Starting Average: 6.92
Date of Birth: 15 August, 1977
Place: Ipswich, Suffolk
1993: Ipswich, Arena Essex
1997: Exeter, Bradford, Kings Lynn
1998-99: Arena Essex (EL)
2001: Arena Essex (EL)
2002-2003: Arena Essex, Ipswich (EL)
2004-2006: Arena Essex (EL)
2007-2008: Lakeside (EL)
2009: Ipswich (EL) - 5.08, Newport (PL)
2010: Newport (PL), Belle Vue d/u (EL)
2011: Newport (PL)
2012-13: Ipswich (PL)
1997: Young Shield winner (Exeter)
2011: PL Knock-Out Cup winner (Newport)
1997: British Under-21 Champion
Parent Club: Ipswich
Son of ex-Witch Mike Lanham.
2009: After spending ten successive years on the books of Arena-Essex/Lakeside, Leigh re-joined his hometown club, Ipswich, as captain. Unfortunately he sustained a severe hand injury in the side’s opening home meeting, ironically against Lakeside. This required a few weeks on the sidelines, during which time Morten Risager temporarily replaced him. He was declared fit to return to racing at the start of May but struggled to regain form and was replaced in late June by Robert Miskowiak. Leigh then agreed to join Premier League team Newport in early July, where he took over the No. 1 racejacket that had previously been held by Mark Lemon. He settled in well at Queensway Meadows but sustained a badly dislocated shoulder in September, which ended his season. Two months later Newport announced that Leigh would return as club captain in 2010.
2010: Belle Vue signed him in a doubling up position. This was a good year for Leigh; he rode in a total of sixty-six official meetings, including thirty for Belle Vue where he finished on an impressive 6.11 average. It was announced in December that Newport had retained him for the 2011 season.
2011: Returned to Newport as captain and played a big part in their Knock Out Cup success. An automatic choice to be retained by the Newport club for the 2012 season.
2012: In mid-February it was announced that Newport had withdrawn from the Premier League and Leigh suddenly found himself without a team place. He did take up a temporary slot at Rye House to cover for young aussie Tyson Nelson who was experiencing visa delays. Signed by Ipswich on March 22nd for the rest of the season after the injuries sustained by Morten Risager and Taylor Poole in the club's opening fixture against Rye House.
Picture courtesy of and copyrighted to Stephen Waller.