Dales youngsters ride well in National Schools competition

Tom Woolf is pictured on the podium after winning the U7s race at Darley Moor.
Tom Woolf is pictured on the podium after winning the U7s race at Darley Moor.

The British Schools Cycling Association National Circuit Championships were held at Darley Moor last weekend, hosted by Matlock Cycling Club.

Local riders were in action against those from around the country representing their schools.

In the U7s championship, Tom Woolf (Matlock All Saints Infants) took the title after leading the race from the start.

In the U9s girl’s Grace Longden (Buxworth Primary School) was second and in the boy’s race Ben Mellor (Darley Churchtown Primary School) took second in a close finish with fellow East Midland rider Jude Du Toit with Tom Logan (Ashover Primary School) sixth.

In the U11 girls Annabel Parker (St Anne’s Primary School) was third and in the boys Louis Swindell (Lea Primary School) was 11th.

Sarah Briggs (Derby High School) took the title in the U13 girls and Harry Large (Lady Manners School) was fifth in the U13 boys. George Swindell (Highfields School) was second in the U15 boys.

Meanwhile, Matlock CC’s senior riders continue to enjoy success in regional road racing.

John Johnston took seventh in the OVB East Midlands Regional race held at Plungar and then followed that with a fifth the next evening at Mallory Park with clubmate Chris Statham tenth.

Both were in action again on Saturday at the Blyton criterium races with Johnston third, Jack Clay tenth and Statham in the top 15 places.

Tuesday evening saw the Matlock CC Grouse Open ten-mile Time Trial and despite the breezy condtions six riders recorded sub 22-minute times.

Patrick Gould (Matlock CC) was fifth and together with clubmates Kevin White (eighth) and Chris Green (ninth) took the team prize.

Matlock CC riders Vicky Dawson and Ava Holden were second and third in the ladies race.

In the Long Hilly club time trial event Chris Green took the win from Alan Marsden and Andy Briggs third.