** We hear from Verna that the future is in excellent – if cold and
muddy – hands. Many congratulations to Stephen and Nathan. Great work
in terrible conditions! Pics to follow soon (a bit of processing
needed to fit them into blog limits). **
Stephen(15) and Nathan (13) Burgess took part in mountain bike racing
at Black Park near Slough on Sunday 17th March 2013. The weather was
terrible – freezing and heavy rain – and got worse throughout the day.
The children and youth races took place in the morning and both
Stephen and Nathan had 3 laps of the adult course to complete. It was
very tough and the organisers quickly realised the adults would have
to have laps cut – but it was too late for the kids! They had to do
the full amount.
Stephen performed well in a very high standard race which saw a
national rider storm home well ahead of the field. He was fourth (U16
race) in a time of 1.16.04 and Nathan was fifth (U14 race) in a time
of 1.42:54. The before and after photos give an idea of the severe
race conditions and both of them were in their bike club vests rather
than Vegan Runners.