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Barrow Hedges Best in Borough

Barrow Hedges Primary School's Team 1 are the new Sutton Primary Schools Cycling Champions, following their overall win in the finals on 27th March at Sutton Grammar School's Walch Memorial Sports Ground, Cheam.

Twelve teams from eight schools had qualified, following preliminary training sessions and heats in which a hundred local schoolchildren had already participated.

Now in their seventh year, the Championships are for teams of three from Sutton's primary schools, one team member for each of the three elements of the competition: a Cross-Country Race, a Keirin Devil (or Elimination) Race and a Skills/Road Safety Test. The young riders need to demonstrate endurance, sprinting ability, bike-handling skills and competitive spirit, in the same way as our Olympic cyclists.

The Cross-Country race was won convincingly by Daniel Dubet of Stanley Park Primary School's Team 1, but second place was hotly contested by about five riders.

All the riders in the Elimination Race or Devil quickly picked up the tactics, expending just enough energy to avoid the elimination on alternate laps. There were some thrills and spills on a tight corner approaching the finish line, but in the end Billy Culver of Dorchester Primary School's Team 1 won in a close finish over Charlie Summers of Brookfield Primary School's Team 1.

The Skills/Road Safety element of the competition was won by Maddie Bayley of Avenue Primary School's Team 2, who scored well in both the bike-handling skills and the road safety quiz. Her school therefore won the the Moore Trophy, originally donated by a former Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Moore, to the school with the most children to achieve the old cycling proficiency, but now awarded to the school that does best in this element of the Championships.

As well as the Championship Trophy, Barrow Hedges also won the chance for a group of children to try track riding at the famous Herne Hill velodrome, used in the 1948 Olympics. This prize was donated by Smarter Travel Sutton.

  • 1st Barrow Hedges Primary School, Team 1
  • 2nd Dorchester Primary School, Team 1
  • 3rd Brookfield Primary School, Team 1

Winner of Moore Trophy for Skills & Road Safety

  • Avenue Primary School, Team 2

The Club would like to express its appreciation to all who helped make the competition a success: British Cycling's local Go-Ride team, L B Sutton's Cycle Training Team, the Sutton Schools Sports Partnership, Club members and friends; to Sutton Grammar School for the venue, and to Smarter Travel Sutton for the main prize.

Barrow Hedges Team1 Moore Trophy Winners

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