Billington cyclist helps out Team GB

Graham Fielding
Graham Fielding

BILLINGTON’S Graham Fielding returned from the World Masters Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships in Veszprem, Hungary, having finished in the top half of the starters in the M50 category.

Competing over a mix of Karst Forest and open grassland with temperatures regularly reaching the high 30s, Fielding was part of 21-strong Great Britain squad.

Team GB returned with a record medal haul, and Fielding was happy with his efforts.

He said: “I found the navigation very complex and challenging, which is to be expected at major international level.

“Despite some misjudgments in route choice, I was pleased with my overall performance, finishing 21st of 56.

“It was once again a fantastic experience to be racing abroad in the GB colours.

“As the season enters its final weeks, I am focusing on the remaining National Series fixtures, in which I lead the M50 category and am second overall in the National MBO Score League.”

Fielding thanks employers Fort Vale Engineering Simonstone, NJD Sport Injuries Clinic Clitheroe, Billington and Whalley Brass Band Club, and everyone else who has supported him, with special thanks to his family.