Clarion kids enjoy thrills of Inch Park Youth cyclo-cross brings out best in riders
A total of 23 riders from West Lothian Clarion headed to the youth cyclocross race at Inch Park.
Organisers Edinburgh RC described the course as “short and punchy with some fierce hills, plenty of camber and great atmosphere for spectators”. And it delivered on all fronts, with riders’ legs and skills being tested by the course with plenty of encouragement from the crowd.
The weather also co-operated, and riders enjoyed this earlyseason race in the sunshine.
The youngest riders were up first, with Alex Richardson and Cameron Bark working hard in a frenetic under- eight boys’ race to come fourth and eighth, respectively. The club had a substantial representation in the under-10 categories, with Georgina Bark providing the club’s best result of the day, taking third place in the girls’ race.
She was closely followed by Orla Burn in fifth, with Mairi Dowens also taking a top-10 place. In the boys’ category, Hamish Hunter took sixth place, with Calum Ogilvie close behind in eighth.
Will Mitchell finished a little further down the field, and Rhuairdh Fulton, who suffered a mechanical setback and had to borrow a bike, showed real grit as he raced to catch the field. Meanwhile, Gregor Burn and Brodie Duncan rode in the under-12 boys’ race, placing 15th and 21st.
In the under-14 categories, Katie Galloway came fourth in the girls’ race, while Clarion had five riders in a large boys field, with Finn Mason highest placed in fifth.
Gregor Hunter followed in 12th, Rory Ogilvie in 14th, Evan McKenzie in 16th and Ross Chisholm in 18th position.
In the final age category of the day, the under-16 races, Clarion only had representation in the boys’ event, but again the club had a strong showing, both in numbers and performance with six members competing in the race.
Sam Chisholm came home in eighth place, one spot ahead of Max Guthrie. Miller Crombie crossed the line in 14th spot, with Sean Grant 15th, Cameron Innes 18th and Gregor McPhaden 19th.
Youth section president and coach Ewen Fulton said afterwards: “It was fantastic to see so many riders from the club getting out and enjoying the racing in the sun.
“The riders all did the club proud, and this was a great opportunity to use the skills that they have been developing in our coaching sessions.”
Fine effort Some of the Clarion riders