Mum's hope to keep Portsmouth velodrome where son had fatal fall closed

Cyclist tragedy mother's plea to keep velodrome closed

Richard Phillips-Schofield.

Campaigners hoping to get the velodrome reopened.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

The mum of a police officer killed in a cycling crash at a Hampshire velodrome has called for it to remain closed.

Elizabeth Phillips-Schofield spoke out after a petition was mounted by local cyclists to get the track reopened which was closed following the death of her son Richard.

As previously reported, nearly 500 people, including Hamble’s Olympic star Dani King, have signed a petition to get the Mountbatten Centre’s velodrome reopened following the tragedy.

But the grieving mother of the Bitterne police officer said it should not be opened until after the inquest when the full details of what caused the accident will be revealed.

Popular PC Phillips-Schofield was competing at a British Cycling event at the Portsmouth facility in March when he came off his bike.

The 33-year-old, who had served the Southampton community for the last ten years, died 48 hours later.

But now there are calls from coaches and members of Hampshire clubs that use it for it to reopened.

An online petition has so far collected 475 signatures.

Some have raised fears that young Hampshire cyclists unable to use the facility are being forced out onto roads or training in car parks, which could be dangerous.

However, Ms Phillips-Schofield, who lives in the West Midlands, argued safety on the track was more important.

She told how Richard, who was “devoted to cycling”, had found other ways to practise and compete without a velodrome.

She told the Daily Echo: “Surely safety and the preservation of a cyclist’s life are of greater importance?”

“I strongly object to any thoughts of re-opening the velodrome and remind the petitioner that the velodrome has been closed for a reason.

“I would not wish any other cyclist to be harmed, let alone killed, until investigations have been fully completed.”

Danny Churcher, general manager of Parkwood Community Leisure, which runs the facility on behalf of Portsmouth City Council, has told the Daily Echo the track closed initially on the advice of the council’s environmental health officer while a full investigation was carried out.

He said that despite not being given a copy of that report, he was aware of the recommendations and was reviewing them with the council and British Cycling.

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4:56pm Tue 5 Aug 14

forest hump says...

Careful, you will upset ginge.
Careful, you will upset ginge. forest hump
  • Score: -3

5:06pm Tue 5 Aug 14

geoff51 says...

forest hump wrote:
Careful, you will upset ginge.
The truth often hurts!
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: Careful, you will upset ginge.[/p][/quote]The truth often hurts! geoff51
  • Score: -2

5:20pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Solent Soul says...

geoff51 wrote:
The problem is not with the velodrome its with the idiots in Lycra whose ambition outweighs their skill. Whilst i feel for the lad who died, all sports have risks, he took one too many and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Reopen the velodrome it might stop mamils using the City roads and the New forest as a racetrack
You are totally insensitive & massively I find ur comment disrespectful to his family & friends. Rich was passionate about bikes & racing which he did on this track & the road, not to mention all
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: The problem is not with the velodrome its with the idiots in Lycra whose ambition outweighs their skill. Whilst i feel for the lad who died, all sports have risks, he took one too many and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Reopen the velodrome it might stop mamils using the City roads and the New forest as a racetrack[/p][/quote]You are totally insensitive & massively I find ur comment disrespectful to his family & friends. Rich was passionate about bikes & racing which he did on this track & the road, not to mention all Solent Soul
  • Score: 1

5:37pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Solent Soul says...

geoff51 wrote:
The problem is not with the velodrome its with the idiots in Lycra whose ambition outweighs their skill. Whilst i feel for the lad who died, all sports have risks, he took one too many and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Reopen the velodrome it might stop mamils using the City roads and the New forest as a racetrack
I find your drivel totally insensitive & massively disrespectful to his family & friends. Rich was passionate about bikes & racing which he did on this track & also on the road. He was out there living his life to the full, not only as a cyclist but as a highly professional member of Hampshire Constabulary where he served as a police officer. If you want to find fault then aim ur ill thought out comments at the track owners as there were some major safety flaws with this venue. I can only imagine that you're life is pretty empty looking at ur general news feed nit picking! If you lived you're life half as much as Richard did then maybe you would spend less time spouting utter tosh..
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: The problem is not with the velodrome its with the idiots in Lycra whose ambition outweighs their skill. Whilst i feel for the lad who died, all sports have risks, he took one too many and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Reopen the velodrome it might stop mamils using the City roads and the New forest as a racetrack[/p][/quote]I find your drivel totally insensitive & massively disrespectful to his family & friends. Rich was passionate about bikes & racing which he did on this track & also on the road. He was out there living his life to the full, not only as a cyclist but as a highly professional member of Hampshire Constabulary where he served as a police officer. If you want to find fault then aim ur ill thought out comments at the track owners as there were some major safety flaws with this venue. I can only imagine that you're life is pretty empty looking at ur general news feed nit picking! If you lived you're life half as much as Richard did then maybe you would spend less time spouting utter tosh.. Solent Soul
  • Score: 3

7:08pm Tue 5 Aug 14

downfader says...

