|Year 5 boys race about to start|
The day started in sunshine then Storm Abigail blew in just as racing was about to start - 110 riders plus supporters all dashed for cover as the organisers stood in the rain keeping an eye on the bikes. To be fair we had already had a drenching setting up the course so a top up made no difference. the sun came back out followed by the riders enquiring if the races were off. No way - conditions were perfect for a MTB/ cyclocross race and we all couldn't wait to get started.
|Parkwood pin their numbers on|
|Parkwood team after the rain|
|The year 5 boys grinding up|
The year 5 girls raced first and showed the spectators that the course was now pretty slippy and the importance of getting round the first corner in leading position. The top ten places were closely contested between the riders from Jubilee, Gayhurst, Tyssen and Grazebrook but Anna Ventris from Jubilee had gotten to that all important first corner in the lead and never gave it up - a worthy winner.
|Where did they go?|
|The crowd cheering on a rider|
|Anoushka negotiates the final turns|
The last race of the day had a large field of 31 year six boys with the riders from Millfields respondent in their new kit battling it out with Gayhurst . First lap through and Oliver Hunt - Millfields had a narrow lead over Kamil Suleyman - Gayhurst , with Jeffery Marrot - Southwold bringing up the rest. Another pile up near the start had seen some pre race favourites drop down the order but Conrad Couzins - Millfields and Robbie de Monchaux-Irons - Gayhurst started clawing their way back into contention. Oliver had stretched his lead over Jeffrey to take 1st place and 2nd with Robbie's late charge giving him 3rd - sadly Conrad came down again but battled on for a top ten finish.
|The smiling riders undeterred by rain and mud|
There were great efforts by all the riders and welcome to Saint Scholasticas who came and took part for the first time. The full results are below followed by the league standings.
|Year 5 girls podium l-r Molly 3rd, Anna 1st, Heide -2nd|
|Year 5 boys podium - l-r Robin 3rd(not pictured), Rueben 1st, Anthony 2nd|
|Year 6 girls podium l-r Anoushka 1st, Alba 2nd, Esther 3rd|
|Year 6 boys podium - Oliver 1st, Robbie 3rd, Jeffrey not pictured - 2nd.|
|Year 5 girls results|
|Year 5 boys results|
|Year 6 girls results|
|Year 6 boys results|
|The league standings after two events.|