Spectators seriously injured after bikes crash into crowd – twice – at Oliver’s Mount

Several spectators taken to hospital after two, separate incidents see road racing motorcycles crash into crowd at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough.

The ‘miniature TT’ races at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough are a much loved part of the road racing calendar within the UK, attracting several thousand spectators over the race weekend.

The drama of the races was overtaken today however, with two separate incidences of bikes careering off of the same section of 2.43 mile track and into the crowd of watching spectators.

The first incident took place at around 10:45am on Sunday morning, where six people were reported to have been injured – one seriously – after a bike and rider lost control and hit the onlooking crowd.

The rider in that incident – Jamie Coward – was treated at the scene and took to Twitter in the afternoon to apologise, in an emotional tweet that saw much support from the wider community.

After rapid response vehicles were called, the track was cleared and racing continued into the afternoon.


Just hours later, tragedy struck a second time however when a second rider crashed at the very same corner – Drury’s Hairpin – just three hours on.

Air ambulances were called and it is believed that at least four spectators were injured and taken to hospital for treatment.

In a statement, the circuit said,

“Today we have had two serious incidents involving a number of spectators.

Our medical personnel, together with the marshals and officials of the club, local police, NHS, ambulance staff and helimeds have treated all the injured.

In view of the seriousness of these incidents and our requirements to call on outside assistance to help with this treatment, we have reluctantly taken the advice of everyone concerned and have decided to cancel the rest of the meeting.

We sincerely apologise to you all for taking this decision and hope you will understand our difficulties in this unprecedented situation.

We wish you all a safe journey home.”

This weekend was the 67th meeting of the Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount, which is England’s only road racing circuit.


The North Yorkshire Police have posted the following to their website:


North Yorkshire Police were called at approximately 10.45am on Sunday 24 September 2017, to reports of a collision at Oliver’s Mount circuit in Scarborough.

A number of spectators have been injured and taken to hospital, including one seriously injured.

The rider of the motorcycle was treated at the scene.

We will provide further information when we are able.

UPDATE: Six spectators were injured, including one seriously. Three were taken to hospital – two to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough and one to Scarborough District Hospital. Three were treated at the scene. The rider of the bike was also taken to Scarborough District Hospital and later discharged.


Police were called to a second collision at Oliver’s Mount circuit at around 1.45pm on Sunday 24 September 2017.

There are a number of casualties.

We will provide further information when we are able.

UPDATE: Six spectators were injured, including two seriously. One was taken to James Cook Hospital and three were taken to Scarborough District Hospital. Two were treated at the scene. The rider of the bike was checked at the scene.



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    Ross Thomson

    September 24, 2017 at 22:42

    is the track a regular road at any time or a full time race track
    just wondering how it’s a road circuit

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    Go Coffee Energy

    September 25, 2017 at 08:01

    Spectating in crash zones is bad for your health in long run. Like those Germans found out illegally…

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    Chris Goddard

    September 25, 2017 at 10:46

    When there is no race meeting being held, the whole track is open to the public. It is a public road around a hill.

    I hope those involved make a full recovery.

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