Former Ipswich Witches rider Leigh Lanham retires from speedway after 23 years racing

Leigh Lanham

Leigh Lanham - Credit: Archant

Former Ipswich Witches rider Leigh Lanham has announced his retirement from the sport.

The 39-year-old, born in the town, began his career with the Foxhall Heath-based club back in 1993 as a 16-year-old.

He enjoyed four spells with the Witches during his 23-year career and one of his many highlight was when he was crowned British Under-21 champion in 1997.

One of the most popular riders on the circuit, he made a name for himself riding at Lakeside Hammers for 10 years between 1998 and 2008 where he was a consistent scorer.

In 2012 he returned to Foxhall for the final time and was captain in 2013.

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Son of former Witches fans’ favourite Mike Lanham, Leigh is set to take over his father’s fish and chip business in Reynolds Road, Ipswich.

“I’ve been lucky to ride for some great clubs and met so many great people,” Lanham posted on Twitter.

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