Cycling
Club on the right track for honours

By Liam Moakes 24/04 Updated: 24/04 15:13

MEMBERS of Redditch Road & Path Cycling Club had plenty to celebrate at the Redditch Borough Sports Awards which were held at the Palace Theatre.

The club was awarded the trophy for 'Club of the Year' and nominations were also received by Chloe Ralph for Junior Female Sports Personality of the Year, Pam Yates for her Outstanding Contribution as a club coach and finally the club's Junior Racing Team.

A club spokesman paid tribute to the hard work and commitment shown by all members who contributed to this achievement.

MEANWHILE, the circuit racing season got off to a very wet and windy start for the Redditch cyclists, who made the short trip to Tudor Grange for round one of the Solihull Youth Circuit Series.

The event, which was also a qualifying race for the UK School Games, attracted a high turnout of some of the Midlands' strongest riders, which made for some very exciting racing.

In the combined U8/U10 race Sullivan Berry produced a good performance, as did team-mate Luke Richardson, who finished strongly to take third place.

Fraser Salkeld and James Ralph also raced well in the U12 race despite having to contend with driving rain and strong winds which were gusting across the circuit.

As the U14s took to the track the rain finally stopped and the pace stepped up. Gareth Richardson rode well in the boys race, whilst Chloe Ralph finished impressively in third place in both of her races.

Other good performances came from Abel McLinden and Martyn Bruton in the U16 section.

This event was followed by the second qualifying race which was held at Darley Moor circuit in Derbyshire.

Chloe Ralph again produced a strong performance to take second place and James Ralph rode consistently well in the U12s race.

Fraser Salkeld, who was the only Redditch representative at round one of the Milton Keynes Youth Series, rode a fantastic U12s race to finish in sixth place overall.

James Ralph and Scott Matthews celebrate winning the 'Club of the Year' trophy and Fraser Salkeld, third from the left, in action in the Solihull Youth Circuit Series U12s race. (s)

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