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The UK’s largest children’s charity, IMG_0072Barnardos, nominated schoolboy Neo McCartney for a Pride of Britain Award because staff are so moved by the compassion he shows others and impressed by all he has achieved by the tender age of nine.  The Pride of Britain Awards celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people who make our world a better place and Neo’s father, Shaun McCartney commented “Although Neo wasn’t a finalist this year; it is an accomplishment in itself for Barnardo’s to believe he is worthy.”

Devika Chowdhury from Barnardo’s, said: “Neo is an inspirational young man who goes above and beyond to raise money for those who are less fortunate than himself.  We are very grateful for all the fundraising Neo does for Barnardo’s.”

The motocross racing champion, better known as Nitro Neo said “ My charity work started when I saw a news story about children who had to spend Christmas in hospital.  I thought they would be sad not having any presents to open on Christmas day because Santa delivered them to their homes, so I asked my dad if I could take some of my toys in to hospital for them to play with.”  Shaun added “I posted what Neo was doing on his social media and fans replied wanting to add to his donation, we made it easy for anybody to get involved by letting fans know if everybody donated a little, it would amount to a lot when Neo gathered all the gifts together; then off we went driving around gathering toys”.

The sporting celebrity has continued this charity work ever since and achieved his mission of spreading smiles on the faces of children using Barnardo’s and Derbyshire Children’s Hospital by delivering hundreds of gifts gathered through his ‘Nitro Neo Eggstravaganza’ and ‘Operation Christmas Smiles’ campaigns.  Neo spends time with the children and their families to distract them from their troubles when he delivers the gifts, Shaun told us “I think people appreciate his time more than the gifts, they talk about his racing, he takes the children to play areas and even takes his motocross bike with him so children can be photographed sat on it to show their visitors and talk about their experience.”

Neo used his high profile to promote the Ice Bucket Challenge in an attempt to increase donations to help the Motor Neurone Disease Association find a cure for his grandad who was suffering from MND at the time, but sadly passed away recently after an astonishing eight year battle with the disease.

Neo is in full time education and trains on and off the track several times a week for motocross races but has worked hard to achieve more by the age of nine than others manage in a lifetime.  Shaun told us “He has won international and regional motocross titles, advanced in swimming to become a Rookie Lifeguard, named Jon Jepson Black Belt Academy Student of the Year and will grade for his black belt next year, named as Derby’s Local Hero and received the Bobby Dorka Foundation Award”.

We asked Neo what drives him to work so hard and he told us “My grandad and dad teach me to always do the right thing so I help people fix their problems instead of struggle on their own, but I can only do the big missions with the help of my fans, I want to thank them for supporting me racing and helping me spread smiles for #NitroAid.”

We’re sure the people of Britain will be proud of this young boy when they hear of this news, the contribution he makes to society and proof people are capable of great things.

Keep up with Nitro Neo’s adventures and next mission to spread smiles by visiting his website www.nitroneo.co.uk and following Nitro Neo on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.

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Hardcore Racing MX Master Kids UK 2014

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The scene was set, the big day finally came after months of organising, on Saturday 13 September 2014 200 motocross racers aged 6-15 arrived at Kings Lynn to battle it out and see who was the fastest in the land.  Those 200 kids would race a qualifier that split them in to 9 groups; 45 races were planned over 2 days, and that’s why it was dubbed ‘Hardcore Racing MX Master Kids UK’!  It was the first event of its kind, born from the lack of races dedicated to smaller bikes, it was to show the world what UK 50cc, 65cc and 85cc racers are really made of.  Hardcore Racing did an exceptional job hosting one of the largest youth motocross racing events of 2014, and Team Nitro there with rider Nitro Neo.  You can read our blog building up to the event here and watch the video below or click here.

 

Neo had the privilege of gaining entry to race in a group of 50 six to nine year olds in the Auto 50cc group.  A friend of the team said “If I could build my own track I’d build it like East Trax”…. so all of Team Nitro were pretty excited to get going.
Nitro Neo headed to East Trax for a practice day a little earlier in the week, the rest of the team followed a couple of days later in order to support him through the weekend.  It was a three hour + drive to the venue from Team Nitro HQ, with a lot of the entrants travelling similar distances, it shows what an important event this was in the motocross calendar, and just how dedicated everybody was to come and try this new race.

 

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East Trax not only has a wicked MX track, but organisers also shipped in a bouncy castle, bungee run, local food delivery services and ice creams to keep people chilled on what turned out to be a very hot weekend.  The kids soon used their imagination to turn the on site radio control car track in to their very own meeting venue and BMX track, so the kids were all kept well entertained catching up with existing racing buddies and making new friends from across the UK.  Team Nitro were astonished at just how many people came to speak to us because they recognised Nitro Neo and follow him on social media sites like Facebook, that really made our weekend, so a big “hi” once again to you all, please catch up with us at future events.

