Peebles schools top Mountain Bike Championship
There were thrills, spills and an abundance of high octane action at this year’s Borders Under 18’s Mountain Bike Championships.
The Scottish Borders Cycling Development Group, in partnership with local charity Live Borders, hosted the 2016 event at Bowhill Estate near Selkirk where children from all the region’s schools, primary 3 to S6, were able to compete for both individual and team titles.
A tough 1km hilly circuit challenged the younger riders with P3&4 competitors racing over two lengths of the twisty and technical route. Course length and race duration increased by year group with the final race of the day featuring S3-S6 racers riding a highly technical 2.2km course for a total of 37 minutes.
Overall ranking in the individual events earned points towards the Scottish Border’s School Mountain Bike Championship Trophy. Peebles High School won with Kelso High School taking a close second and narrowly beating Hawick High School in the results for secondary schools.
Priorsford Primary School, also in Peebles, took the win over St Ronan’s Primary School, Innerleithen for the primary school trophy.
Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive, Live Borders, commented: “The Scottish Borders boasts some of the best mountain bike facilities in the UK and that was very much in evidence at this year’s Under 18’s event which showcased the skills of these talented young riders.”
P3 Boys: 1, L. Thornley; 2, S. Brown; 3, B. Keita. P3 Girls: 1, K. McKean; 2, E. Field; 3, E. Hume. P4 Boys: 1, S. Nisbet; 2, R. Jackson; 3=, C. Heard & F. Keita. P4 Girls: 1, K. Bryant; 2, M. Mowatt; 3, E. Moselely. P5 Boys: 1, S. Ferry; 2, C. Carlyle; 3, C. Newton. P5 Girls: 1, F. Gibson; 2, O. McKean; 3, L. Mulligan. P6 Boys: 1, B. Allan; 2, B. Birks; 3, A. Birks. P6 Girls: 1, K. Duncan; 2=, I. Laing & M. Aplin; 3, E. Dalzeil. P7 Boys: 1, E. Blaen; 2, R. Laidlaw; 3, A. Carlyle. P7 Girls: 1, E. Carrick-Anderson; 2, C. McGorum; 3, R. Soho-Smith.
S1 Boys: 1, W. Brodie; 2, D. Cathcart; 3, H. Patterson. S1 Girls: 1, P. Gale; 2, E. Vietch; 3, H. Forbes. S2 Boys: 1, C. Thornely; 2, T. Richardson; 3, C. Dickson. S2 Girls: 1, R. Anderson. S3 Boys: 1, C. Carrick Anderson; 2, W. Taylor. S4 Girls: 1, A. McGorum. S5 Boys: 1, B. Simpson; 2, R. Scott.