Address

8 Ballynorthland Demesne
Dungannon
Tyrone
BT71 7DS

028 8772 8690

Unfortunately, the costs of running a National Road Race continue to rise each year, and here at Cookstown 100, it is no different. Extra funding is required to run the event this year, and here is where you, can Help! Sponsor a Flag Post ; For a mere £20.00, You can sponsor a Flag Post ( Limited to 24 Posts!) For this small sum, your name will be displayed at the flag post AND you will be acknowledged in the official race programme as well! To Ensure you get your Name on the Flag Post, Please forward payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., , Please Mark your payment FRIENDS & FAMILY and leave your Name and Address in the comments section. THANK YOU

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Boyd hoping for better fortunes at KDM Hire Cookstown 100 this year Looking for an upturn in luck for the 2018 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 is Ballymoneys Aaron Boyd. Always well turned out,37 Year old Aaron is contesting his 8th Cookstown 100, at the circuit he counts as one of his favourites. For the past 2 years,the Ballymoney rider has just been running his zxr 400 in the S/S 400 class , simply, due to the increasing costs in racing, It was just not possible to run 2 bikes. However this year Boyd will be running the 400 and also making a comeback on a 600 in the Senior Support class. Despite the fact that It's been a few years since he raced the 600,I have no qualms, that Aaron will be onit as they say, once he gets a few laps around the Orittor circuit. Riding under the Banner of “Team Miserable”, Aaron, a Dog Groomer by trade, puts in 12/14 hour days work, and quite often, six days a week, just to go racing !, showing the true dedication and determination, that many road racers do for the sport they so much love. Of all the road circuits, his favourite circuit actually is the Cookstown 100 Orittor circuit, he just loves the place , but unfortunately wants to forget the past couple of years here, due to bike problems, Hopefully, this year, armed with the 600 and 400, Aaron will get the track time he richly . Asked what was his best memories of the KDM Hire Cookstown 100, Aaron told me, ” a few years ago when I was in a podium place in the Senior Support race when on the last lap I out braked myself at Mackey and ended up 5th!” Lets hope Aaron gets the results he deserves this year. Whilst the Team may be called “Team Miserable Racing”, let me tell you, there aint anything miserable about them!, A bunch of enthusiastic lads, who just go about their own business, and enjoying themselves. “Team Miserable” is a Self run team by Aaron, Anton Martin, Barry Boyd and Vinny White and main sponsorship from Precious Paws dog grooming salon. A few years ago, In my Last Cookstown 100, in which I was lucky enough to score a win, I was having problems with my Transponder, and it was Aaron who came to my rescue that morning, Cant remember If I got the chance to say Thanks or not, But I will take this opportunity to say Big Thank You, and Best of luck for the KDM Hire Cookstown this year, and also for the remainder of the season. Yesterday,Aaron Boyd finished 5th in the opening short circuit of the year at the 40th Enkalon Trophy races,but unfortunately was a retirement in race two. Baylon McCaughey

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