Solent Soul wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
The problem is not with the velodrome its with the idiots in Lycra whose ambition outweighs their skill. Whilst i feel for the lad who died, all sports have risks, he took one too many and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Reopen the velodrome it might stop mamils using the City roads and the New forest as a racetrack
I find your drivel totally insensitive & massively disrespectful to his family & friends. Rich was passionate about bikes & racing which he did on this track & also on the road. He was out there living his life to the full, not only as a cyclist but as a highly professional member of Hampshire Constabulary where he served as a police officer. If you want to find fault then aim ur ill thought out comments at the track owners as there were some major safety flaws with this venue. I can only imagine that you're life is pretty empty looking at ur general news feed nit picking! If you lived you're life half as much as Richard did then maybe you would spend less time spouting utter tosh..
Jeffy, as we call him here, is just a sick little troll. Report anything you find objectionable and the Echo team will look into it. Its sadly not the first time he's trolled a cyclist's death on here.
[quote][p][bold]Solent Soul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: The problem is not with the velodrome its with the idiots in Lycra whose ambition outweighs their skill. Whilst i feel for the lad who died, all sports have risks, he took one too many and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Reopen the velodrome it might stop mamils using the City roads and the New forest as a racetrack[/p][/quote]I find your drivel totally insensitive & massively disrespectful to his family & friends. Rich was passionate about bikes & racing which he did on this track & also on the road. He was out there living his life to the full, not only as a cyclist but as a highly professional member of Hampshire Constabulary where he served as a police officer. If you want to find fault then aim ur ill thought out comments at the track owners as there were some major safety flaws with this venue. I can only imagine that you're life is pretty empty looking at ur general news feed nit picking! If you lived you're life half as much as Richard did then maybe you would spend less time spouting utter tosh..[/p][/quote]Jeffy, as we call him here, is just a sick little troll. Report anything you find objectionable and the Echo team will look into it. Its sadly not the first time he's trolled a cyclist's death on here. downfader
  • Score: -1

7:46pm Tue 5 Aug 14

geoff51 says...

downfader wrote:
Solent Soul wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
The problem is not with the velodrome its with the idiots in Lycra whose ambition outweighs their skill. Whilst i feel for the lad who died, all sports have risks, he took one too many and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Reopen the velodrome it might stop mamils using the City roads and the New forest as a racetrack
I find your drivel totally insensitive & massively disrespectful to his family & friends. Rich was passionate about bikes & racing which he did on this track & also on the road. He was out there living his life to the full, not only as a cyclist but as a highly professional member of Hampshire Constabulary where he served as a police officer. If you want to find fault then aim ur ill thought out comments at the track owners as there were some major safety flaws with this venue. I can only imagine that you're life is pretty empty looking at ur general news feed nit picking! If you lived you're life half as much as Richard did then maybe you would spend less time spouting utter tosh..
Jeffy, as we call him here, is just a sick little troll. Report anything you find objectionable and the Echo team will look into it. Its sadly not the first time he's trolled a cyclist's death on here.
In my youth I spent most of my life in the pursuit of Equine sports and hobbies, Horses are 1 ton of powerful muscle with a mind of their own and as you will find out if you are faintly interested in the truth, horse sports are classed as dangerous pursuits. Cycles like many of their riders are inanimate objects under complete control of the person on top and therefore any mistake is by the rider. As I said before the unfortunate person died by his own hand as no other person or vehicle was involved.
Sad as it was For him and his family no one should deny other users the use of the velodrome just as if a person drowns whilst swimming in a pool would that pool be closed permanently.
I feel that the usual suspects are using this in a false sense of duty and not looking at the big picture with regards to promoting their chosen sport.
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Solent Soul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: The problem is not with the velodrome its with the idiots in Lycra whose ambition outweighs their skill. Whilst i feel for the lad who died, all sports have risks, he took one too many and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Reopen the velodrome it might stop mamils using the City roads and the New forest as a racetrack[/p][/quote]I find your drivel totally insensitive & massively disrespectful to his family & friends. Rich was passionate about bikes & racing which he did on this track & also on the road. He was out there living his life to the full, not only as a cyclist but as a highly professional member of Hampshire Constabulary where he served as a police officer. If you want to find fault then aim ur ill thought out comments at the track owners as there were some major safety flaws with this venue. I can only imagine that you're life is pretty empty looking at ur general news feed nit picking! If you lived you're life half as much as Richard did then maybe you would spend less time spouting utter tosh..[/p][/quote]Jeffy, as we call him here, is just a sick little troll. Report anything you find objectionable and the Echo team will look into it. Its sadly not the first time he's trolled a cyclist's death on here.[/p][/quote]In my youth I spent most of my life in the pursuit of Equine sports and hobbies, Horses are 1 ton of powerful muscle with a mind of their own and as you will find out if you are faintly interested in the truth, horse sports are classed as dangerous pursuits. Cycles like many of their riders are inanimate objects under complete control of the person on top and therefore any mistake is by the rider. As I said before the unfortunate person died by his own hand as no other person or vehicle was involved. Sad as it was For him and his family no one should deny other users the use of the velodrome just as if a person drowns whilst swimming in a pool would that pool be closed permanently. I feel that the usual suspects are using this in a false sense of duty and not looking at the big picture with regards to promoting their chosen sport. geoff51
  • Score: -4

