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SCC Youth Races Race Report

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*** Jack Fothergill WINS U16 race ***
*** Solihull CC WIN Best Club in the Season long Competition ***

On Saturday morning Solihull hosted the final round of the West Midlands Youth Circuit Racing Series. The weather was kind with intermittent spells of glorious sunshine. Held of course at Solihulls home circuit in Tudor Grange Park, the event was well attended by over 9 different clubs.

First up were the U8s, who only cover the top half of the circuit; Affectionately known as the peanut. The Girls Race was won by Isobel Park, Hafren CC only 3 sec ahead of her nearest rival Ruby Bentley, Wyre Forest CC. The Boys Race had a much clearer
Winner From Mid Shropshire Wheelers, Jude White. Reuben Abbots & James Caine Represented Solihull in the same race, Wearing Numbers 1 & 2, they finished in a very good 7th & 8th place respectively!

Next were the U10s who cover the whole circuit. Solihull were very well attended in this race with 1 out of the 6 Girls & 5 out of the 23 Boys. Rose Neeley Rode a cracking race To finish on the podium in 3rd place! With Rose Lewis, Halesowen A&CC taking the win in the Girls race.
In the Boys, Finishing really well in 5th place was Daniel Charlton! Matthew Hitchmough Finshed in 10th place. Samuel Thomas, William Garner & Seb Rogers also feautured, Rolling across the line together. Noah White, Mid Shropshire Wheelers Won the boys race.

The U12s Race followed, & with this age group the race starts to resemble what you might expect from a bunch race, Riders sheltering from the wind, conserving energy & being tactical. Only 3 in this race from Solihull, Zoe Parker, Holly Saunders & Ella Tandy in the Girls & Patrick Neeley for the Boys. Zoe & Ella looked very comfortable riding round with & matching the Boys for the first 10 Laps or so; they looked great until they got caught on the wrong side of a split caused by a crash. Unfortunately for them Aelwen Davies, The Bulls, the eventual winner of the girls race was on the right side & she ended up winning. The girls stayed in a little grupetto for the remainder of the race & were sprinting for second. Zoe had to beat Carys Blowers to take the overall series win. However she started her attack too early & was beaten on the line by Ella who took the sprint for 2nd & Carys who beat her by 0.04 seconds. Holly Finished in 6th place! Patrick Neeley finished in 14th place in the Boys Race which was won by Max Hinds, Wyre Forest CC.

The U14 & U16 Girls were next up. Solihull didn't have any riders in this race. The U16 winner was Ellie Swingell, Halesowen A&CC. & the U14 winner was Daphne Jones, Mid Shropshire Wheelers.

The U14 & U16 Boys race was the final race of the day. Solihull had Jack Fothergill & Jacob Jones in the U16 race & Akhil Kolnaty & Ben Woodhouse featured in the U14 race. The Racing was fast & furious from the start with plenty of attacks to try & shake things up & nothing really stuck until 15 mins from the end when the Winner of the U14 race Zak Machin, Mercian CC, broke away solo.
Of course with an U14 up the road the U16s were not going to chase so the bunch to an extent sat up & waited for a sprint finish, which was won by the Home Teams Rider, Jack Fothergill, in a perfectly timed sprint & bike throw combination! Great Job!
Akhil & Ben were 6th & 7th respectively in the U14s & Jacob was 5th in the U16s.

Solihull also had the honour of presenting the overall series trophies as this was the final round.

Rose Neeley was 3rd in the series long competition for the U10s!
Zoe Parker was 2nd & Ella Tandy was 3rd in the overall series for the U12s!!

& Solihull CC were Crowned series champions after a season of very great results indeed!!!

Our Thanks go to Phil Hitchmough for organising this years event, the commisaires & everyone who marshalled, signed on, gear checked & of course raced & attended.
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