Billington biker knows the way to success

ON THE WAY TO SUCCESS: Graham Fielding
ON THE WAY TO SUCCESS: Graham Fielding

BILLINGTON mountain biker Graham Fielding is riding high after triumphing at a local race.

Graham was competing in the final round of national MTBO league held at Gisburn Forest, where 62 bikers saddled up for one of the season’s toughest events.

He won the B course with a time of 71 minutes, beating off competition from Tony Brand-Barker and Richard Hope.

The A course was conquered by Andrew Douglas in 83 minutes, impressively setting the fastest split for each of the last five legs.

Chris Brand-Barker was second, while Ifor Powell came in third.

In the women’s double, W50 world champion Charlotte Somers-Cocks won in 79 minutes, with Angela Brand-Barker second 34 seconds behind, and Steph Fountain another two minutes back in third.

Charlotte also won the overall women’s national league title.

Performance of the day came on the C course where Edwyn Oliver-Evans won by an impressive 16 minutes, ahead of Alex and Tom McCann.

A spokesman for the event said: “A big thanks to all the volunteers from Pendle Forest Orienteers.

“As a club they’ve not organised an MTBO before, but jumped at the opportunity of partnering up with us to put this event on, and it would’ve been a much more difficult job without them.”