10:05pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Solent Soul says...

geoff51 wrote:
downfader wrote:
Solent Soul wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
The problem is not with the velodrome its with the idiots in Lycra whose ambition outweighs their skill. Whilst i feel for the lad who died, all sports have risks, he took one too many and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Reopen the velodrome it might stop mamils using the City roads and the New forest as a racetrack
I find your drivel totally insensitive & massively disrespectful to his family & friends. Rich was passionate about bikes & racing which he did on this track & also on the road. He was out there living his life to the full, not only as a cyclist but as a highly professional member of Hampshire Constabulary where he served as a police officer. If you want to find fault then aim ur ill thought out comments at the track owners as there were some major safety flaws with this venue. I can only imagine that you're life is pretty empty looking at ur general news feed nit picking! If you lived you're life half as much as Richard did then maybe you would spend less time spouting utter tosh..
Jeffy, as we call him here, is just a sick little troll. Report anything you find objectionable and the Echo team will look into it. Its sadly not the first time he's trolled a cyclist's death on here.
In my youth I spent most of my life in the pursuit of Equine sports and hobbies, Horses are 1 ton of powerful muscle with a mind of their own and as you will find out if you are faintly interested in the truth, horse sports are classed as dangerous pursuits. Cycles like many of their riders are inanimate objects under complete control of the person on top and therefore any mistake is by the rider. As I said before the unfortunate person died by his own hand as no other person or vehicle was involved.
Sad as it was For him and his family no one should deny other users the use of the velodrome just as if a person drowns whilst swimming in a pool would that pool be closed permanently.
I feel that the usual suspects are using this in a false sense of duty and not looking at the big picture with regards to promoting their chosen sport.
Well you are wrong once more & again carry on & insult a person that is sadly not here.. If you are in a circuit race there tends to be other cyclists in that event, all racing for position, which is what happened; the accident that he was involved in was not caused by him, but by a third party.. Now that you have enlightened us to your love for all things equine we know what camp you sit in..
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Solent Soul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: The problem is not with the velodrome its with the idiots in Lycra whose ambition outweighs their skill. Whilst i feel for the lad who died, all sports have risks, he took one too many and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Reopen the velodrome it might stop mamils using the City roads and the New forest as a racetrack[/p][/quote]I find your drivel totally insensitive & massively disrespectful to his family & friends. Rich was passionate about bikes & racing which he did on this track & also on the road. He was out there living his life to the full, not only as a cyclist but as a highly professional member of Hampshire Constabulary where he served as a police officer. If you want to find fault then aim ur ill thought out comments at the track owners as there were some major safety flaws with this venue. I can only imagine that you're life is pretty empty looking at ur general news feed nit picking! If you lived you're life half as much as Richard did then maybe you would spend less time spouting utter tosh..[/p][/quote]Jeffy, as we call him here, is just a sick little troll. Report anything you find objectionable and the Echo team will look into it. Its sadly not the first time he's trolled a cyclist's death on here.[/p][/quote]In my youth I spent most of my life in the pursuit of Equine sports and hobbies, Horses are 1 ton of powerful muscle with a mind of their own and as you will find out if you are faintly interested in the truth, horse sports are classed as dangerous pursuits. Cycles like many of their riders are inanimate objects under complete control of the person on top and therefore any mistake is by the rider. As I said before the unfortunate person died by his own hand as no other person or vehicle was involved. Sad as it was For him and his family no one should deny other users the use of the velodrome just as if a person drowns whilst swimming in a pool would that pool be closed permanently. I feel that the usual suspects are using this in a false sense of duty and not looking at the big picture with regards to promoting their chosen sport.[/p][/quote]Well you are wrong once more & again carry on & insult a person that is sadly not here.. If you are in a circuit race there tends to be other cyclists in that event, all racing for position, which is what happened; the accident that he was involved in was not caused by him, but by a third party.. Now that you have enlightened us to your love for all things equine we know what camp you sit in.. Solent Soul
  • Score: -2