 

East Trax was prime for high octane racing, with it’s 2 mile long recently resurfaced track presenting some fast straights and a great variety of jumps which meant serious entertainment for the crowds coming to watch.  Lots of sponsors supported the event to ensure all kids received great prizes for their efforts, from trophies to hole shot awards, from helmets to professional coaching; these included Hardcore RacingJudd RacingDanger UK,  Thurrock Car and Van RentalsAction Film WerxTrain 2 GainBolddog Extreme SportsRedline Motorcycles,  Gear4 KTMPriden Engineering LtdPro-GreenDestination MXLinge Training AcademyOffroad Motorsport UKCarl Nunn MX TrainingSMRacing.

Fans of the sport who couldn’t make it also had a rare opportunity to watch the racing live via Live Stream thanks to Jason Kirby of Action Film Werx, check it out as next years GT Cup will also be streamed live for racing fans who aren’t able to make it to the tracks.  Also look out for Hardcore Racing MX Master Kids UK on Motors TV around 28 September, we’ll keep you posted on the specifics of that.

Qualifying
Day one of racing began at 7am with friendly event organisers pumping instructions out of the tannoy system.  Neo fuelled up with a healthy breakfast to keep him going and got his kit on ready for qualifying; base layer, knee and elbow guards, kidney belt, Nitro Neo design race jersey courtesy of sponsor D.J Text & Graphics, race pants, gloves, neck brace, MX boots, helmet and body armour courtesy of sponsor Chest Protector UK.  This was the riders first taste of the track after it had been watered and graded ready for the gate to drop.  The autos were out first followed by 65cc, 85cc small wheel and finally 85cc big wheel bikes.  This was stage one and decided whether riders would qualify for the premiere A group, or group B or C.
Qualifying was a great run, Neo battled hard against 50 other riders and made his team proud when officials handed over the A group marker, meaning he’d face off against the fastest boys in the UK in five more races.
Racing
An off in race one cost Neo valuable points, there was confusion as to who was allowed trackside for pick ups meaning nobody was around to help get Neo’s bike started again.  His grit and determination showed through and Neo fought hard to battle through the pack and increase his points.  As each race passed, the crowds got louder and louder cheering on their favourite rider, it was a very exciting time, one of those that can make your spine tingle.
Race two proved to be a good start; you can see Neo in his black Rockstar helmet in the distance around second place in the photo below.  The number board went up and the racers turned their attention to the gate in front of them, brapapapapapapapapap, and when the gate dropped, what an awesome roar brrrrrraaaaaap, all the racers came flying out of the gate.  This was the best race of the weekend for Neo, he was on fire!  He worked the track like he had been practicing there for years, flowing like a river around the twists and turns of the track.  Neo lapped many riders and battled with older boys managing to take some of those in their last year riding autos.
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Race four was another good race, with Neo putting his skills into practice.  He stayed on his bike and really twisted that throttle.   When Neo came off the track he told us he was dedicating that race to his grandad who couldn’t make it to watch him due to illness – he was very proud of his efforts, he knew he’d raced well and tried his best.
Race five: The final race of the weekend saw a good start and Neo stayed high up the pack for the majority of the race, taking a bad line in lap 3 cost him several places and a lot of points as racers chasing him saw an opportunity to sneak on by.  A few riders crashed making it difficult to pass and maintain speed with the yellow flags being out, which proved difficult for Neo to make up the places he was battling for.

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Team Nitro give a huge pat on the back to one of Neo’s best racing friends, a kid who worked really hard to win the auto class; Kyle Ingram rode extremely well and nobody deserved to stand on that number one podium spot more, well done dude.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Brad Boughen for organising the event and every last person who helped make it such a memorable experience; running under the rules and regulations of Offroad Motorsport UK ensured the two days ran seamlessly.
 
Babe Behind the Blog Interview with Nitro Neo

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What was the best thing about MX Master Kids UK?

“The people, people I’ve never met before wishing me well, everybody was so friendly”.

What was the track like to race on?

“It’s a really good track, I like all of the jumps and catching up with the people that run it, I can’t practice here much because I live so far away so it was good to see Tom, Andy and Dave.  They look after East Trax really well”.

Will you return next year?

Yeah!  There is so much to do between races.  I loved riding around the BMX track we made, the camp fire at night, going on the playstation with my friends.  It’s been a sick weekend, the racings been really fast, I actually can’t wait to come back to Master Kids UK, I’ve met loads of people.

Photos from Hardcore Racing MX Master Kids UK

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The Men Behind The Hardcore Masters Kids UK 2014, Roland Shaw And Brad Boughen, explain how the event came about.

Wow – we’ve finally made it completely online. The support for Nitro Neo has been unreal through Facebook and Twitter and it’s amazing that so many people want to check out what he is up to, support him in his races and generally have a bit of banter – it’s all good fun.

So now we have grown and the website, gallery, videos and blog are all up and running, and lordy lord it has taken some work but that’s what TMI are here for (you can have an introduction to them later).

What I really want to say is welcome and a MASSIVE THANKS for joining Nitro Neo on the next step of his journey.

Keep up the support, there are great things to come, but he can’t do it without his following. He might only be young, but he likes to make people happy (and show off a little ha ha).

Cheers guys,

The Babe Behind The Blog x