Widow proud of decision to rename Taverham BMX track in champion husband’s memory

BMX racer Ben Forwood from Taverham who came second in the BMX World Championships in Canada.Photo:

BMX racer Ben Forwood from Taverham who came second in the BMX World Championships in Canada.Photo: Simon FinlayCopy: Tracey GreyFor: EEN NewsEDP pics © 2007(01603) 772434 - Credit: Archant © 2007

A BMX champion who opened a track in his home village is to be remembered by having it renamed in his honour.

Nicola Forwood and two-year-old daughter Poppy who led the funeral procession of BMX champion Ben Fo

Nicola Forwood and two-year-old daughter Poppy who led the funeral procession of BMX champion Ben Forwood from Sloughbottom Park to Earlham Crematorium. Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Ben Forwood grew up in Taverham and conquered the sport before dying of a series of brain tumours last year.

Now, people from the community where he grew up and who share his passion are ensuring there is a permanent reminder of him.

The BMX track at Taverham Recreational Facilities on Beech Avenue, which opened three years ago, will be known as the Benjamin Forwood Memorial Track, after the completion of renovation work.

The decision has been welcomed by Nicola Forwood, the widow of the former BMX European Champion, who said her husband would have been honoured.

Ben Forwood BMX champion from Norwich.For : Evening NewsPhoto : Submitted

Ben Forwood BMX champion from Norwich.For : Evening NewsPhoto : Submitted - Credit: Archant


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Mrs Forwood, 33, said: 'I am really proud that the TRF has decided to name it after Ben, and very touched.

'Ben loved Taverham, so it is a very fitting tribute to him. His body is buried in St Edmund's, not five minutes away, so it's such a lovely thing that his name will live on in the area.'

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Mrs Forwood will attend the official unveiling of the track's new name, along with the couple's three-year-old daughter Poppy.

She added: 'Poppy was only two-and-a-half years old when Ben died, so this will be really important to her in keeping his memory alive for her.

'Things like this are so positive, as Poppy will get to meet lots of people who remember him well and hear the wonderful things they have to say about him.

'I think Ben himself would probably be a little bit embarrassed by it as he was always very modest, however he would also have been very honoured.

'This is the kind of thing he would have wished to have had in Taverham when he was growing up, so it means so much that it has been named after him.'

The idea was spearheaded by Graham Porter, the departing chairman of Taverham Recreational Facilities, which owns the track.

Mr Porter, who has known Mr Forwood's family for several years, said: 'This is something I have wanted to make happen for some time, so when we decided to renovate the track it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

'I think it's a very fitting tribute to a man who was at the top of the sport, and who fought until the very end of his life - he was a tough cookie.

'His family were thrilled when we told them of the plans, and for me, it is a nice swan song.'

The track will be formally renewed at a short ceremony on October 15.

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