7:24am Wed 6 Aug 14

Drhysted says...

geoff51 wrote:
downfader wrote:
Solent Soul wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
The problem is not with the velodrome its with the idiots in Lycra whose ambition outweighs their skill. Whilst i feel for the lad who died, all sports have risks, he took one too many and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Reopen the velodrome it might stop mamils using the City roads and the New forest as a racetrack
I find your drivel totally insensitive & massively disrespectful to his family & friends. Rich was passionate about bikes & racing which he did on this track & also on the road. He was out there living his life to the full, not only as a cyclist but as a highly professional member of Hampshire Constabulary where he served as a police officer. If you want to find fault then aim ur ill thought out comments at the track owners as there were some major safety flaws with this venue. I can only imagine that you're life is pretty empty looking at ur general news feed nit picking! If you lived you're life half as much as Richard did then maybe you would spend less time spouting utter tosh..
Jeffy, as we call him here, is just a sick little troll. Report anything you find objectionable and the Echo team will look into it. Its sadly not the first time he's trolled a cyclist's death on here.
In my youth I spent most of my life in the pursuit of Equine sports and hobbies, Horses are 1 ton of powerful muscle with a mind of their own and as you will find out if you are faintly interested in the truth, horse sports are classed as dangerous pursuits. Cycles like many of their riders are inanimate objects under complete control of the person on top and therefore any mistake is by the rider. As I said before the unfortunate person died by his own hand as no other person or vehicle was involved.
Sad as it was For him and his family no one should deny other users the use of the velodrome just as if a person drowns whilst swimming in a pool would that pool be closed permanently.
I feel that the usual suspects are using this in a false sense of duty and not looking at the big picture with regards to promoting their chosen sport.
And once again Jeff shows his lack of knowledge, experience, and compassion.
The sooner this person is banned from a computer, the better for everyone.
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Solent Soul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: The problem is not with the velodrome its with the idiots in Lycra whose ambition outweighs their skill. Whilst i feel for the lad who died, all sports have risks, he took one too many and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Reopen the velodrome it might stop mamils using the City roads and the New forest as a racetrack[/p][/quote]I find your drivel totally insensitive & massively disrespectful to his family & friends. Rich was passionate about bikes & racing which he did on this track & also on the road. He was out there living his life to the full, not only as a cyclist but as a highly professional member of Hampshire Constabulary where he served as a police officer. If you want to find fault then aim ur ill thought out comments at the track owners as there were some major safety flaws with this venue. I can only imagine that you're life is pretty empty looking at ur general news feed nit picking! If you lived you're life half as much as Richard did then maybe you would spend less time spouting utter tosh..[/p][/quote]Jeffy, as we call him here, is just a sick little troll. Report anything you find objectionable and the Echo team will look into it. Its sadly not the first time he's trolled a cyclist's death on here.[/p][/quote]In my youth I spent most of my life in the pursuit of Equine sports and hobbies, Horses are 1 ton of powerful muscle with a mind of their own and as you will find out if you are faintly interested in the truth, horse sports are classed as dangerous pursuits. Cycles like many of their riders are inanimate objects under complete control of the person on top and therefore any mistake is by the rider. As I said before the unfortunate person died by his own hand as no other person or vehicle was involved. Sad as it was For him and his family no one should deny other users the use of the velodrome just as if a person drowns whilst swimming in a pool would that pool be closed permanently. I feel that the usual suspects are using this in a false sense of duty and not looking at the big picture with regards to promoting their chosen sport.[/p][/quote]And once again Jeff shows his lack of knowledge, experience, and compassion. The sooner this person is banned from a computer, the better for everyone. Drhysted
  • Score: 3

