Wheelers aces trump rivals to seal British titles

131593-14_MY_cycling'National Hard Track Championship, Mountbatten Centre.'Boys U11 Scratch Race - Vaughn Marris (Fareham).'Pic Mick Young'23/06/2013'
131593-14_MY_cycling'National Hard Track Championship, Mountbatten Centre.'Boys U11 Scratch Race - Vaughn Marris (Fareham).'Pic Mick Young'23/06/2013'
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Fareham Wheelers starlets taught their rivals a lesson in the British Schools Hard Track Championships at the Mountbatten Centre on Sunday.

Vaughan Marris, riding for Crofton Hammond Juniors, won the under-11 boys’ crown as Brendan Drewett claimed the title at over-15 level.

And there was double glory for their club-mate Caitlin Peters, too.

She added her third consecutive track crown to the British Schools National Hill Climb Championship honour she secured at Ditcham Park on Saturday.

It was a memorable weekend all round for south-coast riders, as the top talent from around the country came to do battle at the two Hampshire venues.

But while Kara Perryman also tasted hill climb glory, it was the Fareham aces who stole the show.

At under-11 boys’ level, Marris won both the pursuit and scratch race in the omnium-style competition on the Portsmouth track.

And after finishing third in the sprint, his two wins earned him overall success.

Court Lane Junior School’s Owen Giles finished third. Sam Freeman, of Meon Juniors, and Max Edgington, of St James’s Primary in Emsworth, were fourth and fifth respectively.

Bidbury Junior School’s Connor England was 10th and Isaac Elliott of Mayville High School was 13th.

Drewett, meanwhile, swept the board at over-15 level with pursuit, sprint and scratch wins.

Portsmouth Grammar School’s Sam Gardener was second to the Toynbee School ace.

Back at under-11 level and Peters was equally dominant in the girls’ event.

A hat-trick of wins sealed a successful defence of the Wykeham House School rider’s crown.

Her Fareham Wheelers pal Ellen Flewitt, of Wallisdean Juniors, was second, with Court Lane’s Freya Richardson and Meon Juniors’ Amy Perryman fourth and fifth respectively.

Elsewhere, Perryman took a superb second in the under-13 girls’ category for Milton Cross Academy – after tasting glory in the sprint.

i-Team/KSL/InTandem’s Sam Clark (Petersfield School) and Will Cooper (Chichester High School for Boys) were ninth and 11th respectively in the boys’ championship.

The Portsmouth-based club had four hopefuls on the track at under-15 level.

A third place in the sprint saw Charlie Cooper (Chichester High School for Boys) take fourth, with Jamie Hutchinson (City of Portsmouth Boys’ School) in sixth.

Thamana Nel (Westgate School) was eighth overall, while Joe Clark (Petersfield School) took ninth.

The south-coast contingent was completed by Adam Churchill, who was 14th in the under-nine boys’ event.

The hill climb championships, which took place 24 hours earlier, were raced in a time-trial format.

Peters clocked 3min 37sec as she won the under-11 girls’ contest – with Flewitt (4:05) third and Amy Perryman (4:07) fourth.

Marris was second in the boys’ battle in a time of 3:45, with Giles fifth in 4:07.

Perryman, who rides for Solent Pirates, was crowned national champion at under-13 girls’ level as she clocked 12:44 on the longer route for older riders.

Angus McIntosh, of St John’s College in Southsea, was fifth in the boys’ race in 10:54.

Springfield School’s Robert Panter was the fourth under-15 boy in 9:32.

Finally, Drewett missed out on British Schools double joy by two seconds as he finished in 9:14 at over-15 level.

Portsmouth Grammar School pair Harry Hailwood (9:29) and Gardener (9:48) were third and fourth respectively.