This bunch might be the hardiest travelling fans in Sussex sport.

Eastbourne Eagles supporters backed their team in SGB Championship fixtures at Edinburgh, Berwick and Newcastle last weekend.

The trip ended in style when Eagles, in the final away league fixture of the season, picked up their first points with a late rally to win at Newcastle.

Long-time fan Kevin Ling, who travelled with his 80-year-old dad John, said: “People went up by various means and I reckon we did about 1,200 miles.

“After we won at Newcastle the riders all came over to celebrate with us, which was fantastic.

“But, even without that, it would have been a great weekend.

“The riders were really chuffed with the support we gave them and that was quite humbling in a sense.”

Eagles did not enjoy a heat advantage until the 35th race of the trip but their big finish at Newcastle has put them in great heart.

Redcar will offer a tern test at Arlington tonight (7.30pm), led by new British champion Charles Wright as well as Erik Riss and Michael Palm Toft.

Edward Kennett returns for Eagles after a ban.

The match is a preview of the tracks’ forthcoming clash in the semi-finals of the Knockout Cup.

That two-legged tie will mean a long trek to Teesside for Eagles fans but Ling said: “We’ll be there!”