Friday, 15 November 2013

Hackney Downs MTB/Cross Race 8/11/13

The girls race getting underway.
 Last Friday was round 2 of this season's Hackney Primary Schools Cycling League. Forty five riders turned out to race in a cyclocross / mtb race at Hackney Downs. The grass was pretty long and thick which made for hard going for the young riders but after a practice lap they seemed eager to give it a go. First up were the girls with seventeen of them battling it out over three laps. Mercy phipps from Gayhurst Community School got the best start and led the rest of the way finishing a clear first. second place went to Abi Forster in a tussle with her team mate from Millfields Community School Victoria Nkan who finished third overall. See all the girls results below.
The turn at the top of the climb.
The girls full results - points awarded for 1st - 10th in year 6 and years 5/4.

The boys getting ready to start.
As the boys were warming up dark clouds threatened and just as they were being gridded for the start the rain poured down - barely able to hear the whistle they started four gruelling laps.
A massive downpour started in time with the boys race.
Harry Gregory from Gayhurst showed the form he has been displaying in the Eastern Cyclocross League for Cycling Club Hackney this season, as did Stanley Boyd with the two of them finishing 1st and 2nd respectively. Gayhurst made a clean sweep of the podium with Tahir Suleyman coming third - showing the fitness and racing skills he's learning at Hackney BMX. Full boys results here -

And the league as it currently stands -

 A great afternoon of racing despite the weather - thanks to all who came to support and help.
Off they go.

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