Clarion youngsters do well in national competitions

Cameron Neilson was sixth at the National Track Championships.
Cameron Neilson was sixth at the National Track Championships.
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Three of Fenland Clarion’s youth riders rode well in national competitions at the weekend.

On Saturday they travelled to Ware in Hertfordshire to compete in the GHS 10-mile time-trial championship for juvenile riders.

Mia Purnell did well for Fenland Clarion at the weekend.

Mia Purnell did well for Fenland Clarion at the weekend.

Despite being one of the youngest riders in the competition, 12 year-old Cameron Neilson completed the 10-mile course in a new personal best (PB) time of 28.38 to finish 116th overall and 10th in his age group.

Mia Purnell also recorded her best time with 27.20 for sixth place in her age group and 17th girl, while Jerry Norman finished in 38th place and 14th in his age group with his time of 23.15.

On Sunday the same trio travelled to Derby to compete in the recently opened velodrome to take part in the National Clarion Track Championships.

In the Omnium event, Neilson competed well throughout and finished in sixth place with 30 points, while Purnell finished seventh and was first girl.

Norman finished in an excellent second place - just one point away from victory.

Peterborough Cycling Club’s James Gelsthorpe finished in 14th place in a 20-mile circuit time trial near Bedford in 45:30.

Second claim club member Brett Harwood from Market Deeping, representing his sponsor Terry Wright Cycles, was in superb form and finished an excellent third in the event.

Club veteran Martin Bullen rode his last 25 of the season in the Stone Wheelers event and on a cool blustery day he recorded an excellent time of 57:11 which included a stoppage for traffic lights.

Bourne’s two resident professionals, Raleigh GAC’s Steve Lampier and AN Post’s Ali Slater, had a mixed Tour of Britain.

Lampier was clearly unwell and suffered for five days before being forced to retire, while Slater finished 35th overall nearly 52 minutes down on the winner.