8:43am Wed 6 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

DE Admin - Any chance you could just ban Jeffy from the website?? We'd all be happier and you wouldn't have any innocent victims of his pointless rage.
DE Admin - Any chance you could just ban Jeffy from the website?? We'd all be happier and you wouldn't have any innocent victims of his pointless rage. camerajuan
  • Score: 1

10:07am Wed 6 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

geoff51 wrote:
The problem is not with the velodrome its with the idiots in Lycra whose ambition outweighs their skill. Whilst i feel for the lad who died, all sports have risks, he took one too many and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Reopen the velodrome it might stop mamils using the City roads and the New forest as a racetrack
So much wrong in one paragraph.

A competitive man dies in a freak accident in an enclosed space and you use it to attack people who cycle on roads?!?!

Vile vile vile TW@!!!
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: The problem is not with the velodrome its with the idiots in Lycra whose ambition outweighs their skill. Whilst i feel for the lad who died, all sports have risks, he took one too many and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Reopen the velodrome it might stop mamils using the City roads and the New forest as a racetrack[/p][/quote]So much wrong in one paragraph. A competitive man dies in a freak accident in an enclosed space and you use it to attack people who cycle on roads?!?! Vile vile vile TW@!!! camerajuan
  • Score: -1

8:20pm Wed 6 Aug 14

geoff51 says...

camerajuan wrote:
DE Admin - Any chance you could just ban Jeffy from the website?? We'd all be happier and you wouldn't have any innocent victims of his pointless rage.
I only respond to the narrow minded attitude from Cycling fanatics such as yourself who wring their hands because one of their number unfortunately was killed doing what he loved, when your number is up its up and no amount of false grief will bring him back.
As usual you are trying to silence those that dare disagree with your narrow minded attitude and just goes to show you hate anyone who d oesnt think that you cyclists
are god like and not bowing down to your great intellect.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: DE Admin - Any chance you could just ban Jeffy from the website?? We'd all be happier and you wouldn't have any innocent victims of his pointless rage.[/p][/quote]I only respond to the narrow minded attitude from Cycling fanatics such as yourself who wring their hands because one of their number unfortunately was killed doing what he loved, when your number is up its up and no amount of false grief will bring him back. As usual you are trying to silence those that dare disagree with your narrow minded attitude and just goes to show you hate anyone who d oesnt think that you cyclists are god like and not bowing down to your great intellect. geoff51
  • Score: 0

4:11pm Fri 8 Aug 14

From the sidelines says...

camerajuan wrote:
DE Admin - Any chance you could just ban Jeffy from the website?? We'd all be happier and you wouldn't have any innocent victims of his pointless rage.
Not a great one for freedom of speech, then, CJ?

Any books you'd like burning too, whilst they're at it?
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: DE Admin - Any chance you could just ban Jeffy from the website?? We'd all be happier and you wouldn't have any innocent victims of his pointless rage.[/p][/quote]Not a great one for freedom of speech, then, CJ? Any books you'd like burning too, whilst they're at it? From the sidelines
  • Score: 1

4:12pm Fri 8 Aug 14

From the sidelines says...

Notice how the Echo illustrates a story about track cycling with a picture of road cycling.

Morons.
Notice how the Echo illustrates a story about track cycling with a picture of road cycling. Morons. From the sidelines
  • Score: 1

7:58pm Fri 8 Aug 14

geoff51 says...

From the sidelines wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
DE Admin - Any chance you could just ban Jeffy from the website?? We'd all be happier and you wouldn't have any innocent victims of his pointless rage.
Not a great one for freedom of speech, then, CJ?

Any books you'd like burning too, whilst they're at it?
Thank you for your support against the cycling mafia, I was only stating that as much as I feel sorry for the young man who lost his life it is not the place here to gang up on me when I state the obvious regarding the closing of a much need sport facility.
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: DE Admin - Any chance you could just ban Jeffy from the website?? We'd all be happier and you wouldn't have any innocent victims of his pointless rage.[/p][/quote]Not a great one for freedom of speech, then, CJ? Any books you'd like burning too, whilst they're at it?[/p][/quote]Thank you for your support against the cycling mafia, I was only stating that as much as I feel sorry for the young man who lost his life it is not the place here to gang up on me when I state the obvious regarding the closing of a much need sport facility. geoff51
  • Score: 0

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