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Cherries racing towards promotion?

AFC Bournemouth are currently chasing promotion to the npower Championship.

But last week they found themselves in a completely different race.

With two fixture-free weeks to fill, Lee Bradbury decided to take his squad on a thrill-seeking team building exercise.

The Cherries' players spent a wet December afternoon in the 200cc karts, racing round the 420m outdoor Matcham's Karting track.

The players raced for just over an hour - and there were many spins and twists as each of the teams wanted to outdo each other and finish in pole position.

The trio that ended on the top spot were Charlie Sheringham, Steven Gregory and Simon Francis, while reigning champions Shaun Cooper and Mark Molesley, along with new addition Harry Arter, took third place.

Bradbury said: "We really enjoyed the afternoon. It was good to do something different, but something that was still competitive. We take our preparation and our training very seriously, so we welcomed the opportunity to take the players out.

"The conditions were quite tricky which made it interesting for the boys, but the staff there were great and helped the lads push each other and stay safe as well."

Winning driver Gregory added: "It was a good afternoon. I've done a few things like this at some of the clubs that I've been at before, but this was one of the best.

"I fancied my team's chances before we started and thankfully we were able to take top spot. A lot of the boys were talking up their driving skills before the game, so it was nice to keep them quiet with the win."

By Hayley Thorpe


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