Most people probably wouldn't have heard of "And They Walked Away...." which was a series of videos featuring various motorsports accidents and near-misses, but if the producers wanted to release another volume, I bet a fair amount of time would be devoted to Coventry Bees skipper Chris Harris, especially his exploits in the second leg of the Elite League Grand Final last night...
Going into the match, Coventry were leading the final 51-39 against Poole Pirates, who, as mentioned last time had dominated during the regular season, but they were missing Ed Kennett, who had broken an ankle during a Knockout Cup meeting on Thursday night.
Anyway back to Chris Harris...
The Bees' skipper had a bad start to his evening when he was excluded from his opening race in heat four, but it looked worse when Harris was taken out by Poole's Chris Holder in the first turn before Lewis Bridger cleaned him up from behind moments later in heat six, and with the ambulance coming on to the track, it looked as though Harris would take no further part in the meeting.
What happened next surprised even the most die-hard of fans - Harris not only got up, he sprinted off to the pits area, regained his composure and went out and won the re-run, and remained unbeaten by an opponent all night - a performance which inspired the rest of the team to comeback after being eight points down not only to win the match 50-40, but also to take the title (which was duly clinched after heat 13) winning 101-79 overall.
This capped off a remarkable season for the Bees, who were prime candidates for relegation in August. After some re-organisation within the team, they went unbeaten in the next 10 matches before their victory last night against Poole who were unbeatable at home all season.
Now that's a worthy candidate for the title of the greatest comeback since Lazarus...
- Mark Radbourne
- Cromer, Norfolk, United Kingdom
I'm a former hospital radio/club/mobile DJ, avid record collector and amateur musician (playing guitar, keyboards, recorder, harmonica and percussion.) I've even filled in on bass guitar for a couple of local bands as well (although that was quite a few years ago). Also interested in Motorsports, Wrestling/Mixed Martial Arts and Classic Television and Radio from the 1960s - 1980s.
Why am I on here? Well, I'm just trying to make some sense of life before it's too late...but who cares anyway?