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About The Thurrock Hammers

Thurrock Hammers Ltd (THL) has been incorporated by Directors Russell Keetch, Mark Sexton and Ian Smalley, three long standing members of the Lakeside Hammers backroom team, with a mission to restore speedway to the Thurrock area.

Each Director brings their own skill set to the project. Russell will lead on Commercial and Operational matters, Mark will focus his efforts on the Community, Planning and Political aspects of the campaign and Ian will be in charge of the Marketing, PR and Media.

The company is embarking on a major undertaking and hopes to encourage support from the thousands of people who are also determined to see a return of speedway to the region.

Russell, Mark & Ian

Main Aims

The main aim of the company is to manage the campaign for the restoration of speedway to  Thurrock. This will be achieved by continuing to engage with politicians, counsellors and council officials at a local and national level and by maintaining productive links with the local community.

The new company will manage the media and marketing of the campaign, establish a speedway team known as the Thurrock Hammers and deliver events and activities that support the overall aims of the campaign.

Thurrock Hammers Ltd will also encourage support for riders who have had, or may have in the future, a connection with the Lakeside Hammers or any team based locally.

This site will be updated  with  news and information regarding Thurrock Hammers when available. In the meantime please submit a letter of support and sign our petition below.

Thank you for your support.

Our Background

The Lakeside Hammers raced at the Arena Essex Raceway until September 2018 when they were forced to re-locate after the Raceway complex closed after being sold for re-development. The club’s license was put on ice for the 2019 season, whilst a new venue is sourced within the Thurrock district.

Speedway, which is a fantastic, family friendly sport, has run in the borough for over 30 years and we believe that Thurrock is still a great location for a new facility and is a growing community that deserves the exciting, top class sport that speedway provides.

We have a great relationship with Thurrock Council but we still need to show local decision makers how much support the club enjoys.

“End of an era as Lakeside Hammers complete their final laps at Arena Essex. Looking forward to welcoming them back to Thurrock in the future. Good luck for the rest of the season. They might not be based here for a little while but they are still ours”

Jackie Doyle-Price. MP for Thurrock

14th September 2018

Via The Lakeside Hammers, we established an on-line petition, with the aim of reaching 5,000 signatures.  Please click on the image to launch and sign the petition.

Submit a letter of support

Along with signing our petition below, fans and local Thurrock residents can also send a letter of support for the return of the Lakeside Hammers to the borough to Cllr. Mark Coxshall, the Head of Planning and Regeneration, at Thurrock Council.

To use a pre-drafted letter, please click on the Download now button below, and the draft letter will launch in Word.


 The Thurrock Hammers on track

The Hammers rode in two away fixtures in 2019 against The Kent Kings and The Mildenhall Fen Tigers. 

Click on the images below for Meeting Reports





Supporting Our Campaign

We would like to extend our thanks to the companies below who have continued to support our cause for returning to Thurrock. If you would like to get involved, or offer your support, please get in touch with Russell Keetch here or use the contact form above.


Associate Sponsors

Our huge thanks to the following for backing the Hammers with our Rider Support Package


Our Media Partners

In 2014 we developed the phrase The Extreme Team Sport which we passionately believe summarises everything about Speedway. At that time we also forged close links with dedicated Twitter & Facebook channel Lakesidelive, who, under their phrase Raceday at The Raceway provided coverage of every single Hammers heat, both home and away during this period.

Along with Lakesidelive, we are very appreciative of the media outlets below, who continue to support us in our quest to return to Thurrock.

Contact us

For media enquiries or to get in touch with any thoughts or suggestions, please use the contact form below and we will respond as soon as possible.

    Our thanks to Rafal Wlosek and Tiffani Graveling for the use of Photograpy