Peace bids to fell rivals in National Cyclo Cross championships

Chris Young is bidding for glory

Chris Young is bidding for glory

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The Keighley area is likely to have a large say in the medals that are being handed out at the National Cyclo-Cross Championships this weekend in Bradford’s Peel Park.

Saturday’s races include Keighley’s Alfie Moses in the youths’ race, and Cononley’s Ian Taylor, Haworth’s Andy Peace and Keighley’s Chris Young in the veterans’ 40-49 years category.

Championship organiser John Rawnsley said: “Ian and Andy have been dominant this season and it is remarkable for a fell runner like Andy to be doing so well at cyclo-cross.

“This is Chris Young’s last year in this category. Next season he moves up to men’s 50 plus, where he could dominate for several years.”

Sunday’s races include the women’s championship, where the top three places should go to full-timers Helen Wyman, Gabriella Day and Nikki Harris, although Adela Carter (formerly of Otley) and Wilsden’s Annabel Simpson could finish in the first six.

“Birkenshaw’s Billy Harding is a contender in the junior men, while Bingley’s Rob Jebb will be happy if there are plenty of sticky sections in the men’s race.”

Programme – Saturday: 11am, men’s 50 plus. 12.15pm, under-14 boys and girls. 1.15pm, under-16 boys and girls. 2.30pm, men 40-49 years.

Sunday: 10.15am under-23 men. 11.30am, women. 12.45pm, junior men. 2.15pm, senior men.

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