Clar­ion kids en­joy thrills of Inch Park Youth cy­clo-cross brings out best in riders

West Lothian Courier - - Memory Lane - Sports Re­porter

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

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