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Skateboard and BMX sessions laid on just for over-30s by Stroud skatepark

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

  • Andy Wilkins, 38, on his skateboard

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DAD Stuart McLain was just one among 100 silver surfers who rushed to relive the exhilaration of their younger BMX and skateboarding days.

Scaffolder Mr McLain, 34, from Gloucester was back on a bike again at the fun older people’s sports event at Rush skatepark in Stroud at the weekend. Mr McLain had until now watched from the sidelines as his son Cohen, three, enjoyed the ramps at the facility in Brimscombe.

But the Silver Surfers session, that’s to become a monthly fixture, gave grown-ups back the floor.

“I even attempted a back flip and landed it,” said Mr McLain, who hadn’t been on a BMX for the past 20 years.

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“It was absolutely fantastic,” he said. “Although I can’t walk today. All my lower legs, and shoulders ache. I am just feeling lots of muscles.”

The Silver Surfers was strictly for only the over-30s, Rush joint proprietor Michelle Norman said.

“A lot of the dads had been coming down watching their children and we realised they wanted to get back out there themselves. It was absolutely jammed,” Mrs Norman said.

About 120 Silver Surfers turned out, on blades, boards and bikes, one of them aged nearly 50 she said.

Rush is a professionally designed, 40,000 sq ft indoor park.

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