SCOOTER riders, skateboarders and BMXers came together in Swindon on Friday for the chance to be crowned the Ultimate Urban Rider 2016.

The Dominos Urban Rider Games, hosted by ATBShop Skate Warehouse on the Hawksworth Estate, is in its second year after a triumphant debut in 2015.

Competitors of all ages, some as young as six, came from Bristol, Berkshire, Oxford and as far away as Wales to enter the eight categories.

Co-owner of ATBShop, Di Kirk, said: “I want to say a massive thanks to all who came and took part on Friday.

“I know for some it was an emotional day, there were tears of joy and sadness as there are always in any competitive competition.

“Thanks again to our headline sponsor Dominos, to all our staff who have given their hearts and souls for this event over the last few months and also to all of our judges.

“Everyone who took part gave it their all - we sure showed Swindon what we could do.”

In addition to almost 100 competitors, the skate park was packed with around 200 spectators cheering every big trick and gasping at every wipe out.

Even North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson stopped by to see the talent on show.

Among the categories was the girls-only scooter competition, the first of its kind in the UK.

First place in that event went to 19-year-old Lucy Evans with second place clinched by Olivia Martin who is only six years old.

Her performance was so staggering for her age that one of the judges, world number 1 Jordan Clark, left the judging area to run on to the skate park and congratulate her.

Support from industry brands allowed organisers to pull together over £2,000 worth of prizes including scooter and skate decks as well as other sought after merchandise.

The original idea for last year’s Games came about following a campaign to save the free outdoor skate park at the adjacent Oasis Leisure Centre.

When plans for its redevelopment threatened the future of the skate area and BMX track, Di and the ATBShop team decided to take some action.

Di said: “There are really talented kids who use that park daily and not all of them can afford to scoot or skate here on a regular basis.

“We put this event on to say look, this is what Swindon has to offer, this is what these talented kids can do – they’re the ones who use those facilities.”

Reports this week suggest that Moirai, the developers overseeing the site, are hoping to begin work by the end of next year subject to revised planning proposals.

If the skate park is not part of those plans, it is events like the Urban Rider Games that will stand as a testament to why the skill of the young people involved is worth fighting for.

Results for all the categories can be found below:


1 – Oliver Fergusson

2 – Josh Lingham-Scellier

3 – Freddie Aplin

4 – Callum MacLeod


1 – Lucy Evans

2 – Olivia Martin

3 – Chloe Whitworth

4 – Jenna Sharma


1 – Niall Day

2 – Tobi Ololade

3 – Ethan Butler

4 – James Hinton


1 – Jordan Harris

2 – Danny Harris

3 – Zack Stevens

4 – Curtis Giles


1 – Connor Baskey

2 – David Ambrose

3 – Ben Wilkinson

4 – Kai Renshaw


1 – Harry Calvert

2 – Ben Baker

3 – Zach Francis-Cox

4 – Harley Burford


1 – Tom Clements

2 – Liam Minter

3 – Alfie Sims

4 – Finnian Martin


1 – James Threlfall

2 – Pete Case

3 – Huw Gordon

4 – Finnian Martin