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The Third Sutton Primary Schools Cycling Championships

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The weather was rubbish, the mud was deep, and the going was tough, but what a day it turned out to be at the third Sutton Schools Cycling Championships, run by Sutton CC / De Ver Cycles on March 28th! Not only did a record 29 teams enter, and the participants get filthier than ever, but the palmares of this under eighteens' cycling club was boosted nicely when former Sutton CC rider and local girl Joanna Rowsell won gold at the Manchester World Track Championships later in the evening!

"It's not often that a club can say they nurtured a World Champion - especially one with a World record - but Joanna started with us and we're very proud of her," said senior Club coach Peter Fordham. "I told the kids today at the presentation that she started out just like them and that if they worked hard like she had, then maybe they'll be as good as her. Hopefully, some of them watched her win, and will be inspired by her."

Eight local primary schools, The Avenue, Barrow Hedges, Devonshire, Foresters, Nonsuch, Rushy Meadow, Sutton High Juniors, and Tweeddale, sent teams from school years 5 and 6. The Mayoress of the London Borough of Sutton, June Reid, was there to welcome the children to the event and Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton & Wallington and Club President, to start the Cross-Country event and present the prizes.

The driving rain and gusty wind of the afternoon wasn't enough to stop any of the children getting on a bike and charging round the course, and displaying an impressive command of bike handling prowess in the process. With a Skills and Road Safety test, a Time Trial and a Cross-Country event making up the afternoon, the championships tested a range of abilities, from agility to speed and stamina.

Max Haining from Barrow Hedges Priamary School stormed home to win the Time Trial, being one of the few riders able to make it up the slope to the finish, while George White from the same school was first home in the Cross Country event, and Taylor Headley from Tweeddale Primary School won the Skills & Road Safety event.

In addition to the Sutton Primary Schools Cycling Championship Trophy, the winning team from Barrow Hedges Primary School received a voucher from Smarter Travel Sutton for 30 children to try track riding at the famous Herne Hill velodrome, used in the 1948 Olympics. The first three teams also received medals and Go-Ride cycling jerseys, and Tweeddale Primary School won the special trophy for Skills & road Safety.

  • 1st Barrow Hedges Primary School, Team 1
  • 2nd Rushy Meadow Primary School, Team 2
  • 3rd Sutton High School Juniors, Team 6

Winner of Moore Trophy for Skills & Road Safety Tweeddale Primary School, Team 1

Winners of each event:

  • Skills & Road Safety Taylor Headley, Tweeddale Primary School, Team 1
  • Time Trial Max Haining, Barrow Hedges Primary School, Team 1
  • Cross-country Race George White, Barrow Hedges Primary School, Team 2

Club organiser Peter Fordham thanked all the children, the helpers from the schools and the team assisting with the organisation for making it a such a successful event, especially in such miserable weather. He drew attention to the goody bags given to each child, which included a voucher to attend a morning's Go-Ride activities with Sutton Cycling Club / De Ver Cycles.

He commented afterwards that it was splendid to see an all-girls team (Sutton High) placed in the first three, and that the winners of the Time Trial and Cross-Country Race were Club members! He pointed out the event had benefited from the support of the London Borough of Sutton, Smarter Travel Sutton, Sutton Sports Council and British Cycling and thanked them all for their help in making it a success.

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