Young cyclists do their schools proud

YOUNG Dales cyclists were out in force at the weekend for the British Schools Cycling Association Cyclo Cross event at Thornbridge on Sunday.

Competing against the cream of the young cycling talent from far and wide, a number of them turned in particuarly fine displays on home turf.

The course itself was muddy in places, due to the heavy rain leading up to the event, and competitors had to cope with a howling gale at times, which understandably made riding a little on the tricky side, but many of them rose to the occasion admirably.

Louis Swindell of Lea Primary School raced to victory in the under sevens boys category while the under sevens girls title went to Evie Hobday of Darley Churchtown Primary with Crich Infant School’s Harriet Limb coming home in second.

In the under nines boys section, Sam Gould came fifth for Darley Dale Primary while Libby Smith of Wirksworth Junior School won the under nines girls category, ahead of second-placed Elizabeth Webster of Darley Dale Primary School.

There was a double celebration in the Smith household as Libby’s sister Ellie won the under 11s girls race, also on behalf of Wirksworth Junior School.

In addition, Matlock Cycling Club colleague Ffyona Booker came second in the race.

In the under 13s boys section, Anthony Gell School’s Cameron Orr took fifth in the race, one position ahead of Lady Manners School’s John Webster.

Arthur Green of Highfields School in Matlock briefly held the lead in the under 15s boys race before eventually coming home in a still very creditable second place while another Matlock Cycling Club member, the in-form Sarah Lomas, took the honours in the under 15s girls race to continue her hot streak of late.