Wet and muddy course for the Wheel­ers

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE FOURTH round of the West High­lands Wheel­ers win­ter league was held in Stron­tian last week­end.

This is the sec­ond year that a league race has been held on the trails in the Ari­un­dle Woods.

Sun­day’s num­bers had grown slightly from the first year as 19 adults made the trip and were treated to a very wet, muddy and phys­i­cal course.

Gre­gor Muir and Roddy Wells, reg­u­lars at the WHW races, both agreed that this was ‘a very tough race, but also very re­ward­ing with fun de­scents and great scenery’.

The race takes in two laps of the Ari­un­dle Woods, the Fairies Road and the com­mu­nity wood- lands in Stron­tian and is just un­der 20kms long.

The win­ning time of 1.01.25 was recorded by lo­cal moun­tain biker Joe Barnes, fol­lowed by Jamie Gall in 1.02.40. First lady was Marie Mel­drum in a time of 1.11.15.

De­spite lots of wa­ter and deep pud­dles on the track caused by the snow melt from Satur­day, there was also a chil­dren’s race.

Nine hardy young­sters rang­ing in age from six to 13 took part, all com­plet­ing the same course which was a smaller ver­sion of the adults’ race.

The chil­dren also had two laps of a course to com­plete, mak­ing this a long race for them, with times vary­ing from 31 min­utes for the win­ner, Daniel Parfitt, to 50 min­utes for the youngest com­peti­tor, Ai­dan Bal­trunas, who was smil­ing all the way to the fin­ish line.

The Ac­tive Schools co- co­or­di­na­tor at Ard­na­mur­chan High said: ‘Both races were great suc­cesses and the warm hos­pi­tal­ity at the Ari­un­dle Cen­tre after­wards was thank­fully re­ceived.’

The next round of the WHW league is on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 12 in Glen Ne­vis. Races are open to mem­bers and non-mem­bers. More in­for­ma­tion can be found on the West High­land Wheel­ers web­site or Face­book page.

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